January 2015

Happy Lunar New Year 2015! Year of 喜洋洋 :-)

Happy Lunar New Year 2015!      Year of 喜洋洋 :-)

TOKYOPOP Fam: 新年快乐!!   恭禧发财!! It's officially the Lunar New Year worldwide!  For all of you who follow Chinese culture, you know that while the rest of us entered Year of the RAM (or Sheep or Goat, depending on your preference) back on January 1, in China the Lunar New Year is celebrated.  So, as of February 19, 2015, it's now in the Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat in China too!  Happy New Year!!

Meet the Bad@$$ Women of Knockouts!

Meet the Bad@$$ Women of Knockouts!

We got help from some amazing actresses and professional stuntwomen to make the Knockouts Concept Trailer. These women punched and kicked each other, were flipped off of a bar, and had bottles broken over their heads! They put their bodies on the line to bring the vision of our director, Leo Kei Angelos, to life, and we all had fun creating this action-packed video. Watch the Knockouts Concept Trailer, and then find out more about the awesome women who made it below.

Attack on Titan: The Real Opens in Universal Studios Japan!

Attack on Titan: The Real Opens in Universal Studios Japan!

USJ officially opened its new Attack on Titan attraction today, January 23, 2015! The AoT attraction is part of Universal’s “Cool Japan” event, which also features Evangelion, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter attractions. The “Cool Japan” event will run from today until May 10, 2015, so if you want to see these attractions in person, start planning your trip now!

Another Anime Los Angeles In The Books

Another Anime Los Angeles In The Books

Anime Los Angeles is easily the most enjoyable con I go to on a regular basis. It's not big and unmanageable, it's still "the friendliest con around" as the tagline goes, and I enjoy being able to see friends I never see anywhere else. It also attracts some of the best cosplayers, who invariably bring their "A" game to the event. You don't see a lot of the "superstar" cosplayers attending, but I think that is a good thing. Let the people who do cosplay for the love of it get the spotlight.

You Need to Follow Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple on Instagram!

You Need to Follow Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple on Instagram!

A UNESCO World Heritage site located in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple, which means “pure water,” takes its name from the waterfall which runs off the nearby hillside. It is famous for its grand veranda offering breathtaking views of Kyoto and the surrounding hillsides. Tourists and locals alike flock to the temple for the gorgeous views of cherry blossoms in the Springtime, the bright red maple leaves in the Autumn, and the yearly illuminations. 

Malaysia animation and more

Malaysia animation and more

TOKYOPOP Fam: Selamat petang! I'm writing you having just returned from my first trip to Malaysia.  While I've traveled to certain countries in Southeast Asia, I still have a few key places left on my list (Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar).  Malaysia was my second predominantly Islamic country after Jordan, and I enjoyed the diversity (the population is 50% Malay, 22% Chinese, 7% Indian and the rest various).