Welcome to Anime News Network Connect! A collaboration between ANN and Anime NYC, ANN Connect is a new way to bring anime fans, anime creators, and the anime industry together during a time when we’re all physically remote. Across this summer and fall, ANN Connect will present anime premieres, in-depth interviews with voice actors and creative talent, industry panels, and much more. Join us together online for a super streaming anime club!
You can watch our live sessions on Anime News Network’s official YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels!
Session 16 – Spring Anime Season Trailer Watch Party
ANN’s Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and James Beckett watch every single anime trailer for Spring 2021 LIVE! It’s one of the most packed seasons in years; can they survive? Can you?
Session 15 – Mike Daniels
Lynzee Loveridge is joined by very special guest, Mike Daniels! The NFL Pro Bowler takes a deep dive into his nerdier side – geeking out about Dragon Ball Z, Gundam, Berserk, Tenchi Muyo!, and more! Learn about Mike’s personal history with anime, being a geek dad, and the amazing intersection of anime and pro sports!
Session 14 – Jujutsu Kaisen
A follow up to our interview with Jujutsu Kaien voice actor Robbie Daymond (Megumi Fushiguro), ANN’s Jacki Jing speaks with cast members Adam McArthur (Yuji Itadori), Kaiji Tang (Satoru Gojo), Ray Chase (Ryomen Sukuna), and Anne Yatco (Nobara Kugisaki)! Learn all about anime’s cursed sensation in this mega interview!
Session 13 – Robbie Daymond
Join us for a special interview voice acting superstar Robbie Daymond about lending his voice to one of 2020 and 2021’s biggest shows – Jujutsu Kaisen! Hear from the voice of Megumi Fushiguro about the new shonen megahit!
Session 12 – Winter Anime Season Trailer Watch Party
ANN’s Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and Mike Toole remember the reason for the season by watching every single anime trailer for Winter 2020 LIVE! Has Japan filled our stockings with presents or coal? Watch and chat along as we go ani-wassailing together!
Session 11 – Mangamo A-Go-Go
Calling all manga fans! Join Anime News Network manga expert Rebecca Silverman for an all-out manga discussion with Mangamo executive editor and co-founder Dallas Middaugh, whose career in manga publishing spans two decades with stops at Crunchyroll and Penguin Random House. You’ll get the scoop on titles like Mangamo‘s December Featured Titles, latest releases and more with Rebecca’s thoughts, and why Dallas curated these titles just for you in Mangamo‘s library, plus exciting new announcements! Mangamo is the manga subscription app that gives you access to 300+ titles from multiple publishers without limits and without ads, all while supporting manga creators. Mangamo is now available globally for iOS and Android and is offering a 30-day free trial for all new users.
Session 10 – Case Closed Producer Keiichi Ishiyama
ANN’S. Kim Morissy sits down with longtime Case Closed producer Keiichi Ishiyama for a special interview to celebrate the US releases of three Case Closed feature films! Case Closed is one of the most beloved anime sagas in Japan, and American fans can now see some of Conan’s biggest cases for the first time — Case Closed: Episode ‘One’ and Zero the Enforcer both available now and The Crimson Love Letter available for download Nov. 19! And before you dive into these Case Closed mysteries, learn from Ishiyama-san about what goes into making Case Closed, how they balance creating a movie and over 30 episodes every year, and how involved manga creator Gosho Aoyama is in the movies!
Watch it on Facebook.
Session 9 – Halloween Pumpkins with Ciarán Strange
Join the Anime News Network team and Special Guest Ciarán Strange for the live revealing of this year’s Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners! ANN and Ciarán will count down their favorites before revealing 2020’s Pumpkin Carving Champion – plus an extra spooky surprise from Ciarán!
Session 8 – My Hero Academia: Deku & Bakugo Voice Actor Interview
Celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising with an interview with the US voices of Deku (Justin Briner) and Bakugo (Clifford Chapin). Learn about the latest My Hero Academia movie, Deku and Bakugo’s evolving relationship, and more!
Session 7 – Attack on Titan
ANN’s Jacki Jing talks with Attack on Titan voice actor Bryce Papenbrook (Eren) and Mike McFarland (ADR Director and voice of Jean) about all things Attack on Titan. Are you ready for Attack on Titan The Final Season?
Join us October 1st at 9PM ET / 6PM PT.
Session 6 – Retro Crush
ANN Editor at Large Mike Toole chats with Mary Gibson (Head of Acquisition) and Will Chao (Head of Content) from RetroCrush. Mary and Will are two of the key people bringing this new streaming portal dedicated to classic anime to life. Learn all this very different streaming site, its founding, community, and why Charge Man Ken is the best anime ever. Maybe. Join us September 30th at 9PM EDT / 6PM PDT. This session will be streamed on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube worldwide.
Session 5 – Shawne Kleckner
ANN’s Christopher Macdonald talks Shawne Kleckner, CEO and Founder of The Right Stuf International, about TRSI‘s 30 years in the anime industry, the company’s plans for the rest of 2020 and some of the craziest things that the Darklord has seen in the last 30 years. We might even talk about Covid-19.
Join us on September 24 at 9PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific. This session will be streamed live on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube and will be accessible worldwide with fan interaction encouraged.
Watch on: YouTube.
Session 4 – Fall Anime Season Trailer Watch Party
ANN’s Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and Leo Rydel strap in for a spine-tingling marathon of every. single. anime trailer for the Fall 2020 season.
Session 3 – Hiro Mashima
ANN’S. Kim Morissy talks to Hiro Mashima about Fairy Tail, Edens Zero and life as a manga artist.
We’ll also be asking fan submitted questions! Want to submit a question? You can either submit them in our forum here or on Twitter with the hashtag #askmashima (make sure to tag @anime). The deadline to submit questions is 5PM EDT / 2 PM PDT on Friday, September 4th.
Join us September 15th at 9PM EDT / 6PM PDT for the Mashima Session. This session will be streamed on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube and will be accessible worldwide.
Session 2 – Our Favorite Anime of Summer 2020
ANN Executive Editor Lynzee Loveridge and reviewers Rebecca Silverman, James Beckett, and Caitlin Moore countdown their favorite anime of this summer. What are you watching and what should you be watching?
Session 1 – Gibiate Online Premiere
On July 14th, ANN Editor at Large Mike Toole hosted the Online Premiere of the new anime Gibiate before it’s Crunchyroll debut. Featuring character designs by Yoshitaka Amano and an all-star team including Tetsuya Kakihara and Sugizo. Following the premiere, Mike interviewed Gibiate Producer Ryō Aoki and Director Masahiko Komino.
Did you miss the premiere? Our premiere was only available live, but we’re able to continue to share Mike Toole‘s exclusive interview!