PONY CANYON Announces Anime NYC 2018 Exclusive Deals and Events

Audio-visual entertainment company PONY CANYON is excited to announce its participation in Anime NYC 2018. Pony Canyon will be hosting premiere screenings as well as panels throughout the convention. On top of all that, con goers will be able to purchase exclusive products and receive exclusive gifts at the PONY CANYON booth (#935).

Pony Canyon Industry Panel
SATURDAY (11/17/18) from 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. in Panel Room 3.
Pony Canyon presents to you the hottest titles from Japan. Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest and upcoming titles, learn about our various anime events and activities, and ask all your questions to our producers. Pony Canyon producers Shinichi Nakamura and Yūsuke Terada will participate in this event.

Kase-san and Morning Glories
(New York Premiere & Panel)
SATURDAY (11/17/18) from 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. in Panel Room 2.
Director Takuya Satō and Producer Yūsuke Terada will participate in the event.

Sound! Euphonium 2 ~May the Melody Reach You~ (Movie)
(US Premiere & Panel)
SUNDAY (11/18/18) from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Panel Room 2.
Pony Canyon producer Shinichi Nakamura will participate in this event.

Takuya Satō Autograph Sessions (at Pony Canyon Booth #935):

  • Friday (11/16/18): 5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/17/18): 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (11/18/18): 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • (with purchase)

Exclusive Products:

T-shirts:

  • Kuromukuro [$20]
  • Welcome to the Ballroom X Attack on Titan [$20]
  • Fist of the Blue Sky [$25]
  • Caligula [$25]
  • Sound! Euphonium [$30]

Blu-ray:

  • Sound! Euphonium 2 Volume 1 (episodes 1—6) [$75]
  • Sound! Euphonium 2 Volume 2 (episodes 7—13) [$75] (available exclusively at Anime NYC 2018)
  • And more…

Exclusive Takuya Satō / Kase-san Goods:
(ticket to Takuya Satō’s autograph session with purchase)

  • Takuya Satō Goods Set (Post Cards & Pins) [$15]
  • Takuya Satō Post Card Set [$10]
  • Takuya Satō Pin, single [$3] (*ticket to autograph session not included)
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories Clear File Set [$10]
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories OST [$35]

Pony Canyon USA Confirms Plans to Release the Sound! Euphonium 2 Anime

The official Twitter account for Pony Canyon USA has confirmed on Twitter that it plans to release the Sound! Euphonium 2 anime for purchase later in July 2018. The company noted that it is “finalizing details” and asked fans to watch the Twitter account for the Right Stuf Anime online store.

Pony Canyon previously released the first Sound! Euphonium anime on three Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs in 2016.

Source: ANN

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

July 6, 2018 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. PDT
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 the U.S. premiere with a special guest: music composer kensuke ushio.

July 7, 2018 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. PDT
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.

July 7, 2018 from 2:30–4:00 p.m. PDT
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.

July 7, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. PDT
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.

July 8, 2019 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. PDT
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:

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

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

Events:

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

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

What Is the Status of Pony Canyon USA?

The Fandom Post has posted an article titled, “Is Pony Canyon USA Dead?

According to their report, the site for the company has gone offline in a way that’s similar to other Japanese designated sites do when they’re being phased out. It was also noted that the company’s Twitter feed was last updated on December 25, 2017. While their Twitter feed was never very busy, it was updated every few days, so nearly two weeks of silence is unusual. The company’s Facebook page is still active, but was last active on Decembr 24, 2017.

Pony Canyon USA handled North American distribution for the following series:

  • Clean Freak! Aoyama kun
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! Love!
  • Days
  • Denkigai no Honya-san
  • Etotama
  • Garakowa: Restore the World
  • Kuromukuro
  • Lance N’ Masques
  • The Lost Village
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
  • Sound! Euphonium
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Readers, do you have any thoughts about the potential demise of Pony Canyon USA or about the company in general? Feel free to share in the comments!

PONYCAN USA Announces Details for the Kuromukuro Blu-ray Disc Release

PONYCAN USA has revealed details for its upcoming Blu-ray Disc release for the Kuromukuro anime series.

PONYCAN USA will release the series in two Blu-ray Disc limited collector’s edition sets on July 1 and July 14, 2017, respectively. Both limited collector’s edition sets have a store price of US$120.98, and feature Japanese and English audio and English and Spanish subtitles. The releases also each feature a 71-page translated booklet, a two-side slip illustrated poster, a soundtrack CD, and a sleeve case designed by character designer Yuriko Ishii.

Both releases also feature video bonuses such as textless opening and endings, promo videos, and commercials. Pre-orders for both sets are available on Right Stuf.

Source: ANN

PONYCAN USA Outlines Their Home Video Release for the Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Anime

PONYCAN USA announced at its Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 panel that it will release Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers in three video sets. The first set will ship on December 10, 2015, the second set will ship on February 10, 2016, and the third set will ship on April 10, 2016. Right Stuf will begin taking pre-orders for the first set on October 10, 2015.

PONYCAN USA noted that it will announce more details about the release at a later date.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Yuki Yuna is a Hero Anime

Anime News Network is reporting that this is the English cast for Ponycan USA’s release of the Yuki Yuna is a Hero anime:

  • Xanthe Huynh is Yuna Yuki
  • Erika Harlacher is Mimori Togo
  • Erica Mendez is Fu Inubozaki
  • Brianna Knickerbocker is Itsuki Inubozaki
  • Sarah Anne Williams is Karin Miyoshi
  • Carrie Keranen is teacher
  • Kira Buckland and Johanna Luis are students

Ponycan USA will release the first four episodes of Yuki Yuna is a Hero on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on April 10, 2015, along with a character song CD, 24-page color booklet, and two pin-up posters with illustrations by BUNBUN. The second set of four episodes will ship on June 10, 2015.

Source: ANN

Information on Pony Canyon’s Yuki Yuna is a Hero Release

Pre-orders for Pony Canyon’s first Yuki Yuna is a Hero limited edition set are now being taken. The set is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2015, and will include the first four episodes of the series on a Blu-ray Disc as well as on a DVD. Audio options will include the Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub. The set will also include a character song CD, a 24-page booklet, and two pin-up posters with illustrations by BUNBUN. The set will carry an MSRP of US$89.98.

Customers who order the set by February 28, 2015 will receive a “surprise gift.”

Source: ANN

Pony Canyon Announces North American Release Plans for the Denki-Gai Anime

Pony Canyon has announced the company’s pre-order plans for the Denki-Gai anime. The first volume is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2015, with an MSRP of US$89.98 and a store price of US$71.98. The release will include the first four episodes of the series with the original Japanese language with English and Spanish subtitles. Three discs will be included in the release: a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a character song CD with material performed by Hiotan, Kameko, G-men, and Umio (including Karaoke).

The on-disc extras include:

  • Textless Opening (Special O.A. Version)
  • Textless Ending (Special O.A. Version)
  • TV Commercial Collections

Packaging bonuses include:

  • Exclusive Mega Tall size “DODEKA” Disc Case
  • Double-sided cover illustrated by SIN-EI ANIMATION
  • Deluxe 24-page Booklet “Umanohone Magazine 1&2”
  • Two Collectible Wall Pin-up Pictures illustrated by Asato Mizu (Original Story)
  • Double-sided Poster illustrated by SIN-EI ANIMATION
  • Exclusive “PONYCAN US” Plastic Slipcase

Pre-orders will begin on January 12, 2015.

Source: The Fandom Post

Pony Canyon Launches North American Anime Distributor

Japanese distributor Pony Canyon has announced that the company is making a leap into the North American anime market by launching a new brand called PONYCAN USA.

The first two titles being released by PONYCAN USA are Denki-Gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru. In addition to worldwide streaming, PONYCAN USA plans to release new anime titles on Blu-ray and DVD throughout North America in 2015, and promising the same high standard of quality as the Japanese editions.

PONYCAN USA also has future plans to launch new anime for worldwide streaming on a regular basis.

Source: ANN