On Thursday, July 18th, a devastating fire burned down Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio Building, claiming the lives of 35 people and hospitalizing 33 more. The human costs of this tragedy are unfathomable and the damage done to the studio is immeasurable. We stand together with KyoAni in their time of need, and want to do our part in spreading the word to fans on how to help the studio and its staff. For our Community Shout-Outs this week, we’ve compiled a list of resources that you can use to donate to the studio and reflections from the fandom that celebrate the legacy of KyoAni, its staff, and their stories. Please take the time to read each of these pieces and, if possible, take part in the efforts to send love KyoAni’s way. 

Anime Expo was so packed with news and events that it’s taken us a month and two podcasts to cover it all! In this first installment of our AX coverage, we spend over two hours simply discussing all the exciting announcements made at Anime Expo, from long-awaited licensing announcements to new projects by legendary artists like Katsuhiro Otomo and Yoshitaka Amano! Then, we take a trip back in time to share a podcast we recorded pre-AX, discussing our impressions of the then-upcoming convention and what we did on Day 0. This includes VLord’s thoughts on the LA premiere of Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer and a couple of other panels live-streamed from Petree Hall! If you think this podcast is lengthy, well, just wait until the next episode, where we’ll discuss our entire AX experience in an episode that’s over four hours long! Until then, get a taste of how exhausting AX is by listening to this extensive episode! 

KyoAni Resources & Retrospectives:


00:00 – The KyoAni Arson: News, Resources, & Ways to Help
23:14 – Podcast Plans 


24:55 – Intro
27:21 – Cross Infinite World licenses
33:22 –  Dark Horse rereleases What’s Michael?
35:14 – Viz Media AX licenses
56:14 – Yen Press AX licenses
1:12:52 – Yen Press Has Not Licensed Persona 5 Memento Mission & A La Carte?
1:15:06 – Square Enix AX licenses
1:21:18 –  Seven Seas AX licenses
1:33:48 – J-Novel Club AX licenses
1:45:22 – Sol Press AX licenses
1:48:19 – Denpa AX licenses
1:50:09 – Vertical AX licenses
1:57:30 – Kodansha AX licenses
2:08:07 – Sailor Moon gets worldwide digital release in 10 languages, including in english on Comixology
2:09:43 – Sailor Moon Eternal films open in 2020
2:11:54 – Kodansha to launch “The Complete Works of Katsuhiro Otomo” project
2:14:02 – Otomo makes new film – Orbital
2:16:20 – Akira gets new anime and film remaster
2:17:48 – Live-Action Akira delayed indefinitely
2:19:40- Otomo and Oshii join the Academy
2:22:21 – Yoshitaka Amano’s Gibate anime
2:26:55 – Trigger’s next show – BNA
2:29:24 – NYAV Post to dub Promare
2:30:06 – Harmony Gold renews Macross license
2:32:30 – Viz/Crunchyroll partnership
2:33:42 – FUNimation & Nozomi announce streaming partnership
2:34:46 – FUNimation to release Tokyo Ghoul S in theaters in September
2:35:28 – Crunchyroll to bring over Konosuba film
2:36:10 – Demon Slayer to premiere on Toonami
2:38:23 – Fire Force debuts on Toonami 


2:39:54 – Day -1
2:42:26 – Day 0
2:52:34 – Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
3:14:39 – Competitive Lines & Panels
3:18:42 – Dark Horse AX Announcements
3:22:45 – Day 0 AX Panels

3:28:30 – Wrap-Up 

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Music Featured:

“Koi wo Shita no wa” by aiko
“Detective Conan Main Theme (Zero the Enforcer Version)” by Katsuo Ono
“Zero – ZERO-” by Masaharu Fukuyama

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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