October 22, 2018

A Short Look Behind The Scenes Of Hatsune Miku MAGICAL MIRAI 2013


This is a pretty cool but extremely short video that takes a small look behind the scenes of the Hatsune Miku MAGICAL MIRAI 2013 Concert to be held in Yokohama, Japan this Saturday. From what is seen in the video it looks like a clear screen which Miku and friends 3D image will be projected onto will be used similar to the Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39’s Giving Day Concert held in Japan as well as 2011’s Mikunopolis concert at Anime Expo 2011 held in Los Angeles which is the best way to experience Miku live! If you are not in Japan, Live Viewing Japan is hosting a delayed broadcast of the concert at theaters around the world!

As far as the US it looks like the only screenings will be in LA and New York. At the time of writing this the screening at the Downtown Independent in LA for this Saturday, August 31st  is sold out sadly. But if you live in the New York area it looks like there are still tickets left for the screening at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Check out this page for more details on where all the screenings will be held.

Are you attending one of the screenings or are you lucky enough to actually be attending the concert live in Japan?! Let me know in the comments down below!

What You Should Check Out At Anime Expo 2013!


Anime Expo 2013 is almost here! It’s only one day away from the biggest anime convention in North America! I am going to run through the panels and events that I think you should check out that will be well worth your time. I hope this helps in your planning for the con. There is a lot to cover so let’s get to it!

Day One – Thursday, July 4th 2013

10 AM – Opening Ceremonies (Main Events – Hall B): I don’t know about you but I don’t feel like the con has officially started until I attend opening ceremonies. There is just something about opening ceremonies that sets the whole feeling for the con. It’s fun to see all the guests and to see and hear everyone’s excitement and enthusiasm. It’s a great way to kick off the next four days.

2 PM – Mega64: Panel For Real Americans (LP 1 – Petree Hall): Mega64 panels are always fun and always hilarious! If you are a fan of the video game based comedy group and have never been to one of their panels it’s a must attend. While their panels are mostly big Q&A sessions they are entertaining and just tons of fun. You never know what you are in store for with Mega64.

6:30 PM – huke, Good Smile Company, Ultra Super Pictures & Max Factory (LP 1 – Petree Hall): If there is one panel you attend on the first day of con make it this one! The amazing illustrator huke will be live drawing right in front of your eyes at this panel! How cool is that! If that isn’t enough Hiroaki Matsuura of Sanzigen will also be there as well as Max Watanabe of Max Factory and Takanori Aki of Good Smile Company. It’s one of the must attend panels at Anime Expo this year!

Day Two – Friday, July 5th 2013

9 AM – Culture Japan with Danny Choo (LP 2 – 502AB): Any panel I’ve attended in the past with Danny Choo has always been entertaining, fun, and inspiring. You can’t go wrong with anything Danny Choo hosts.

1:30 PM – Porno Graffitti (LP 2 – 502AB): Come see and ask Porno Graffitti questions at their Guest of Honor panel before they rock the stage at Club Nokia on Saturday!

1:45 PM – Kick Heart Premiere & Q and A with Masaaki Yuasa (LP 1 – Petree Hall): The premiere of the Kickstarter funded anime short Kick Heart is another event that is well worth looking into as well. There is even going to be a question and answer session with the director as well.

4 PM – Studio TRIGGER: Little Witch Academia Screening (LP 2 – 502AB): This is the must attend event on Friday! See the awesome anime short Little Witch Academia and Q&A with the president of Studio TRIGGER Masahiko Otsuka and voice actress Megumi Han!

5:15 PM – Noizi Ito (LP 2 – 502AB): Noizi Ito is an awesome character designer and illustrator known for her work on Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana. See her and ask questions at her Guest of Honor panel.

Day 3 – Saturday, July 6th 2013

10 AM – Vocaloid Panel: Mirai no Neiro “The Sound of the Future 2013” Part 1 (LP 2 – 502AB): This was one of the best panels I attended last year. They had some pretty big name vocaloid artists which was a pretty big surprise I even got to meet them and get some pictures and autographs after! If you are a vocaloid fan this is a must attend panel. I’m excited to see what they have in store for this year!

11:30 AM – Guest of Honor: George Wada Presents: Attack on Titan (LP 1 – Petree Hall): George Wada the producer for Attack on Titan will be at Anime Expo! Attack on Titan is a big hit right now so this will be one of the more highly anticipated and biggest panels at the con this year.

12 PM – Vocaloid Panel: Mirai no Neiro “The Sound of the Future 2013” Part 2 (LP 3 – 515A): The Vocaloid goodness continues with Part 2 of the Mirai no Neiro panel!

3 PM – Production I.G. Guest of Honor Panel (LP 1 – Petree Hall): Two Guest’s of Honor Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, and Kazuchika Kise from Production I.G. will be at this panel and I expect that they will be talking a lot about the highly anticipated Ghost in the Shell: ARISE!

6 PM – Porno Graffitti Concert (Club Nokia): This is the big event on Saturday! See Porno Graffitti rock the stage live at Club Nokia!

Day 4 – Sunday, July 7th 2013

11:15 AM – The Garden of Words Panel with Makoto Shinkai (LP 1 – Petree Hall): Makoto Shinkai will be at Anime Expo this year to talk about his new work The Garden of Words!

3:30 PM – Crypton Future Media, INC Presents HATSUNE MIKU (LP 2 – 502AB): Crypton Future Media will be doing a panel on Hatsune Miku. Seems like it will be an interesting panel.

5 PM – Closing Ceremonies (Main Events – Hall B): It’s sad but Anime Expo is over! Say goodbye and look forward to doing it all over again next year!

That is my guide on what I think you should be checking out at Anime Expo this year. There are tons of events other then these that are going on at con this year so check out the Anime Expo schedule and see what other panels and events are going on that interest you as well. Also if there are any other events that you think people should check out while at con let everyone know by leaving a comment down below. See you at Anime Expo 2013!

Anime Expo 2012 – ANIMETAL USA


Are you ready for Anime Expo 2013? While we prepare for Anime Expo 2013 that will soon be upon us let’s take a look back at Anime Expo 2012. We had the chance to sit down with the awesome anime metal cover band ANIMETAL USA for a chat. They talked about their favorite anime and anime music, what it was like to play with JAM Project, and they send a message to all the fans!


Anime Genesis Podcast: Episode 1 – So Much Wasted Potential


Benu is back with an all brand new season of Anime Genesis! In this episode Benu reviews
Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and talks a little about Crunchyroll’s weird release schedule for AKB0048 and Little Busters!


Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Final Verdict – C  (Only hardcore Hayate fans need apply)

Benu’s favorite episode of Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You!


Intro/Outro Music

Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

That's A Wrap Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


Leave a comment down below! Or send your comments or questions to animegen@gmail.com



Anime Bloggers/Podcasters Town Hall @ Anime Expo 2012!

Hey everyone! Benu here! If you are going to Anime Expo this year I’ll be hosting the Anime Bloggers/Podcasters Town Hall on Saturday, June 30th  Day 2 at 4:00 PM in WS2 (501). If your an anime blogger or podcaster or both, you don’t want to miss this! It’s going to be an open discussion about everything blogging, podcasting, and new media!  I’ll also be covering the whole convention doing interviews, taking video, taking pictures, and posting it all here on the site! So if you see me around say hi and maybe you might end up in a picture or video on the site, maybe even in an episode of the podcast!

Anime Bloggers/Podcasters Town Hall

Are you a blogger or podcaster? Then come and join in for an open discussion about anything and everything related to anime blogging and podcasting!

Saturday, June 30th

4:00pm-5:00pm WS2 (LACC 501)


Live 7th Anniversary Show Tonight!

Today Anime Genesis celebrates it’s 7 year anniversary today. There will be a live streaming podcast in celebration tonight at 8pm PST!

Watch live video from animegenesis on www.justin.tv

Just watch the embedded player on this post at 8pm to see the show! Or go to http://justin.tv/animegenesis to see the show and participate in the chat. I will also be taking Skype calls during the show! Just call username benu00 to wish Anime Genesis a happy 7th anniversary or chat about anything anime!

I’m Bringing “Moe” To Blogworld & New Media Expo

Hey guys it’s Benu here. I’m writing to let you all know that I will be speaking at the Blogworld & New Media Expo this coming weekend which runs November 3-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. I will be speaking Saturday, November 5th at 3:30 PM in Room 406 A. My session is titled: Podcasting Moe: Lessons From An Anime Podcaster. If you liked my podcasting talks I’ve done at Anime Expo, this one is the biggest one yet. I’ll be summing up my six years of knowledge all in this one talk and teaching you how I got to where I am today. I’ll be talking about why passion is important, how to make people passionate about your podcast, and how to grow your podcast. If you want to take your podcast to the next level this is one talk you don’t want to miss.

So all of you fellow anime podcasters and bloggers out there that really want to succeed you need to be at the Blogworld & New Media Expo this weekend! You will learn so many amazing things and reach success that you never thought possible. If you miss this event, you miss out on a wealth of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else. If your really serious about taking things to the next level then you need to attend Blogworld. Fellow podcasters if you get an Expo Pass you get access to all the Podcamp conference sessions held on Friday and Saturday which includes my session! Don’t miss out!

I have a special offer – 20% OFF registration pricing. Simply use the code BWEVIP20 when you check out and you’ll receive the 20% discount.

So get your pass here right now!

Also I need your help. I was planning on bringing my Hatsune Miku along with me to Blogworld and to be my co-presenter on stage as I feel Miku represents a true ground breaking new media movement and she is moe as well. But what version of Miku should come along with me? And should I also bring Hinagiku along as well so she doesn’t feel left out? Look at the choices below then vote on which version of Miku should join me at Blogworld.

Regular Miku

Open Mouth Miku

Cheerleader Miku

Hachune Miku

Neko Hina

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Anime Expo 2011 – Fred Gallagher Interview

At Anime Expo 2011 Benu had the chance to sit down and talk with Fred Gallagher of the popular webcomic Megatokyo. Benu chats with Fred about what he is most proud of with Megatokyo, how he keeps the story going while avoiding burn out, his plans for other projects, influences on Megatokyo, and the current state of fandom today.

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Anime Genesis Podcast: Episode 5 – Anime Genesis Live: Benu’s Violent Torpedo Of Moe

Recorded live at Anime Expo 2011 it’s Anime Genesis Live: Benu’s Violent Torpedo Of Moe! If you missed it you can now listen to the whole show in all it’s awesome glory! With special guests Mark Allen Jr. and Alex Leavitt! Benu talked with voice actor Mark Allen Jr. about voice acting, dubs, and how to break into voice acting. Benu then chatted with Internet and media PhD researcher Alex Leavitt about Hatsune Miku and the Vocaloid phenomenon and just what is the true definition of the word “Otaku”. Thanks to all who came out to the show! It was awesome to see all of you that showed up!

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It’s Time For Anime Expo 2011!

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, Anime Expo! Me your favorite host Benu is on the scene to cover the best that anime expo has to offer! I’ll also be hosting two panels! Check out the schedule below and stop by and say hi!

Anime Genesis Live: Benu’s Violent Torpedo Of Moe

Come to Benu’s first-ever live solo show! Will there be guests? Will there be squirrels? Will there be moe… wait, squirrels? With special guests, Mark Allen Jr. and Alex Leavitt.

Friday, July 1, 2011

9:00 pm LP 3 (LACC 515A)

Anime Genesis Presents: How To Fail At Anime Podcasting

Join Benu from Anime Genesis in a follow up to “Habits of Successful Anime Podcasting & Blogging” from last year, with talks about failure, why you shouldn’t be afraid to “fail” at podcasting, and how to handle criticism.

Monday, July 4, 2011

12:45 pm LP4 (LACC 411 Theater)