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We're Bringing Tokyo Ghoul Director Shuhei Morita to /r/anime

March 13, 2018 8:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

OTAQUEST is proud to announce that, in collaboration with Reddit's own /r/anime, we'll be bringing esteemed industry veteran and Tokyo Ghoul director Shuhei Morita onto the platform for an English-language AMA with fans around the world. Set to take place live from Shuhei Morita's studio on March 31(Time TBA), we'll be simultaneously live streaming our roundtable discussions with the creator as we answer questions posed to him both vocally and in the thread. 

With the massive success of Tokyo Ghoul both in Japan and around the globe, it almost comes as a no-brainer that we'd want to bring Shuhei Morita onboard for our latest AMA session. He's the award-winning director of the critically acclaimed film Possessions for which he'd later go on to receive the 86th Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. That's no small deal and is part of an entire legacy that deserves to be celebrated. If you've ever had a question you're budding to ask, now is absolutely the perfect time.

We can't wait to see all the questions you pose to Shuhei Morita, and we're looking forward to bringing more creators to the Reddit platform in the near future. It's also worth checking out our post-ama articles with Tomoki Kyoda and Dai Sato where we highlighted our favorite questions and answers from the thread. We look forward to seeing you on March 31st! 

Image: Funimation


m-flo presents OTAQUEST LIVE powered by LDH USA - Artist Showcase

June 22, 2018 12:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

We're officially less than two weeks away from our much-anticipated m-flo presents "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA event, and we couldn't be more excited. Bringing together some of Japan's biggest talents into one jam-packed night, we've decided to launch a brief 32 track playlist to get you up to speed with everyone who will be taking over the night. Taking place at the Microsoft Theater on July 5, 2018, at 4:00 pm, let's get things in the groove in anticipation:

A sample of each of the artists performing at m-flo presents OTAQUEST LIVE powered by LDH USA @ Anime Expo 2018!

Tickets on sale now at Showclix

All Anime Expo® 2018 Badges are valid for entry, badge is required in addition to your show ticket. Learn more at Anime Expo's official website.

m-flo presents "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA is a music festival featuring Japan’s biggest stars. This jam-packed event will unite dance music & J-Pop lovers in celebration. Energized by legendary Japanese group m-flo and PKCZ_official, LDH USA aims to increase the popularity of Japanese pop music & culture.

We can't wait to see everyone at the event, and hope you're all just as excited as we are! Those interested in checking out further information, as well as a further breakdown of all the talent performing at the event, can check out our full archive, here.


Legendary Voice Actor Toru Furuya Announced for Anime NYC

June 22, 2018 1:00am
by Lachlan Johnston

When it comes to voices that define the childhood of an entire generation, there are few names that snap to mind faster than that of legendary voice actor Toru Furuya. Whether you know him as Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, or Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam, there are few individuals with as much credit to their name as him. That's why the announcement that the voice actor will be joining the upcoming Anime NYC convention during November as their first Japanese guest is such an important one.

Taking over the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan for Anime NYC, the voice actor whose career spans over 50 incredible years will be joining a long roster of domestic American voice talent during the convention which runs from November 16 - 18. With well over 100 voice roles under his belt, Toru Furuya's voice acting career has continued giving across multiple generations of anime fans both in Japan and overseas. Participating in on-stage events on both November 16 and November 17, as well as hosting signings on both days, some of Toru Furuya's biggest roles can be seen below:

  • Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon
  • Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Yamcha in Dragon Ball
  • Sabo in One Piece
  • Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya
  • Rei Furuya in Detective Conan
“Being able to go to New York, which is the center of the United States, no, the world, is exciting,” Furuya had to share in regards to his appearance at the upcoming New York convention. “I look forward to meeting the fans in New York and exploring all the places that, up until now, I have only seen in movies!”

Tickets are on sale now, giving everyone in the area a chance to meet one of anime's biggest voice actors, as well as the remaining roster of guests still to be announced. Those interested in making their way to New York's biggest anime convention, or simply wanting further details, can check out Anime NYC's official website


LADY'S ONLY Release Latest Single 'For All Time' Ahead of Upcoming EP

June 21, 2018 2:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

When it comes to Tokyo's club music scene, there are few names that hold more weight than that of four-member music group LADY'S ONLY. Whether they're controlling the dancefloor with their out-of-this-world b4b DJ sets or sharing their latest bass-driven sounds online, their consistency in creating heater after heater never falls short. Their latest release, the title track from their upcoming EP "FOR ALL TIME" is no exception either. Shared earlier today via the group's SoundCloud account, "For All Time (feat. China From XYLÖZ)" can be previewed below:

There's a lot to take away from the group's latest release, but let's kick things off with the incredible artwork from WORUZ. While you'll most commonly find the digital designer and illustrator working alongside artists in the breakcore scene, it's obvious they're unafraid of working with something a little different. Then, of course, you've got the track itself, which is an absolute bassline banger from start to finish, no questions asked. Couple that with the gorgeous chops throughout and you're left with "For All Time (feat China From XYLÖZ)."

Dropping as part of LADY'S ONLY upcoming EP, further details on the release can be found below:

Release Date: 2018/06/27
Platforms: Bandcamp, SoundCloud

1. Digital Tattoo
2. Systema Breathing
3. For All Time(feat. China From XYLÖZ)
4. Sunset Stroke​

Set to release on June 27, further details on the group's upcoming EP can be found via their official Twitter account, here.


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Anime Announced for Autumn Start

June 21, 2018 1:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Announced earlier today during a conference hosted by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator Hirohiko Araki, the highly-regarded fifth installment of the long-running manga series, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo, is officially getting an anime adaptation during the month of October this year. The news came through a quick statement at the end of the presentation from Hirohiko Araki himself, simply announcing that the anime was underway and will be premiering later this year during Autumn under the name JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.

The following key visual was also revealed:


Coming in at the 45-second mark of the above video, we see Araki announcing one of the most anticipated adaptations in a matter of 20 seconds. Set in Italy, the fifth-arc to the JoJo story follows Giorno Giovanna as he attempts to work his way up within the Neapolitan Mafia and become a full-fledged "Gang-Star". Alongside the announcement, not much further details were shared beyond the fact that we could expect the anime during the aforementioned time frame. 

The original manga is described below:

Naples, 2001. Giorno Giovanna is a small-time crook with one big dream—to become a "Gang-Star." No ordinary thief, Giorno has a connection to the remarkable Joestar bloodline, and possesses a Stand named Gold Experience. His dream starts to become reality when he meets Bruno Buccellati, a mobster from the gang Passione and a fellow Stand user himself. Realizing that they share similar ideals, and both disagree with the gang's harmful affairs, Giorno reveals his goal to Bruno: with Bruno's help, he will reform Passione by overthrowing the boss.

As Giorno becomes a member of Passione, and is inducted into Bruno's squad, he discovers that it is no simple gang; its numbers are teeming with Stand users. Now confronted by other squads of differing loyalties and unpredictable caliber, their goal to change the gang from the inside out will be a tough one. Taking on these adversaries, Giorno attempts to rise through the ranks and inch closer to the boss, a man who is shrouded in mystery. 

There will be a special screening of the series' first episode taking place at Anyerri Hall in Tokyo and simultaneously at Japan Expo in Paris at the same time on July 5. Later that week, there will be a North American first episode reveal at Anime Expo on July 7 in Los Angeles. Further information on the upcoming anime adaptation can be found via the series' official website.


Attack the Music Announces 'Mirai' Concept Showcase at Anime Expo '18

June 21, 2018 12:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Attack the Music has long been on the pulse of Tokyo's ever-evolving music landscape, for years now acting as a bridge between both the United States and Japan. With a larger-than-life focus on showcasing some of Japan's biggest talents, they've long been throwing some of the biggest Japan-focused music events across North America and beyond. With over 5 years in the scene, it only makes sense that the team at Attack the Music have a pretty clear concept of what the future of Tokyo's club scene is going to look like, and this year they're bringing that concept to Anime Expo with their latest showcase event Mirai. 

From Japan to the internet and now all the way to Anime Expo, Mirai offers the incredible talent of both domestic and international talents on a massive scale. Taking place at The NOVO in Los Angeles, you can check out the full lineup and details below:

Explore the next generation sound of Japan’s club scene, inspired by rising trends in net culture and independent creative movements. Featuring a lineup of artists who have been shaking things up with their own unique sound, Mirai delivers an authentic experience driven by Tokyo’s music subculture. From Japan to the Internet and now to Anime Expo, this one of a kind event is a crash course in the future club sound concepts of Tokyo.

Event Details
Artist Line-up: 2ToneDisco, Voia, Hikeii, plus 2 Special Guest Performers from Japan
When: Saturday, July 7 @ 7 PM – 11 PM
Where: The NOVO
Tickets Pricing: $30-65
On sale Wednesday, June 20 at 6 PM PDT

There's a lot of reasons to be excited about this event, and we definitely can't wait to see who those mysterious two guest performers are from Japan. On top of that, can we all appreciate how incredible that artwork is from Tokyo-based illustrator Kiato? Until further details on the event are announced, however, further information on the event can be found via the official website.


Neon Genesis Evangelion's 'The Cruel Angel's Thesis' MV Uploaded 23 Years After Release

June 20, 2018 2:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Over 23 years since the initial release of GAINAX's game-changing anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion was initially aired in Japan, the legendary series' equally legendary theme song, "The Cruel Angel's Thesis," has finally been made available on YouTube. Uploaded onto King Records' YouTube channel earlier today, the video has already garnered over 300,000 views, and rightfully so. Included in the upload is a new HD music video, which features various scenes from the original anime series.

When it comes to anime theme songs, there are very few as easily recognizable as "The Cruel Angel's Thesis", something that rings especially true in Japan. This is a song that, on numerous occasions, has been voted as the one song not to sing at karaoke because it has simply been heard that many times by everyone in attendance. But that's definitely not to say that it's a bad song, not by any means. Originally performed by Yoko Takahashi back in 1995, music has most definitely evolved, but this piece remains a timeless gem.

While the timing might seem odd to suddenly release the song on YouTube, and believe me it still is, you'll find that King Records have also released a new physical press of "The Cruel Angel's Thesis," which is available now for 1,000 yen. Those interested in finding out further information on the release can head on over to King Record's official website.


PlayStation Hits is Coming to PS4 With 15 New $20 Games

June 20, 2018 1:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Sony announced earlier today the launch of PlayStation Hits on the PlayStation 4 console, bringing a total of 15 new games onto the marketplace for a total cost of $19.99 per title. The news comes as the console is creeping up on its fifth-year anniversary, giving Sony a pretty broad scope of just what it can constitute as a "Hit" on the console. Expected to launch across North America both physically and digitally, you can expect to scoop up a number of the console's best games from June 28.

Coming in at a total of 15 games, the full roster of PlayStation Hits can be seen below:

  • Battlefield 4
  • Bloodborne
  • DOOM
  • DriveClub
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Definitive Experience
  • Project CARS
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Street Fighter V
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami

Made a tradition since the very beginning of the PlayStation branding, one which would be continued for every console every release by Sony excluding the PlayStation Vita, "PlayStation Hits" has always been one of the best ways to pick up system-defining games on the cheap. You might remember that signature red banner at the top of some of your games across generations, and this time it's kicking off in both digital and physical format. Netting a physical copy of the game, you'll see that aforementioned branding at the top of your package, and digital copies will also see it at the top of the PlayStation Store listing image.

Available from June 28 in North America, further information can be found via PlayStation's official website.