updated 10:50 PM MDT, May 27, 2016
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Nicalis Cinco de Mayo Event 2016

Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, it’s more to celebrate Mexican culture. For me, it’s a time for sales at my local Mexican grocery store so I can stock up on chips, avocado and marinated meat. Not this year. For 2016, I celebrated my victory over the routine life of marriage and parenthood. I celebrated life again!

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

AX has been very quiet about guests but there's a good reason why.  A slew of musical guests has just been announced under the name "Anisong World Matsuri."  This is BIG and quite possibly the closest we'll get to the massive fan festivals in Asia like Animelo.  Read the press release after the jump.  

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius coming to the West this summer

Square Enix will be bringing Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius to the West this summer. Players may recognize the developer, Gumi, who created the popular and highly addicting mobile game, Brave Frontier. The title will launch on iOS and Android and it will be available in six languages (English, German, French, Traditional Chinese, and Korean) at launch. 

J-POP DANCE/VOCAL Group DA-ICE to Make Overseas Debut at Fanime 2016

Japanese dance/vocal group Da-iCE will make their American performance debut at FanimeCon later this month at the San Jose Convention Center, May 27-30. The groundbreaking five-member group has scored multiple chart-topping hits in Japan, becoming a pop music sensation for their multi-octave range, modern dance style, handsome looks, and sophisticated fashions. Their concert at FanimeCon will be the first chance for American fans to see the group’s energetic stage show that has sold out concerts across Japan.

A Look at Anime Expo’s Youth Protection Program

As part of their 25th anniversary event Anime Expo and parent organization the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation has announced a new initiative titled the "Youth Protection Program" (YPP).  On the surface its intent is to provide a fun, safe place for its attendees but it has raised a number of issues including actual effectiveness, timing, and cost.  We will take a look at some of the benefits it brings about as well as some of the potential pitfalls.

MIKU EXPO Satellite Events in Review

The concerts of MIKU EXPO 2014 were accompanied by what was more or less a Hatsune Miku village full of exhibits, merchandise, music, and lots of fun. Fans in Los Angeles and New York were treated to a unique experience. This year's MIKU EXPO is going to be a bit different. Being that the expo will stop at ten cities there won't be anything as grandiose as a village. In its place will be a variety of satellite events all featuring Miku. San Francisco happens to be the only location in the entire tour that has every event and I'll be giving you a quick rundown of each.

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MIKU EXPO Concert in San Francisco

Hatsune Miku needs no introduction for most fans of Japanese culture. For those who aren't fans of Japanese culture, or are fans but have somehow been living under a rock for the last half a decade, she's a virtual voice given life by fans. Her teal twin ponytails and futuristic appearance hide within them a surprisingly versatile voice. On April 30, 2016, Hatsune Miku would make her northern California debut at San Francisco's Warfield theater.

Persona 5 Japanese Release Date Announced

Persona 5 will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on September 15, and while Atlus still has not confirmed a date for the West, the game is still expected to be released potentially sometime in 2016. Pre-orders will open on May 6 at 10:00 JST.

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