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AWA 2016 Guest Round Up 1

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Announced guests for AWA 2016 include: Todd Haberkorn, Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Vic Mignogna, Sandy Fox and Lex Lang. Read more about them here!

In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others.

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Most recently Lex played Dr. Doom in the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon series and Marvel Heroes Video Games,Torvald in Evolve (VG), The Grim Creeper in Skylanders (VG), Spyglass in Titanfall (VG), and has voiced characters in STAR WARS (Han Solo), Crash Bandicoot (Dr. Neo Cortex), STAR TREK, World of Warcraft, Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and many more.

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Sandy’s Anime, Animation and Video Game Credits Include: Mina and Momiji in Naruto, Eddelrittuo in Aldnoah Zero, Sumomo in Chobits, Ritz in Bleach, Tachikoma in Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex, Marie in Please Teacher, Kyoko in AKIRA, Mistral and Mirielle in .HACK and Paiway in Vandread. Some of Sandy’s other roles include Daisy in Disney’s Princess Palace Pets, Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, T-AI in Fox’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Mipsy Mipson in Nickelodeon’s As Told by Ginger, and Melody in My Life as a Teenage Robot.

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Johnny Yong Bosch made his debut as Adam, the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He appeared in over 200 episodes and both big screen versions of the series. Some of JYB’s more popular roles as a voice actor include: Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Vash the Stampedefrom Trigun, Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass,  Sasori from Naruto: Shippuden, Cress Albane from Tales of Phantasia: The Animation,Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!,Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist, and Itsuki Koizumi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

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Vic Mignogna is an American voice actor and musician best known for providing numerous voices for Japanese anime series and video games. Mignogna is best known for his dub role of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Broly in the Dragon Ball Z films, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai D. Flowright in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel, and Zero and Ichiru Kiryu in Vampire Knight. He can also be found as Spirit Albarn in Soul Eater, Yoshimori Sumimura in Kekkaishi, and Nagato, Obito Uchiha and Fuen in Naruto Shippuden. He is the voice of E-123 Omega from the SEGA franchise Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Eyeshine first found success in 2006 with a unique blend of pop punk and post grunge called Edge Rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut EP, “How About That” and their first full length album, “Red Stripes White Lights” but it was their sophomore effort, “My Paper Kingdom” that officially opened the flood gates in 2009. MPK featured their award winning song, “ALONE,” whose honest and simple lyrics made a connection to a steadily growing fan base.

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Video Art Track Deadlines & More!

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What is The VAT?

More than just the home for anime music videos, the Video Art Track is the single largest event for fans and editors of amateur music videos, fan parodies and amazing and astounding original video art. Now in its 15th year, the Video Art track has always promoted remix culture and participatory fandom by supporting the creation and exhibition of fan works of art in video media.

This year the Professional Awards returns with a focus on the year in music videos, giving the creators an opportunity to recognize the exemplary work of their peers. We’re always happy to present the Music Video Exposition, not a contest but a no-holds-barred exhibition with recognition for as many exemplary submissions as time permits.  This is an “off” year for The Masters, and we are looking forward to the amazing Master’s level entries in 2015.

Anime Weekend Atlanta and The Video Art Track are are proud to host the return of our a one-of-a-kind Editors-only event on Thursday evening, a chance for those who create and submit videos to The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta to meet and mingle and share the joys and frustrations of creation.  Once the editors have had their fun, they will be throwing the doors open to all the attendees of Anime Weekend Atlanta who arrive Thursday evening for a party before the official opening of the convention, so come a day early if you can.


The Music Video Exposition

  • September 5, 2014 – 5pm EST

The Professional Awards

  • August 27, 2014 – 5pm EST
  • Categories: Sept 4 – Sept 7
  • Nominations: Sept 11 – Sept 16
  • Voting: Sept 18 – Sept 23

Rules for Submissions

  • The following rules apply to all music video contests at Anime Weekend Atlanta. Rules are subject to change without notice. All contests operate at the discretion of the Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta staff. Rules are subject to change without notice. Each contest is also governed by additional rules and procedures.
  • Category and Award descriptions available on this website are guidelines only. Staff may add, change, or eliminate categories as they see fit. Awards have no significant cash value. Often, they have no tangible value whatsoever. By submitting an entry to the Video Art Track, the video editor grants the Video Art Track non-revocable permission to exhibit and distribute that work. The video editor otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to their creation.
  • The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta supports Remix Culture. All participants retain all rights to the value added by their creative endeavors, and respect the rights retained by the original creators of the material they transform.
  • The Video Art Track does not dictate decisions of artistic judgment. The artistic design of your entry can be anything you choose and may draw from any type of source material, aural or visual. We encourage all artists to seek out new and original projects. You may enter as many contests as you wish, but a single work may not be entered into more than one of our contests, present or past. The Video Art Track generally accepts works that have participated in and/or won awards in other contests.

Rules for Music Video Expositions

  • The goal of the Music Video Exposition (sometimes “The Exposition” or just “The Expo”) has always been to give as many videos the chance to be exhibited as possible while awarding recognition to as many deserving videos as is practical. The Exposition is just that, an exposition and not a contest. Recognition is awarded, but there are no prizes.
  • Entries are judged by the Video Art Track Staff, taking into account primarily artistic elements. Often new awards are created on the spot for innovative and inventive entries.
  • The Exposition has no official list of specific awards, and thus the awards presented change every year. Typically awards are at least given for Best Action, Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Romance, and a “Grand Prize,” which traditionally has been given to the most surprising, unconventional and well-executed submission each year.
  • Deadline: All entries in the Music Video Exposition must be received by September 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (revised 7/8) . We expect your video to be completely uploaded and in our hands by this date. If there are technical issues, we will work with you to complete your upload.
  • Quantity: Multiple submissions to this contest are allowed. You may include a note letting us know which single video you would most like to have exhibited during the convention; however we may choose to show any video submitted. Because of time constraints, while we’ll make an effort to show one video from everyone who submits to Anime Weekend Atlanta, we can no longer promise to do so.
  • Identification: We ask that submissions to this contest must be free of any creator identification, including but not limited to studio bumpers or credit rolls.  We strongly suggest one second of black silence before and after your submission and nothing more.
  • Participation: Anyone may submit a video to the Exposition, even if they will not be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta!

Rules for Professional Awards

  • For the first Video Art Track, we wanted to offer something new in the way music videos were judged. Instead of having staff review the videos (which we do for the Exposition), or letting the audience vote on entries (often leading to logistical nightmares), we created a contest judged exclusively by those who participated. Much like the Academy Awards, the Professional Awards (or sometimes “The Pro Awards”) represent the opinion of your editing peers, and hence a higher standard for those who wish to participate.
  • Here’s how it works. Once all entries have been received by the Video Art Track, they are made available online exclusively for those who submitted to review. What follows are three rounds, category creation, nomination and voting.
  • During the first round the participants may propose the categories of awards that will be given for this contest year. The initial awards of “Best Video”, “Best Action”, “Best Comedy”, “Best Drama” and “Best Romance” are always included. For the specific, inventive, humorous and non-derogatory (we will never support categories such as “Worst Video”) categories that the participants submit, the nature of and support garnered by the proposed categories will be considered by the staff when deciding the trophies to order for the year.
  • During the second round, participants nominate videos for the selected awards. The Video Art Track staff may adjust nominations if we feel the nomination is not in the spirit of the selected category (for example, nominations for a very serious dramatic video may be ignored in the Comedy category).
  • During the final round, the top videos in each category, based on nominations with staff deciding how to handle ties, compete for the award in each category.
  • Each round takes one week.
  • Deadline: All entries in the Professional Awards must be received by  August 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM. We expect your video to be completely uploaded and in our hands by this date. If there are technical issues, we will work with you to complete your upload. This is earlier than our other deadlines to give us time to prepare the judging website and to allow time for the three rounds of voting, as well as the ordering of trophies for each award.
  • Right of First Exhibition: By submitting a video to this contest, you are granting the Video Art Track the right of first exhibition of your submission. Submissions may not have been presented in any public venue nor distributed online in any fashion prior to their initial screening during the awards show at Anime Weekend Atlanta.
  • Quantity: Each individual editor may only contribute effort to two submissions to this contest. This includes any submissions made as an individual, as well as participation in any multi-editor projects (MEPs).
  • Duration: The longest running time we will accept for this contest is 18 minutes total. This may be divided between the permitted submissions. Running time in excess of this may result in one or both of your submissions being moved to the Music Video Exposition.
  • Content: We ask all editors to consider limiting themselves to the standards of an “R” motion picture rating. Videos that in the sole opinion of Video Art Track staff exceed this standard will be moved to a separate, opt-in judging pool and may be judged by a subset of all participants of the contests and may not be screened during the awards ceremony. This is to continue to permit those who produce videos with adult content to seek the recognition of their peers through the Professional Awards.
  • Participation: While anyone may submit to the Professional Awards, the contest is intended for those who have solid experience in video editing and music video contests. We have no standard for calling yourself a professional beyond acting professionally to your fellow editors as you review and vote the submissions to this contest, including not distributing screening copies outside the contest.  (It is, of course, permissible to review submissions while accompanied by others in person, in the privacy of your own home.)
  • Identification: Submissions to this contest must be free of any creator identification, including but not limited to studio bumpers or credit rolls. We strongly suggest one second of black silence before and after your submission and nothing more. Participants may choose to make a reasonable effort to keep their identity as the editor of a specific entry a secret.  While this is up to each individual editor, the no bumpers, credits or identification rule applies to all submissions.
  • Voting: By entering this contest, you will be expected by your peers to review and vote on hours of submitted content. However, no participant will ever be required to review or vote on any specific submission that they may find objectionable. Voting in this contest is a privilege, not an obligation. We also ask that judges vote their own conscience, making their own decision.
  • Multi-editor Projects: Multi-editor projects (MEPs) are welcome, subject to the participation rule above, however a multi-editor project will only be granted a single vote regardless of how many people are involved in the project, and if any person involved in the project also submits a solo project, no additional vote will be granted for the MEP. Only the registered voting participant of a MEP should cast the vote.
  • Age of Participants: All participants must certify that they are 18 years of age or older through our web site before they will be granted access to the opt-in judging pool for videos with adult content.

Submission Instructions

  • All submissions must be uploded online with our submission form. The entire form with contact information must be completed for each video. Professional Awards participants will be contacted at the email address provided with voting information. Uploading a video does not genearate an automatic confirmation email, but you should recieve an email once your video has been reviewed by staff for playability. This may take some time, especially as we approach submission deadlines.
  • Multi-editor Projects (MEPs) and other works created by more than one person will need to designate one person as the point of contact for the work. This person should complete the submission form listing all editors in the Legal Name field as noted and upload the video.
    FTP Accounts
  • We no longer provide FTP accounts for uploads. The submission form supports web uploads up to 256 megabytes in size. This should be adaquate for most submissions. If you need more space, you may contact VAT Technical to make arrangements.
  • We only accept submissions via this form. We will not obtain your video from YouTube or any other website, unless special arrangements have been made.
    File Format
  • The rules and guidelines that follow apply to all contests. If you have any technical questions regarding your submissions, please contact VAT Technical.
  • In almost all cases these days, MPEG-4 is the best file format. What follows is a very technical discussion. If you wish, you can avoid all of this by downloading Handbrake and using its “High Profile” to encode your video. Please understand this may result in reduced quality through recompression, which is a component of the judging for both The Professional Awards and The Masters, and that you may get better results by exporting from your editing software following the guidelines below. It is critically important that you review your video for audio sync issues, and we recommend playing your video in VLC to do so, regardless of your usual media player or editing software. Both VLC and Handbrake are available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
  • It is generally beneficial to include one second of black silence at the start and end of your submission. Each submission must be a single file with both audio and video. Please do not submit interlaced video.


  • MPEG-4 is the preferred video format. MPEG-4 has two video standards. AVC, also known as h.264, is the superior CODEC and should be used.
  • Container: The MP4 container is preferred, unless you are using FLAC audio (see below).
  • Frame Rate: 23.976 (preferred), 24, 25, 29.97 (preferred), and 30. It is always best to use the frame rate of the original source material.
  • Resolution: 720p preferred, 480p and 1080p accepted. If you must submit 480i content, please use MPEG-2 instead. Please avoid submitting 1080i content. Other resolutions may be converted as necessary. If submitting high definition content, understand that not all our convention equipment is able to project in high definition, and your video may (and likely will) screen converted to standard definition during the convention. High definition content will be judged in high definition, however understand that during artistic judging no additional preference will be given to high definition content over standard definition content.
  • Audio: AAC stereo (not joint-stereo) with 48 KHz sampling at 192 kbps (recommended). FLAC audio is also accepted, but only in an MKV container. Multi channel audio (5.1, etc) must also include a stereo track for playback at the convention. Other formats may be converted as necessary.
  • The best MPEG-4 AVC encoder is x264 wich is open source and available on multiple platforms. The recommended command line settings for this app is “–crf 14 –profile high –preset veryslow –tune fastdecode” which will create a large, but high quality file.
  • Due to issues with the AAC specification and audio drift, FLAC, an open source lossless audio encoder, is also accepted. If encoding with FLAC, please choose the “–best” command line, and MUX the audio and video with Matroska (MKV) instead of an MPEG-4 (MP4) file container.


  • The following are our notes on MPEG-2 compression that have served us well in the past, but please be aware that standard definition interlaced content is becoming more and more rare, and that for all other content, MPEG-4 is a better solution for our purposes.
  • Frame Rate: 23.976 (preferred), 24, 29.97 (preferred), and 30. 23.976 and 24 FPS content will be exhibited using 3:2 pulldown during playback. It is always best to use the frame rate of the source material..
    Resolution: 720×480 at NTSC pixel aspect ratio. Other resolutions will be converted as necessary.
    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9 anamorphic. If your video does not conform to one of these two aspect ratios, please letterbox it as necessary to do so.
  • Interlacing: Progressive encoding (non-interlaced) is strongly preferred. If you do send interlaced content, your vertical resolution must be exactly 480 pixels, and you must pay close attention to field order throughout your submission. While bottom-field-first is standard, either field order is fine, as long as it is consistant throughout your video.
  • Audio: MPEG Layer-II audio at 224 kbps or better, stereo (not joint-stereo) with 48 KHz sampling. AC3 audio meeting these specifications is acceptable, but discouraged. Do not use Layer-III or MP3 encoding as it is incompatible with both DVD and our hardware and will require re-encoding.

Other Formats

  • If you are unsure how to or unable to convert your submission to one of the above two formats, please submit your original source file and let us attempt the conversion for you. That said, there are a few formats that give us particular trouble.
  • Please avoid sending files in QuickTime (MOV) format. QuickTime can save MPEG-4 files, so we ask you do this conversion yourself. We do have Macintosh computers available if we must attempt a MOV conversion but the owner’s time and patience is limited and we don’t want to impose unless it is necessary.
  • Please avoid sending files in Windows proprietary formats (WMV, ASF). These are very difficult (and sometimes nearly impossible) to convert, and most programs that save files in these formats also support one of our preferred formats. In particular Windows Movie Maker is capable of saving in AVI format:
    • Open Windows Movie Maker
    • Load the project
    • Click “Save to my computer”
    • Select the folder and file name, click NEXT.
    • Click on SHOW MORE CHOICES, and then select OTHER SETTINGS
    • In the drop-down list, choose DV-AVI
    • Click NEXT to output the file
  • We cannot accept video in Flash, Silverlight or Shockwave format. You must handle the conversion of your project to another format on your own.
  • If you have any questions about video format and conversion, please contact us at


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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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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 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 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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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!

By News Updates
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!!).

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!

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!

If you’d like to be a part of our crew as a photographer, we’ll need your portfolio sent in to by the first.

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!