Welcome everyone! This is a short recap on my experiences in my 3rd year of visiting Anime Expo, and it was my first convention back in 2013.
The first day was on July 2. Things have improved compared to last year with registration and picking up badges. This time around, it was really quick. However, the bag check line afterwards was long. I believe the exhibit hall opened much later than last year. On the first day for this time, it opens at 12 AM and then at 10 AM for each day. I found out this year. They don't allow flash photography of media capture device in panels. Luckily, I had my audio recorder for the 1st day, but I forgot it on the 2nd day.
2 major panel I attended:
Crunchyroll premiere event of episodes 1 and 2 for Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers
Ayako Kawasumi Q & A panel
I won't talk about the premiere event since it's spoilers for the new summer 2015 show. I covered Ayako Kawasumi panel in more depth in a separate thread.
On the 2nd day, I attended the Anime Vice panel, Introducing Your Friends to Anime, and the Right Stuf panel.
Anime Vice Panel
It was great to see Tom, Sam, Anna, Dave, and Cruz giving folks tips on how to introduce anime the right way.
Key Speakers and their first anime
Tom Pinchuk of Anime Vice - Doraemon
Sam Weller of Anime Vice - Ninja Scroll
Anna of Geek World Radio - Dragon Ball Z
Dave of Geek World Radio - Dragon Ball Z
Cruz of Cinefix - Saint Seiya and then Trigun in college
Since I forgot my recorder and my pen, this is what I remember.
Recommend genres that they would like
Go for the short anime series
Don't recommend weird or extreme series
Watch shows with them
Anna had the panel started by making everyone do the Kamehameha Wave. It was a bit embarrassing. It was a good wake up exercise in the early morning.
While Tom and the gang were giving tips, Sam passed the mic to audience members who asked questions and giving some manga prizes.
Two of the questions I remember that stood out:
How can you tell the rating of violence, drugs, and etc in the anime? This person was concerned in trying new anime but wasn't sure about the contents. Tom replied that aren't strict ratings if any on anime content. Manga has ratings but it doesn't specify well. Examples: shonen series that are for children are lax on fan service content such as gainax bouncing and such.
How do you get someone back into anime? Cruz mentions go for short anime series that kills in the first episode. Then move on to other anime series that they like.
Deep Anime Topics
We had a deep conversation about storytelling between western and eastern. In western, you have exposition, climax, and resolution, the 3 parts. Anime doesn't really follow that. Some anime series gather parts and then reach resolution. Then, there are shows that explores a concept.
One thing I wanted to note that the panel mentioned Anime Vice Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, but they didn't mentioned the Anime Vice message board. They might have forgot. No biggie.
Here's the new site's improvements in these features:
Paypal is now included Enhanced Mobile Experience Wish Lists which has sales special, customization, unlimited lists for any occasion, check out carts Quick Views Enhanced faceted search
-Revolutionary Girl Utena will be getting released on Blu-Ray in 2016. This will be Rightstuf's first release on the disc format. -Via their working relationship with Sunrise, Rightstuf will be releasing more titles in the Gundam franchise. Outside of Turn A Gundam, Gundam ZZ and the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, Zeta Gundam, Gundam X and the two Turn A Gundam movies will also be getting releases. The first 21 episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam will be released in a set on both DVD and Blu-Ray formats in the fall of this year with both English and Japanese audio options. -Rightstuf has also licensed the following titles: Tamayura: Hitotse, Umi Monogatari, Big Windup Season 2, Pita Ten and A Town Where You Live.
The Q & A panel took place after the announcements. Many asked for more Gundam titles, requests for other shows, and the new site. Finally, we had a raffle, and the prizes were a $25, $50, and $100 coupon.
After the Right Stuf panel, I thought I could get into the FUNimation panel, but it was too late. A lot of people were cut off from the panel for some reason.
At the end of the day, I hit the exhibit hall and buy two things for my younger brother and sister as souvenirs and take some photos of cool cosplayers.
Exhibit Hall Cool Things
In Anime Expo, you find lots of things from cosplay props, real swords, art books, manga books, DVDs/Blu-rays, figures, hug pillows, wall scrolls, manicure service, wedding photo booths, games, adult things, and industry booths that hand out free goodies.
For the cosplay, I was too shy. I tend to go in when a lot of people were snapping pictures instead of asking for personal photo. I do say thank you.
I bought a Luigi plushie key chain for my little bro and a Persona 3 art book for my little sis. I visited the Crunchyroll industry panel where they give free posters (either Yamada and the Seven Witches or My Love Story) if you are a member. Got some Parasyte stuff from Sentai Filmworks.
Thank you everyone, I hope you guys enjoy this. I would love to see more people share their experiences of their conventions in the community.
Taka: Judging from what I've dug around online, this seems to be a thing with anime conventions in the West Coast since following anime and manga is considered pagan idol worship to some in the religious community and it isn't the first time they've picketed at Anime Expo.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Dream: ...to the 2000s series.
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:30 GMT
Taka: That's interesting to hear. Didn't know it was going to get a remake.
Mar 22, 2020 0:33:35 GMT
Dream: Guess I'm gonna focus on wrapping up Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken whenever it comes out today. Been one of my favorites for the season.
Mar 22, 2020 16:44:54 GMT
Taka: I need to catch up or drop/put on hold whatever series I tried.
Mar 22, 2020 21:25:15 GMT
Taka: 1 confirmed death in my hometown next to 19 confirmed cases. I heard the police are fining folks for not practicing social distancing on Facebook.
Mar 24, 2020 2:31:40 GMT
Dream: At least in New York right now, they're not enforcing it. But non-essential employers who aren't abiding by shutting down at this point will be fined and shut down at this point.
Mar 24, 2020 13:38:28 GMT
Master Menos: Had some serious personal trouble go on, but now I'm through it. On-Topic, where I'm in, everything but the stores (and possibly the restaurants) are closed down.
Mar 27, 2020 17:48:40 GMT
Taka: They closed off beaches and parks along bike paths as well as extending K-12 school closure to mid May while colleges are cancelled for the semester.
Mar 29, 2020 0:47:15 GMT
CosmicNoirTear: Everything closed on my part. I live by a bunch of shopping centers. All of the are ghost towns. Hopefully means most people where I live are taking this seriously. Also got laid off from my job two weeks ago.
Mar 29, 2020 2:46:08 GMT
Dream: My county has 6 confirmed cases. Restaurants and bars have been on take-out or delivery only for about a couple weeks now since New York's the hardest hit state. Hasn't been too different for me any who since I've been out of work and tight on money...
Mar 29, 2020 15:11:51 GMT
Dream: ...to do anything outside of getting essentials and job hunting in recent months. Though with the state pretty much on lockdown, likely gonna have a rough time finding any employer to work with in-person for a while.
Mar 29, 2020 15:13:27 GMT
El_Directo: Stay safe guys
Mar 29, 2020 20:08:55 GMT
Taka: I think the only thing not closed for mass gathering other than essential services would be funerals in my area. The mayor and staff have been pretty busy in clarifying things in press releases. Edit: my mistake. Funerals are closed.
Mar 29, 2020 21:52:25 GMT
Dream: Gonna try whipping up a review for Dorohedoro at some point tomorrow. Find that I have quite a bit to cover with the series.
Mar 30, 2020 3:39:57 GMT