Toei Animation to Celebrate the Upcoming One Piece Film Red Anime Film at Anime Expo 2022 With a Special Performance by Steve Aoki

Anime studio Toei Animation Inc. in collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the non-profit organization behind Anime Expo, has announced an exclusive Anime Expo performance by two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Steve Aoki to promote the upcoming release of One Piece Film Red, which will take place on July 2, 2022 at The Novo in L.A. Live.

Tickets to the event, which is part of Anime Expo’s 2022 programming lineup, will be available exclusively to Anime Expo attendees. Premier Fan badge holders have early access to tickets now at showclix.com, with tickets for General Attendee badge holders opening on May 12, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. Fans can register for an Anime Expo badge at anime-expo.org/register/.

One Piece Film Red is the 15th film from the worldwide hit anime franchise from Toei Animation based on the One Piece manga series created by Eiichiro Oda. First announced on November 21, 2021, One Piece Film Red will be produced by Eiichiro Oda and Toei Animation, and directed by Goro Taniguchi. The movie is scheduled to premiere in Japan on August 6, 2022.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the upcoming release of One Piece Film Red with this special performance by Steve Aoki produced exclusively for fans,” said Lisa Yamatoya, Director of Global Marketing of Toei Animation Inc. “Anime Expo 2022 provides the perfect backdrop to promote this exciting new film from creator Eiichiro Oda. Fans will not want to miss this opportunity to part of a one-of-a-kind One Piece franchise experience.”

“This year marks our first in-person Anime Expo event since 2019, and we’re incredibly excited about partnering with Toei Animation Inc. to host a special performance by international superstar Steve Aoki,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “Through both his music and fashion collaborations, Mr. Aoki has been deeply connected to the anime community for decades, making him the perfect artist to help welcome our Anime Expo fans back home to Downtown Los Angeles in 2022!”

“I have been a huge fan of Toei Animation from as early as I can remember. One Piece holds a special place in my heart because I have always been impressed by the resilience and determination of Luffy. His happy-go-lucky demeanor in the face of adversity inspired me in many ways. Having this opportunity to join forces with Toei Animation to commemorate their upcoming One Piece Film Red is an immense honor. Not only am I performing during Anime Expo, but my brand Dim Mak is also releasing a merch collab at the same time,” says Steve Aoki.

GRAMMY-nominated artist, DJ and producer Steve Aoki is globally renowned for his cross-genre discography, which boasts three Platinum singles, six Gold singles and over ten Top 10 radio records; moreover, he averages 17.2 million listeners per month on Spotify and a monthly reach of 77 million across all platforms. Aoki is further known for founding DIM MAK, a lifestyle brand and record label credited with discovering influential acts like Bloc Party, The Chainsmokers, Bloody Beetroots and The Kills. The fashion side of DIM MAK has also collaborated with numerous iconic Japanese IPs including Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball and One Piece franchises.

Anime Expo badge holders will be among the first to have access to DIM MAK’s highly anticipated “DIM MAK x ONE PIECE” collaboration including Aoki-designed hoodies, tees, accessories, and skate decks all featuring original artwork from One Piece‘s iconic Wano Arc. Fans can purchase “DIM MAK x ONE PIECE” merchandise all weekend long from Dim Mak at Booth #3326 in the Main Exhibit Hall.

For all the latest news and information about One Piece Film Red, visit the official movie website at onepiece-film.jp.

Tickets on Sale Now for AX Cinema Nights Theatrical Screenings of the Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) Anime Film

Iconic Events Releasing, a distribution company specializing in special engagement theatrical events, has announced that tickets are now on sale for nationwide screenings of Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide), presented in partnership with anime distributor Eleven Arts, and Anime Expo®, the nation’s premiere anime fan convention, for its inaugural AX Cinema Nights on May 12, 2022.

Eleven Arts has announced plans to release an original English dub of Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide). Fans of the long-established franchise can watch both versions of the film (original Japanese audio with English subtitles and original English audio) at more than 250 participating theaters in cities across the United States.

Tickets can be reserved at: https://princeoftennismovie.com

Please check the website for theatre locations and showtimes for both subbed and dubbed versions.

AX Cinema Nights is an in-person event series that will bring passionate fans together for immersive and unforgettable community experiences. Exclusive Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) branded light sticks, imported from Japan, will be available for a limited time on the official Eleven Arts Store page (https://www.elevenarts.net/store/home) soon. The interactive light sticks allow fans and attendees to add their own personal touch and bring the movie’s memorable songs and music to life during the event.

Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) will be in Canadian theaters at a later date. Details on ticket sales will be available soon.

The main English dub cast of Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) features the talents of actors including Ry Mckeand as Ryoma Echizen, David Wald as Nanjiro Echizen, Xanthe Huynh as Sakuno Ryuzaki, Jonah Scott as Kunimitsu Tezuka, Tiana Camacho as Emerald, Edward Bosco as Wolf, William Ofoegbu as Boo, and Chris Okawa as Foo.

From the Japanese sports manga created by Takeshi Konomi, with more than 60 million copies sold over 22 years, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) is a new feature film about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen. Inspired by his tennis champion father, Ryoma is determined to take his game to the next level and train in the US. But in the middle of an intense tennis battle to save his classmate Sakuno from dangerous villains, they somehow find themselves transported back to the past, just as Ryoma’s father is about to undertake his final championship match at the US Open – when he was mysteriously forced to retire. Sing, Dance, and Play along with the innovative 3D digital animation that brings the magnificent and colorful world of The Prince of Tennis to life on the big screen.

Anime Expo 2022 Announces Mika Akitaka as Guest

The staff of Anime Expo 2022 has announced that the convention will host Mobile Suit Gundam mechanical designer, illustrator, and game creator Mika Akitaka as a guest.

Akitaka was the mechanical designer of several Gundam series, including Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Last Blitz of Zeon. He was also mechanical designer for Date A Live, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Strike the Blood, Martian Successor Nadesico, Silent Mobius, and City Hunter. He is the creator of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. He also illustrated the MS Girl series for Model Graphix Magazine. Akitaka also designed MAX, the mascot of Anime Expo.

Anime Expo 2022 will be an in-person event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022. The convention will require attendees to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to attending the event. Regardless of vaccination status, masks will be required indoors (except in designated eating areas) and will be optional outdoors.

Source: ANN

Iconic Events and Anime Expo Partner for AX Cinema Nights to Serve Up Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis in Theaters Nationwide in May 2022

Iconic Events Releasing, a distribution company specializing in special engagement theatrical events, joins with Anime Expo® to present the first-ever AX Cinema Nights featuring a new full-length anime film adventure, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide). Screenings will take place beginning May 12, 2022 at theaters nationwide. On-sale dates and theaters will be announced shortly.

AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights is an in-person movie event series celebrating the best new and classic anime films by bringing them to theaters across North America. Leveraging the brand power of Anime Expo, the largest Japanese culture event in North America, AX Cinema Nights will bring passionate fans together for immersive and unforgettable community experiences.

“Over the course of Anime Expo’s 31-year history, one of the greatest lessons we’ve learned is that anime has an incredible gift for bringing people together,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). “That’s why we’re so thrilled to team up with Iconic Events and Eleven Arts to kick off AX Anime Expo Cinema Nights with Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) and create even more opportunities for anime fans nationwide to grow their communities and share their love of the artform with friends both new and old.”

Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) is a new feature film about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen and is based on the manga series, The Prince of Tennis, and its sequel, The New Prince of Tennis, written and illustrated by renowned manga author, Takeshi Konomi.

“Eleven Arts is very excited to be a part of this partnership with Iconic Events Releasing and Anime Expo’s AX Cinema Nights to bring forth a new theatrical experience for anime fans to enjoy,” said Ko Mori, CEO and President of Eleven Arts. “We are honored to kickstart this experience with Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide), a title from such an iconic franchise.”

Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) is the franchise’s first ever CG film and features an all-new story that takes place between the original manga series’ timeline and its sequel. Creator Takeshi Konomi personally supervised the film’s production and wrote the music and lyrics for all the featured songs.

A trailer for Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) is viewable at: https://youtu.be/lDFrh_RXoPs

Inspired by his tennis champion father, Ryoma is determined to take his game to the next level and train in the United States. But in the middle of an intense tennis battle to save his classmate Sakuno from dangerous villains, they somehow find themselves transported to the past, just as Ryoma’s father is about to face his final championship match at the US Open – when he was mysteriously forced to retire. The innovative 3D digital animation brings the magnificent and colorful world of The Prince of Tennis to life on the big screen in this captivating film.

Over 60 million copies of The Prince of Tennis manga have been sold since the series debuted in 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The sequel rekindled the series in 2009 in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine. Over the past 20+ years, the blockbuster franchise has spawned a hit anime series, animated feature films, live-action films, stage plays, radio shows, music collaborations, and video games.

Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis (Decide) is a quintessential and beloved property among anime and manga fans. We are excited to join with Anime Expo and Eleven Arts to present this exciting film to American audiences as part of AX Cinema Nights, and to expand our anime theatrical programming and continue the collaboration with Anime Expo,” said Steve Bunnell, CEO of Iconic Events Releasing.

Anime Expo 2022 to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test

Anime Expo 2022 has announced that it will require attendees to the Anime Expo 2022 event to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to attending the event. Regardless of vaccination status, masks will be required indoors (except in designated eating areas) and will be optional outdoors. The organizers will provide more information as the event approaches.

The event will return as an in-person convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022. Priority registration for the event will run from January 10-23, 2022. Public registration will start on January 24, 2022.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Draws Over 375,000 Views and Raises $77,000 for Charity

The nation’s largest anime fan convention marked its 30th anniversary earlier this month with Anime Expo Lite. Held online again due to the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Anime Expo Lite garnered over 375,000 views from fans in more than 100 countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Fans tuned in to watch the livestream event on July 3 and 4, 2021 as well as during the VOD period from July 5-16, 2021. Program highlights included the Star Wars: Visions Sneak Peek, the Shikizakura world premiere, and the LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (Love Live! Superstar!!), and Morfonica (BanG Dream!), as well as special guests such as Hololive English, NIJISANJI’s Lazulight, and many more.

Proceeds from the 2021 Anime Expo Lite online event benefited the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. The SPJA donated $77,000 to support local and national community organizations related to AAPI representation, mental health, and more.

“For the 2nd year in a row, Anime Expo was held online due to the COVID pandemic, but we were gratified and amazed at the continued strong support we received from so many fans from around the world,” says Ray Chiang, CEO of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. “We presented a comprehensive array of panel events, exclusive premieres, and sneak peeks, and music performances and made a sizeable donation to Hate Is A Virus, which will help them continue their work to battle anti-Asian discrimination and defamation, which continues to AAPI communities across the nation. As we look ahead to next year, we are excited to announce the return of Anime Expo to the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022, and to welcoming back all of our fans, exhibitors, and participants.”

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Offers Neary 100 Hours Of Convention Content Via VOD for A Limited Time

Missed Anime Expo Lite’s livestream broadcast this past weekend? Not to worry. Nearly 100 hours of comprehensive content, including industry panels and exclusive premieres, are available now on VOD through July 16, 2021.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite VOD programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. Existing Anime Expo Lite ticketholders already have access to the full range of VOD programming. (**Note – Access to the Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert is an extra charge).

This is a prime opportunity, for a limited time, to catch any programming that may have been missed during the original convention livestream, or to enjoy encore presentations of favorite panel and content sessions.

Anime Expo Lite VOD Dates – July 5-16, 2021
Ticket Purchase Link: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/animeexpo-lite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

Notable content highlights include the Star Wars Visions Panel hosted by Lucasfilm, a panel with the director of the TRESE anime and creators of graphic novel series, a special panel featuring the writer and producers of the anime feature film, Child of Kamiari Month, and a screening of DEEMO: The Movie. The Japan Foundation LA and the Academy Museum also present a sneak preview of the upcoming Hayao Miyazaki exhibition. The Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. online concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!) and Morfonica (BanG Dream!) is also available to screen (for an additional ticket charge).

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marked the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

eigoMANGA Will Participate at Anime Expo Lite 2021

Comic book publisher, EigoMANGA announces its participation at Anime Expo Lite 2021. Anime Expo Lite is the digital version of Anime Expo (AX), the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo Lite’s virtual event dates will be July 3-4, 2021. Content from those dates plus more will be available to watch on-demand from July 5 through July 16, 2021. EigoMANGA will host two virtual panels that will showcase their latest production of comics, animation, games, and mobile apps.

First, EigoMANGA’s creative team will meet with NBA point guard for the Sacramento Kings, De’Aaron Fox. They discuss De’Aaron’s fandom for anime, manga, and how it intertwines with his basketball career. “De’Aaron Fox: NBA Star and Anime Fan” will be available to watch on-demand from July 5 through July 16, 2021.

And second, EigoMANGA creators will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration. “EigoMANGA’s How To Draw Manga” will also be available to watch on-demand on July 5 through July 16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Presents a First Look at the Anime Movie Child of Kamiari Month

Anime Expo Lite 2021 presents a special first look at the upcoming anime feature film, Child of Kamiari Month, as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running July 3-4, 2021.

Join the prolific anime producer, Michihiko Suwa, as he shares insights about Child of Kamiari Month. Based on Japanese mythology, the feature film explores the root of the nation’s history and explores what it means to follow destiny. Suwa will be joined by writer Toshinari Shinohe and fellow producer, Uko Oshia.

When: July 3, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. PDT

About Child of Kamiari Month

This is a story of a 12-year-old girl, Kanna, born as a descendant of the Gods. Her family has a mission to deliver offerings from all over Japan to the Gods’ gathering in Izumo. Although Kanna’s mother was to complete the mission, her passing prompted Kanna to finish the task, hoping she could reunite with her dead mother in the Gods’ land at the end of her journey.

What is Kamiari Month?

Japanese people believe that spirits and gods dwell inside various things. There are gods of the water, wood, and even gods that keep us safe from sickness. Every October, thousands of gods leave their places of residence to gather in the Izumo region to have a conference. As such, October is also called Kamiari month – only in the Izumo region – which means the month with gods, and Kannazuki – in every other region – which means the month without gods. Produced by Cretica Universal, the film is slated for international release later this year.

Michiko Suwa is a leading planner and producer best known for a number of popular anime series including Case Closed (Detective Conan), City Hunter, YAWARA!, The New Kindaichi Files, Inuyasha, Black Jack, and Magic Knight Rayearth. He was awarded the Fujimoto Special Reward for the Case Closed (Detective Conan) movie series. He is also a member of the Japan Academy and is supervising the feature film, Child of Kamiari Month.

Toshinari Shinohe is a planner, storyboard writer, and communications director for the feature film Child of Kamiari Month. He established the anime production company, Cretica Universal in 2011, and has worked in various industries including film, comics, and theme park development. He also has overseen the following notable projects including theatrical premieres for Cinderella, GODZILLA and more. Collaboration works including “Little Prince” in “TOYOTA” and “Napping Princess” x “KURASHIKI” and a start-up project for the TOYOTA ANIME CINEMA FESTIVAL.

Uko Oshia started his career as a film producer after establishing the production company, GUM Co., Ltd. His first two films as a producer were Smokin’ on the Moon (2017) and Show Me the Way to the Station (2019). His latest project, Child of Kamiari Month is scheduled for release in Autumn of 2021.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. PDT
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021

Anime Expo Lite 2021 to Host the World Premiere of the Shikizakura Anime

The staff of the Anime Expo Lite virtual event has announced on its website that it will host the world premiere of Chukyo TV and Sublimation’s original “near-future science-fiction battle action” anime Shikizakura on July 4, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. PDT (8:15 p.m. EDT). The premiere episode will only be available during the live stream will not be available to watch through video on demand.

The story of Shikizakura is described as:

In the place of Shikizakura (cherry trees), where autumn leaves and cherry blossoms are flourishing and where the human world intersects with the demon world, a ritual to save the human world is about to begin.
Kakeru Miwa, a high school student, gets involved in a battle between powered suits and oni that emerge from the demon world to prey on Onis manifest themselves in this world by possessing humans. Only “Yoroi,” a powered suit that is a fusion of ancient secrets and cutting-edge technology, can protect people from onis. Kakeru puts on a Yoroi by chance and becomes a semi-official member of a team that fights against onis.

Determined to become a hero, Kakeru battles Onis to protect Ouka Myojin, the shrine maiden destined to save the world. In the season of Shikizakura, in midst of autumn leaves and a flurry of cherry petals, Ouka performs a dance as a shrine maiden. At the place where the past and the future, this world and the alien world, people’s thoughts and hopes all meet, a tale of heroic action-adventure begins.

Shikizakura is scheduled to premiere in October 2021.

Source: ANN