Anime Expo 2011: A Picture AdventurePosted: July 7, 2011
First, let me apologize to the people at AX who had to see my ugly mug. Second, I’d like to apologize in advance for not taking enough pictures. The third mistake is that I shouldn’t have ever been born. The fourth is that I just made a lame SZS reference and nobody will get it.
Also the pictures are huge. But I’ve already shrunk them by 50%. Imagine how big they were before.
After a day of standing in the pre-registration line for two hours in the hot SoCal summer sun and browsing the entire exhibit hall and buying cheap manga and getting really tired and a lot of stuff happening, I ended up at the Danny Choo panel. I don’t like Danny Choo, my friends don’t like Danny Choo, and Danny Choo doesn’t like Danny Choo. So in short, I don’t know how I ended up there.
Danny Choo talked about life and how to build a resume and blah blah blah
It got really boring and my feet hurt so I didn’t want to go walk around to find something interesting. So I started taking pictures of my shoe.
This is an action shot.
So after a while, I got tired of taking foot/shoe pictures and decided that my feet wouldn’t get any more interesting. Of course, they were still far more intriguing than Danny Choo’s life lessons panel, but I still got bored. I wandered around until I found a room showing Ghost Stories dubbed.
Later I went to the Maon Kurosaki mini-concert because my friend wanted to go. Why else would I still be hanging around in the convention center at 11 PM? What a stupid idea. I don’t even like Maon Kurosaki. I should have ditched him and gone to the Nirgilis concert instead, but I was dumb and decided to go along with what he wanted to do because I’m a total dumb dumb.
Afterwards, I met female (!!!) Pyro and Medic. Dunno why they were still around at midnight, but it was nice seeing TF2 cosplayers (maybe free to play got peoples’ attention). I also saw a heavy, a female scout, a couple of medics, lots of spies, etc. but no Soldiers or Demomen. Bah.
Speaking of cosplayers I didn’t see, here’s what you all should have cosplayed as:
Maybe I could/should have expected this, but there were NO Mikoto Misaka cosplayers. NONE! AT ALL! I know Railgun/Index isn’t exactly geared towards women, but for a convention with tens of thousands of people, you’d expect to see at least a couple Mikoto cosplayers. What’s worse is that there weren’t any Eureka cosplayers either! I saw an Anemone/Dominic couple, but no green-ish haired goddesses graced my eyes.
You people! I blame you people! Go dress up as Mikoto!
I’m thinking of crossplaying Mikoto next year because this current state of affairs has left me in despair.
I wanted to see the Production I.G. panel from 9 – 10 am, then I wanted to hurry over to catch the second half of “A Survey of Anime Opening & Ending Themes” (Alex Leavitt‘s panel). After that, I was planning to hang around at the Exhibit Hall until lunch, and then I would go to the “Anime Club How-To” panel to see how my college aniclub could improve. By that time (3:30 pm), I would go around with my friends until the aniblogger meetup at 6:30.
I got to the convention center at noon.
Apparently, there had been a huge deal about a bomb threat and people were talking in hushed whispers about the legendary anibomber who wanted to ruin anime expo for us all. There was a suspicious package in the dining area, so the LAPD bomb squad was rushed in and people were shooed (evacuated) out of South Hall. After a while, the suspicious package was no longer suspicious and the anibomber threat subsided.
I was still at the hotel, though.
But at least I saw this tank. I prefer Neotanks, though.
So instead of following my brilliant plans, I ended up wandering around the exhibit hall until 3:00 pm, when I decided to go see the Gonzo panel. I didn’t bother to look at the little green chunk in the schedule titled “LASTEXILE: Fam, the Silver Wing World Premiere,” so I had no idea what the panel was going to be about (Nyanpire, maybe?).
It turns out that there was going to be a world premiere showing of a new season of Last Exile right before the Gonzo panel. But luckily for me, anibomber threat happened and I managed to stumble into the Last Exile screening, which started half an hour late.
The people hosting the panel/screening were really anal about cameras, saying that if somebody was caught recording the episode, he/she would be banned from Anime Expo… forever! Plus the screening would stop and nobody would get to see the show until it aired in October.
Anyway, the episode was pretty cool stuff. Fam and other girl take on two battalions of battleships and manage to survive and rescue two princesses! I haven’t watched Last Exile before, but from what I could tell from this screening,
And at least two people thought the same thing! Usually, nobody retweets what I say unless they’re stupid or crazy or extremely handsome. Two retweets is statistically significantly different from the norm of 0 retweets, so I assume Fam was really freakin’ good. Look forward to it in Fall 2011!
So after my awesome cool Gonzo adventure, I met up with some guys from the internet and went to the Bandai panel, which was almost completely comprised of two guys saying “look at this preview.” Stephanie Sheh went on stage and looked stupid, too.
After that, the event that everybody was waiting for happened. I was hanging around in West Hall, waiting for the aniblogger meetup/dinner when I saw a group of mismatched people standing awkwardly in a circle. There were Asians, Whites, and Shinmaru all standing in one place. I knew I had found my group.
After waiting a while, a huge mob of anibloggers appeared (I assume they met separately and talked trash about us lower anibloggers). Eventually (an hour later), we set out for dinner! And by dinner, I mean expensive food truck grub. But at least I got to take a picture of anibloggers taking pictures of canon_chan cosplaying/crossplaying.
Also zzeroparticle was standing next to me and I didn’t know who he was but he knew me. Go figure. Also there was a gigantic white guy. I don’t know who he is, so please come forward if you’re reading this, gigantic white guy.
On another note, the Kanata guy in the picture above is apparently ToastCrust. I thought ToastCrust was the aforementioned gigantic white guy.
I didn’t spend much time awkwardly socializing with the anibloggers because I had to go… to the HATSUNE MIKU CONCERT! After all the anibloggers who were going to the Miku concert had left! Maybe I should have gone with them.
I’ve only listened to one Miku song a single time: World is Mine. I found it annoying and more annoying, so I don’t listen to Vocaloid songs now. They’re dumb.
Now if you think that was a buildup to say “this concert changed my mind,” you’re wrong.
The concert went something like this…
Once we got in, the first thing my vocaloid fan friend said was: “wow, that screen is tiny.” And it was. It was 100%, real, genuine life-size. Except in the Nokia Theater, life-size means pint-sized for everybody not sitting in the first three rows.
Somebody died and Dannychoo was in charge for emceeing the event and blah blah at least he didn’t tell us how to build a resume. Once he finally got off the stage, Miku started singing but there was no Miku on stage.
Right after the first song, Miku appeared and “World is Mine” came on and
please somebody make it stop
I couldn’t hear for the rest of the night.
Most of Miku songs left me confused. I’m a guy who doesn’t listen to or like Vocaloid songs because they sound strange and pierce my eardrums. So imagine being in my shoes, listening to Miku sing songs about pop or poop or whatever…
Needless to say, this concert didn’t convince me to become a hardcore Miku fan. Sure, I think she’s cute and I think it’s an amazing phenomenon… but her songs are screechy and are about bowel movements rather than melodic ones.
On the concert itself, though: The atmosphere was crazy. You always hear people talk about “electrifying atmospheres” at concerts, but the only electric atmosphere I ever believed in was the electric field around Mikoto Misaka. But this Miku concert was insane! People were waving their glowsticks out of time and jumping up and down and screaming like monsters (see picture #2 for accurate representation of fans).
I felt like crying at times because I was so happy to experience this electrifying atmosphere and because of the pain from my broken, bloody eardrums. I think that if this were a HALCALI concert or even a Nirgilis one (gah, should’ve went to that one…!!!), I would have broken down in tears. It felt great to be at such a huge concert for a virtual idol who doesn’t exist and sings higher and faster than human ears were designed to handle.
I guess this means man has finally overcome his evolutionary barrier.
I got up at 9:00 am and managed to get my lazy friends out of the hotel by 10:00 am, and we got to zzeroparticle’s panel just as it was starting. Because I cannot find Shinmaru’s shoddy recording on Youtube and zzeroparticle hasn’t posted about it yet, I’ll just put some comments on the panel here.
After the panel, my [non-aniblogging] friends told me that it sounded like a lecture and that much of what zzeroparticle said was quite obvious. I found it a little different than that.
- Lots of music.
- Zzeroparticle tried to explain how the music helped whatever anime it was in achieve a better mood, tone, creepiness, etc.
- Mostly songs from obscure shows that I barely recognize. Like Aquarian Age and Le Portrait de Petit Cossette.
- Mostly songs from obscure shows that I barely recognize. Like Aquarian Age and Le Portrait de Petit Cossette.
- No songs that I love.
- I just don’t like most of Kajiura’s music. It’s probably because I connect her to Kara no Kyoukai, and I hate those movies.
- Zzeroparticle didn’t talk about some anime/music he mentioned (Pandora Hearts and a few others) and tried to analyze Aquarian Age’s music without having watched the show. Bad! Bad bad bad! Mentioning obscure shows is one thing, but mentioning obscure shows and then trying to talk about them without seeing them first is another!
- I’ve never watched Mai-Hime or Mai-Otome.
Yeah. But at least I went and listened to music that’s not by HALCALI. I wish HALCALI would come to AX one of these years. I really love that band.
So afterwards, my friends wanted to leave and I ended up ditching the Day Three aniblogger meetup, but whatever.
The Nirgilis panel later that day was really low quality, but it turned out to be great fun! The guy hosting the panel was all sweaty and nervous and couldn’t ask any good questions and even admitted he was nervous (never do that, public speaking people!). The translator talked really softly far away from the microphone so nobody could hear what he said, but he was a cool guy. The members of Nirgilis were really laid-back, friendly, and all-around awesome people.
When the Nirgilis folk tried to say that their song “sakura” was inspired by opera, the translator said “Oprah,” and that really broke the tension. Things went smoothly from there.
What really surprised me was that Yuki (furthest right in picture above) was a huge Nichijou and slice-of-life comedy fan. She listed Lucky Star, Azumanga, and Nichijou as her favorite shows. If anybody was there, I was the guy who yelled “Nichijou!” and clapped when NOBODY ELSE DID. Bah, AX attendees! You people need to watch Nichijou and dress up as Mikoto. Learn to anime omg
Everything turned out okay in the end, though. Two people who went up said they were Nichijou fans as well, and one Asian guy said his favorite show was Eureka Seven and his favorite airing show was Nichijou. I feel like I could really get along with that guy.
I went to the Durarara!! panel.
I texted my friend and he said Durarara!! was a “girl anime,” and from what I could tell at the panel, I agree. So many Crispin Freeman fangirls. There were even Walker fangirls. Who the hell likes Walker? He’s the most side of side characters!
also I saw a death note
Later, we went to the Maon Kurosaki concert, which was a big fail:
Actually, my tweet doesn’t do the mini-concert enough justice. The concert on Sunday was forty-five minutes long (half the length of the “mini”-concert) and had only one song that Maon didn’t sing on Friday night’s mini-concert. I didn’t even have to go to the concert itself after going to the better mini-concert.
Also for some reason the staff at the Maon concert were even more anal about cameras and stuff than at the Miku concert. I had my camera in my backpack in the Miku concert, but the staff at the Maon one told me to “take it back to the car.” Since I didn’t drive to AX and the hotel was half an hour away, I couldn’t get in. Luckily, my prescient friend realized the concert was going to be a huge flop and a total waste of time and decided to take my camera and went to browse the exhibit hall.
Because Denny’s was super duper crowded for dinner, I couldn’t make it to the noitaminA panel – which I really super duper wanted to go to. Later, I found out that the panel was a super duper letdown (they only showed previews and announced licencing of noitaminA anime), so I’m now super duper glad that I was eating my skillet at 8:00 pm instead of sitting through a bunch of trailers.
And then I sat through 3 hours of Disappearance. By the end, I was itching to get up and run around… but I ran into lvlln. So instead of running around to get rid of the jitteryness in my legs, I talked with him about Haruhi in general for a while and then waited for the shuttle for a while and rode the shuttle for a while and by the time I got back to the hotel, it was 2 am and I felt so tired and pooped and bad.
I didn’t do anything on day four.
Also I’m tired of typing this post. I hate long posts so much.
Just look at more pictures and stuff. Hopefully your computer will have frozen by now.
Day Three: South Hall. Not nearly as crowded as on Day Two, but still…
Day Two: I was talking to anibloggers when suddenly HOLY SHIT YOTSUBA OH MYG ODD
Day Four: I was talking to friends in the Artist Alley when suddenly HOLY SHIT CUTE 4CHAN ASIAN YOTSUBA OH MYG ODD SHIT OH GOD MY HEART
semi-not-really-obligatory loot pic
P.S.: I spent a lot of time on Days 2-4 asking for Mikoto Misaka commissions. Too bad NOBODY KNEW WHO SHE WAS, or what series she was from. Artists are the dumbest people. They draw mainstream crap and think they’re otaku, but they ain’t half as immersed in anime as I am!
But really, I expected some of the artists I asked to know Railgun. None of them did.
I did get a commission from a friend of a friend, though. I actually got him to draw both Railgun and Eureka (he knew both of them!). To be honest, I didn’t expect a very good drawing from him, but it turned out quite well (see above).
P.P.S.: I wrote this last sentence just to get over 2700 words. 2713 word post, hooray!
P.P.P.S.: To any and all of you who’ve stuck with me and read this post, thank you. There are craptons of AX posts all over the internet (like over at Anime Instrumentality, Anime Diet, Anime Yume, and other Anime ____ blogs), and I appreciate you wasting ~15 minutes reading this.