AX 2014 – Aniplex Panel

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2014 was definitely a big year for Aniplex. They were holding a few events at Anime Expo 2014 that included a sold out special Kill la Kill event and the Sword Art Online II world premiere. “Aniplex Guy” EJ Rivera had some special news for the fans attending the Aniplex Panel on Day 2.

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After running the lineup of special guests from Kill la Kill and Sword Art Online, EJ began talking about currently streamed series followed by series that fans can start looking forward to in the summer: Sword Art Online IIAldnoah.Zero and Persona 4 the Golden Animation. These will all stream on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Daisuki as well as the Aniplex Channel.

Next up was the upcoming releases that included Gurren Lagan Movie Set that features both Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood’s End (Gurren-Hen) and Gurren Lagann The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars (Lagann-Hen); the Madoka Magica Limited Edition Set that features the first two Madoka Magica movies (includes English Dub per fans request); and Season one of Silver Spoon, The KILL la KILL Volume 1 Limited Edition set, and Anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie- which all will release on July 15th. These were available early for Anime Expo attendees to purchase.

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Next month the Oreimo 2 (My little Sister Can’t be this cute) Complete Limited Edition Set will release.

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Valvrave Complete Season 1 Blu-ray Box Set is coming in September.

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We got a small trailer showcasing the upcoming Fate/stay night series that will be streamed (the whole room erupted in anticipation). A lot of people will be wondering what arc will the anime take?

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Before the panel was over, Aniplex Japan executive Koichiro Natsume took the stage and showcased a trailer for Anime Japan, announcing that Aniplex will be sending two lucky fans to Japan next year to attend Anime Japan 2015. Details on the event will be on the AniplexUSA website, so stay tuned, because you may be one of the lucky fans to get a free trip to Japan.

There was a Q&A session after the panel and one question that was asked that really got a lot of attention was why Aniplex has gone the route of releasing anime sets that only contain 4 episodes per set which aren’t cheap. The Aniplex rep responded tjat Aniplex wants to create an experience for the fans to enjoy their anime series. The extra goodies they get in each set is something to enjoy and treasure, because once it is sold out no one else has them. This way they look forward to the next volume and really get more and more into the anime.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.