VIZ Media has announced the company’s schedule for Anime Expo which includes special anime premieres, guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, and promotional giveaways. Anime Expo is taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.
VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth 1601. The booth will be a hub of activity with special freebies and promo item giveaways throughout the convention including posters, temporary tattoos, posters, postcards, buttons and more for popular series such as Blood Lad, Deadman Wonderland, Sailor Moon and One-Punch Man.
The VIZ Media retail area also will offer a variety of must have Anime Expo convention exclusives including Limited Edition One Piece replica manga art imported from Japan, special advance copies of Naoki Urasawa’s Monster: The Perfect Edition before it’s available anywhere else, new Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Packs featuring the exclusive new Yu-Gi-Oh! “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight” trading card, Ranma 1/2 anime box sets featuring a special gift with purchase, and much more. Also don’t miss the return of the VIZ Media convention tote bag, FREE with any purchase, available in four designs.
Anime Expo attendees can catch a preview of upcoming anime and manga releases in the VIZ Media panel on July 3, 2014, and then fans of One Piece can get all the latest news on the One Piece manga, anime, video games and more at a super-sized panel set for July 4, 2014, featuring guests from VIZ Media, FUNimation, Bandai Namco Games and more. Anime fans can also catch up on the latest news and upcoming series premieres set for VIZ Media’s Neon Alley anime streaming service in a special animation panel on July 6, 2014. In addition, members of the Shojo Beat editorial team will host a panel on July 5, 2014, and fans can catch the dub premiere of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.
Be a guardian of love and justice and join VIZ Media as it celebrates the return of the legendary action fantasy anime series with Sailor Moon Day on July 5, 2014. The subtitled series is currently streaming exclusively on NeonAlley.com and Hulu.com, and VIZ Media’s acquisition includes all 200 episodes of the revered series, including the never before licensed for North America fifth and climatic final season, “Sailor Stars,” as well as the three features and additional specials.
On Sailor Moon Day, catch the World Dub Premiere of the first two episodes as well as the reveal of the new English voice cast at the special Sailor Moon Official Panel. Fans can also catch the premiere of the brand new first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal (subtitled), presented by VIZ Media in a special Anime Expo screening. Meet the voice cast at an exclusive autograph session in the Anime Expo autograph area; fans can also take photos of the talented cast with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers at the VIZ Media booth. Don’t miss the opportunity to join what could become the world’s largest Sailor Moon Cosplay Event ever with a special gathering the same afternoon in the Anime Expo Main Event Hall.
The Sailor Moon action also takes place all weekend at the VIZ Media booth with a Sailor Moon Stamp Rally. Strange things have been happening and Sailor Moon needs your help. Come by the VIZ Media booth at Anime Expo to get your stamp card and mission from the Sailor Guardians. Collect planetary symbol stamps from special booths around the Dealer’s Room and return the completed card to the VIZ Media booth to get the exclusive premiere event coin. There’s a limited quantity of coins for each day, so be sure to help Sailor Moon before it’s too late.
Plus, cool down with free drinks and balloons from the Weekly Shonen Jump team at the Drink Cart Meet Up, July 4, 2014, between 12–7:30 p.m. PDT outside the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including showings of Berserk the Golden Age Arc III: The Advent, Tiger & Bunny The Movie II: The Rising, Ranma 1/2, Blood Lad, and more.
VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & SAILOR MOON Special Events Include:
July 3, 2014
VIZ Media Panel
Join the VIZ Media staff for a presentation and Q & A session all about the latest in manga & anime. Staff will be talking about the latest news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements from the publishing and animation teams. Free manga for attendees while supplies last.
July 4, 2014
12–7:30 p.m. PDT
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Drink Cart
Weekly Shonen Jump will be handing out free energy drinks featuring Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, and more. Look for the cart on Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street or follow @ShonenJump on Twitter for real-time location.
4:30–6:00 p.m. PDT
SHONEN JUMP Presents: ONE PIECE
One Piece is the world’s most popular manga series, with over 300 million volumes sold to date. Get all the latest news on the One Piece manga, anime, video games and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, FUNimation, Bandai Namco Games and more.
July 5, 2014 – VIZ Media Presents SAILOR MOON DAY
10:00–11:30 a.m. PDT
SAILOR MOON Official Panel
Join VIZ Media for the world premiere of the all-new, uncut English language premiere of the legendary anime series, Sailor Moon. VIZ Media will introduce the cast and show the first two episodes of the re-mastered classic anime series. Following the premiere, a very special Q & A session will take place with the staff and cast of the production. There also will be a special giveaway for attendees (while supplies last).
[*Note: This special session will feature the World Premiere of the New English Dub of classic Sailor Moon series Episodes 1 and 2 and announcements at the panel]
12:00–12:30 p.m. PDT
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Screening
Video Room 1
Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl. Catch the special screening of the first episode of this exciting new series.
Special SAILOR MOON Dub Voice Cast Autograph Session
Anime Expo Autograph Area
Stop by the Anime Expo Autograph Area and pick up your very own Sailor Moon full-color poster and get it personally signed by members of the official English voice cast.
1:45 p.m. PDT
Shojo Beat Panel
Join manga editors Pancha Diaz and Nancy Thistlethwaite while they discuss favorite series, answer questions, and share what’s coming up for Shojo Beat. Free swag will be provided, including manga, while supplies last.
2:45 p.m. PDT
SAILOR MOON Cast Photo Opportunity
VIZ Media Booth #1601
Fans can take photos of the talented Official English voice cast for Sailor Moon with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session.
3:30 p.m. PDT
SAILOR MOON Cosplay Gathering
Main Event Hall
This could be the world’s largest Sailor Moon cosplay gathering EVER. Wear your best Sailor Guardian costume and have a chance to be included on a future release.
4:45–6:00 p.m. PDT
GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Dub Premiere
Get an exclusive look at the first episodes of Gargantia, dubbed in English. In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home.
July 6, 2014
2:30–3:30 p.m. PDT
VIZ Media Animation Featuring Neon Alley
Find out all that’s new and awesome directly from the VIZ Media animation team. Discover the inside story about upcoming releases, catch new announcements and the latest on the anime streaming service, Neon Alley. Bring all your anime questions, too because the VIZ Media team will be there to answer them.