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Opening discussions:

– Answer #OCAPodcast questions
Premier Fan tickets available yet?

Kickstarter/Crowd Funding news:

New Crowdfunding Campaign Hopes to Kickstart the Next Gainax
Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime’s Episodes Will Be 60 Minutes Long

We have a few more things in the works that we hope to unveil over the next week or so, including another new reward, some add-on items, and more! We also want to let everyone know that we are very seriously investigating the potential of making an English dub of the show a stretch goal, and are currently in discussions with a few companies to see how feasible that is, so expect more news on that soon as well!  Thank you to everyone who's shown their support so far, and to anyone who will in the future - we're relying on your help to make this happen!


Hello all,

We've got a big update for you: ARIA The ANIMATION is now officially at verification! That means replication will be happening very soon.

Here's what this means for you:

1) When we submit the replication order, we need to know the final amount of discs to make. That means ARIA The ANIMATION (Season 1) will be REMOVED FROM THE SLACKER BACKER OPTIONS on August 6th at 11:59PM Central Time. If you have been waiting to put in a slacker backer order for season 1, do it ASAP!

Please note, the rest of the seasons and the Guidebook will still be available for purchase. When those items get closer to release, we'll give a cutoff date for them as well.

2) We can't give an exact season 1 release date, since the time it takes to replicate a set can vary. But as soon as the season 1 sets are received into our warehouse, they will be shipping out to US backers. You will receive a shipping notice when that happens, along with an estimated delivery date. So, consider this the last call: if you need to update your shipping information, please do so now! This link will take you where you need to go:

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS: The initial plan was that all items for international backers (including tier rewards) would ship in a single shipment once all ARIA seasons were complete. However, we have received requests to do partial shipments by season, and are currently investigating the possibility for those who are interested (although there will be an additional shipping charge). We'll keep you posted as we figure out the details.

Convention news:

Live-Action Anime news:

Warner Bros. Takes Over Distribution of Live-Action Detective Pikachu Film
New ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Trailer Fixes its Heroine’s Uncanny Valley Critique
Actor who plays Hugo finds inspiration from same character that inspired Solid Snake
16-Bit Brawler Golden Axe Gets a Stage Play Adaptation in Japan

Streaming news:

Funimation Offers Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! Anime Digitally
Anime Song Streaming Service ANiUTa Launches in U.S. on August 1

Theater Release news:

Funimation to Bring Dragon Ball Super: Broly Anime Film to Theaters
Dragon Ball Super: Broly Advance Ticket Sales Jumps Up 236.7% from Battle of Gods
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Opens in U.S., Canada on September 25
Attack on Titan Season 3 Premiere, Recap Movie Screenings Earn US$377,334
Fireworks Anime Film Earns US$522,600 in U.S. Theaters

Series news:

Next Shin Evangelion Film’s Teaser Reveals 2020 Opening Date
Super-Deformed JoJo Project Debuts Ahead of Golden Wind Premiere
Digital Manga, Inc. Listed as Suspended by Secretary of State in California
Ebichu Manga Returns to Serialization After Hiatus of Almost 11 Years
Kodansha Comics Adds 3 Digital Manga, 5 Digital Yaoi Manga in August
Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (June-July 2018)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou Visual Novel Shows Off New Scenarios

Release news:

In This Corner Of The World Extended Version to Add 30-Minute Newly-Animated Footage
Discotek’s Sister Princess Release Has Missing Subtitles on 3 Episodes
Sentai Filmworks Launches ‘Kids’ Label With New Hello Kitty Series
Media Blasters was ahead of the curve with anime releases
Patlabor Ultimate Collection
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Random Merch news:

One Piece Sanji-inspired Special Wristwatch Offered on Marine Day
Tendence Japan Releases Two One Piece Collaboration Watches Inspired by Log Pose
Gundam Gets Elegant with F91’s Berah Ronah Special
1/7 Scale Figure of Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Kinnikuman Premium Erasers Are Little Works of Art
Lupin III Steals the Spotlight at Isetan Summer Festival
Megaman and Street Fighter Anniversary Goods Are (Literal) Pure Gold
Celebrate the Ladies of Super Sentai with Punk Drunkers Apparel Line
You Can Transform into Ultra Seven’ Alien Metron with This Special Hoodie
Guts’ Dragon Slayer sword finally available to comfort you on sleepless nights

Misc news:

Ultraman Festival 2018 Brings Legendary Heroes to Life
College Student is 3rd Arrested for Love Live! Sunshine Manhole Vandalism
Japan’s record-setting heat wave is hot enough to melt anime figure ankles