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FantAWAsia!

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See Anime come to life with FantAWAsia! Hear the Georgia Philharmonic, a live symphony orchestra, present a panorama of music perfect for your favorite Anime. Selections include Jupiter by Gustav Holst, Dvorak Slavonic Dances, and Samson & Delilah by Saint-Saens. If you saw them last year, you’re in for an even bigger surprise this year with a multimedia experience you won’t soon forget. Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Renaissance – Grand Panel, all ages welcome. Come early, seating is limited.

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Maps

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Don’t get lost! Find your way around AWA with our maps of the Renaissance Waverly and Cobb Galleria!

Industry Round Up!

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AWA is bringing you the most anime related industry in the Southeast, including companies straight from Japan! If you want the latest news straight from the source, drop by one of the incredible industry panels or booths at Anime Weekend Atlanta this year! We have official panels from Funimation, Viz, Aniplex, Good Smile Company, Crunchyroll, AnimEigo, PONYCANYON USA, Sekai Project, and Vertical, in addition to booths for Funimation, Good Smile Company, Crunchyroll, PONYCANYON USA, Sekai Project, Vertical, Fakku!, and Discotek Media. Bands from Sony, Avex, and UMAA will also be at the convention!

AnimEigo

AnimEigo Industry Panel – Saturday 6:30pm – 7:30pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom E
“Come hear about the latest ventures from this long standing company!”

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Aniplex

Aniplex Industry Panel – Saturday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
CGC Williams Ballroom E
“From the company that brought you Sword Art Online and Kill la Kill, Aniplex of America continues to bring fans the best in Anime! Come join us as we bring you the latest and greatest of whatAniplex of America has to offer in 2015. We will be showing the latest trailers, announcements and we’ll be giving rare prizes from Japan! Don’t Miss it!”

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Crunchyroll – Booth #701, 703, 705, 802, 804, 806

Crunchyroll Presents: Summer Anime Panel – Friday 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Renaissance – Grand Panel
“Excited about the summer season? Crunchyroll staff walk through their favorite Summer anime, uncovering hidden gems and cheering on the best simulcasts Japan has to offer. Stop by to win prizes related to your favorite new titles!”

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Crunchyroll Meet & Greet: Kato*Fuku – Saturday 10am – 12pm
Renaissance – Kennessaw
“Crunchyroll is proud to present Kato*Fuku a Japanese band comprised of two stellar Seiyuu. Meet them here!”

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Crunchyroll Industry Panel – Saturday 2pm – 3pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom AB
“Crunchyroll is the leader in online streaming for Japanese entertainment with anime, manga and drama. Come find out the latest news, see what shows are coming, and maybe even win some exclusive Crunchyroll prizes!”

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Crunchyroll Presents: Working in the Anime Industry – Sunday 12:30pm-1:30pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom AB
“Join Crunchyroll as they reveal the ins-and-outs of being a professional in the Anime Industry! Learn about their daily lives in the Crunchyroll offices in San Francisco and Tokyo, and how anime comes from TV in Japan straight to your favorite Crunchyroll device! This panel will be a very casual presentation with a focus on Q&A.”

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Discotek Media – Booth #101, 202

Fakku! – Booth #350

Funimation – Booth #201, 203, 205, 302

Funimation Favorites – Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Renaissance – Grand Panel
“Join FUNimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your FUNimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FUNimationFave and you could win a prize!”

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Funimation Industry Panel – Saturday 12:15pm – 1:15pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom AB
“From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—FUNimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!”

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Funimation Live Action Attack on Titan Panel – Saturday 5:30pm – 6:30pm
CGC Williams Ballroom E
“A COLOSSAL story is on its way to theaters across North America! Join the FUNimation crew for a sneak peek at this new take on the global phenomenon Attack on Titan—and witness the first 15 minutes!”

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Funimation Peep Show (18+) – Saturday 10:15pm – 12:00am
CGC – Williams Ballroom CDF
“Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest FUNimation titles.  Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FUNimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)”

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Good Smile Company – Booth #649,651,750,752

Intro to Figure Collecting with Good Smile Company – Saturday 3:15pm – 4:15pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom E
“Join Good Smile Company’s Mamitan as she discusses how to get into figure collecting and how to avoid those nasty bootlegs too! and stay till the end for your chance to win some prizes!”

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PONY CANYON USA – Booth #706

PONY CANYON USA Industry Panel – Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm
Williams Ballroom AB
“Come and discover PONY CANYON USA! We’ll be telling you about our US anime titles and upcoming releases including Yuki Yuna is a Hero, ETOTAMA, Rokka, and Sound! Euphonium. See sneak previews, have a Q&A . and play Jan-ken-Pon (Japanese rock-paper-scissors)with us. We`ll have special prizes from Japan for the winners, and exclusive gifts for attendees – limited quantities, so get there early!”

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Sekai Project – Booth #527, 525

Sekai Project Industry Panel – Saturday 8:30pm – 10:00pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom CDF
“Join one of North America’s leading Visual Novel localization companies as we talk about our latest titles, our love of visual novels and manga and find out what on the horizon for one of the fastest growing companies out there.”

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Vertical – Booth #103

Vertical Industry Panel – Saturday 6:45pm – 7:45pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom CDF
“Manga publisher Vertical Comics returns to Anime Weekend Atlanta fresh off yet another year of growth. As the company continues to challenge the publishing market, Vertical’s 2016 line-up will provide even more opportunities to broaden the collective horizons of the manga and American comics community by releasing more of the eclectic works the brand is notorious for.”

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Viz

Sailor Moon Viz Panel – Sunday 2pm – 3:30pm
CGC – Williams Ballroom AB
“Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join the VIZ Media Sailor Moon team for all the can’t-miss news and updates on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new Sailor Moon Crystal.”

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Featuring bands from:

  • Sony
  • Avex
  • UMAA

galaxxxy mixxxer and more!

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Hello Fashion Lovers!

Join galaxxxy for one of their fashion events at AWA! This year, we have a galaxxxy mixxxer, the AWA fashion show, and a panel featuring galaxxxy and neeko as part of our fashion programming. If you love Japanese fashion, you won’t want to miss these events! For more information on these events, just scroll down!

Anime Weekend Atlanta is thrilled to present Sunday’s Fashion Event, the galaxxxy mixxxer, in The Gallery at Cobb Galleria, on Sunday, September 27th at 1:00p.m.

This event will showcase the brand’s ecclectic and madcap style and feature live DJ sets by galaxxxy designer moji8fresh and model neeko.

This exclusive event is the perfect way to end the weekend dancing to great music, making new friends and mingling with some of AWA’s Japanese music guests.

A limited amount of tickets are available and include one artfully crafted mocktail, activities including a photo op with the Neeko and galaxxxy designers, a raffle featuring prizes by galaxxxy, a cash bar for non-alcoholic beverages and many more surprises!

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galaxxxy Fashion Show

Returning once again to AWA in 2015, the Japanese Street Fashion Show will feature ultra kawaii designer clothing label galaxxxy, modeled by the lovely Neeko, as well as J-Fashionistas from around the southeast and beyond. Japanese fashion brand, galaxxxy, established in 2007, is at the epicenter for the kawaii craze and has created a lasting and trendy name for themselves.

The word ‘kawaii’ is used more than any other word by Japanese girls and is beginning to take hold worldwide. Often translated as ‘cute’ it is more extreme form of cuteness – a cute overload – that only arises when something stirs feelings of love, joy, care and protection. ‘Kawaii’ can also mean beautiful, lovable, addictive, cool, funny, ugly but endearing, quirky, youthful and fun. In Japan, anything and everything is Kawaii: anime, manga, school supplies, home goods, music, food and especially fashion.

galaxxxy is essentially a madcap world influenced by past and future music, Anime, and comet scattered virtual world. galaxxxy is collaborating with many well-known and up-coming artists and illustrators, at the same time the team has been joined by more talents. galaxxxy prominently features bright colors, cute anime themes, and whimsical touches in their ultra kawaii designs.

Neeko debuted as a model in 2001, and since then has expanded her horizons to include voice acting (Reborn in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!), singing, acting, MCing, songwriting, DJing and being a brand director.

Fabulous Fashion with Galaxxxy & Neeko

galaxxxy is one of Japan’s hottest and most unique brands! Meet them and model/voice actress neeko and discuss all of your favorite fashions!

Meet Linda Ballantyne

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Linda Ballantyne is known for voicing the original dub of Sailor Moon, and has been a staple in many anime fans’ memories. We asked Linda a few questions in preparation for the convention.

 

LindaBallantyneWhat accomplishments are you most proud of?
Raising 3 of the best kids in the world is something I’m pretty proud of. Right now I have 3 great teenage daughters.
Career wise: I’d say I’m really proud of the fact that I have been able to make a solid living as a voice actor. It’s a really tough profession to break into. And even tougher to do successfully. It hasn’t always been easy. You hear the word no way more than you hear the word yes. But I have always loved my job and I’ve never needed to get a part-time job to supplement my acting job. That’s definitely something to be proud of.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Atlanta?
We are usually pretty busy at conventions with panels and autographs so we don’t get to see a lot of the city. I would love to go to a Braves game. I’m from Toronto and our Jays are on FIRE right now so taking in a ballgame would be magic… but I know we won’t get to do that. I also love architecture and would love to see some of the older buildings. I’d also love to go through the cemetery. That looks so interesting too.

What did you want to do when you were a small child?
When I was little I wanted to be an Olympic athlete or an actress. I loved sports. There weren’t a lot of organized sports for girls back then. The Olympics were always magical to me. Women competing on the world stage. And when the Olympics came to Canada (Montreal) in 1976 I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. It’s all I dreamed of doing.
I also really wanted to be an actress but I thought only people whose parents were actors could become actors. I know, I know. Crazy. But that’s what I really believed. It wasn’t until I was almost finished high school that I really started to see that anyone could become an actor who had talent. After that it was like tunnel vision. It’s all I wanted to do.

How does it feel knowing that a large portion of people who got into anime did so because of the show you worked on?
It’s pretty over-whelming. The further I travel the more it becomes real how far this show reaches. I mean, I’ve been to Australia and had people crying telling me how the show changed their lives. That’s half way around the world. But really, I was just a voice in the show. I got to go to work everyday and have fun… And 20 years later the fun continues. I’m travelling all over the world meeting the greatest people. Best job in the world!

Can you tell us a little about how the voice acting industry has changed since you started until now?
When I first started voice acting everything was still old-school. Digital recordings were only just starting to emerge. Most of the studios had started to use digital equipment but every now and then you’d go to a studio that still used reel to reel. With reel to reel they used actual recording tape to record. If someone messed up a line (which I do all the time) they would have to physically cut the tape and splice it (tape it) together. It was time consuming and they had to know exactly where that mistake was and where the good take was on a piece of tape. It was crazy! Sometimes they would realize after the actor left that they needed an “s” sound at the end of a word (maybe the actor had said apple instead of apples) and they would have to go through all the tape looking for an ‘s’ sound they could use that would fit in properly. And you didn’t want to have to do a bunch of different takes because it ate up a lot of tape. Now it’s all done digitally. I can be in another city half way around the world and record a session in a whole other city through digital media. It’s so amazing!

Do you have any special interests you wish more people would ask you about at conventions?
I have strange things that make me happy. I love older people. I could hang with them all day. I have an older woman who lives around the corner from me. She’s my buddy. I don’t know if that would qualify as a special interest… but I do enjoy it.
I have run a half marathon. I love most sports… especially hockey. I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
I also create stain glass windows. I’m pretty crafty. I can create things out of almost anything. I love making costumes. I’d be great at cosplay… but no, I’m not going to dress up as Sailor Moon.
I will help just about anyone who needs help. That has got me into trouble a number of times. I have a few great stories about when I tried to help people and it back-fired.

You can meet Linda, ask your own questions at her panels, and even get her autograph at Anime Weekend Atlanta. She will be at the convention from Friday to Sunday and would love to get to meet you!

Read Her Full Bio Here


 

Anime Weekend Atlanta will be held September 24-27 at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly. Registration will be available at the door.

Pre-Reg closing and more!

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September approaches, and with it a few deadlines you definitely don’t want to miss!

  • Pre-reg: August 30, 11:59pm
  • Photoshoots: August 31, 11:59pm
  • Models: August 31, 11:59
  • Photographers: September 1, 11:59pm

Pre-registration closes August 30 at 11:59pm. This is your last chance to get a deal on your weekend pass for the convention, and get early start (no registration lines!!). www.awa2015.eventbrite.com

Additionally the photoshoot schedule will be closed for submissions on August 31 at 11:59pm. If you want your photoshoot or gathering included on the official schedule, hop to it and get your submissions in now!http://awa-con.com/cosplay-photoshoots/

If you plan on modeling in the fashion show and haven’t sent in your application your deadline is approaching as well- August 31st at 11:59 is your cut off! http://awa-con.com/events/fashion/

If you’d like to be a part of our crew as a photographer, we’ll need your portfolio sent in to media@awa-con.com by the first. http://awa-con.com/photographers-wanted/

We can’t wait to see everyone at the show!! Keep your eyes peeled for more guest, premiere, and event announcements – we’ve got some cool stuff coming- you will definitely be sad if you miss it!

Guest Recap

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AWA Guest Recap

In the last few weeks, we’ve announced a ton of new guests! In case you’ve missed any of them, you can check out their bios below!

Michael Sinterniklaas

Stephanie Sheh

Team Four Star

Daisuke Sakaguchi

Ippudo Sheh

Lisle Wilkerson

Kato*Fuku

Mengo Yokoyari

Loverin Tamburin

Luna Tsukigami

Christopher Sabat

K-ble Jungle

Kaiji Tang

Yuyoyuppe (DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING)

HigeDriver

heidi.

universe

Galaxxxy

Neeko

Toby Proctor

Linda Ballantyne

Eir Aoi

fhána

Cassandra Morris

Reika

Reika

AkibaCup Qualifiers Held at AWA!

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America is looking for the best cosplayer and best singer to compete in the AkibaCup held in Akihabara Japan!

The AkibaCup is an international competition for cosplayers and singers held in Japan. The North American qualifiers will be held right here in Atlanta at this year’s AWA!

The two attendees that win at the show will be flown to Japan and have their hotel and food covered to participate in the final competitions!

There are TWO ways to enter.

The first is by entering a new special category of our costume contest! Submit the AkibaCup application for the qualifiers when turning in your contest application. You will be required to say one sentence in Japanese enthusiastically and with emphasis while on stage. You will still be able to compete for awards from AWA too!

Judgement for this new category will be based on costume craftsmanship as well your abilities of being expressive and speaking Japanese.

The second is by participating in a karaoke competition. You will need to fill out the AkibaCup application and attend one of 6 preliminary rounds in order to enter the final round held on Sunday. You must be able to be present for this final round. You will have to choose a song from anime from their karaoke machine, and sing it in Japanese.

For more details visit our webpages here:

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AkibaCup is a worldwide competition of karaoke and cosplay organized by the NPOJAPAN Manga & Anime Tokiwasou Forum, with the help of Associazione Ochacaffè and the endorsement of the music group K-ble Jungle.