Anime Expo 2014: 7 Highlights, Lowlights, and a Tour of the Dealer's Room!

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Once again, the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown LA was turned into a cornucopia of mass Japanese Otaku nerdery, and much like last year, I was around to see and hear it all.
Rather than rehash last year's theme, I thought I'd share a little bit more of the specifics that make this particular different than your Comic-Cons and other general-interest conventions. Anime Expo has its own specific vibe; part trade-show for the Anime industry, part Japanese pop-culture convention, Anime Expo is a very much like a niche version of San Diego Comic-Con, except it's actually possible to attend it without either a) spending a million dollars a year in advance, or b) representing some million-dollar movie franchise.

So, let's begin! Here's a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments from Anime Expo 2014!


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No Time for Mushrooms When You're Breaking the Super Mario Bros. Speed Record

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I like to imagine speedrunner Blubbler had a buddy by this side during this performance, dabbing the sweat from his brow and shoving Cheetos into his mouth. He beat the previous record of 4:58:09 by four/tenths of a second.

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Monty Python's The Ministry of Silly Walks -- The Video Game!

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

A video game devoted to Forrest Gump running? That sounds like the most boring thing ever. But a video game based on the Ministry of Silly Walks, one of the greatest Monty Python sketches of all time? Now you're onto something!

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Run Forrest Run: Gump Finally Gets the Endless Runner Game You've Been Joking About for Years

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

Forrest Gump has finally scored his own endless runner game, officially released in New Zealand for iPhone and iPad. What took so long? Were they fighting a war or something?

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Portal Gets An Honest Games Trailer

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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For those of you who are either new to this planet or just awaking from a coma, Honest Trailers are a series of web videos created by Screen Junkies that set their comedic sights on popular TV series and films and then proceed to eviscerate them by telling some often harsh truths about characters, plotting, etc. They are glorious. Smosh Games decided the concept would work equally well with video games, and thus more Internet magic was born. Smosh's latest release is the above clip that examines the Portal franchise and hoo boy is it a doozy. And let's hear it for voiceover Jon Bailey, especially his solemn pronunciation of the words "smurf jiz."

Truly we live in an age of wonder. Hit the jump to check it out.


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The Lesbian Kiss That Saved The Sims

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

In 1999 the prospects for The Sims were not looking good. E.A. had already abandoned the project a few times, and the company hid the game at E3, denying it space up on the big screen.

"We all knew that if we couldn't generate any interest at E3 that year, then the game would be cancelled for good," Patrick J. Barrett III, one of the game's programmers, told The New Yorker recently. "E.A. did nothing to help us. They hid us away."

But everything changed when two Sim women kissed in front of a bunch of reporters.

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Angry Birds Transformers: Sure, Why Not?

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

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You know, I'm thinking the Birds slightly missed the point here. That whole "in disguise" part? Not really working. I can see the beaks.

It's okay, though. Many others, from Michael Bay to Mr. Potato Head, have missed that element too.

Though details are scant on exactly what the game will be, we do know that it will involve the Telepods (i.e. Skylanders-like) figures...and I'd bet you'll see some kind of debut exclusive at Comic-Con.

Something that actually transforms would be nice, but I'm not necessarily holding my breath.

TR at E3: The Show in Photos

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I take pictures. Lots of them.

We've covered the show in words, talking substantively about what was announced and revealed. But none of that gives you a real sense of what it's like to actually be there.

I hope this will.


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Weekend Hangover: 12 Stories You Might have Missed, From Aquaman to Dracula

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Compiled as always with the help of Kyle LeClair, this weekend's styories saw the casting of a new Aquaman, a Hello Kitty collection that repels tomcats, a Disneylike Doctor or 13 (above), and cricket chips.

Tipsters this week include: Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Citrus_King, Dr.Gonzo82, troi, Anyone00, Timely Flower-Hermit, andre_morelo

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Mind-Blowing 18" Titanfall Toy Reveals Full Details, Is Even Mind-Blowinger

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Remember this 18" Titanfall toy, complete with fully articulated pilot?

Not that you needed to cry more about what you can't afford and won't own, but more has been revealed. Titanfall Atlas specs & features:


* model stand with ~20inches tall.
* incredibly detailed and over 100 articulation parts.
* 5 real pistons control the movement of the waist.
* comes with XO-16 Chaingun. (detachable ammo drum)
* fully openable hatch with cockpit.
* movable armor plates on both torso & legs.
* light up feature for top part and cockpit with interchangeable red & blue color.
* rotatable front vision ball.
* 2 side gun magazine case with fabric material.
* articulating fingers & toes.
* fully posable 6 inches IMC Battle Rifle Pilot figure, which can be position inside the cockpit.
* pilot figure comes with detailed armor parts, with R-101C Carbine and fabric clothing.
* 3A X 2 batteries (batteries not included)


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