Anime powerhouse Crunchyroll wrapped up a full schedule of fan-focused events at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 – things kicked off on Friday, July 22. Here are some of the highlights:
Dragon Ball Super: SUPERHERO sign:
Sharing stories and insights from the film, panelists included:
- Special Guest of Honor from Japan, Toshio Furukawa (Japanese voice actor for Piccolo)
- Christopher R. Sabat (English voice actor for Piccolo and Vegeta) and producer
- Norihiro Hayashida (Producer)
Lauren Moore of Crunchyroll moderated the panel. Interpretations by Mikey McNamara.
Attendees got their first look at the first 20 minutes of the film and a newly released trailer. The film hits theaters on August 19.
Here is the trailer:
Crunchyroll Concert Series
Night 1 – Friday July 22
- Opening act: Crunchyroll Hime Dance Party with DJ Jun Inagawa
- Headliner: ATARASHII GAKKO! The pop group represents a new generation of young Japanese people (seishun in their native language), embracing self-expression and pushing traditional boundaries a little at a time.
Night 2 – Saturday July 23
- Opening act: Crunchyroll Hime “Animata” Dance Party with Azuria Sky
- Headlining : Dragon Ball Z Concert Experience – the immersive, one-of-a-kind multimedia concert experience combined the senses and sounds of the popular animated series with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, conductor Nicholas Buc and special guest vocalist Hiroki Takahashi.
- Over 9,000 people attended, almost reaching capacity
Manga, Webcomics and Anime: New Formats and Fandoms Dominate the Entertainment Panel
Saturday July 23
A look at the mainstream success of manga, webcomics, and anime and its recent dominance on screens and shelves, with growing fandoms and popularity, especially for titles like Attack on Titan, we’re all deadand demon slayer. Panelists discussed what draws readers and viewers to this entertainment, box office success and investment from big entertainment names.
- David Lee (VP, Content, WEBTOON)
- Mitchel Berger (Senior Vice President, Global Commerce, Crunchyroll)
- Michael Gombos (Senior Director of Licensed Publishing, Dark Horse)
Borys Kit (The Hollywood Reporter) moderated the panel.
Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have produced a unique Crunchyroll experience Dragon Ball Super: SUPERHERO-themed booth, which included a replica of Piccolo’s house as shown in the film.
Debbie Diamond Sarto is Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.