Pony Canyon Announces Anime Expo 2018 Event Schedules

PONY CANYON is pleased to announce its Anime Expo 2018 schedule. Con goers will receive a present with select purchases at the PONY CANYON booth (#1600). Additionally, if you come to some PONY CANYON panels, you will receive a special giveaway present while supplies last.

MAIN EVENTS

Friday, July 6, 2018 from 3:00–5:00 pm
LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD – U.S. Premiere * LP2 / JW – Platinum
Liz and the Blue Bird is the latest film directed by Naoko Yamada and produced by Kyoto Animation, following its critically acclaimed “A Silent Voice,” which touched the hearts of audiences globally. The animated film adaptation of Ayano Takeda’s coming-of-age novel Sound! Euphonium revolves around a fleetingly beautiful moment in the lives of two girls, Mizore and Nozomi. Don’t miss this exciting sneak peek at U.S. premiere with a special guest: music composer kensuke ushio.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 12:00–1:00 pm
CUTIE HONEY UNIVERSE – Special Panel with Go Nagai * LP2 / JW – Platinum
Go Nagai’s classic blockbuster creations, Devilman, Mazinger Z, and Cutie Honey are reborn to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Go Nagai’s works. The sexy heroine Cutie Honey returns with a brand new creative staff in Cutie Honey Universe to complete the Go Nagai’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Project. Go Nagai will appear to talk about the world of Cutie Honey Universe and perform Live Drawing. Watch an episode and don’t miss the chance to see the legend.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 2:30–4:00 pm
KENGAN ASHURA – World Premiere & Guest Talk * Main Events / Hall B
Kengan Ashura is an action packed manga series that is getting an anime adaptation for release scheduled in 2019. The story features hired gladiators that join fights called Kengan Matches that battle for rights between businesses. It has been nominated as the best comic in the Web comic selected by a million readers that is really fun to read awards. Director Seiji Kishi, producer Yūji Higa, Makoto Uezu (Series Composition), and Yasuharu Takanashi (Music) will participate in the premiere event.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm
PONY CANYON – industry panel * LP4 / 411
PONY CANYON presents the hottest titles from Japan. Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest titles, learn about our various anime related events and activities, and ask all your questions to PONY CANYON. Join our jan-ken-pon game and get an exclusive prize. Come see us.

Sunday, July 8, 2019 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
KASE-SAN AND MORNING GLORIES – Panel & U.S. Premiere * LP2 / JW – Platinum
Based on a comic series Kase-san and… by Hiromi Takashima, Kase-san and Morning Glories is the animated film adaptation produced by director Takuya Satō. The director will talk about the film and perform Live Drawing. Don’t miss this exciting sneak peek at its U.S. premiere.

GUESTS

CUTIE HONEY UNIVERSE【Go Nagai】

Born in 1945 in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Made his professional debut in 1967 with Meakashi Polikichi, followed by mega-hits Harenchi Gakuin, Mazinger Z, Devilman, and Cutie Honey. His works have won international acclaim with global popularity and have recently been adapted into live-action film. His devoted fan base transcends generations and geographical boundaries.

Events:

  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 11:50 a.m.–12:50 p.m.: Go Nagai Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 1
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 12:00–1:00 p.m.: CUTIE HONEY UNIVERSE – Special Panel with Go Nagai
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 3:00–4:00 p.m.: Go Nagai Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Go Nagai Autograph Session @Kentia Hall Table 2
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Go Nagai Autograph Session @ Booth#1600

KENGAN ASHURA【Seiji Kishi】

For more than a decade, prolific director Seiji Kishi has built a name for himself helming critically acclaimed and popular animation. From early works like Astro Fighter Sunred and My Bride is a Mermaid, Kishi has proven adept at fantasy, supernatural, and sci-fi stories. Other hits have included Humanity Has Declined, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, and Persona 4 The Animation. He received the 19th Animation Kobe Individual award for his achievements through 2014, citing his work directing Arpeggio of Blue Steel, in particular. Most recently, Kishi has been hard at work on the well-received Persona 4, Assassination Classroom, Game of Laplace, Danganronpa, as well as Kengan Ashura.

Events:

  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 2:30–3:00 p.m.: Seiji Kishi Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 4:00–4:30 p.m.: Seiji Kishi Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 2:30–4:00 p.m.: KENGAN ASHURA – World Premiere & Guest Talk
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 4:30–5:00 p.m.: Seiji Kishi Autograph Session @ Booth#1600

LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD【kensuke ushio】

First debuting solo in 2008 as agraph, he has released three albums so far. During the same time as agraph, he formed a new band, LAMA in 2011 with NAKAKO (iLL/ex. supercar), Miki Furukawa (ex. supercar), and Hisako Tabuchi (bloodthirsty buchers /toddle). Together, they have created the music for the TV anime Ping Pong the Animation, Space Dandy, A Silent Voice, DEVILMAN crybaby, and more, along with remixing, producing, handling music for commercials.

Events:

  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 10:10–11:40 a.m.: kensuke ushio Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 2
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 1:00–1:30 p.m.: kensuke ushio Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 3:00–5:00 p.m.: LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD – U.S. Premiere
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 10:10–11:40 a.m.: kensuke ushio Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 2
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 12:30–1:30 p.m.: kensuke ushio Autograph Session @ Booth#1600

KASE-SAN AND MORNING GLORIES【Takuya Satō】

Notable works as a director include Kase-san and Morning Glories, Steins; Gate, selector, Strawberry Marshmallow, and NieA Under 7. Notable works as story editor include Fate/stay night and The Great Passage.

Events:

  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 4:30–6:00 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 7
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 from 12:30–2:00 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 5
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 1:30–2:00 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Booth#1600
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 3:00–4:30 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Kentia Hall Table 8
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 12:30–2:00 p.m.: KASE-SAN AND MORNING GLORIES – Panel & U.S. Premiere
  • Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 2:30–3:00 p.m.: Takuya Satō Autograph Session @ Booth#1600

 

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