By early August, Beethovenhalle Bonn will become a mecca for dedicated fans of Japanese culture, once again. AnimagiC 2014 opens its gates for the 16th time, expecting 15,000 visitors from all over Germany and Europe. Like in the previous years, the convention features animes, mangas, games and Japanese culture, and will be presenting international top stars.
Junya Inoue and his survival thriller BTOOOM!, now licensed by TOKYOPOP, are causing sky-rocketing sales in Germany right now. Kazé Anime recently issued the 12-episode anime series produced by Studio Madhouse on DVD and blu-ray. Former game designer Junya Inoue has been working on BTOOOM! since 2009, hence living out his passion for games: Similar to Sword Art Online, the series is all about a fictional Online-Action-Game, BTOOM!, - eponymous to the series.
Cocoa Fujiwara and her detailed fantasy-mystery-comedy manga topseller Secret Service – Maison de Ayakashi is brought to Bonn by Carlsen Manga and SQUARE ENIX‘. Packed with traditional Japanese demons and spirits, Secret Service – Maison de Ayakashi is out since June 2013, enriching Carlsen's dark fantasy programme.
It is to president of WIT STUDIO, George Wada, that we owe one of the most fascinating phenomena of contemporary anime: He has been bringing Hajime Isayama's Titans onto the screen and will offer a preview on Attack on Titan, just in time before Kazé's release of the German scheduled for this fall.
„Animes as hard as bone“ - is the trademark of BONES. The studio's president, Masahiko Minami, is another one of AnimagiC's guests of honour. In the last 15 years, BONES has been producing hits like Wolf’s Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, or Soul Eater. The latest productions are a crazy Sci-Fi comedy called Space Dandy, and titles such as Hitsugi no Chaika, Soul Eater Not!, and Captain Earth. Masahiko Minami will be inviting visitors to celebrate the 15th anniversary BONES Special, offering exclusive peeks behind the curtains of his „hallowed halls“.
With director Shinji Aramaki, a true master of mecha will be entering the stage at AnimagiC. The mechanical designer has produced and stage-managed animes such as Bubblegum Crisis-OVA and will now take on a directing job for the latest CGI action hit Appleseed: Alpha. Shinji Aramaki is famous for his cyberpunk anime topsellers Appleseed and Appleseed: Ex Machina and has gained international stardom through his seven episodes of short film anime Halo Legends. His CGI sequel Starship Troopers: Invasion has also been much noticed on the international stage.
Sword Art Online producer Tomonori Ochikoshi had to cancel his visit to AnimagiC in 2013 on very short notice. This year he will be back among the guests of honour. Being a producer at Studio A-1 Pictures he is responsible for anime top-hits like Blue Exorcist. This year, Ochikoshi-san will offer an exclusive preview for Sword Art Online's second season.
Hideo Baba has also scheduled a visit to AnimagiC 2014. As the producer of BANDAI-NAMCO's famous RPG series Tales, he will be bringing Tales of Xillia 2 to Bonn. Whether he is also going to offer an exclusive sneak peek for Bandai's forthcoming anniversary edition Tales of Zestiria - remains to be seen. One thing's for sure though: The likeable J-game producer will not just present his latest projects, but also participate in discussions, sign autographs, and hand out special "Tales" goodies.
As always, great screenings will be part of AnimagiC's programme. This year's AnimotionFilm Festival highlights will be special screenings of Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online II and Sword Art Online ― Extra Edition. Big CGI cinema awaits with Appleseed: Alpha and Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
Anime cinema will feature full fledged movies such as Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, From Up on Poppy Hill, 009 RE:CYBORG and Blue Exorcist: The Movie, and even a life-action movie Black Butler, based on Yana Tobosos dark fantasy manga.
German publisher will of course be sending along their artists to AnimagiC, such as Alexandra Völker (Bloody Magic), KHAOS (DIO+ – DOLOR ASCENSION) and Martina Peters (Tempest Curse), among others.
J-Pop lovers are already looking forward to three Japanese music acts: Luna Haruna, ZWEI and the Japanese Rock’n’Roll band milktub, who will surely fire up the event.
AnmagiC 2014 takes place from August 1 - 3, 2014 at Beethovenhalle Bonn. Like every year, an extensive supporting programme and countless cosplayers will be transforming the city into a colourful mecca for anime and manga addicts.