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Viz announces 2014 Anime Expo activities

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
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Yesterday, Viz Media announced that July 5, 2014 would be “Sailor Moon” Day at the 2014 Anime Expo, and today the publisher has unveiled the rest of its planned activities for the show, including anime premieres and panels.

On Thursday, July 3rd, in room LP2 from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm will be the Viz Media panel. Viz Media staff will be in attendance for a presentation and Q&A session, where they will discuss the latest news, upcoming releases and other announcements from the publishing and animation teams.

On Friday, July 4th, from 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm Weekly Shonen Jump will be handing out free drinks from the Weekly Shonen Jump Drink Cart. Fans can look for the cart on Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street, or they can follow Shonen Jump on Twitter for real-time location updates.

Also on Friday, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm will be the Shonen Jump Presents: “One Piece” panel in room LP1. Attendees will get all the latest news on the “One Piece” manga, anime and video games, featuring guests from Viz Media, FUNimation, Bandai Namco Games and more.

On Saturday, July 5th (“Sailor Moon” Day), from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in room LP1 will be the “Sailor Moon” panel. The panel will feature the world premiere of the first two episodes of the new English dub for the classic “Sailor Moon” series and Viz will announce the cast of the new dub. Following the premiere, staff and cast will take part in a Q&A session.

From 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm in video room 1, anime fans can catch a special screening of the first episode of the new “Sailor Moon” series, “Sailor Moon Crystal”.

At 1:00 pm, the English voice cast of “Sailor Moon” will be taking part in a cast autograph session in the Anime Expo autograph area.

Beginning at 1:45 pm in room LP4, is the Shojo Beat panel. Manga editors Pancha Diaz and Nancy Thistlethwaite will be discussing favorite series, answering questions and sharing what fans can look forward to from the Shojo Beat imprint.

At 2:45 pm at the Viz Media booth (#1601), the “Sailor Moon” English voice cast, along with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise will be available for a special cast photo opportunity.

Beginning at 3:30 pm in the Main Event Hall, is a “Sailor Moon” cosplay gathering.

The last Viz Media event for Saturday is from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm in video room 1, the “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet” dub premiere. Fan will get an exclusive look at the first few episodes of “Gargantia”, dubbed in English.

The final Viz Media event of Anime Expo takes place on Sunday, July 6th, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in room LP3, the Viz Animation featuring Neon Alley panel. Attendees will learn about upcoming releases and new announcements, while also hearing what’s in store for the anime streaming service, Neon Alley. The Viz Media team will be in attendance to answer questions.

The Viz Media retail area will also have plenty of goodies for fans to snag, including limited edition “One Piece” replica manga art imported from Japan, advance copies of Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster: The Perfect Edition”, new Weekly Shonen Jump packs featuring an exclusive ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!” Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Evening Twilight trading card, “Ranma 1/2” anime box sets featuring a special gift with purchase and more.

The 2014 Anime Expo takes place from July 3, 2014 to July 6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To learn more about the event, you can visit the official site.

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