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  • Monday, November 23, 2015
  • 3:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - November 2015 Feedback

    Patrick responds to fan letters from the last month, explains how we decide who does what episode, and talks about upcoming episodes.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
  • 3:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Staff Talk: Facilities Communication

    Communication between a convention and a hotel is very important. Doug shares some helpful advice for Facilities Liaisons.

  • Monday, November 09, 2015
  • 3:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - SNAFU Con 2015

    Patrick returns to SNAFU Con, an anime con held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

    View the full SNAFU Con 2015 Masquerade in our Extras.

  • Saturday, November 07, 2015
  • 9:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV Extras posted a new video

    AnimeCons TV Extras - SNAFU Con 2015 Masquerade

    Enjoy our full recording of the SNAFU Con 2015 masquerade in Sparks, Nevada. Our complete coverage of SNAFU Con 2015 can be seen on AnimeCons TV.

  • Monday, November 02, 2015
  • 3:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Cosplay Help: Appliqué

    Elizabeth demonstrates how to create and attach an appliqué for your next costume.

  • Monday, October 26, 2015
  • 4:00 am PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - October 2015 Feedback & MICE Report

    Doug checks our feedback for October 2015 and does a quick con report on the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.

  • Friday, October 23, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article


    USAirMarty walks out of the alley into Courthouse Square to get his first real look at 2015.  As he watches a car land, we can see a billboard on the alley wall behind him.  It’s an advertisement for USAir encouraging people to “Surf Vietnam“.

    In 1939, Richard C. and Alexis Felix du Pont founded All American Aviation.  The company was renamed All American Airways in 1949 and Allegheny Airlines in 1953.  Following the deregulation of the airline industry, Allegheny changed its name to USAir in 1979.  By the time Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989, the airline was still using “USAir” branding.

    In early 1997, the airline introduced a new corporate identity and changed its name to US Airways.  In the early 21st century, US Airways explored a merger with America West.  The merger was completed in 2005 under the US Airways brand.

    In 2012, US Airways expressed interest in taking over American Airlines.  On December 7, 2012, US Airways announced the merger proposal and that the combined airline would use the American Airlines name.  The merger was completed on December 9, 2013.

    The final US Airways flight departed Philadelphia on October 16, 2015, flew to Charlotte, Phoenix, and San Francisco before returning to Philadelphia at 5:52am EDT on October 17, 2015…just four days before Doc and Marty were scheduled to arrive in 2015.

    Contrary to the Hill Valley billboard, neither USAir nor US Airways provided flights to Vietnam, but it could be reached...

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Cubs Involved in Sweep

    SweepThe Chicago Cubs made it to baseball’s postseason and Back to the Future Part II fans (and Cubs fans) got excited that the prediction for the 2015 World Series champion might come true.

    We knew from the start of the season that the Cubs couldn’t sweep Miami in the World Series on October 21, 2015.  The postseason became longer in 1994 with the re-structuring of the leagues into three divisions each and the addition of the wild card.  Starting in 2012, the addition of a second wild card and a one-game playoff extended the postseason a little longer.  This means that while October 21st would be an early date for the World Series by 1989 rules, it’s impossibly early by 2015 rules.  (USA Today also indicates that the Cubs swept in 5 games, implying a 9 game World Series as opposed to the current 7 game series.)

    The Cubs also couldn’t sweep Miami in the World Series because Miami is also a National League team.Miami baseball team

    The National League Championship Series could have ended with a Cubs sweep on October 21, 2015…but it ended with a New York Mets sweep instead.

    How do we call this?  It depends.  We’ll run down...

  • 2:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Doc and Marty visit Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jimmy Kimmel LiveDoc Brown and Marty took a wrong turn in the space-time continuum and ended up on stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live on the night of October 21, 2015.

    In the ten minute segment, Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox reprise their roles as Doc and Marty.  Jimmy breaks the news that we never figured out flying cars, Johnny Carson passed away, most people would probably watch them on their phones on the toilet, there are no hoverboards, there’s no peace in the Middle East, the Cubs were in the playoffs, we’ve invented the “cronut”, and important life events are documented with “selfies”.  They discover Jimmy’s smartphone is a tiny supercomputer that isn’t used to triangulate complex equations, but we use it to send smiley faces to each other and Grindr.

    Huey Lewis and a well known “Biff” also make appearances.

  • 12:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    USA Today releases Hill Valley Edition

    USA Today for October 22, 2015USA TodayUSA Today has released a special wrap to their October 22, 2015 newspaper that pays tribute to the edition seen in Back to the Future Part II.

    Although the edition closely resembles the version seen on screen, there are some notable differences:

    • The price is $2, not $6
    • Photo quality is better in the real newspaper than on the prop.
    • The prop had an article headline of “Washington Prepares for Queen Diana‘s Visit” in the upper right.  USA Today replaced this with “3D Billboards: Free Speech or Traffic Hazards?” out of respect for the late Princess Diana.  The Queen Diana Newsline item is also removed.
    • Articles are actually readable.  The prop newspaper repeated the text from the “Youth Jailed” article over and over.
    • Newsline items after “Jaws without bite” are different.
    • The entirety of the newspaper below the fold is different.  The prop included an article titled “Auto rebels form organization”, but the actual paper has articles titled “3 injured when mom re-hydrates pizza slices”,...

  • 4:29 am PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article


    Welcome to Hill ValleyThe DeLorean appears over Hill Valley and Doc turns on the windshield wipers.  It’s raining hard…really hard.

    It may not have seemed unusual when Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989 and may not seem unusual to people outside of California, those of us in California will look on with wonder as water is falling from the sky!

    California is currently suffering from a drought with nearly 50% of the state’s drought rated as “exceptional”.  Rain is very uncommon and a rain shower like we see over Hill Valley hasn’t been seen in most of the state in nearly a year.  No significant rain, such as the rain shower depicted in Back to the Future Part II, took place anywhere in California yesterday.

    …so wherever Hill Valley is located in California, it didn’t actually rain there on October 21st.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    The Future is Now!

    It is October 21, 2015 at 4:29pm PDT and Doc Brown has a special message just for you…

  • 4:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Statler Toyota ad

    Statler ToyotaToyota had their Back to the Future tribute with their “Fueled by the Future” video, but that wasn’t enough for them.  They also made a TV commercial for Hill Valley’s Statler Toyota.

    The commercial features “Jimmy Joe Statler” who promises that “your jaw will drop on October 21st, the day Toyota turns the future into a reality.”  The commercial encourages people to call 1-877-STATLER with a jingle.

  • 3:30 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    American Airlines reflects on its own past

    American AirlinesAmerican Airlines has posted a video which shows a DeLorean flying next to an American Airlines jet on October 26, 1985.  The DeLorean then accelerates (well past 88 mph, we’d assume) and disappears in a flash of light.  It appears on October 21, 2015 next to a modern American Airlines jet before accelerating and travelling through time yet again.

    It’s a nice tribute to Back to the Future from American Airlines.  Although American Airlines was not referenced in any of the Back to the Future films, US Air was seen on a billboard promoting “Surf Vietnam“.  US Airways merged with American Airlines in 2013 under the American Airlines name.  The final US Airways flight was just a few days ago on October 17, 2015.

  • 3:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Apple’s Siri Responds to Back to the Future Day

    Hey Siri...If you have an Apple device with Siri, wish her a happy Back to the Future Day today.  You’ll get one of several appropriate responses that reference Back to the Future.

  • 2:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Fueled by the Future presented by Toyota

    Toyota BttF ReunionThe full film which was teased in Toyota’s earlier “Diner” video has now been posted.  In “Fueled by the Future” (which is an obvious ad for Toyota), Mischa Pollack introduces Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox to the Toyota Mirai, a fuel cell car powered by Hydrogen.

    The video features many references to the Back to the Future films including Marty’s Toyota truck, the McFly home, Hill Valley High School, the Universal Studios Backlot, Doc Brown’s scale model of Hill Valley, and Doc Brown’s white van.

  • 1:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    USA Today…Today

    USA TodayUSA Today has announced that the October 22, 2015 edition of USA Today will have a special cover that mirrors “tomorrow’s newspaper” seen in Back to the Future Part II.

    They apparently couldn’t wait that long.  The web site has already been rebranded to have the “future” logo from Back to the Future Part II.  There are also quite a few Back to the Future-related stories featured on the home page.

  • 12:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    It’s OFFICIALLY Back to the Future Day!

    Back to the Future DaySure, we’ve all been calling it “Back to the Future Day”, but now it’s official.  The White House says so.

    It’s an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history):

    It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II.

    We’ve come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we’re going to talk about where we’re going in the next 30.

    All day long, we’re hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You’ll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like?

    Today, the White House has scheduled multiple events related to this goal.  You can find the full schedule at

  • 11:00 am PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Pepsi Perfect may be Imperfect

    Pepsi ImperfectAs promised, Pepsi Perfect went on sale on October 21st.  However, Pepsi never actually announced when it was going on sale, where, or provided a link.  Some resourceful people must have found it because according to a tweet by Pepsi, “It sold out faster than we can say 1.21 Gigawatts”.

    As promised, our limited edition bottles of #PepsiPerfect went on sale this #BTTF morning! It sold out faster than we can say 1.21 Gigawatts

    — Pepsi™ (@pepsi) October 21, 2015

    Naturally, this has enraged fans…

    @pepsi no not as promised. You sold them yesterday and never gave us a time you were selling them. — Andrew Bernal (@AndrewBernal87) October 21, 2015

    @pepsi By “This morning,” you mean earlier than they should have? And people who wanted them got screwed? Awesome!
    — Erik (@refsonic) October 21, 2015

    @pepsi Thanks for supplying no info to...

  • 10:00 am PDT

    The Chibi Project posted a new episode

    The Chibi Project - Beyblade vs. Slap Chop

    PatrickD and Jekka crush Beyblade in a Slap Chop and then take a soldering iron to the survivors. Recorded live at Anime Boston 2013.

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article


    Hoverboard“Stop! Little girl! Little girl!  Stop!”  Marty shouts as he runs across the street to a girl with a scooter. “Look… I need to borrow your…hoverboard?”  Marty picks up the scooter and notices the label and the lack of wheels.

    When people think of the predictions made by Back to the Future Part II, the two most common predictions are flying cars and hoverboards.  Ever since they graced the screen in 1989, people have wanted to have them.  When Robert Zemeckis did an interview that aired as part of an NBC broadcast of the movie, he joked that hoverboards did exist, but parents’ groups got them banned and they managed to get their hands on some of them.  That resulted in people who didn’t realize he was kidding writing to the studio and Mattel or going to toy stores trying to get their hands on one.  Kirk Cameron had to do damage control when The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy was released in 1990.  (This was later included on the disc for Back to the Future Part III and in trilogy releases.)

    In Hill Valley, Marty’s hoverboard is a pink and orange model with handlebars made by Mattel.  Other models are seen used by Griff’s gang which were made by other companies.  Griff’s Pit Bill...

  • 12:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Surf Vietnam

    Surf VietnamIn the alley next to the Blast from the Past store where Doc first lands the DeLorean there is a billboard on the wall that is an ad for USAir that encourages people to “Surf Vietnam”.

    The Vietnam War ended in 1975, so it was still fairly fresh in the minds of adults by Marty’s time of 1985 and when Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989.  Although the war was over, vacationing in Vietnam seemed rather outlandish at the time.

    It’s now 2015 and you can find travel agents offering vacation packages to Vietnam and other locations in Southeast Asia.  Popular destinations include the museums, Cu Chi Tunnels, Sa Pa terraces, Thien Mu Pagoda, seaside resorts, scuba diving, and Vietnam’s beaches, some of which have surfing.

    Although it seems unlikely that an airline would attempt to attract passengers by selling them on surfing in Vietnam when surfing’s not a hugely popular sport, the fact remains that Vietnam is a travel destination that has significantly increased in popularity since the 1980s and you can surf there.

  • Monday, October 19, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Video Calling

    NeedlesMarty is just sitting down to dinner when a call comes in.  “Dad, it’s Needles.”  Marty takes the call in the other room on the TV.  He’s greeted by the image of his co-worker, Douglas J. Needles.

    Video calls like this seemed futuristic in 1985.  Back then, we would talk about “video telephones” like on The Jetsons.  People would wonder if anyone would actually want video telephones because then you’d have to worry about what you looked like before answering the phone.

    In reality, video chat really took off within the last few years as Internet speeds in residential areas has increased enough to make online video practical.  People are making video calls on a regular basis using Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, or some other method.  One-way video broadcasts using YouTube, Twitch, Snapchat, Periscope, and many other services are commonplace.

    If Marty has an Xbox One hooked up to his TV, a Skype video call like the one he has with Needles doesn’t seem unusual.  Skype doesn’t show the caller’s personal data, but it’s possible to store that sort of information in a contact list app.  The only part of this entire scene that doesn’t work is that Marty’s boss is able to call Marty and come up on screen without any action on Marty’s part.  Video chat software prevents that sort of thing, but perhaps Marty’s boss has hacked  it somehow in order to spy on his employees.  (Marty should seriously sue his boss for that.  He’d likely win.)

  • 12:00 pm PDT

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Dog Walking Drones

    Dog Walking DroneAfter Marty changes back into his 1985 clothes, he steps out of the DeLorean and notices a dog being walked down the street, but it isn’t being walked by a person…it’s being walked by a floating drone.

    The drone seen in Back to the Future Part II was likely using the same hovering technology used in the flying cars and hoverboards seen all over Hill Valley.  The hover technology must be fairly powerful in order to be able to walk the dog without letting the dog drag the drone wherever it wanted to go.

    Someone could conceivably build a dog walking drone using a quadcopter, but it would not be strong enough to prevent the dog from running off.  The noise would also scare most dogs.

    For now, you’ll still have to walk your dog yourself.

  • 4:00 am PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode