J-Fest Returns This Weekend

Anime Evolution is resurrecting J-fest, the Vancouver anime get-together from the Dark Days of VHS this Saturday at Douglas College. Admission is $10, and children 6 and under are free with a paying adult. There will be Cosplay an Artist’s Alley, and of course, lots of Anime! The weather couldn’t be better, so head down already!

UBC to host MiniComi 2 on July 7

UBC will be hosting the second annual MiniComi Festival at the Student Union Building (SUB) this Saturday from 10am to 7pm. The festival bills itself as a spiritual successor to Comiket, featuring work from local artists, doujinshi, and Cosplay. Of course, if you send us your pictures from the event, we’ll be sure to post them here!


Source: MiniComi 2.

Anime Revolution Welcomes Jouji Nakata

Anime Revolution has landed its first Japanese guest of honour, anime voice artist Jouji Nakata!

He is a highly prolific voice actor with a remarkable repertoire of roles. Notable roles include Alucard (HELLSING), Corporal Giroro (Sgt. Frog), Kirei Kotomine (Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero), The Count of Monte Cristo (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo), Hody Jones (ONE PIECE), Tetsuji Chuma (SKET DANCE), Innocentius (Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere), Diethard Reid (Code Geass), Roy Revant (Solty Rei), Hyogo Otoo (Working!! / Wagnaria!!) and many more. He will also be starring in some of the upcoming new anime series – as Kamo Serizawa in Hakuouki Reimeiroku, which starts this July, and as Dr. Crodo in Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter, which starts this October.

This will be Mr. Nakata’s first appearance at a Canadian convention, and he is very excited to join Anime Revolution.


Anime revolution will be taking place August 17-19 at the Vancouver convention center. Early bird pricing ends on June 30th, so order your tickets today!


Source: Anime Revolution.

Richmond Night Market Cosplay Fashion Show

Anime Revolution is hosting a Cosplay Fashion Show at the World-famous Richmond Night Market on June 29, 2012. The organizers are looking to find 20 models to promote the convention and everyone’s favorite art form. Entries can be sent by email to s.h.j-@hotmail.com, and the deadline is June the 17th.


J-Rock Interviews From Sakura-Con

J-rock blog Shattered Tranquility had sent staff members Juri and Ku to Sakura-con to transcribe the Q & A sessions of the musical guests Kanon Wakeshima and Moi Dix Mois. The musicians talk about their inspirations for their music and unique visual styles.

Sakura-Con: Moi dix Mois’s Q&A | Shattered-Tranquility.net.

Sakura-con: Q&A Panel with Kanon Wakeshima | Shattered-Tranquility.net.

FUNimation Announces First Mobile App at Sakura-con

One of Funimation’s bigger announcements last weekend at Sakura-con was the introduction of their first mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The free version will allow fans to see clips and trailers from their favorite shows. The $9.99 paid version will feature full streaming episodes, albeit with commercials. For $7.95, you can get the Elite subscription without any commercial interruptions. It’s great to see more companies jumping on the streaming bandwagon as DVD sales continue to tank. Does anyone know if this will work on Android Media Player set top boxes?

Source: Anime News Network.

Sakura-con Videography: How Could I have missed this many costumes?!

It’s no secret that photography is one of the joys of Anime Conventions, but if you want to capture what it’s really like to be walking around out there, you need to switch that camera to video. Every year it’s a combination of a fashion show, science fiction movie, and improv comedy workshop. MLZStudio and ShinWH0 have put together some amazing videos that show off why Sakura-con is so popular and why the Seattle convention centre is such a great venue. Check out more videos after the jump!

Sakura-con 2012 Cosplay Gallery Part 4


And here we are at the Fourth and final gallery post! Time to curl up with some green tea and DVDs and try to get over any con crud you might have picked up. See you next year!

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Sakura-con 2012 Cosplay Gallery Part 3


The weather was perfect for cosplay shooting out at the Convention Center park! The crowds were intense, but the staff was stellar at keeping the foot traffic going.

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Sakura-con 2012 Cosplay Gallery Part 2


This is part 2 of 4 for our Sakura-con 2012 Cosplay Gallery!

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