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Rie Tanaka Cosplay on FFXIV 2015 Live Stream Event

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Celebrating it's second anniversary, Square-Enix held a 14 hour long stream that was filled with update news for upcoming changes and patches, to answering questions from fans. During one segment, voice actress veteran Rie Tanaka who voices Kan-E-Senna and Garuda in FFXIV, made a surprise appearance dressed up in the Thavnairian Bustier set from the game. Tanaka is probably best known for her roles as Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed, Chii from Chobits, Suigintou from Rozen Maiden, and Mitsuru Kirijou from Persona 3.  

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Gen Con 2015 Impressions

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Although Gen Con sounds rather crowded, the convention is spread across various hotels that are connected to the convention center, which helps alleviate congestion.  Badge pickup was surprisingly well coordinated, with lines being moderated by volunteers who also helped keep the lines from blocking the traffic through the halls. Similar to many large conventions, Gen Con allowed those who pre-ordered their badges to pick them up the day before the convention. The wait in line was around 30-40 minutes at around 4:00 p.m. that day. I was impressed with how fast the line went as well as the line system that the staff had. This line system was further used for picking up event tickets (to attend different events) as well as customer service lines. On top of the neat lines, Gen Con also managed to keep all lines inside the convention center where there was plenty of air conditioning to be had.

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J-POP Summit 2015 Impressions

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Celebrating the seventh year since their inception, J-POP Summit 2015 in San Francisco was simply a resounding success. Building upon their excellent traction in attendance from last year, this year's event would prove to be a defining crossroad for the annual festival as it was the first year that the organizers decided to charge for attendance in addition to moving it to a new centralized location; or as one of the event's organizers Erik Jansen put it, “it's a reboot of the entire event.”

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Anime Expo 2015 Impressions

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Anime Expo’s twenty-fourth year has once again shattered attendance records, and raised the bar for Los Angeles’ most popular anime convention. Last year’s convention saw a huge increase in attendance, with special events such as the Kill la Kill special event, Sailor Moon panels and premier screenings.

After Anime Expo 2014 had concluded, SPJA President and CEO of Anime Expo, Marc Perez, had issued an open letter to attendees acknowledging the issues that plagued 2014 while vowing to do better. Though initially met with skepticism, the team behind Anime Expo certainly took the challenges head on to give fans a smoother experience for 2015; although not perfect by any means, the AX 2015 experience had improved immensely over AX 2014.

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Ayako Kawasumi Interview @ Anime Expo 2015

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At this year's Anime Expo, Aniplex hosted a Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] special event.  A lot of guests from the series were invited and the prolific Ayako Kawasumi who voiced Saber in the Fate/stay night series was one of them. Some of her other well known roles include Mahoro Ando from Mahoromatic, Aoi Sakuraba from Ai Yori Aoshi,  Megumi Noda from Nodame Cantabile and many others. We had a chance to sit down for a few minutes and ask a few questions about her career.

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Website Relaunch, Upgrades, and Content Delays

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Over the past few months, some of our readers may have noticed delays and the decrease in the number of articles and updates.

The-O Network’s website has been around for almost 8 years now and the accumulated clutter from the very first version of the website is causing a myriad of issues including making article creation difficult. As an organization, we have expanded beyond the bounds of what our current web structure will allow us to work with. We have made various upgrades and updates to it but it is now time to retire it. I am happy to announce we have been working on a new website over the past few weeks and we plan to hopefully launch it soon!

This puts us in an odd situation where we have a large number of content left over from the recent conventions while the bulk of the staff is frantically working to prepare for migration. The website’s content focus has changed over the years and we approached organizing our contents in different ways. With the new website, we are creating a uniform method of organizing our content along with revamping the backend and fronted administration. This means we would be able to support reader submissions. We are also expanding our content the depth of our content coverage with various staff members being assigned as content leads. In the end, this means more frequent and relevant updates and more interactions from our readers.

I want to personally thank all our readers for following us all these years and your patience with us. I know a lot of people were very excited with our guests we brought to Anime Expo 2015 and I can tell you we have a lot more surprises for everyone. Stay tuned!

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Itaru Hinoue Interview @ Anime Expo 2015

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During Anime Expo 2015, The-O Network had a chance to interview VisualArts/Key illustrator/character designer Itaru Hinoue whose extensive portfolio includes AIR, Rewrite and more recently her own project Holy Breaker! Famous for their heart-wrenching high school drama and magical endings, Itaru's amazing artwork has been prominently featured in Key's numerous anime and visual novels, and have been known to bring even the coldest of souls to tears. With the upcoming release of Key's CLANNAD this November on PC/Steam, find out what the multi-talented artist had to say in our sit down interview with her!

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Yumiri Hanamori Interview @ Anime Expo 2015

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Along with Tomoyo Kurosawa, PONY CANYON brought up-and-coming high school voice actress Yumiri Hanamori to Anime Expo 2015. Known particularly for her roles as Sachiko Umemoto in Ace of the Diamond, Chiaya Misono in The Rolling Girls, and Uri-tan in Etotama, Yumiri has provided a breath of fresh air to the voice acting community in Japan through her considerable talents as she looks to leave her mark on the industry. Join us in this sit down interview as we find out about her roles in the Yuki Yuna video game, as well as who the "Matcha Green" is in her life!

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