After taking some time to decompress and recharge my batteries, I am finally able to share my experience at Anime Boston this year! In short: I had an incredible time. The staff and volunteers really pulled out all the stops this year in terms of guests and industry headliners. In order to devote as many words as I can to every aspect of Anime Boston, this recap will cover the MIYAVI concert and the industry panels. Be sure to look out for my fan experience recap as well!
Words cannot describe how amazing the MIYAVI concert was, but I’ll give it my best shot. MIYAVI is an extremely energetic performer whose upbeat attitude is positively contagious. His music and stage presence compel you to get out of your seat and dance. The energy was palpable and I don’t believe I’ve ever felt as hyped at a concert before in my life.
Anime Boston attendees were lucky to hear MIYAVI play some new tracks from his upcoming album, No Sleep Till Tokyo. This new album seems very introspective, and this is especially seen in his track Other Side. This album seems like it will be a way for MIYAVI to show his personal side to his fans at large.
Fans who want to see (and hear) MIYAVI’s finger-slapping guitar solos can purchase tickets for his current tour, Samurai Sessions Volume 3. Check it out to see if he will be coming soon to a city near you!
Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel
While Sentai Filmworks didn’t have much to preview in terms of new streaming anime, they did announce a fan favorite box set release. Sentai Filmworks will be releasing Cutie Honey Universe in a complete box set on July 23rd! Preorder is available now on the Sentai website for both the regular and premium boxset!
Aniplex Industry Panel
Aniplex started off their panel with a showcase of their currently available streaming titles:
- Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
- Persona 5 the Animation
- Kaguya-sama Love is War
- Sword Art Online Alicization (second half War of Underworld begins Oct 2019)
- The Promised Neverland
- We Never Learn
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Aniplex also released information about an upcoming boxset release for Monogatari. The second season will be available for purchase on June 25th. Fans can find out information on how to preorder through Rightstuf Anime!
A new mobile game was also premiered at Anime Boston! Magia Record (a Madoka Magica side story) is coming out this summer for android and IOS. More information on the game can be found here
Sunrise showcased all things Gundam at Anime Boston. A notable series sure to be loved by Gundam fans of all ages is Gundam Build Drivers. The series is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Now.
Sunrise also has some new Gundam releases coming down the pipleline. SD Gundam Sangoku Soketsuden is coming out July 2019. A movie trilogy titled Mobile Suit Gundman Hathaway’s Flash is slated for a theatrical release beginning next winter.
Funimation Industry Panel
Funimation really came to show off anime this year! They were working on re-releasing some classic titles and essential anime for fans. Suitably titled “Classic and Essentials”, which both have their own page on the Funimation website. There was also a discussion on the new tiered pricing that Funimation has introduced.
Looking for some new titles to pick up? The following are currently available for purchase on the Funimation Website:
- Dragon Ball Part 7
- Dragon Ball Super Broly
- Fairy Tail Dragon Cry
- Re:zero Complete Series
- Yuri!!! On Ice Complete Series
- Ace Attorney
- Saga of Tanya the Evil
- My Hero Academia Two Heroes
- Your Name
- Pop Team Epic
- Cowboy Bebop The Movie
- Overlord Season 2
- My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1
- Junji Ito
- Tokyo Ghoul re
- Darling in the Franxx
- Hellsing Ultimate: The Complete Collection
As a pleasant surprise Funimation also shared some titles that will be available for purchase this summer:
Love Tyrant (available June 18th)
Overlord Season 3 (available June 25th)
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (available July 30th)
Nichijou – My Ordinary Life The Complete Series English Dub (available July 23rd)
Dragon Ball Super Part 8 (available July 2nd)
Hinamatsuri (available August 13th)