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MechaCon 2317: J-Fashion & Lolita Fashion Show – Video

MechaCon 2317: J-Fashion & Lolita Fashion Show – Video

This year's annual MechaCon J-Fashion and Lolita Fashion Show is split into four segments, a Local Community Show, Mossbadger x Voodooodolly, Baby Ponytail and galaxxxy & Minty Mix. 

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Louisiana Comic Con 2016: Lafayette – Q&A with Ernie Hudson

Louisiana Comic Con 2016: Lafayette – Q&A with Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson does a Q&A Session with the attendees at Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette in 2016.

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Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2016 – Cosplay Contest

Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2016 – Cosplay Contest

Video from Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette’s in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Louisiana Comic Con 2016: Lafayette -Q&A with Steve Cardenas

Louisiana Comic Con 2016: Lafayette -Q&A with Steve Cardenas

Steve Cardenas does a Q&A Session with the attendees at Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette in 2016.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 31 – Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger Episode 01 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 31 – Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger Episode 01 Review

The 41st Super Sentai Team has landed, and Toku Secrets is here to give you the run down, on Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger!

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 30 – Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger First Look

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 30 – Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger First Look

The Gang is starting off the new year with an in-depth discussion of the 41st Sentai coming later this year, Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 29 – ZyuOh World First Thoughts

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 29 – ZyuOh World First Thoughts

The Gang discusses Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger's sixth ranger ZyuOh World, along with news from the Toku World at large!

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 21 – Video Game Voice Actors on Strike 2016!

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 21 – Video Game Voice Actors on Strike 2016!

The Anime Declassified Crew discusses the recent Video Game Voice Actor Strike, and the meaning of the strike as well as how it effects the industry and consumers.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 20 – Voltron Legendary Defenders Season 1 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 20 – Voltron Legendary Defenders Season 1 Review

Voltron Legendary Defenders Season 1 Review, by Rizwan, Anthony and Special Guest, Shamus Kelly from No Pink Spandex.

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MechaCon XII – Cosplay Contest Videos

MechaCon XII – Cosplay Contest Videos

Video Footage of the Cosplay Contest at MechaCon XII.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 19 – A-Kon 27 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 19 – A-Kon 27 Review

The Staff of Anime Secrets breaks down their experiences at Project A-Kon 27.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 18 – Interview with Taylor Gray, Bayoucon 2016

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 18 – Interview with Taylor Gray, Bayoucon 2016

This year at Bayoucon 2016, Rizwan was able to catch up with Voice Actor, Taylor Gray for a quick interview on his career as a voice actor and his role as Ezra Bridger in Star Wars Rebels.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 25 – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Episode 02 – 06 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 25 – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Episode 02 – 06 Review

Nathan, Anthony and Rizwan discuss Episodes 02 - 06 of Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 17: E3 2016 – Nintendo Conference

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 17: E3 2016 – Nintendo Conference

Round Table discussion on E3 2016's Nintendo Press Conference.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 16: E3 2016 – Sony Conference

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 16: E3 2016 – Sony Conference

Round Table discussion on E3 2016's Sony Press Conference.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 15: E3 2016 Microsoft Conference

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 15: E3 2016 Microsoft Conference

Round Table discussion on E3 2016's Microsoft Press Conferences.

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A-Kon 27 – Cosplay Contest Videos

A-Kon 27 – Cosplay Contest Videos

This year, Anme Secrets was able to attend the annual Cosplay Contest at A-Kon 27 on Saturday night.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 24 – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Episode 01 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 24 – Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Episode 01 Review

Rizwan, Nathan, Ronald and Anthony discuss Episode 01 of Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 23– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 16 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 23– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 16 Review

Rizwan, Nathan, Ronald and Anthony discuss Episode 16 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 22– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 15 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 22– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 15 Review

Rizwan, Nathan, Ronald and Anthony discuss Episode 15 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 21– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 14 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 21– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 14 Review

The Gang reviews Episode 14 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 14 – Ace Attorney Episode 01 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 14 – Ace Attorney Episode 01 Review

The gang reviews episode one of Ace Attorney and the Phoenix Wright franchise.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 20– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 13 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 20– Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 13 Review

Rizwan, Nathan, Ronald and Anthony discuss Episode 13 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 19 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 12 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 19 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 12 Review

Rizwan, Nathan, Ronald and Anthony discuss Episode 12 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 18 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 11 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 18 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 11 Review

Rizwan, Nathan and Anthony discuss Episode 11 of Kamen Rider Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 17 – Design Artist Yasushi Narasawa passes aways at age 52

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 17 – Design Artist Yasushi Narasawa passes aways at age 52

We take a moment from reviewing to pay tribute to Design Artist Yasushi Narasawa. He passed away yesterday at age 52.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 16 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 10 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 16 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 10 Review

Rizwan, Nathan and Anthony discuss Episode 10 of Kamen Rider Ghost, and briefly go over Rizwan's experiences with Kamen Rider OOO Episode 01.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 15 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 09 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 15 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 09 Review

The gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 09.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 14 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 08 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 14 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 08 Review

The gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 08.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 13 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 07 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 13 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 07 Review

The gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 07, and explains the Bro Theory of Ghost.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 12 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 06 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 12 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 06 Review

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 06.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 11 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 05 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 11 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 05 Review

The gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 05.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 13 – Digimon Adventue Tri: Reunion Review

Anime Declassified Podcast –  Mission 13 – Digimon Adventue Tri: Reunion Review

Rizwan, Anthony and Ellie are joined by Aleksander of AODigimon to review the first movie in the new Digimon Adventure Tri series. Visit AODigimon at https://www.youtube.com/user/AODigimon for more of works by them.

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Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2016 – Cosplay Contest

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2016 – Cosplay Contest

Wizard World: New Orleans 2016's Cosplay Contest Video.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 10 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 04 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 10 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 04 Review

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 04.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 09 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 03 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 09 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 03 Review

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 03, and pays tribute to Dan's Toku Rants.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 12 – Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2015 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast –  Mission 12 – Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2015 Review

On this episode of Anime Declassified, Rizwan, and Lexi discuss their weekend at Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2015.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 11 – Digimon Tri: Reunion Teaser Discussion

Anime Declassified Podcast –  Mission 11 – Digimon Tri: Reunion Teaser Discussion

Rizwan, Anthony, Patrick and Ronald watch the Digimon Adventure Tri: Saikai 5 Minute Teaser and discuss it live, along with their hopes and theories for the 6 Movie Series.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 08 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 02 Review

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 08 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 02 Review

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 02!

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Louisiana Comic Con 2015: Lafayette – Photo Gallery

Louisiana Comic Con 2015: Lafayette – Photo Gallery

Austin, TX,USA. October 16th – 18th, 2015 Reporter(s): Rizwan Merchant & Lexi Smith Pages  [ 1 ]  [ 2 ]  [ 3 ]  [ 4 ]  [ 5 ]  [ 6 ] ...

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Louisiana Comic Con 2015: Lafayette – Heroes and Villians Panel

Louisiana Comic Con 2015: Lafayette – Heroes and Villians Panel

Heroes Reborn panel by Pruitt Taylor Vince with a Question and Answer Session on Pruitt's career

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 07 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 01 Review & News

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 07 – Kamen Rider Ghost Episode 01 Review & News

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses their disdain for Ninninger, and thoughts on Episode 01 of Kamen Rider Ghost!

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Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2015 – Cosplay Contest

Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2015 – Cosplay Contest

Video from Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette's in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 10 – DBZ Resurrection F Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 10 – DBZ Resurrection F Review

On this episode of Anime Declassified the gang picks up where they left off in Episode 9 with a discussion of Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F. So tune in for our impressions on the film and the theatrical release in America!

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MechaCon XI – Cosplay Contest Video

MechaCon XI – Cosplay Contest Video

Video from MechaCon VI's in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 09 – DBZ Battle of Gods Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 09 – DBZ Battle of Gods Review

On this episode of Anime Declassified the gang decided that to help better review future Dragon Ball Super episodes, to dedicate this episode to discussing the Battle of Gods, and the next episode on the Ressurection F movies.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 08 – Cowboy Bebop 10th Anniversary Panel, MechaCon IV

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 08 – Cowboy Bebop 10th Anniversary Panel, MechaCon IV

Today we go back in time to 2007 to MechaCon IV in Lafayette, LA for MechaCon's Cowboy Bebop 10th Anniversary Panel with Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Beau Billingslea the voices of Spike Spiegel, Julia and Jet Black as they talk about their experiences on the show, and favorite moments.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 07 – Dragon Ball Super Episode 02 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 07 – Dragon Ball Super Episode 02 Review

The gang discusses their thoughts on episode 2 of Dragon Ball Super.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 06 – Dragon Ball Super Episode 01 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast –  Mission 06 – Dragon Ball Super Episode 01 Review

The gang discusses their introduction to the Dragon Ball franchise, and their thoughts on episode 1 of Dragon Ball Super.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 04: E3 2015 – The Return of StarFox

Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 04: E3 2015 – The Return of StarFox

Round Table discussion on E3 2015's Nintendo's Press Conference.

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Robert Axelrod Exclusive Interview, Bayoucon 2015

Robert Axelrod Exclusive Interview, Bayoucon 2015

Rizwan interviews Robert Axelrod, the voice of Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers at Bayoucon 2015.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 03: E3 2015 – All Aboard the Sony Hype Train!

Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 03: E3 2015 –  All Aboard the Sony Hype Train!

Round Table discussion on E3 2015's Sony's Press Conferences.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 02: E3 2015 – Episode 02: Cashing the Cow

Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 02: E3 2015 –  Episode 02: Cashing the Cow

Round Table discussion on E3 2015's EA and Ubisoft's Press Conferences.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 01: E3 2015 – R.I.P. Master Chief

Anime Declassified Podcast – Bonus 01: E3 2015 – R.I.P. Master Chief

Round Table discussion on E3 2015's Microsoft Press Conference.

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A-Kon 26 – Funimation Industry Panel

A-Kon 26 – Funimation Industry Panel

Recording of the Funimation Industry Panel at A-Kon 26

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 06 – Toku News and Ninninger First Impressions

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 06 – Toku News and Ninninger First Impressions

Today on Toku Secrets, the gang discusses news about the next Kamen Rider Season, New ToQger Movie, Dekaranger 10 years Later Movie and a First Impressions of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 05 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 5

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 05 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 5

The gang discuss in detail the Episodes 44 - 47 of the 38th Super Sentai, Ressha Sentai ToQger, and break it down along with final thoughts.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 04 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 4

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 04 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 4

The gang discuss in detail the Episodes 31 to 43 of the 38th Super Sentai, Ressha Sentai ToQger, and break it down.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 03 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 3

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 03 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 3

The gang discuss in detail the Episodes 17 to 30 of the 38th Super Sentai, Ressha Sentai ToQger, and break it down.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 02 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 2

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 02 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 2

The gang continues their review on Ressha Sentai ToQger, and break it down. Episodes 11 to 16 are discussed in this review.

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Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 01 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 1

Toku Secrets Podcast: Episode 01 – Ressha Sentai ToQger Part 1

The gang discuss in detail the first ten episodes of the 38th Super Sentai, Ressha Sentai ToQger, and break it down. This will be the first in a series of videos reviewing this season.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 04 – Anime Winter 2015 Preview

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 04 – Anime Winter 2015 Preview

Rizwan, Kara and Anthony discuss the upcoming Winter 2015 Anime Season. For more information on next season: http://anichart.net/winter

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 03 – OHMYGOD FREZIA IS BACK!!!

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 03 – OHMYGOD FREZIA IS BACK!!!

Rizwan and Anthony are joined by guest speaker Frankie Holzwarth from Otaku Sentai Digiranger to discuss the upcoming Dragon Ball Z movie. The Resurrection of F, Sequel to the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 02 – Marvel and Attack on Titan Crossover?!

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 02 – Marvel and Attack on Titan Crossover?!

Rizwan, Kara and Anthony discuss the Marvel - Attack on Titan crossover Manga announcement.

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Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 14-16 Review

Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 14-16 Review

Aaaannd ToQger is still stuck in the figurative station with no real story development. I was really hoping for things to pick up and actually happen by now, but no such luck. The only bright side is that I am still entertained nonetheless, but even that entertainment is starting to dwindle.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 01 – Sword Art Online Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 01 – Sword Art Online Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Rizwan and Kara discuss in detail Sword Art Online Season 1, the Extra Edition and Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2.

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MechaCon X – Opening Ceremonies

MechaCon X – Opening Ceremonies

Video from the MechaCon X Opening Ceremonies & Dinner.

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MechaCon X – Cosplay Contest Video

MechaCon X – Cosplay Contest Video

This year, AnmeSecrets was able to attend the annual Cosplay Contest at MechaCon X on Saturday afternoon. Below is a video of the whole show. Disclaimer, we may be missing one or two walk ons, and a skit due to changing batteries and or SD cards during the show.

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Eien Strife Exclusive Interview, MechaCon X

Eien Strife Exclusive Interview, MechaCon X

On the last day of MechaCon X, I was able to meet Cosplay Rock Band Eien Strife for an exclusive interview.

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 11–13 Review

The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 11–13 Review

I swear, this series is a serious roller coaster. I've gone from confusion to utter boredom to annoyance to mild interest twice now in full cycles. I won't say things are spectacular, but the series is waaaaaay better than it was at the end of episode ten. Why, you ask? Well, we've finally advanced to the beginning of the Nine Schools Competition after three episodes of painfully boring filler. With the start of the competition, drama unfolds.

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 08–10 Review

The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 08–10 Review

I'm starting to think The Irregular at Magic High School is fated to be an overall dull affair for me. At some points, it teases me by perking my interest for a few minutes—like in the last set of episodes I reviewed, for example—but then my hopes are crushed into dust. Sound excessive? Well, I'm sorry, but when I try to watch this anime three times and literally fall asleep during the first two attempts, we have problems.

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Sword Art Online II: Episode 01 Review

Sword Art Online II: Episode 01 Review

It's been about two years since Sword Art Online ended and waves of fans began waiting anxiously for the next season. As you may recall, I concluded the first season of SAO with some major issues. First of all, the last two episodes irked me with the graphic nature of the scenes, and the resolutions were downright weak. Secondly, I felt like Asuna's character went from a glorious warrior to a housewife for no good reason.

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Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

After the events of the Sword Art Online and Alfheim games, Kirito is called in to the SAO Survivor School to discuss his experiences in-game in relation to Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of Sword Art Online. Meanwhile, Suguha is learning to swim for an upcoming quest in Alfheim with the help of Silica, Lizabeth, and Asuna. The quest: to find a whale in Alfheim to show Yui!

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A-Kon 25: Kyle Hebert Exclusive Interview

A-Kon 25: Kyle Hebert Exclusive Interview

During Akon 25, Rizwan, Kara, Mika and Kitty were able to catch up with Kyle Hebert for an interview. Below is the video of it.

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Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 11-13 Review

Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 11-13 Review

True to the promises I was given on the internet regarding Episode 11 of Ressha Sentai ToQger, we have had some new developments in the form of learning the identity of and meeting the Emperor of Darkness, Zett. Zett is by far the weirdest villain I have encountered...well, ever.

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 05–07 Review

The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 05–07 Review

Ladies and Gentlemen, the unthinkable has occurred! Things are actually happening in The Irregular at Magic High School, and I actually was genuinely interested in what was going on. I expected this to happen eventually, but I was not prepared for it to kick off in episode 5.

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Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 08-10 Review

Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 08-10 Review

Ten episodes in, and things for Ressha Sentai ToQger are starting to feel stagnant. Nothing really significant has occurred so far, other than new Support Ressha acquisitions (extra zords, for those unfamiliar) and some character development. The plot has remained more or less stationary since the start of the series. Despite this, I've been enjoying this sentai series a lot.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing by Rizwan Merchant

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing by Rizwan Merchant

Back during the old Toonami era, there were a few anime titles that stuck out to me as really good and served as my gateway into the anime world. One of these series was Gundam Wing. While growing up I enjoyed this anime quite a bit, but looking back I have to marvel at how time can change one's perspective.

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World Cosplay Summit US Finals 2014 Results!

World Cosplay Summit US Finals 2014 Results!

Today was the much anticipated World Cosplay Summit US Finals Round at Anime Central in Chicago, Illinois. The competition today would be picking Team USA 2014, who would go on to compete on the international stage of this contest in Japan later this year! To say the least, the stakes were very high.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #28: Envel Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #28: Envel Cosplay

Hello, my name is Jo! I work full-time as a floor manager for JoAnn: Fabrics and Crafts. Among the things I love are sewing, general crafting, wig-styling, designing, prop-building, and makeup (not necessarily always in that order!). If it’s creating garments, jewelry, or just big messes, I love it!

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Cosplayer Spotlight #27: Phaleure Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #27: Phaleure Cosplay

I’m Lauren, a self-proclaimed jack-of-all trades. By day, I work as a chemical engineer building training simulators for power plants. By night, I am a costume-making, cupcake-baking, game-playing, corgi-taming lover of life and things!

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 02 – 04 Review

The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 02 – 04 Review

After putting it off for a few weeks, I finally mustered up the energy to watch the next three episodes of The Irregular at Magic High School. As you would remember from my first article on the series, I was really bored with the characters and story, and the show's saving grace was pretty animation. Things thankfully begin to change slightly after the first episode, but not as much as I hoped.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #26: Karmaluna Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #26: Karmaluna Cosplay

Karmaluna Cosplay was chosen as the Representative Team at Anime St. Louis to represent the Eastern region of The United States at the 2014 U.S. World Cosplay Summit Finals at Anime Central 2014. Karmaluna Cosplay is comprised of two Michigan Cosplayers Karmada and Lunaladyoflight.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #25: Green Jello Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #25: Green Jello Cosplay

Green Jello Cosplay was chosen as the Wild Card Team at Nan Desu Kan to represent the Eastern region of The United States at the 2014 U.S. World Cosplay Summit Finals at Anime Central 2014. Green Jello Cosplay is comprised of two Utah Cosplayers Elrowiel and Pannon.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #24: Bejitaballz Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #24: Bejitaballz Cosplay

On the west coast, Mike and Diana are a team called Bejitaballz Cosplay. They cosplay under the names Badman and Binkx. These are their interview answers. (dun dun!)

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Cosplayer Spotlight #23: Cute Classy Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #23: Cute Classy Cosplay

Cute Cosplay Cosplay is comprised of two Louisiana Cosplayers SanctuaryMemories and Oolala Cosplay, selected to compete in the 2014 World Cosplay Summits - USA Finals. The winner of this competition will travel to Japan for the International World Cosplay Summit and compete for America against representatives of the other countries involved in the WCS.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #22: Kirayume

Cosplayer Spotlight #22: Kirayume

A shared burning passion for costuming, performing, and all things magical are just a few reasons why the cosplay duo Kirayume was formed. Daydreamer Nessa (Nessa) and Sparkle Pipsi (Suzanne) have been avid fans of Japanese animation and video games since childhood, and both ladies became seamstresses to express that love through costume-making.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #21: Teca

Cosplayer Spotlight #21: Teca

Hello! My name is Mandi, or Teca, if you like cosplay names. I’m twenty-eight and I live in Denver, Colorado! I’m about as stereo-typically extroverted as you can get. I love meeting new people and talking for hours and hours.

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Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 02-07 Review

Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 02-07 Review

As you all know, over the past few weeks I have been following the latest Super Sentai series coming out of Japan, Ressha Sentai ToQger. After seeing the first episode, I was really excited to see where things went from there. Episode 2 picks up directly where Episode 1 ends....

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 01 Review

The Irregular at Magic High School: Episode 01 Review

The Spring 2014 Anime Season is upon us, and I have decided to investigate one of Aniplex of America's new acquisitions, The Irregular at Magic High School. After reading a synopsis online, this anime sounded interesting. Since it took place at a magical high school I hoped to have something in the same vein as Little Witch Academia, but I was sorely mistaken. To be bluntly honest, this anime bored me within the first five minutes.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #20: Lilacwire Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #20: Lilacwire Cosplay

I’m from Denver, CO, and still live there. I have a husband, an identical twin, and an evil poodle. My day job is in oil & gas, and I enjoy it very much!

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Battle Programmer Shirase

Battle Programmer Shirase

Genre: Comedy/Action Format: 15 Episodes Allegiance: AIC Director: Hiroki Hayashi Vintage: 2003 – 2004 Summary by Rizwan Merchant: At first glance Shirase Satoshi is another run of the mill computer expert who freeloads off his family while being pampered by his underage great-niece Amano Misao (who is more like his little sister due to the age difference) by way of bringing him food and affection, though through a series of random events...

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Cosplayer Spotlight #19: Cat-chan Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #19: Cat-chan Cosplay

I'm Cat-chan and I'm a cosplayer. I love making costumes and attending cons all over the country! (but mostly in Texas). I am a professional graphic designer by day, specializing in digital design for multi-touch platforms. I am also a bit of a couch potato and love watching TV and reading manga. I have two very frisky cats (Karma and Yourichi) and a wonderful Husband I enjoy spending most of my time with.

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Black Rock Shooter (OVA)

Black Rock Shooter (OVA)

At one of my most recently attended anime convention, I noticed quite a few cosplayers armed with some of the most amazing weapon props I had seen in a while. After careful investigation, I learned these cosplayers’ characters were from an anime called Black Rock Shooter. Entirely too enthralled by the cosplays, I decided to check it out, and I jumped in headfirst. I didn’t know anything about the plot or characters; all I knew was that there was an OVA released in 2010 and an anime released in 2012, and that there are varying opinions on both.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #18 Cupcake Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #18 Cupcake Cosplay

Cupcake Cosplay is composed of cosplayers Breathlessaire and Starlighthoney. These two ladies won the USA Finals of the World Cosplay Summit in 2013 and represented our country in the International Finals at Japan last summer, and came back with the Brother Industries LTD sponsored award, along with Second Place overall!

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Cosplayer Spotlight #17: Nandolópez Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #17: Nandolópez Cosplay

My name is Luis Fernando López Álvarez; I am from Costa Rica. I am 29 years old, my zodiac sign is Gemini. I really love and enjoy making cosplay, especially together my nephew. I love anime since my first years like a child. My favorite anime have always been Dragon Ball and my favorite character is Goku and always is gonna be Goku.

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Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 01 Review

Ressha Sentai ToQger: Episode 01 Review

This year marked the start of the 38th Super Sentai Season in Japan, called Ressha Sentai ToQger. The story starts off with Bag Shadow, a minion of the Shadow Line, abducting children with imagination and taking them aboard one of the evil Kuliner trains.

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Digimon Xros Wars 02: Young Hunters

Digimon Xros Wars 02: Young Hunters

A year has passed since the epic battle between Kudo Taiki and his army Xros Heart against the evil Bugra Army. In that time, Taiki and Yuu have started a basketball team bearing the name of their old army and recruited a new member named Akashi Tagiru. However, one day Tagiru comes across the DigiQuartz and meets the digimon Gumdramon. Together, the two join the Digimon Hunt in DigiQuartz under the mentorship of Taiki and Yuu.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #15: Avalon Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #15: Avalon Cosplay

My name is Kayla, but I also go by the name of Avalon Cosplay. I’m 22 years old, an art graduate, and a cosplayer based out of Orange County, New York. I’ve been interested in cosplay since high school (about 6 years now), but only started getting into it around three years ago. I loved it since the beginning and there’s no way I’m stopping now.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #14: Alaska’s Cosplay Corner

Cosplayer Spotlight #14: Alaska’s Cosplay Corner

My name is Alex Bradford but in the cosplay community, I’m known as Alaska. The reason for choosing that for my cosplay name is because I moved her from Alaska. When I got to know people, I just told them to call me Alaska because I thought it was a cool nickname. I was born in Texas but moved to Alaska when I was 7. in Texas but moved to Alaska when I was 7.

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MechaCon IX – Exclusive Interview with Greg Weisman

MechaCon IX – Exclusive Interview with Greg Weisman

Drake interviews Greg Weisman the Creator of Gargoyles at MechaCon IX in New Orleans, Louisiana, about his time with the Gargoyles and Young Justice Series, and his future plans.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #13: Awkward Cosplay Girl

Cosplayer Spotlight #13: Awkward Cosplay Girl

Well, I used to be a stage actress…and since I stopped that cosplaying was the next closest thing to my interests. I often cosplay characters I have the personality of or just characters I fall in love with from any media. I love seeing the sparkle in peoples’ eyes when they see some of their favorite characters come to life.

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Kill la Kill: Episode 02 – 11 Review

Kill la Kill: Episode 02 – 11 Review

I'll be totally honest: after the first episode of Kill la Kill, I watched the second and gave up hope of having the motivation to go on. I just wasn't very interested. The plot was lacking, the characters were god-awful obnoxious, and the fan service was too blatant to be taken seriously.

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Digimon Tamers

Digimon Tamers

Takato Matsuda is just another avid fan of the Digimon card game and television series. One day while playing the card game with his friends, he discovers the blue card. Upon swiping the card, his card reader is transformed into a D-Arc, and his fanart drawings of a Digimon named Guilmon are brought to life. Takato is not the only child chosen to be a Digimon Tamer; he is soon joined by Tamers Ruki Matsuno and Jiangliang Lee, and their partners Renamon and Terreirmon. However, trying to conceal the Digimon’s appearances in the real world is only the start of their problems, as other Digimon pass into the real plane from the Digital World. The Tamers now must put aside their differences to fend off the intruders before the enigmatic organization Hypnos and its leader, Yamaki, destroy all the Digimon—including the Tamers’ partners. Can the children bond together in time to prevent the imminent doom?

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Nagi no Asakura – First Impressions

Nagi no Asakura – First Impressions

The only reason this anime even came up on my radar this season is due to the breathtaking animation photos of the scenery in this world circulating the internet. I'm really not a huge fan of the slice of life romantic anime genre. In my experience it's always some kind of coupling of two characters who are childhood friends about to enter a new school and must overcome the challenge of....

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Kill la Kill – First Impressions

Kill la Kill – First Impressions

I was drawn into watching Kill la Kill for a few different reasons. First and foremost, the creators of Gurren Lagaan, Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Writer Kazuki Nakashima are involved. Secondly, it comes from Studio Trigger who recently released an amazing one shot anime, Little Witch Academia.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #10: Deanty

Cosplayer Spotlight #10: Deanty

My name is Deanty. I am 17 years old, an Indonesian cosplayer. I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with my family. I’m still a beginner in cosplaying and need help for it...one day, my friend said to me that she wanted to cosplay, and I wanted to try cosplay too! I didn't know what character I should cosplay, because I wear Hijab, so my friend gave me a picture of Hatsune Miku in Hijab that she got from DeviantArt.

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Diabolik Lovers – First Impressions

Diabolik Lovers – First Impressions

Well, I cringed, and I complained, but not so much because this was a bad anime in the sense that Sparrow's Hotel is a bad anime—it was more because of the number of creepy and extremely controversial elements found within the series. Basically, it’s the Twilight of anime.

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MechaCon IX: Lolita Fashion Show Video

MechaCon IX: Lolita Fashion Show Video

This past year, AnmeSecrets was able to attend the Lolita Fashion Show at MechaCon IX's Opening Ceremonies. Fashion Show was put on by Ceril Lumboy of Doll Delight.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #08: Shattered Stitch Cosplay

Cosplayer Spotlight #08: Shattered Stitch Cosplay

My name is Alexis and I run Shattered Stitch Cosplay. I’ve been cosplaying since I graduated high school; I’ve recently spread my wings into the cosplay community at large and am really enjoying the experience.

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New Orleans Japan Fest 2013 Photogallery

New Orleans Japan Fest 2013  Photogallery

Photos from New Orleans Japan Fest 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dragon Ball Z: History of Trunks TV Special

Dragon Ball Z: History of Trunks TV Special

In an alternate timeline, Goku has been killed by a deadly heart disease. Six months after his death, two androids emerge from Dr. Gero’s lab and began terrorizing the world, killing the remainder of the Z Warriors in the process, with the exception of Gohan. Now, thirteen years later, Gohan has taken up the battle against the androids and takes Bulma and Vegeta’s son, Trunks, as his pupil, training him to fight the androids by his side. It is up to Trunks to survive the nightmarish hell he was born into, and somehow change history for the better.

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Bayoucon 2013 – Photogallery

Bayoucon 2013 – Photogallery

Photos from Bayoucon 2013 in Lake Charles, LA

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Bayoucon 2013 – Cosplay Contest Video

Bayoucon 2013 – Cosplay Contest Video

Bayoucon 2013 Cosplay Contest footage.

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Sunday Without God: First Impressions

Sunday Without God: First Impressions

The premise of Sunday Without God is one of the more unique settings I've encountered – the world was created by God, who was present as a great light in the sky, but after resting upon completing the creation of the world, God declared it a failure and abandoned it.

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Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion: First Impressions

Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion: First Impressions

Il sole penetra le illusioni~ Day Break Illusion is one of the latest additions to the mahou shoujo genre this summer. Despite how much I sometimes complain about this genre being one of the dominating forces in the anime world, I can’t argue that it also includes some fantastic series; Madoka Magica and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha come to mind for me.

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Chronicles of the Going Home Club: First Impressions

Chronicles of the Going Home Club: First Impressions

While deciding on the anime to cover during the summer 2013 season, I came across the title The Going Home Club. That on its own was reason enough for me to question just what this anime was even about.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 10 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 10 Review

I've concluded that Sparrow's Hotel is now actively trying to crush any minuscule hope I place in it to turn around. This anime remains pretty terrible and overall disappointing. Continue to avoid it. You're better off, I promise.

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Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Drake

Valvrave the Liberator: Episode 10 Review by Drake

The intense feelings I felt after episode one quickly diminished as I awoke from my ideal dream of what Valvrave would be, and I was left with what it actually was. The two are pretty different. I expected the anime to continue on with Haruto following a path to work....

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Majestic Prince: Episode 10 Review

Majestic Prince: Episode 10 Review

I just finished Episode Ten of Majestic Prince and I must say, I am really satisfied. In a nutshell, in the last three episodes we have been treated to beautiful battle scenes and good character development, but we also got details of the plot we've yearned for since the start.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 07 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 07 Review

In all seriousness, this anime is still going nowhere. There are attempts to give a slice-of-life look into working at a hotel, however that slice of life is ruined when, during a crazed week of tourism, a great deal of emphasis is put on Sayuri's breasts.

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Majestic Prince: Episode 7 Review

Majestic Prince: Episode 7 Review

When we last left Team Rabbits, they had just successfully completed their mission and surpassed all expectations during the process, especially mine! At the end of the first episode, we were left with many different questions.

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Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 04 Review

Sparrow’s Hotel: Episode 04 Review

When we left our discussion of Sparrow's Hotel, I was thanking the creators for only giving me three minutes of this train wreck to watch. Since then, I've watched an additional three episodes, which brings my time lost to this anime to twelve minutes. Let's just say I'll be sending the creator my invoice for time that I would like back.

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Louisianime 2013 Photo Gallery

Louisianime 2013 Photo Gallery

Photos from Louisianime 2013 in Lafayette, Louisiana

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Louisianime 2013: Cosplay Contest Show

Louisianime 2013: Cosplay Contest Show

This year, AnmeSecrets was able to attend the annual Cosplay Contest at Louisianime 2013 on Saturday evening. Below is a video of the whole show, with results following.

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Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Drake

Valvrave the Liberator – First Impressions by Drake

I just completed episode 1 of Valvrave the Liberator, and all I can say is ‘WOW!’ and ‘OH MY GOD! WHAT EVEN?’ Suffice it to say, this anime blew my mind away in ways I never expected, and completely took me by surprise. Instead of being the typical run-of-the-mill giant robot anime, like Majestic Prince was last week and the many others that came before them, this anime is already displaying some themes that just hit home on many levels.

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Sparrow’s Hotel – First Impressions

Sparrow’s Hotel – First Impressions

First, the animation was just plain awful. Its only possible mark of quality was that it was in color. The movement was terribly awkward and the character designs did not fit the environment. The musical opening was also pretty unmemorable and did nothing to even remotely explain the anime. Once I regained my composure from the animation and accepted it, the plot - if we can even call this a plot - kicked in.

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Majestic Prince: Initial Thoughts

Majestic Prince: Initial Thoughts

Well, the Spring 2013 Anime Season is upon us, and the first series to step up to bat for me was Majestic Prince. Initially this anime was nowhere even close to my radar, but then I stumbled across a trailer. It sparked my interest with promises of amazing mech battles, stunning animation, and an interesting story. Needless to say, I was pretty excited and quickly added it to my queue on Crunchyroll. I’m so glad I did.

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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Kirigaya Kazuto, known online as Kirito, is one of ten thousand players who joined the newly released virtual reality massively multiplayer role playing game, Sword Art Online, on its opening day. Unfortunately for Kirito and his fellow gamers, the creators decided to disable the log out button and lock players in the game indefinitely. Now what started as an afternoon exploring a new game has turned into a fight for survival as the stakes have been raised. A death in Sword Art Online means death in the real world, due to a player’s brain being connected to external hardware to emulate a full virtual reality, known as Nerve Gear. The only way out is to clear all 100 levels of the game, but do these players have what it takes to get out in one piece?

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Oreshura

Oreshura

Eita has entered his first year of high school ready to work hard to gain admission to a good medical school. Discarding the notion of love following his parents’ divorce and abandonment of him, Eita reaches the top of his class without distractions and is well on his way to achieving his goals… until the silver-haired Masuzu appears, that is. She gets possession of Eita’s personal diary and uses it as blackmail to make him her faux boyfriend in order to avoid the constant grief of the entire school asking her out. Unfortunately, this does not sit well with Chiwa, Eita's childhood friend, who does everything in her power to keep him to herself. So much for simply focusing on his studies - high school for Eita just got a lot more complicated.

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A Peek into the World Cosplay Summit 2013 National Finals

A Peek into the World Cosplay Summit 2013 National Finals

Results of the 2013 World Cosplay Summit Nationals Round held at Anime Matsuri 2013 in Houston Texas via Live Stream.

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Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan by Drake

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan by Drake

Simon is a simple driller, mining away underground, content with living his life like the rest of humanity, hiding from the oppressive Beastmen that rule the surface world. Kamina is a passionate young man who yearns for something more, and who knows that he is destined for greatness. Both of their lives are turned upside down when Simon discovers a small drill in the ground...

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Anime Matsuri 2013: Pre-Interview with Convention Chair [VIDEO]

Anime Matsuri 2013: Pre-Interview with Convention Chair [VIDEO]

Agent Alaska met Mrs. Deneice Leigh, Con Chair of Anime Matsuri on Skype recently to discuss their upcoming convention on the weekend of March 29th to March 31st, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, Texas, and get the latest scoop on the convention.

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MechaCon VIII

MechaCon VIII

If I had to pick one trait of Mechacon that I love more than any other, it would be their ability to be ready for anything and overcome challenges. In their first year, they were unfortunately on the same weekend that Hurricane Katrina ravaged South Louisiana, and from what I understood the staff went above and beyond the call of duty to help the attendees in their trying time of need.

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Cosplayer Spotlight #01: Ashta Nightrayne

Cosplayer Spotlight #01: Ashta Nightrayne

My name is Nicole Luke, I am 21 years old. I often go by my cosplay name: Ashta Nightrayne. I have been cosplaying since 2004. I have lived in various states and finally settled down in Southern Louisiana.

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Akikan!

Akikan!

Daichi Kakeru is an extremely perverted sixteen-year-old boy who is a virgin of all trades. However that is all about to change when he opens a can of melon soda, takes a sip, and finds himself kissing a very attractive blonde girl. It turns out his drink is a government experiment in which steel and aluminum soda cans known as Akikans, are cans that turn into girls locked in a kiss with you when drank. Their purpose in life is to fight one another to determine the better can in a competition called the Akikan Elect.

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Grave of the Fireflies by Drake

Grave of the Fireflies by Drake

Near the end of World War II, American air-raids on Japan threatened many lives. After losing their mother, 14 year old Seita and his baby sister Setsuko are forced to live on their own. The harsh war times make it difficult to find food, or get help from neighbours and family. Finding it hard to get nutrition, toiletries, and other needed services, death and starvation seems to be the only way out.

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Drake

Fullmetal Alchemist by Drake

The Law of Equivalent Trade dominates the actions of Edward Elric, age 15, and Alphonse Elric, age 14. In order to gain something, one must present something of equal value, so says the Law. Ignoring these laws after their mother passed away from an illness, Ed and Alphonse researched their runaway father’s studies on the forbidden techniques of human transmutation to try and bring their mother back to life. The result: Al lost his body and Ed lost an arm and a leg. During their recovery, Colonel Roy Mustang, the Flame Alchemist, contacted them to tell the brothers to take a test that allows them to become Nationally Certified Alchemists. Ed does so, and learns of a Philosopher’s Stone that breaks the laws of alchemy. By obtaining this stone they can return to their normal bodies and a normal life. However, getting their hands on this legendary stone is no simple task.

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Fruits Basket by Drake

Fruits Basket by Drake

After Honda Tohru's mother died in a car accident, Tohru was left to her grandfather who at the time resided with relatives who did not look so fondly on Tohru due to her mother. However, when her grandfather’s house was slated for renovations, Tohru set off to a forest and set up a tent until renovations were finished to avoid being a burden to others. One fateful day, as she was leaving for school; Tohru noticed a house in the middle of the forest, inhabited by members of the Sohma family. Eventually, she took up residence with them, and becomes entwined with a deep dark secret.

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Crest of the Stars by Drake

Crest of the Stars by Drake

At the age of 10, Jinto Lin was forced to watch as his father Rock sold out their home world of Martine to the Humankind Reich of the Abh, becoming a traitor and pariah to the populace as a result. In return, Rock became the new magistrate of the star system, and as his son, Jinto became Abh nobility. After seven years of learning the “Way of the Abh,” Jinto is ready to journey to the Abh capital Lacmhacarh to serve his mandatory term in the Abh Star Forces. Assigned to escort him to the capital is a young Pilot Trainee named Lafiel, serving aboard the patrol ship Gauthloth. When the Gauthloth encounters unidentified craft during the journey, Jinto and Lafiel are evacuated as non-combatants for precautionary reasons, and are forced to find their own way to Lacmhacarh.

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Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler

Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler

After graduating high school, Kaiji moves to Tokyo to find work, but is unable. Two years pass and nothing changes. In these two years, Kaiji begins drinking cheap liquor, gambling, and playing small pranks such as slashing tires. This all changes one day when Kaiji is paid a visit by a debt collector named Endo who informs Kaiji that he owes money on a loan he cosigned with a coworker. The amount is staggering, and Kaiji is offered a choice: spend the next ten to fifteen years paying back debts, or board a gambling ship, Espoir (hope in French), for one night, gambling with loaned money to repay his debt and maybe even turn a small profit. However, if he fails to win the gamble he will be forced into the most brutal of manual labor for two years. Unknown to Kaiji, he is being set up by Endo to enter and fail. Can Kaiji overcome the gamble aboard the Espoir, or has he just sealed his fate?

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Digimon Adventure: The Movie by Drake

Digimon Adventure: The Movie by Drake

It was just another normal day for 2 year-old Hikari and her older brother Taichi, until an egg popped out of their computer. The next morning the egg hatched into a small being known as Koromon. What does this strange creature want from Hikari and Taichi and what lies in store for them in the upcoming years?

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Exclusive Interview with Scott McNeil, MechaCon VII

Exclusive Interview with Scott McNeil, MechaCon VII

On the last day of MechaCon VII, AnimeSecrets was able to meet English Voice Actor Scott McNeil for an exclusive interview.

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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan by Drake

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan  by Drake

Kusakabe Sakura might be your average middle school student now, but in the future he will create the technology that will endanger the female population in order to satisfy his own evil desires! God sends Dokuro-chan, one of His angels, to kill him, but she decides to save him instead. Unfortunately for Sakura, this means living with a temperamental angel and being whacked to death repeatedly by her giant spiked club, Excaliborg. Luckily, she can also wish him back to life.

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MechaCon V – Texas Voice Actor Panel

MechaCon V – Texas Voice Actor Panel

During Day 2 of MechaCon 5.0, Anime Secrets was able to attend a panel put on by Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Samantha Inoue Harte, Wendy Powell, and Vic Mignogna, about the current state of voice acting and the anime industry in Texas.

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Vic Mignogna Q&A Session, Anime Matsuri 2008

Vic Mignogna Q&A Session, Anime Matsuri 2008

During Anime Matsuri 2008, I was able to attend a Q&A session with Vic. Though due to problems with our recording equipment, I was unable to record the session. However through the graciousness of an adjoining press team, NewsWireHouston, an Associated Press outlet based in Houston, we were allowed to publish the transcripts of the Q&A here. For original article click here.

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Live Chat with Tim Buckley, Xfire

Live Chat with Tim Buckley, Xfire

Recently, I was browsing CAD, my favourite webcomic of all time. Seeing an announcement for an upcoming live chat/interview with Tim Buckley, the creator of the webcomic, my first insticint was to enter. On the morning of Nov 21st, 2005, I received an email naming me as a participant for the Live Chat with Tim. Little did I know I was among 100 eager participants. To help keep order, the Xfire staff created three separate chat rooms: one for general questions, one for questions for Tim, and one with the actual transcription of the session. Below is the official transcript (with slight edits to match our format) of the event, taken with permission from both Xfire and Tim Buckley.

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Samantha Inoue Harte Interview, MechaCon V

Samantha Inoue Harte Interview, MechaCon V

During the Guest of Honors Meet and Greet at MechaCon 5.0 in Lafayette, Louisiana, Anime Secrets was able to meet and talk to guest of honor Samantha Inoue Harte. Below is the interview:

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Lisa Furukawa Interview, MechaCon III

Lisa Furukawa Interview, MechaCon III

Lisa,for the past two years, has been kind enough to grace MechaCon with her phenomenal singing abilities: first at a private concert for the opening ceremonies at MechaCon 2.0, and then an open concert at MechaCon 3.0. At both performances, Ms. Furukawa swept the audiences off their feet. On the final day of MechaCon 3.0, I was able to interview Lisa Furukawa at her table in the Artist Alley.

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Chris & Greg Ayres Interview, MechaCon V

Chris & Greg Ayres Interview, MechaCon V

During the Guest of Honors Meet and Greet at MechaCon V in Lafayette, Louisiana, Anime Secrets was able to meet and talk to guest of honors Chris and Greg Ayres. Below is the interview:

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Bespa Kumamero @ Anime Matsuri 2008

Bespa Kumamero @ Anime Matsuri 2008

During Anime Matsuri, I was able to attend a Q&A session with Bespa Kumamero. Due to problems with our recording equipment, I was unable to record the session. However, through the graciousness of another press team covering the event, NewsWireHouston, an Associated Press outlet, we were allowed to publish the transcripts of the Q&A here. For the original article, click here. For source galleries for images, click here for the panel gallery and here for the concert at Club AM.

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Voltron: Fleet of Doom

Voltron: Fleet of Doom

Planet Arus and the Near Universe have been enjoying peace ever since the Voltron Lion Force defeated King Zarkon. However, this peace was short lived. King Zarkon and Viceroy Throk of the Drule High Command have joined forces and brought forth a deadly armada. The only way to stop the combined forces of Zarkon and Throk is to unite both the Vehicle and Lion Voltron units. But can the combined might of both Voltron forces defeat this threat, or has the end of life as we know it finally come?

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Vandread

Vandread

For many years the men of Tarak and the women of Meger have been enemies due to a conflict involving their ‘Grandparents’. All these years, man and woman have found ways to survive on their own without help from the other gender. One day when the men of Tarak reveal their latest weapon, the Vanguard, to defeat the women in war, the lone 3rd class outcast, Tokai Hibiki, is given a dare by his comrades to steal a Vanguard While attempting to steal the weapon, a pirate ship of women approach and a battle breaks out which leads Hibiki on an odyssey and a discovery of an unlikely alliance to survive a new threat…

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Onegai Teacher OVA

Onegai Teacher OVA

After spending nearly a year dodging friends and annoying relatives, it seems Kei and Mizuho can finally have some time to themselves on their honey moon. Sadly, their honeymoon is cut short when Mizuho's mom and little sister come back and begin interfering in their love lives. Can the young lovers withstand the pounding that ensues?

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On Your Mark

On Your Mark

In the future man no longer lives on the ground because of radiation emitted from the sun and a deserted nuclear planet. One day a team of special police attacked a religious building, in which two members of the group discover a barely living winged girl chained up. Just as they could begin to help, she was carried off by scientists for observation. Feeling sorry for the girl’s capture into the hands of the government, they devise a plan to liberate her.

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Oh My Goddess! OVA

Oh My Goddess! OVA

It 's another boring afternoon in the dorms for Keiichi, where he is forced to take messages for all his dorm-mates while they go out. Of course, his ungracious friends leave no food to tide Keiichi over as he does this menial task, so what’s a guy to do? Call for take-out, obviously! However, instead of getting noodles, Keiichi gets the Goddess Hotline, which sends the goddess Belldandy to grant Keiichi a wish. Thinking it’s a cruel prank by the residents of his dorm, Keiichi wishes for Belldandy to be his girlfriend for life. To his surprise, however, his wish is granted, and the two must work out living together despite the obstacles that have been in their way since childhood, all the while contending with Belldandy’s sisters, Urd and Skuld. No big deal, right?

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Mobile Suite Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

Mobile Suite Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

After finally attaining true peace, everyone's favorite Gundam pilots split and go their separate ways. However, one certain little girl doesn't seem to like the new lifestyle set by the end of the war. That girl is Treize Khushrenada’s daughter, Marie Maia Khushrenada. After plotting for one year, she and her accomplices bring back the deceased 'Operation Meteor' and force the five Gundam pilots to reunite with their Gundams and save Earth.

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Munto

Munto

The Heavens, a world of islands floating in the skies in a time beyond us, are running low on Akuto, the main source of energy. In anger, The Heavens launch an attack on the Magical Kingdom, which is a big user of Akuto. In a last ditch effort to save the Magical Kingdom and The Heavens from certain destruction, King Munto of the Magical Kingdom risks his life to descend to the perilous lower world to seek a girl named Yumemi, who was foretold in a prophecy to be able to save the world. Though at first glance this girl is nothing spectacular, she is the only one to see the floating islands in the sky. Can Yumemi come to reality with her destiny and help Munto save the world, or is all doomed?

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Moyashimon

Moyashimon

Sawaki Tadayasu and his childhood friend Yuuki Kei have just entered Tokyo’s College of Agriculture. At the surface, both friends appear to be like the countless other college students, but on the inside there lies a secret: Sawaki can see microbes with the naked eye, and interact with them! Immediately, the two are swept up by Professor Itsuki, an old family friend, to conduct research on microbes using Sawaki’s gift. What will come of the two as they join forces with the Professor, his cruel graduate student, two bumbling upperclassmen with an ambition to get rich brewing sake, and a neat freak classmate?

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

It’s been six months since Takamachi Nanoha, a normal everday 3rd grader, encountered a ferret and entered a world of battles, magic and adventure. All she wanted to do was reunite with her old friends, but fate was against that. Four warrior knights mysteriously appear in search of Linker Cores, a central source of magic in the world, to refill the pages of the “Book of Darkness” once more in the name of their mistress.

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Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Yuuno is an archeologist with magical powers from a far away planet. During an excavation, he unearths the Jewel Seeds, an ancient relic that has the power to grant the desires of their owners. However, this process is very unstable and, depending on the user, has the potential to release a chaotic force. As a result, the Seeds are transported across space for safe keeping. Unfortunately during transit, an unexpected accident scatters the 21 Seeds across Earth. Yuuno travels to Earth and desperately tries to reclaim the Seeds, but is severely injured by a beast formed from a Seed. His telepathic pleas for help are heard by 8 year old Nanoha; who discovers Yuuno in the form of a ferret and brings him to a veterinarian. The monster returns in the night, and Yuuno calls Nanoha again. Quickly explaining the situation, Yuuno presents the “Raging Heart" to Nanoha, transforming her into Magical Girl Nanoha. Will the duo be enough to gather the Jewel Seeds and save the world, or does Fate have something else in mind?

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Love Hina: Episode 25 OVA

Love Hina: Episode 25 OVA

The episode opens with Keitaro dropping Naru and Mei at the train station to go visit their family in Kyoto. On his way home, Keitaro meets a mysterious visitor: Motoko’s sister, who has come to take Motoko home to inherit the dojo. In order to stay at the Inn, and avoid her familial duties, Motoko declares she is not powerful enough to inherit the dojo, and further claims she is engaged to Keitaro. Will Motoko have to return home and face her fears or will she be forced into a marriage with Keitaro?

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Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose

Lingerie Soldier Papillon Rose

Tsubomi-chan is your average lingerie-clad hostess trying to survive high school. Little does she realize her whole life is about to change after she beds Hikaru and turns into Papillion Soldier. Her mission is to defeat the minions of Regina Apis, an evil woman seeking to claim all the sexual energy of the world for herself. Can Tsubomi-chan put an end to this evil villain or is the world's libido doomed?

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Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho

Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho

Okimura Kaname is a student at Prefectoral Umineko Shougyou High, or ‘Umisho’ for short. When he was growing up, Kaname encountered a mermaid, which in essence terrified him , and forced him to develop hydrophobia- fear of water. Ironically, despite this phobia, Kaname is the manager of the school swim team, which is dominated by a dozen or so girls. To make matters more interesting, we meet the happy-go-lucky girl Ninagawa Amuro. Right off the bat, she is drafted to the swim team for her bizzare talents in the pool, such as her unbelievable swimming speeds and unusual style, including the occasional skinny dipping. The final spice? Amuro reminds Kaname of the mermaid he met years ago. So just who is Amuro, and is she really a mermaid or not?

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Kaiji

Kaiji

After graduating high school, Kaiji moves to Tokyo to find work, but is unable. Two years pass, and nothing changes. In these two years, Kaiji begins drinking cheap liquor, gambling, and often playing pranks, such as slashing tires. Everything changes when he is paid a visit by a debt collector named Endo, who informs Kaiji that he owes money on a loan he cosigned with a coworker who was down on his luck. The amount Kaiji owes is too staggering to pay, and he is offered a choice by Endo. He can either spend the next ten to fifteen years paying back the debt, or board a gambling ship named Espoir (the French for “hope”) and gamble for one night with loaned money to attempt to repay his debt, and maybe even turn a small profit. However, if he fails to win the gamble he will be forced into the most brutal of manual labor for two years to pay the money back. Unbeknownst to Kaiji, he is being set up by Endo to enter and fail. Can Kaiji overcome the gamble aboard the Espoir or has Endo just sealed his fate?

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Iron Man

Iron Man

Tony Stark is the brilliant engineer, physicist, and owner of Stark Industries, a major arms manufacturing company. During a demonstration of his products, he is taken prisoner by terrorists who demand that he create weapons for their use, and in the process he is fatally injured. To save himself and escape, he creates the Iron Man suit. After his escape, Tony dedicates his life to pursuing World Peace using his suit. To aid this goal, he moves to Japan and begins construction on the world’s first Arc Reactor and sets up Lab 23 to monitor and research it, while simultaneously announcing the mass production of Iron Man suits so he can retire and focus on the research fully. However, as the announcement of the Iron Man Dio line is being made, a mysterious organization known as the Zodiac attacks and takes over Dio, forcing Tony Stark to don his old red-and-gold in order to stop them.

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Hyper Doll

Hyper Doll

Mew and Mica are two alien androids sent by their boss to defend the planet Earth. The only problem is, unlike most superheroes who drop everything to save the day, these two don’t. In fact, they are the laziest heroes of all time. Instead of protecting the world, they are too preoccupied with trivial matters like eating ice cream or arguing over who is right to hear the call of duty. And to make matters worse, they are also stunningly beautiful and are therefore the target of many men’s lust. Can these two lazy superheroes get their act together and save the world? Or are we all doomed?

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Genshiken

Genshiken

Kanji Sasahara is an incoming college freshman with a goal in mind: to join a group that can appreciate his secret interest in anime, manga and video games. Upon visiting Genshiken, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, his fear of exposing his otaku side is destroyed by Madarame, the militant sop homore figure of the group. As the year progresses, Sasahara partakes in many activities with his newfound friends, such as visiting doujinshi stores, attending conventions, and playing video games.

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Fate/Stay Night

Fate/Stay Night

Emiya Shirou is just another highschool student, taken in by the sorcerer Kiritsugu Emiya after his parents died in a fire ten years ago. Shirou dreams of someday being an ally of justice, and gets his wish when he stumbles into the War for the Holy Grail, a war fought by seven “Masters”, each capable of summoning a warrior servant of different classes from all periods of time - Archer, Lancer, Berserker, Rider, Assasin, Caster and soon to join the war, Saber, Shirou’s own servant, who is summoned forth to defend him. These seven teams must fight and kill each other to gain control of the Holy Grail in order to recieve one wish, a wish that can either make or break the world as we know it. Can Shirou endure the war as well as stop more innocent lives from being taken as casulties of the war?

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Eden of the East: The King of Eden

Eden of the East: The King of Eden

Six months after the events of Eden of the East, Morimi Saki finds herself back in America to hunt for Takizawa Akira, who has been missing ever since. However, the other Selecao have not been sleeping, but instead making their moves to take center stage. Some of these bids by different Selecao to win the game could be deadly for Takizawa, whilst others strive to paint a better image of Japan in their liking. One thing is for sure: the game hasn’t ended yet.

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Eden of the East

Eden of the East

While on a trip to the United States with her friends to celebrate graduation, Morimi Saki decides to make a change of plans and leave New York to visit the White House in Washington, DC. While there, Saki gets in trouble with the police for trying to make a wish by throwing pennies into the White House’s fountain. Coming to her rescue is a mysterious naked Japanese man who suffers from amnesia, brandishing a gun and cell phone. Little does Saki know that her new friend is locked in a mysterious game linked to recent missile strikes in Japan, and that his cell phone holds all the answers.

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Dragon Ball Z: Movie IV

Dragon Ball Z: Movie IV

Once again Earth is in danger of destruction, this time due to a large asteroid that is on a crash course for the planet. To the rescue comes Goku and Kuririn, but all too quickly they realize the asteroid is not truly an asteroid but a spaceship carrying onboard Lord Slug and his evil henchmen, who have selected Earth to be the next planet to be terra-frozen for his crew to inhabit. Can the Z-Warriors win or is Earth truly doomed this time?

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Dragon Ball Z: Bardock TV Special

Dragon Ball Z: Bardock TV Special

Bardock is a third class Saiyajin from the Planet Vegeta. His purpose is the same as that of all other Saiyajin: to live and die in Freeza’s service. While performing his latest mission to cleanse the Planet Kanassa of life and conquer it in the name of Freeza, Bardock is cursed by a lone Kanassian survivor with the ability to see the future. Haunted by visions of the destruction of his people by his master’s hands and of a young man in an orange gi, Bardock rushes to warn his crew on the Planet Meat, not realizing what he sees will influence the future of his entire race.

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Dragon Ball: Yo!

Dragon Ball: Yo!

Two years following the defeat of Majin Buu, Mr. Satan invites the Z Fighters to an all-you-can-eat buffet at his new hotel in honor of his “defeat” of Majin Buu. However, as the group sits down to feast, they are interrupted by Vegeta’s younger brother Tarble. The Z Fighters are informed that Tarble is being pursued from his planet by two devastating brothers, Avo and Cado, who laid terror to their planet. It is now up to Earth’s Greatest Warriors to take care of the brothers.

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Dragon Ball GT: Movie Special

Dragon Ball GT: Movie Special

A hundred years after the events of DBGT, a new adventure rises. The Z-fighters from the past are all dead except one; Pan is now an old woman teaching her grandson to become a fighter like his ancestor Goku. However, her grandson, Goku Jr., is nothing at all like his ancestors, save his appetite for food. One day Goku comes home from school to find his grandmother in bad health; he is then forced to put aside his cowardly ways and find a courage that lies deep in him to find the four-star Dragon Ball. Can Goku find the Dragon Ball and save Pan from dying?

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Digital Monster X-Evolution

Digital Monster X-Evolution

Due to an increase in the population of the Digital World, Yggdrasil, the caretaker of the Digital World, has developed an infectious virus named Project Ark to terminate all of the Digimon and create a new world with a manageable population. However as time passed, digimon began exhibiting the X-Antibody, a antivirus to combat Project Ark. These monsters with the antivirus became known as the X-Digimon. Amidst all this chaos is a young Digimon known as DORUmon, who holds the key to the Digital World’s salvation. Can DORUmon come to terms with his past in time to save the world or is all lost?

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Digimon Xros Wars

Digimon Xros Wars

Taiki Kudo is a kindhearted seventh grader living in Japan, always helping those in need. One day while hanging out with his friends Zenjirou and Akari, Taiki encounters the Digimon Shoutmon and inadvertently transports himself and his friends to the digital world. Upon arrival, Taiki discovers that the world is under the control of the Bagra Army, and that other humans are present and fighting a war against them in order to gain Code Crowns. The person to collect all the Code Crowns will be able to change the Digital World however he or she desires. Taiki, Shoutmon, and all of their friends must band together to form the Xros Heart Army in order to take down the Bagra Army and bring peace to the Digital World.

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Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers’ Battle

Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers’ Battle

Takato and Guilmon go on vacation to Okinawa to spend time with his cousin. Little did he know his vacation would be cut short by the release of V-Pets that turned viral and are affecting all systems with the program. While on the island, Takato discovers an attack on Minami, the daughter of the creator of V-Pets, by digimon. Now it is up to Takato to figure out why digimon are attacking her and what connection exists between her and the virus.

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Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express

Digimon Tamers: The Runaway Digimon Express

Six months have passed since the destruction of the D-Reaper, and Takato and crew are planning a surprise birthday party for fellow Tamer, Ruki, when they receive reports of Locomon, a train digimon, having been sighted tearing through the real world. Its destination is a portal to the digital world. Will the Tamers be able to unite and stop the train, and make it back in time for Ruki’s birthday party?

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Digimon Savers

Digimon Savers

Daimon Masaru is a second-year junior high school student as well as an undefeated street fighter from Japan. One day, Masaru chances upon a Digimon named Agumon, who has recently escaped from a government organization known as DATS (Digital Accident Tactics Squad). After brawling with each other, Masaru and Agumon become friends and, together with other members of DATS, begin working to investigate and prevent Digimon from appearing in the human world.

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Digimon Frontiers: Island of Lost Digimon

Digimon Frontiers: Island of Lost Digimon

The Digi-Destined children come across an ancient floating island. Upon arrival on the island, they discover a feud between the two types of Digimon- the beast type and the human type. After witnessing the bond between two young Digimon from opposing factions, the kids decide they must stop the feud and unravel the mysteries of the island.

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Digimon Adventures 02: The Golden Digimentals

Digimon Adventures 02: The Golden Digimentals

Hikari and Takeru are on vacation in the Big Apple visiting Mimi, a fellow Chosen Child (someone chosen to have a Digimon companion). All seems well until an unknown Digimon appears and traps Mimi and the other older Chosen Children in a vortex to de-age them. This Digimon is hunting for his human partner, unable to grasp that his partner has grown up over the years. To aid the new generation of Chosen Children there comes a new Digidestined from America, Wallace, who has a mysterious link to the unknown Digimon. Can the younger Chosen Children save the older kids and unravel the secret link between Wallace and the mystery Digimon?

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Digimon Adventures 02: Diablomon Strikes Back

Digimon Adventures 02: Diablomon Strikes Back

Three years have passed since Diablomon's defeat against the Chosen Children. However, Diablomon survived, and has spent three long years deep in the Net plotting revenge on the world. This time has now come: can the old and new Chosen Children join forces and destroy Diablomon once and for all, or have they finally met their match?

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Digimon Adventure: Our War Game

Digimon Adventure: Our War Game

After the epic war against the Dark Masters in the Digital World, the eight Chosen Children have returned to their daily lives. However, a new virus has been released onto the internet, from which a new Digimon has been unleashed. The objective of the virus…eat all the data in the world. Can the scattered Chosen Children reunite once more and face this new bug?

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Comedy

Comedy

Comedy takes place during the Irish War for Independence. As the war waged on, a small five-year-old girl begins to fear for the safety of her village and loved ones. Join this small girl on her journey as she travels to the ruined castle of legendary swordsman who is rumored to not accept payments of money for services. The only payment accepted is a book of an unknown genre.

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Bokurano

Bokurano

During a stay at summer camp, a group of fifteen children finds a cavern by the sea while exploring a nearby beach. Upon investigation of said cavern, the children discover computers, an assortment of electronics, and a man named Kokopelli. They soon learn that Kokopelli is a programmer working on a brand new video game, in which players pilot a large robot in order to protect the Earth. Seeing the kids’ interest in the game, Kokopelli offers each of them a chance to beta test the game for him, and all of them (save one) sign a contract binding them to play. Little do they know exactly what they have gotten themselves into by agreeing to play Kokopelli’s game.

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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

In futuristic-feudal Japan the one who wears the Number One headband is the strongest warrior in the world and revered as a god among men. The only opposition to the Number One is the one who wears the Number Two headband. The holder of the Number Two headband is the Afro Samurai who is sent down the dark pathway to kill the Number One in order to avenge his fallen father, the former Number One. The only problem with this journey is anyone can challenge the Number Two. Can this Afro-Samurai exact revenge on his father’s murderer and claim the title of Number One?

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Oni-Con 2007 Photo Gallery

Oni-Con 2007 Photo Gallery

Photos from Oni-Con 2007 in Houston, Texas

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MechaCon V Photo Gallery

MechaCon V Photo Gallery

Photos from MechaCon IV in Lafayette, Louisiana

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MechaCon IV Photo Gallery

MechaCon IV Photo Gallery

Photos from MechaCon IV in Lafayette, Louisiana

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MechaCon II Photo Gallery

MechaCon II Photo Gallery

Photos from MechaCon 2.0 in Lafayette, Louisiana

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Louisianime 2012 Photo Gallery

Louisianime 2012 Photo Gallery

Photos from Louisianime 2012 in Lafayette, Louisiana

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Cosplay Day Out 2010 Photo Gallery

Cosplay Day Out 2010 Photo Gallery

Photos from Cosplay Day Out 2010 in Humble, Texas

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Spiral by Drake

Spiral by Drake

Surgeon Ando Mitsuo is drawn into the mysterious events surrounding his old friend Takayama Ryuji’s gruesome death when he finds a slip of paper with numbers written on it lodged inside Ryuji’s stomach during his autopsy. Using the code they created in college, the numbers on the paper spells out “RING.E As Mitsuo looks into the details of Ryuji’s untimely demise, he finds a connection to the famous urban legend about a video that causes people to die seven days after they’ve watched it. Now he’s compelled to discover the mystery surrounding the video and the real reason that it leads its viewers to such horrible deaths.

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Kagome, Kagome by Drake

Kagome, Kagome by Drake

Takeuchi Masami’s father has recently passed away, and as a result, his grandfather is forcing him to move out of his house. With only 80,000 yen a month given to him as living expenses by his grandfather, he needs to find a relatively cheap place to live. Enter his friend Nishino Kagome, who promises to help Masami find a place, under one condition: he needs to allow Kagome’s “Extremely Normal Phenomena Observation Society” to use it as a meeting hall until they get their own. While not a believer in things of that nature, Masami nonetheless agrees. Strange things are now happening in his new place, and he just may soon change his skeptical view on the supernatural...

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Kagome, Kagome

Kagome, Kagome

Takeuchi Masami’s father has recently passed away, and as a result, his grandfather is forcing him to move out of his house. With only 80,000 yen a month given to him as living expenses by his grandfather, he needs to find a relatively cheap place to live. Enter his friend Nishino Kagome, who promises to help Masami find a place, under one condition: he needs to allow Kagome’s “Extremely Normal Phenomena Observation Society” to use it as a meeting hall until they get their own. While not a believer in things of that nature, Masami nonetheless agrees. Strange things are now happening in his new place, and he just may soon change his skeptical view on the supernatural...

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Window

Window

The “ghost.” Just another harmless prank, he thought. All he had to do was scream “ghost” loud enough for the girl to close her window. He didn’t care that he was possibly paining a poor soul who had suffered greatly from a bad fire. He just wanted to prove himself as one of the guys…who cares about some mystery girl in a window?

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Dark Water

Dark Water

Water is usually the source of life and purity; however, not in this case. In this case, water brings about a murder of a small child, scary creatures of the deep, and many other frightening events. This isn’t your normal water, this is Dark Water.

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Brian Beacock Interview, 11/11/12

Brian Beacock Interview, 11/11/12

Recently I had a chance to conduct an interview with Voice Actor, Brian Beacock, best known for being the voice of Takato Matsuki in Digimon Tamers and Yamato Delgado in Battle B-Damian via email. Below is the transcript from our correspondence.

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Tekken 4

Tekken 4

After failing to capture Ogre two years ago, Heihachi ordered his scientists to take samples of Ogre to create the Ogre gene cells. During the research, bioengineers discovered another gene was needed to properly splice the genetic code of Ogre. Along with this bad news came a mystery photograph of a burnt corpse that resembled Kazuya, Heihachi’s son, who was thrown into a volcano by his father twenty years earlier. Upon seeing the photo, Heihachi launched a raid on G Corporation, a leading biotech firm with unprecedented research. During the raid valuable data was stolen from G Corporation and Kazuya was resurrected to learn the true nature of The Devil. Kazuya planned to unite his two halves to enact revenge on his father. To lure out his son, Heihachi announces The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4.

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Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X

Tidus is your normal everyday Blitzball player until he is sucked into a time drift and lands in a world called Spira. Now with the help of Lady Summoner Yuna, they must put an end to an evil called Sin and together over come the challenges before them.

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Ben There, Dan That

Ben There, Dan That

Ben and Dan are ordinary roommates who live in a small London apartment. However what isn’t ordinary about them is the myriad adventures they get into, such as going to Peru to revive Dan, or running around the house in search of items to repair their television. Then, even all that changes one day when aliens abduct them into their spaceship. Now it’s up to Ben and Dan to get through an adventure of new heights. BEWARE: Zombies and dinosaurs are on the prowl. Can this seemingly idiotic pair of heroes get through the spaceship and save the world?

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Back to the Future: The Game – Episode 1: It’s About Time! by Drake

Back to the Future: The Game – Episode 1: It’s About Time! by Drake

It has been six months since Marty McFly’s time traveling adventures with Doc Brown. In Doc Brown’s absence, his lab and home have been seized by the bank and have been announced to be put up for estate sale. As all hope of Doc ever returning fades away, the DeLorean suddenly appears with Doc’s dog Einstein and a message that the good doctor is in trouble. It is now up to Marty to travel back to June 13th, 1931 and enlist the help of a younger Emmett Brown in rescuing Doc Brown.

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E3 2010 – Nintendo: Back in the Game

E3 2010 – Nintendo: Back in the Game

As early as the 1970s, Nintendo was already at work making a dent in the then-early age of the gaming industry with the Color TV Game series in 1977 and the development of games like Donkey Kong for arcade cabinets and Game & Watch on handhelds. However, it wasn’t until 1983 that the Nintendo Entertainment System was launched, which gave Nintendo dominance in the industry’s console and handheld wars. Although this was challenged when Sony entered the battlefield with the PlayStation in 1994 and its successor console, the PlayStation 2 in 2000, which topped Nintendo’s sales, the birth of the Wii once again gave Nintendo the edge, and they’ve held their ground ever since. Through the years, Nintendo has picked up and maintained a loyal fan base that grew up with classic characters and game series like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Kirby.

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E3 2010: Ubisoft: Bridging Reality and Virtual Reality

E3 2010: Ubisoft: Bridging Reality and Virtual Reality

At the end of day 1 at E3 2010, Ubisoft held a press conference to showcase their latest projects. They came out with what can only be described as a two prong attack on the industry, the first phase being to keep a firm hold on the market with their franchises, and the second phase to start finding new, innovative ways to integrate the latest gaming technology into people’s lives, both in interactivity and by taking gaming away from the console. From the looks of it, Ubisoft has effectively succeeded in both objectives.

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E3 2010: EA’s Bid to Reclaim Shooter Crown

E3 2010: EA’s Bid to Reclaim Shooter Crown

One thing was clear in the EA Press Release at E3 2010: they are coming back to reclaim the shooter crown and set the bar higher than before. However, many question if it be done. Can EA topple the reigning king of the genre, Activision, with its Call of Duty Franchise? Just to give an idea of how different EA’s approaches are, let’s jump back to last year. EA was geared towards more family-oriented games such as The Sims 3 and Charm Girls Club, as well as the sports demographic with the announcement of EA Sports MMA and Fight Night 4.

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E3 2010: Microsoft Losing Focus?

E3 2010: Microsoft Losing Focus?

First up to bat this year is Microsoft, and I must say their video left me with mixed feelings. After last year’s major announcement of Project Natal (or, as I call it, The Origins of Skynet ), I was expecting quite a few major announcements to reinforce last year’s incredible display previewing the capabilities showcased through Milo and Kate.

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Portal 2: Potatoes Fuel Glados?

Portal 2: Potatoes Fuel Glados?

Ever since the birth of Portal in 2007, gamers across the world have eagerly been awaiting a sequel game, myself included. This video game is slated to be one of the most anticipated games of 2011, however nothing we dreamed up in the weeks leading to this moment could have truly prepared us for the return of GLaDOS. Not only has she returned for Portal 2, but she has infected thirteen other video games developed by Indie Studios; titles such as Defense Grid: The Awakening,

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Love the Cosplayer, Respect the Cosplayer: The Happy Medium

Love the Cosplayer, Respect the Cosplayer: The Happy Medium

I have been a member of the anime fandom for about a decade, if not longer. In this time, I have attended my fair share of conventions and even hosted a few meet-ups of my own. At these events, I've come across more cosplayers, or people dressed up as their favorite characters, than mathematics can actually calculate a number to describe.

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AM2 2011: Convention Organizer Interview

AM2 2011: Convention Organizer Interview

For the past few months word has been spreading about a new anime convention coming to Los Angeles, California, on July 1st – July 4th at the Anaheim Center. I recently had the opportunity to interview Mr. Chase Wang, one of the organizers of the event, to discuss their plans, challenges and other general information of running a first year anime convention on Yahoo Messenger.

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MechaCon V: Convention Organizers Interview

MechaCon V: Convention Organizers Interview

This year at MechaCon V, Team Anime Secrets was able to catch up with the masterminds, Jon Russo and Peter Bares, behind Louisiana’s longest-running anime convention for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on a yearly anime convention and the future plans for the convention’s move to New Orleans from the Hub City. Below is the video of this interview:

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Aurora, Colorado Shooting 2012

Aurora, Colorado Shooting 2012

Anyone Can Be A Hero Originally Posted: July 27th, 2012 by Rizwan Merchant As many of you know by now, last week tragedy hit the midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, as a gunman entered a theatre and shot down many movie goers. As of the time of this writing, twelve attendees have been murdered, and close to sixty others have been injured, some severely. Details surrounding the case are still unknown, but the...

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Louisianime 2012

Louisianime 2012

When Louisianime announced its move from Baton Rouge, LA to neighboring city Lafayette, I was not certain what to make of it. On one hand, I was beyond excited and filled with nostalgic memories of the experiences from the Lafayette-based MechaCon days.

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MechaCon VII

MechaCon VII

MechaCon has just completed its seventh year in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hilton Riverside, and I must say Convention Organizer, Jon Russo’s words about this year being Lucky Number Seven were totally spot on. In my six years of attending this convention, I have got to say this was probably the most fun I have ever had at any con in recent memory. However, as I say this, let me also preface this with this is the first convention I’ve attended where I have stayed at the convention hotel.

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MechaCon VI: Cosplay Contest Footage

MechaCon VI: Cosplay Contest Footage

This past year, AnmeSecrets was able to attend the annual Cosplay Contest at MechaCon VI on Saturday afternoon, and I have got to say, this year's performances were really great. Below are videos taken by Commander Drake of the skits portion of the afternoon.

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MechaCon VI

MechaCon VI

When convention organizers Jon Russo and Peter Bares announced at the opening ceremonies of MechaCon V that they would be relocating from Lafayette, LA to New Orleans, LA, I must admit that I was skeptical. This wasn’t just a move from one facility to another in the same city but rather a move from one city to another, two hours east. On the surface this seemed like a brilliant move; New Orleans is no doubt bigger.......

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Cosplay Day Out 2010

Cosplay Day Out 2010

Once you’ve been to about two or three anime conventions, bets are you know what to expect before you arrive on the scene. However, this was not true for Cosplay Day Out 2010, an outdoor picnic event held in Humble, Texas for cosplayers to have a day of fun. Why might this be, you ask? Simply put, there are not many major cosplay picnic events of significant size out there, and not many people really ever mention their experiences at one. In fact, a quick Google search brings up a handful of cosplay picnic events, and most of those are not in America, or are small and intended for local anime clubs. So what compelled me to make the four hour drive from Lafayette, Louisiana to Humble, Texas to check out Cosplay Day Out?

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MechaCon IV

MechaCon IV

I’ve attended MechaCon at the Hilton Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana for the last three years now, having only missed its premiere in 2005. However, before I go on to discuss MechaCon 4.0, I’d like to spend a moment highlighting something about the convention that originally gave me an immense feeling of pride (other than the pride I felt in it being in my small hometown, of course).....

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Anime Matsuri 2008

Anime Matsuri 2008

Anime Matsuri 2008 is a two-year-old convention based in Houston, Texas, run by Emotiongear, the parent company to Anime Matsuri, Showdown Championships, and Import Reactor. Ever since its conception in 2007, Matsuri has strived to set itself apart from other anime conventions by taking events from its child companies and implementing them into Matsuri, such

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Oni-Con 2007

Oni-Con 2007

Oni-Con 2007 marks my second Oni-Con attendance, my first being in their inaugural year of 2004. Right off the bat, the improvements of Oni-Con from their first year to their fourth were very evident. Everything was top notch in their new venue, the George R. Brown Convention Center, which was more than spacious enough for the task. However, while the improvements were amazing, there were also some major let-downs this time around.

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Tenbatsu Angel Rabbie

Tenbatsu Angel Rabbie

Following a great war of magical proportions, angels from the heavens are sent to Earth to watch over the humans in order to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic mistakes made in the war. To join the ranks of the angels, Lasty Farson, codenamed “Angel Rabbie,” must perform a mission: journey to Earth and help the people there with their problems. Can this clumsy angel complete her mission and finally have her lunch?

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Oni-Con 2004

Oni-Con 2004

Houston, Texas, USA. October 22nd – 24th 2004. Reporter(s): Drake, Zoomi Greetings everyone, Agent Zoomi and myself have taken some time from our busy schedules to bring you a small peek into Texas’s newest anime convention: Oni-Con. Oni-Con made its debut into the anime community on October 22, 2004, and spanned until October 24, 2004 at the Sheraton Hotel in North Houston. This first year convention walked away that...

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Buso Renkin

Buso Renkin

On the way home from school one night, Kazuki Muto unwillingly walks in on a monster attacking a girl, and he is stabbed in the heart while trying to save her. Turns out the girl, Tokiko, is an Alchemic Warrior tasked with the duty of destroying monsters known as homunculi with her Buso Renkin (alchemic weapon), Valkyrie Skirt. In order to save Kazuki’s life, Tokiko inserts an alchemic device—a Kakugane

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