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J-Pop Summit 2017 Announces Premium Line-Up of Ramen, Sake and Food Vendors!

Hinodeya Ramen – Photo courtesy of J-Pop Summit 2017

While anime, manga and Japanese culture in general are all essential components of San Francisco’s annual J-Pop Summit, the food alone is worth attending the event.

This year, J-Pop Summit 2017 will be featuring some of the best ramen and sake from San Francisco and Seattle in its Ramen Summit and Sake Summit.

The two summits aside, there will also be a variety of Japanese snacks, drinks, and local food trucks will also be offering Japanese fare available for purchase.

J-POP SUMMIT 2017 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture located in San Francisco’s Marina district.

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VIZ Media Announces Plans for Otakon 2017!

VIZ Media has announced its plans for Otakon 2017 – one of the East Coast’s most renowned anime conventions – which runs from August 11-13.

The company will host the VIZ Media panel on Friday, August 11th – with announcements, looks at new titles, and  prizes. The Sailor Moon panel, on Saturday, August 12th, will provide updates on the iconic series and feature special guests – and the English voice cast will host an autograph session later that afternoon.

VIZ will also have special merchandise available – like copies of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray set with a special JOJO’S print bandana as a gift with purchase.

Otakon 2017 takes place August 11 – 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Showtime Releases David Lynch Video from Comic-Con 2017!

David Lynch Video – Twin Peaks Panel from San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 – Courtesy of Showtime.

Much has been made of the video introduction that David Lynch sent to open the Twin Peaks panel at Comic-Con 2017, and it sounded pretty intriguing (and very Lynchean).

Now Showtime has released it and we can confirm for ourselves just how delightfully different it is – and how perfectly it fits into the Twin Peaks mood.

Twin Peaks airs Sundays at 8/7C.

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The Stain’s Therapy Session Straight from SDCC 2017!

During Comic-Con 2017, the cast of characters from FX’s The Strain faced an even scarier challenge than losing the world to the Strigoi – group therapy!

For the first time, see your favorite characters from the show face their deepest fears – and ask yourself, why does that therapist look so darned familiar?

The final season of The Strain airs Sundays (10/9C).

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VIZ Media Scores Four Manga Titles At Comic-Con 2017!

VIZ Media added four titles to its roster of quality manga series at San Diego Comic-Con 2017: supernatural series Black Torch, paranormal adventure Demon Slayer: Kimetso No Yaiba, romantic comedy Kaguya-Sama: Love is War and post-alien invasion series Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction.

VIZ has obtained both print and digital North america rights for the first three titles and print rights for the last.

Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction Vol. 1 will be released in spring 2018.

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SDCC 2017: Two of ‘The Original, You Might Say’ Trailer: Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time!

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time – Peter Capaldi, David Bradley – Photo courtesy of BBC America

While the BBC was making history by naming the first female Doctor, the current showrunner was heading a trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2017 – where he presented the first teaser for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time.

The teaser reunites the Doctor with Bill Potts and features a unique event with the first and twelfth Doctors teaming up.

Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time will premiere on December 25th, of course.

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SDCC 2017: Greatest Hits & Upcoming Thrills Trailer: Gotham: Season 4!

Warner Bros. Television brought a very dark Gotham sizzle reel to Sn Diego for Comic-Con 2017 – just over four of its almost six-minutes run through some of the many key moments of Season Three.

It’s the last minute-and-a-half where we get to see some spectacular teases for Season Four: Bruce in action; Selina in action; the unveiling of the frosty centerpiece at Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge; a glimpse of someone/something like a rabid Joker and the first appearance of a certain Crane alias.

Gotham returns on Thursday, September 28th (FOX, 8/7C).

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SDCC 2017: I’m Putting Together a Team Trailer: Thor: Ragnarok!

The God of Death has taken over Asgard and destroyed Thor’s hammer. Now he’s being forced to fight his Avengers teammate the Hulk.

As the SDCC 2017 trailer shows, clearly he needs help.

Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3rd.

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SDCC 2017: We Walk In Two Worlds Trailer: Arrow: Season 6!

The first half of the trailer for season six of Arrow recaps the events of season five’s finale, but when it kicks into gear with its look at season six, it really kicks into gear.

Highlights include scenes between Oliver and William, the reappearance of Slade Wilson, and the sing-off between Black Canary and Black Siren.

Arrow returns on October 12th (The CW, 9/8C).

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SDCC 2017: A Guy with a Sword Trailer: The Flash: Season4!

The SDCC 2017 trailer for season four of The Flash – narrated by Iris West (Candace Patton) who is trying to be strong for Barry – finds Cisco trying to bring the Flash back from the Speed Force to deal with a super samurai with a sword that easily handles Kid Flash.

The Flash returns on October 10th (The CW, 8/7C).

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