Full house in attendance again this year with Production I.G. and President of Production I.G. USA Maki Terashimia-Furuta! In addition to the fan-beloved Maki, the English voice cast from B: The Beginning were also in attendance as special guests, including Kyle McCarley (Koku), Khoi Dao (Brian), Marianne Miller (Izanami), Ray Chase (Keith), Allegra Clark (Kaela), Faye Mata (Lily), and Brianna Knickerbocker (Yuna).
Then to add even more icing to the cake, special guest Yoshihiro Ike, the music composer for B: The Beginning was brought on stage! A short Q&A revealed the unique music direction for this anime series. In anime, usually the composer is asked to create an entire database of different music and the sound editor would then choose what to use for which scenes. In B: The Beginning, a different strategy was used, where the composer had the chance to compose the music to the animation, like in film scoring. Ike commented that this method allowed him to sympathize and identify with the characters and the story. Yoshihiro Ike is currently preparing for a concert in September.
Honestly though, personally, the most mind-blowing part of this panel was the Pacalien promotion by President Maki, who said Pacalien is a hilarious series with all the appropriate and inappropriate jokes galore. Consensus in the area I was sitting as we were torn between incredulity and roll-on-floor-laughing: “…what did I just watch?”
Trailers and announcements:
After the Rain – January 2018
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These – April 2018
Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari the movie – July 13, 2018 in Japan
Attack on Titan, Season 3 – July 22, 2018
FLCL: Alternative – September 2018 in USA
FLCL: Alternative – September 7, 2018 in Japan
FLCL: Progressive – September 28, 2018 in Japan
Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru – October 2018
Psychopass: Sinners of the system, Case 1, 2, and 3 – January 2019 in Japan
B: The Beginning, Season 2 on Netflix – coming soon!