#640: Kami Said There’d Be Days Like This…

A Transportation Manager blames anime for giving trucks a bad reputation, Rent-A-Girlfriend gets its 1st adventure game, and Hello Kitty gets spooky with a Junji Ito collaboration! Also, Keroppi goes retro with a 90s-inspired film camera, LiSA announced for SDCC, and dates confirmed for the bilingual debut of Rick and Morty the anime! Meanwhile in Japan, a Deadpool and Wolverine pop-up cafe is coming to Tokyo with a merch raffle, and an 8-floor anime figure shop is opening in Akihabara!

#639: Allow Us To Be Perfectly Transparent Here…

DJ Ranma S⁠, ⁠Ari Rockefeller⁠, and ⁠Mako-chan⁠ respond to a listener discussing convention reviews and reports. Also, ⁠Crunchyroll⁠ shut down comments on their entire site, mass disqualifications in the ⁠Pokémon⁠ card art contest due to AI submissions and a NEW ⁠Magic Knight Rayearth⁠ anime announced! Plus, ⁠VIZ Media⁠ acquires ⁠RWBY⁠ and will explore the production of new work, ⁠Trigun⁠ Stampede’s final phase to be called Trigun Stargaze, and an ⁠Anthrocon⁠ attendee attacked with a sword at Pittsburgh’s Wyndham Grand Hotel?! Meanwhile in Japan… A woman was charged with driving a suitcase without a license, and a life-size Gundam to be welcomed to Osaka World Expo 2025!

Castle Point Anime 2024: Your Princess Isn’t In This Castle, but Your Friends are!

Castle Point Anime is a student-run anime convention, once taking place at Hoboken, New Jersey at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus, and now continuing its run at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. 

I began attending conventions around 2011. Many events were run by college students, anime clubs, or a combination of both. Cons were starting to branch out into larger scale events, but still had a casual feel and were often smaller and local in scope. 

Castle Point made changes from attendee feedback that improved the experience. However,  I do have concerns from last year which continued into this year’s con. 

#638: The Beatings Won’t Stop if the Shenanigans Continue!

Evangelion singer Yoko Takahashi cancels concert appearance over AI, the ⁠Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba⁠ musical gets international release through ⁠Crunchyroll⁠, and Akiba Maid War announces a popup cafe in LA! After that bit of news, ⁠DJ Ranma S⁠ and ⁠Ari Rockefeller⁠ sit down and review ⁠Shenanicon⁠, a 21+ anime and pop culture convention in New Jersey! You might wanna grab your water for this! Meanwhile in Japan, a politician kicks a groper in the balls during a visit to Japan, and a permanent video game art museum is being built!

#637: Bouncing Off The Wall And Then Some.

Updates on the Kadokawa cyber attack, the massive debt totals for Gainax bankruptcy, and Studio 3Hz transfers anime production to A1 pictures. Also, Optimus Prime was arrested for vehicular theft, and ⁠Sony⁠ bought out ⁠Alamo Drafthouse Cinema⁠ chain with plans for ⁠Crunchyroll⁠ and VA unit iRis to release a documentary film. Meanwhile in Japan, a drink that helps manage your hunger turns from liquid to solid in your stomach, and a man arrested for impersonating police to rob a woman while working?!

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