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Kson, Amemiya Nazuna Join VShojo Virtual YouTuber Group

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Debut streams launch on July 16


The VShojo Virtual YouTuber agency announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that performers Kson and Amemiya Nazuna will join the group. Their debut streams will launch on July 16.

Kson is a popular independent streamer with over 1.2 subscribers on YouTube, while Amemiya Nazuna is a new character described by the agency as a “mysterious girl with amnesia.”

The panel debuted a “lore” video fictionalizing Kson’s transition to the VShojo agency and her first encounter with Amemiya Nazuna. Kson also posted the video on her YouTube channel on Saturday:




Part of the VTuber fan community’s interest behind the announcement is due to speculation that the performers behind Kson and Amemiya Nazuna were formerly affiliated with hololive. (Note that these connections have not been confirmed by either party.)

VShojo is a San Francisco-based VTuber company, which launched on November 24, 2020. Its current lineup of performers consists of Apricot, Zentreya, Ironmouse, Nyanners, Hime Hajime, Veibae, Projekt Melody, and Silvervale. In February, Ironmouse broke records to become the female streamer with the most active subscribers on Twitch.

Sources: VShojo Panel at Anime Expo livestream, VShojo official website


Kson, Amemiya Nazuna Join VShojo Virtual YouTuber Group

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Debut streams launch on July 16


The VShojo Virtual YouTuber agency announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that performers Kson and Amemiya Nazuna will join the group. Their debut streams will launch on July 16.

Kson is a popular independent streamer with over 1.2 subscribers on YouTube, while Amemiya Nazuna is a new character described by the agency as a “mysterious girl with amnesia.”

The panel debuted a “lore” video fictionalizing Kson’s transition to the VShojo agency and her first encounter with Amemiya Nazuna. Kson also posted the video on her YouTube channel on Saturday:




Part of the VTuber fan community’s interest behind the announcement is due to speculation that the performers behind Kson and Amemiya Nazuna were formerly affiliated with hololive. (Note that these connections have not been confirmed by either party.)

VShojo is a San Francisco-based VTuber company, which launched on November 24, 2020. Its current lineup of performers consists of Apricot, Zentreya, Ironmouse, Nyanners, Hime Hajime, Veibae, Projekt Melody, and Silvervale. In February, Ironmouse broke records to become the female streamer with the most active subscribers on Twitch.

Sources: VShojo Panel at Anime Expo livestream, VShojo official website


Yoshihiro Togashi Addresses His Health Problems in Art Exhibition Message

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Manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi is getting an art exhibition in Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center Gallery from October 28 to January 9. To commemorate the announcement, he released a public message thanking fans for their support while addressing the health issues affecting his work.

An unofficial translation is below:

I am pleased to announce the Yoshihiro Togashi exhibit -PUZZLE-.

This was only possible thanks to the warm feelings and support of the readers. Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to you all.

That was stiff of me, huh? I think so too. You’re probably thinking, “Go draw the next chapter already.” True, I was unable to sit in a chair for two years, which made me unable to draw, but by throwing conventional methods to the wayside, I’ve been able to resume drawing somehow. Everyone, I sincerely ask you to take care of your backs and hips. Just two weeks before writing this message, I couldn’t get into position to wipe my butt and had to take a shower every time I pooped. It takes 3-5 times longer for me to do everyday movements. Your hips are important.

So if you’re at the exhibit and you happen to drop something, I recommend assuming a sumo crouching posture when you pick it up. Sincerely, Yoshihiro Togashi.

Togashi included an illustration of himself as an anthropomorphic dog lying on its back while drawing, and captioned it, “Currently, I can only draw in this position.”

The exhibit will include over 350 pieces of manuscript artwork and color illustrations. After its run in Tokyo, the exhibit will move to Osaka and Fukuoka. Togashi drew the event’s key visual, which depicts characters from Hunter X Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Level E.

In May, Togashi created a Twitter account to tease the return of his Hunter X Hunter manga. He commented in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that he has finished the rough drafts for 10 chapters, which is the typical amount for a compiled book volume.

The manga has been on hiatus since November 2018. The manga returned from a previous hiatus in September 2018 after going on hiatus in April 2018. The manga previously went on hiatus in September 2017, and Togashi announced at the time that he planned to resume the series before the end of the year. The manga then resumed in January 2018. The manga had gone on other numerous hiatuses prior to these.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 31, Comic Natalie

Yoshihiro Togashi Addresses His Health Problems in Art Exhibition Message

Animenewsnetwork - Interest

Manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi is getting an art exhibition in Tokyo’s Mori Arts Center Gallery from October 28 to January 9. To commemorate the announcement, he released a public message thanking fans for their support while addressing the health issues affecting his work.

An unofficial translation is below:

I am pleased to announce the Yoshihiro Togashi exhibit -PUZZLE-.

This was only possible thanks to the warm feelings and support of the readers. Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to you all.

That was stiff of me, huh? I think so too. You’re probably thinking, “Go draw the next chapter already.” True, I was unable to sit in a chair for two years, which made me unable to draw, but by throwing conventional methods to the wayside, I’ve been able to resume drawing somehow. Everyone, I sincerely ask you to take care of your backs and hips. Just two weeks before writing this message, I couldn’t get into position to wipe my butt and had to take a shower every time I pooped. It takes 3-5 times longer for me to do everyday movements. Your hips are important.

So if you’re at the exhibit and you happen to drop something, I recommend assuming a sumo crouching posture when you pick it up. Sincerely, Yoshihiro Togashi.

Togashi included an illustration of himself as an anthropomorphic dog lying on its back while drawing, and captioned it, “Currently, I can only draw in this position.”

The exhibit will include over 350 pieces of manuscript artwork and color illustrations. After its run in Tokyo, the exhibit will move to Osaka and Fukuoka. Togashi drew the event’s key visual, which depicts characters from Hunter X Hunter, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Level E.

In May, Togashi created a Twitter account to tease the return of his Hunter X Hunter manga. He commented in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that he has finished the rough drafts for 10 chapters, which is the typical amount for a compiled book volume.

The manga has been on hiatus since November 2018. The manga returned from a previous hiatus in September 2018 after going on hiatus in April 2018. The manga previously went on hiatus in September 2017, and Togashi announced at the time that he planned to resume the series before the end of the year. The manga then resumed in January 2018. The manga had gone on other numerous hiatuses prior to these.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 31, Comic Natalie

That Time Dark Horse Almost Licensed Attack on Titan & Rose of Versailles

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Michael Gombos shares “embarrassing (manga) licensing stories” at AX panel

Michael Gombos, senior director of licensed publications at Dark Horse Comics, shared some “embarrassing (manga) licensing stories” at Dark Horse‘s panel at Anime Expo on Sunday. Among them are stories of major licenses that never came to be at the publisher: Attack on Titan and Rose of Versailles.

Dark Horse passed on Kodansha‘s offer for Attack on Titan early in its run. “A few years ago, Kodansha offered us a series that only had four chapters out,” Gombos recalled. “‘We’re not sure about it, but there’s an anime coming out…? want it?'” The manga turned out to be Hajime Isayama‘s Attack on Titan.

Gombos also recalled another story about a manga he overlooked which was a big deal: Riyoko Ikeda‘s Rose of Versailles: “Shueisha offered us Rose of Versailles, then I kind of forgot about it. Then when Udon Entertainment picked it up, Carl told me, ‘We coulda had that?!'”

How did this happen? Gombos explained that the manga team at Dark Horse is small, and he was juggling many different tasks at the time. He frankly acknowledged the missed opportunity in retrospect.

Hajime Isayama launched the original Attack on Titan manga in Kodansha‘s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and ended the series on April 2021. The manga’s 34th and final volume shipped in June 2021. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English digitally and in print, and released the 34th volume on October 19.

Ikeda launched the original manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Margaret magazine in 1972. The story is set in the intrigue-filled court of Queen Marie Antoinette before and during the upheavals of the French Revolution. Lady Oscar is a young woman raised as a man to serve in the palace guards.

Udon Entertainment announced in July 2015 that it had licensed Riyoko Ikeda‘s Rose of Versailles manga series and planned to release the first two-in-one omnibus volume in the second quarter of 2016. The company then began releasing the manga in December 2019, and has since released the entire manga in five omnibus volumes.

Source: Dark Horse panel at Anime Expo 2022 (Deb Aoki)


That Time Dark Horse Almost Licensed Attack on Titan & Rose of Versailles

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Michael Gombos shares “embarrassing (manga) licensing stories” at AX panel

Michael Gombos, senior director of licensed publications at Dark Horse Comics, shared some “embarrassing (manga) licensing stories” at Dark Horse‘s panel at Anime Expo on Sunday. Among them are stories of major licenses that never came to be at the publisher: Attack on Titan and Rose of Versailles.

Dark Horse passed on Kodansha‘s offer for Attack on Titan early in its run. “A few years ago, Kodansha offered us a series that only had four chapters out,” Gombos recalled. “‘We’re not sure about it, but there’s an anime coming out…? want it?'” The manga turned out to be Hajime Isayama‘s Attack on Titan.

Gombos also recalled another story about a manga he overlooked which was a big deal: Riyoko Ikeda‘s Rose of Versailles: “Shueisha offered us Rose of Versailles, then I kind of forgot about it. Then when Udon Entertainment picked it up, Carl told me, ‘We coulda had that?!'”

How did this happen? Gombos explained that the manga team at Dark Horse is small, and he was juggling many different tasks at the time. He frankly acknowledged the missed opportunity in retrospect.

Hajime Isayama launched the original Attack on Titan manga in Kodansha‘s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and ended the series on April 2021. The manga’s 34th and final volume shipped in June 2021. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English digitally and in print, and released the 34th volume on October 19.

Ikeda launched the original manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Margaret magazine in 1972. The story is set in the intrigue-filled court of Queen Marie Antoinette before and during the upheavals of the French Revolution. Lady Oscar is a young woman raised as a man to serve in the palace guards.

Udon Entertainment announced in July 2015 that it had licensed Riyoko Ikeda‘s Rose of Versailles manga series and planned to release the first two-in-one omnibus volume in the second quarter of 2016. The company then began releasing the manga in December 2019, and has since released the entire manga in five omnibus volumes.

Source: Dark Horse panel at Anime Expo 2022 (Deb Aoki)


One Piece Tie-In With Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Fashion Brand Debuts at Anime Expo

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DJ Steve Aoki‘s fashion and record label brand, Dim Mak, will debut its One Piece tie-in apparel line at Anime Expo (booth #3326) from July 1 to 4. The collection will include fan favorite characters Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Trafalgar D. Water Law, Kaido, and others, featured on brightly colored solid and tie dyed tees (US$38-45), hoodies (US$75-85), skate decks, socks, and trucker hats.

The limited edition lineup will launch exclusively at AX, and then later through Dim Mak’s online store and the NTWRK shopping app.

In addition, Aoki will hold a performance at AX on July 2 to promote One Piece Film Red. Tickets are available exclusively to Anime Expo attendees.

Steve Aoki is a two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ. In the anime world, he arranged and composed the “Lights Go Out” insert song featured in Carole & Tuesday episode 19. In 1996, he founded Dim Mak, an independent record label, music, and fashion lifestyle brand. The brand has collaborated with a number of popular anime titles, including Naruto, Inuyasha, and Bleach.

Source: Press Release