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Welcome everyone! Here are my experiences attending Anime Expo for the 2nd time. My first time was in 2013, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 1 (Complete Edition). Unlike last year, I could not purchase the 2 day badge. I heard on Anime Expo's Facebook page that they discontinue it after sales didn't meet their expectations. It forces folks to buy the 4 Day Badge or the 1 Day Badge.

Check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! which BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I co written for folks who have never attended a convention.

Note:

This is a condensed version. For panels, I expand my experiences and write down my evaluations in a separate blog. I only got to attend two panels:

To recap on Day 1, I finished finals on July 3 by 3:30 PM. When I got to Anime Expo around 5:20PM or so, I waited in line until 6:30PM where they told everyone that they will not process anymore badges. This frustrated a lot of folks. Later on, I found out the reason for this was Anime Expo's printers broke down being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-registered folks who paid for their badges. I remembered hearing one person in line that they used to mail badges 10 years ago or so. I assumed with the increasing popularity and participants that made mailing less profitable and manageable to do.

Day 3

This is the day I brought my little sister since she only wanted the 1 Day Badge. When we looked at the programming, she decided to pick Sailor Moon and SAO Panel. I let her pick because I wanted to make this day special. Being so busy with college, I don't get enough time to spend with my family members. We arrived at 8:35 AM to get badges. I think we finished at 9:20 AM. I checked Twitter on my phone to see if Tom and Sam had a location to meet up. It turns out he Tweeted at me a day before. I felt bad I didn't check Twitter on July 4th. I couldn't reply well since I have a flip phone. I manage to reply using my sister's phone which had a keyboard.

The exhibit hall wasn't open, so I thought we had enough time to get to the Sailor Moon Panel which started at 10AM. I should have realized it was full by the time. Panels' lines tend to fill up 2 hours ahead. Since Sailor Moon had a new anime series for the summer, the hype made it almost impossible. I looked at the programming and suggested to check out the Crunchyroll panel. My little sister reminded me that I wasn't paid to do news coverage on Anime Vice. Her words mirrored Foxx and Sotyfan16's words. She told me to take a break from the site. I knew that, but I must at least attend one industry panel for the site. We lined up for the Crunchyroll panel that occurred at 10:45 AM.

For the full version, see the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2). The Crunchyroll panel started on time, and it was fun anticipating what Summer 2014 anime series they will announce. The key speakers were Luigiamania and Danica. The panel focused on simulcast, simulpub, drama, and social media. After the panel, we went to exhibit hall and lost track of time while shopping. I realized we're going to miss Sword Art Online panel when it was around 1PM or so. It's not worth losing lunchtime over it. My little sister got tired due to the heat and big crowds, so after lunch, I walked her home. I made it back to Anime Expo within 2 hours or so. I thought I can line up for the FUNimation panel that occurred at 5:30 PM. I almost forgot about Tom's meetup location. When I checked Twitter, Tom had schedule a meet up at Bang Zoom Auditions in the exhibit hall around 5PM. I got out of line and meet up with Tom Pinchuk, Sam Weller, and Joseph. Joseph is not a staff at Anime Vice, but he's the cameraman for the Vice Pit. I enjoyed seeing fans doing their voice acting for Magi 2. The Vice Pit Crew and I went to do a Sailor Moon photo shoot. Tom and Sam thank me for the hard work I contributed to the site. I told them I couldn't have done it without my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max.

Note: I forgot to use my camera, so the photos were taken by Sam Weller. Hopefully, I get the photos and post in this blog.

Around 6:30 PM, I enjoyed hitting the arcade with Tom and the gang. We were shooting zombies for 30 minutes or more. Sam Weller went out to buy a gift for his wife, 4 of the Mystery Minis figures and got a glowinthedark Derpy. (At first, I forgot the name of the pony. I think it was Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. Sam corrected me.) We did something special together which I cannot reveal yet. Sorry, I have to keep this a secret until Sam gets back.

Once Tom and his gang are gone, I killed time in the gaming room. I met Caleb from Northridge, California. It was his first time at Anime Expo. We were charging our phones. We just talked for an hour or more until 9PM. He told me to attend the dance sessions. It doesn't matter you are a good dancer or not. There are no cameras and it's done in the dark. You can dance with friends or random strangers. He talked about hot gals he didn't know but danced with. I got him interested in Chaika - The Coffin Princess and Kill la Kill. He wasn't a big fan of mech series, but he loves any other anime series. He finds himself leaning towards shows with action, fan service, and fantasy. He loves sport and game anime like No Game, No Life and Kuroko's Basketball. He recommended me to check out Hikaru no Go.

Project-H Book panel started late due to the Megaman panel that started late as well. I came in around 10:30 PM. For the full details on it, please check out the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2). It was pretty fun and embarrassing to watch a clip of Shocking Pink! in a crowd of folks. One guy kept making lewd comments which made me lose my composure.

I start laughing and couldn't stop to take notes on the panel. I attended the panel to get the Digital Sampler for PikaHyper. I gave my Digital Sampler to my friend who couldn't make it as well my poster. I got home around 1AM.

Day 4

I woke up late and got to AX at 11AM. I forgot to replenish my wallet and bring my memory card for my camera. I couldn't take any new photos for cosplay.

My friend Jose who I met again on July 3 on the metro and bus told me that the last day had discounts on merchandise. I didn't see much discounts. In fact, there wasn't much price changes. I saw the same price on some of the merchandise. Most new anime and manga titles were cheaper on Amazon and RightStuf. There are a few booths whose prices were cheaper, but I had to read it carefully. One manga store only did 25% off each manga if you want bought 8 manga volumes. There is not tax paid. Some booths have tax included. If I had a lot of cash or a big manga list to read, I would have benefited from the discount.

My last booth was the Kodansha. I bumped into Ben Applegate, who was the host of Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013. He didn't remember our community site's name which means I need to work harder to form relationships between Kodansha and Anime Vice. I didn't have time to talk with him about Kodansha and Anime Vice since he was dealing with customers.

Cosplay and Photos

I only took 2 photos. Sorry, I was still too shy in asking folks. The most sold out figure I saw was Asuna. She even beat Levi. The Gargantia art book was about 100 dollars. I thought of Acura Max when I took this picture.

Goods

On Day 3, I bought one gift for my siblings. I bought Deadpool ($10) for my little brother and Magi fanbook ($25) for my little sister. I wished I could have bought the Kingdom Hearts fan book, but the price was higher than Right Stuf. Sometimes, I don't listen to my cheapskate conscience when I bought Vinland Saga. At Kodansha booth, it was buy 4 regular manga titles for 30 dollars. An omnibus cost $15 dollars. I paid $20 due to tax. For Case Closed, Right Stuf was weird. The DVDs were $6 and I saw it had 6 episodes. The one I bought for 25 dollars had 25 episodes. It was roughly a dollar per episode excluding tax. I bought Case Closed Season 4 to see why fans love Ai Haibara. I never got to see the character on TV because the channel on the antenna box always skipped her episode which was an hour special.

Summary and Evaluation

My first time at Anime Expo was actually more fun than my 2nd time before I met up with Tom's gang and we play games. That was my best moment in AX 2014, playing Zombie games with Tom and Sam. I felt bad for my little sister who didn't get to enjoy her 2nd time. She loved the Blue Exorcist panel last year. This year was more packed while the panels overlapped so much. I didn't get to attend the SAO or Sailor Moon panel with my little sister.

Improvements Needed for Anime Expo

  • Anime Expo needs to fix the issues for this year. On the first day, a lot of folks were mad being cut off from picking up their badges. Not a lot of folks can make it in the mornings. It does a disservice to folks who paid for their badges ahead of time. The registration line was much shorter.
  • They need a phone charging station. I had to scour the walls for outlets. I couldn't sit by the wall due to fire safety issues.
  • They need tents. Since Anime Expo gets bigger and bigger with each year, the lines for the panel often takes place outside in the hot sun. It would be nice if they have tents to provide shade.
  • They need more dining areas. My little sister and I couldn't find space to eat and enjoy. We had to sit outside and against the wall.

Thank you everyone for reading this. I hope you guys and gals share your experiences for Anime or Comic Book conventions in Anime Vice. I really encourage it. It makes our site better when people embrace the inner nerd in them.

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Expect this blog posting to be regularly updated throughout this weekend to account for any later announcements made by American distributors throughout the weekend at Anime Expo. Outside of licensing announcements, I will also add in details on other announcements made by distributors during their industry panels:

NIS America

  • NIS announced two upcoming Blu-Ray releases for the anime, Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W (which will be released under the title Nyaruko! Crawling with Love Second Season). Home Sweet Home will be released on October 14 and the second season of Nyaruko will be released on November 4. Both sets will be released in Premium Edition sets.

Funimation

  1. Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy
  2. Luci Christian as Nami
  3. Sonny Strait as Usopp
  4. Eric Vale as Sanji
  5. Christopher Sabat as Zoro
  6. Brina Palencia as Chopper
  7. Stephanie Young as Robin
  8. Patrick Seitz as Franky
  9. Ian Sinclair as Brook
  10. Jeremy Schwartz as Z
  11. Lauren Landa as Ain
  12. Matt Mercer as Bins
  13. Brian Mathis as Garp
  14. Ed Blaylock as Sengoku
  15. Andrew Love as Akainu
  16. Jason Douglas as Aokiji
  17. Ray Hurd as Kizaru
  18. Mark Fickert as Mobston
  19. Micah Solusod as Coby
  20. Mike McFarland as Helmeppo
  21. Juli Erickson as Tsuru
  22. Tia Ballard as Young Z
  23. Angela Chase as Purin
  24. Darryl Roberds as Kibin

Rightstuf

Sentai Filmworks

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex plans to release a Blu-Ray box set of Valvrave the Liberator's first season on September 23 and will accept pre-orders of the series beginning Monday. The set will be priced at $149.98 USD and will have Japanese audio with English subtitles. Special features and bonus content with the set will include creditless opening and closing sequences, trailers, commercials, postcards and a collectible poster signed by character designer Katsura Hoshino.
  • The company plans to hold a contest where it will award two winners the opportunity to receive a paid trip to attend the AnimeJapan convention in Tokyo on March 21 and 22 of next year. More details on the contest will be revealed on Aniplex's official site.

Dark Horse Comics

  • Dark Horse announced their acquisition of the one-volume Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt manga and an Art of Satoshi Kon artbook. Both will be getting releases in May (Panty and Stocking) and August (Kon artbook) of next year.
  • The company will be resuming their printing of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga starting in August 2015, by releasing the first 13 volumes of the series in sets of three-volume omnibus publications and resuming the printing of individual volumes starting with the 14th volume of the series afterward.

Viz Media

  • For manga, Viz announced that they have acquired licensing rights to the second part of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga series, Battle Tendency, and Requiem of the Rose King. They plan to digitally release Battle Tendency in March.
  • Viz also plans to digitally release the first part to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga, Phantom Blood, in Sepetember and released to print in February 2015, with the printed release being a deluxe edition with color pages and new cover art. The third part, Stardust Crusaders, will be digitally released starting today with new volumes of the series coming out every week.
  • For their Shojo Beat manga line, Viz has licensed Vampire Knight: Life, Meteor Prince and The Demon Prince of Momichi House. Vampire Knight will be released as a digital exclusive, while Meteor Prince and Momichi House will have releases starting in January and July of next year respectively.
  • The English dub cast for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet was announced. The cast include the following:
  1. Alan Lee as Ledo
  2. Cassandra Lee Morris as Amy
  3. Matthew Mercer as Chamber
  4. Marc Diraison as Kugel
  5. Karen Strassman as Striker
  6. Julie Ann Taylor as Bellows
  7. Patrick Seitz as Pinion
  8. Laura Post as Ridget

Viz plans to release the series to DVD and Blu-Ray sometime later this year, included with additional OVA episodes.

  • Viz also announced their release plans and dub cast for the upcoming re-release of the original Sailor Moon anime seasons. The dub cast will consist of the following:

Main Voice Cast

  1. Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
  2. Kate Higgins as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
  3. Cristina Vee as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
  4. Amanda C. Miller as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  5. Cherami Leigh as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
  6. Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask

Supporting Voice Cast

  1. Johnny Yong Bosch As Artemis
  2. Michelle Ruff as Luna
  3. Danielle Nicole as Naru Osaka
  4. Ben Diskin as Gurio Umino
  5. Tara Platt as Ikuko Tsukino
  6. Keith Silverstein as Kenji Tsukino
  7. Nicolas Roye as Shingo Tsukino
  8. Cindy Robinson as Queen Beryl
  9. Todd Haberkorn as Jadite
  10. Liam O'Brien as Nephrite
  11. Lucien Dodge as Zoicite
  12. Patrick Seitz as Kunzite

Viz is planning to release the first BD/ DVD boxset of the series on November 11; with the Special Edition set including six discs, a chipboard box with space for the second part BD/ DVD set and an 88-page booklet containing artwork, character profiles and episode guides. Extras on the discs will include an interactive art gallery, behind-the-scenes voice recording, announcement panel and fan reactions, sizzle trailer, creditless opening and closing sequences and other trailers. Pre-ordering the Special Edition boxset through Rightstuf will get fans a collectible coin while supplies last.

Vertical Inc

  • Vertical announced that they too have acquired printing rights to a Satoshi Kon artbook, Dream Fossil: The Complete Satoshi Kon. The artbook will include 15 short manga stories that Kon developed and some projects that he developed during his late teen years that led to his anime direction career to start up. The artbook will be released in the summer of next year and will sell for $24.95.
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Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

Key Speakers:

  • Luigiamania
  • Danica

What is Crunchyroll?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Crunchyroll is for new folks. Crunchyroll is a company that specializes in legal streams and simulcasts of anime, manga, and drama. It's one of biggest simulcast companies in the market. We have HULU, Daisuki, Aniplex of America, Anime on Demand, FUNimation, and Netflix. Crunchyroll specializes in targeting newer anime series from upcoming seasons, and its library for older anime series is smaller than HULU and Netflix. As of now, Crunchyroll is available for mobile devices, computers, and gaming consoles such as PlayStation 3.

Notes:I wish I could take a picture of the speakers in the future. I think that would be better, but I had crappy seating in both Crunchyroll and Project-H panels. My camera cannot zoom far enough and take a clear shot without flash.

Summer 2014 Simulcasts

I have a Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcasts blog added before this panel, so after today, I'll update it with announcements from this panel.

I didn't write down all of the information. Thank god, ANN has a news article.

Akame ga Kill
July 6 at 9AM
Plot:
The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
Survival Game Club!
July 7 ? Time
Plot
It revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls' high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the "Sabagebu!," a club that conducts survival games.
DRAMAtical Murder
July 7 at 9 AM
Plot:
The game's story centers on a young man named Aoba who lives with his grandmother on the island Midorijima. He works at a junk shop in the island's Former Residents District after Toue builds the Platinum Jail resort on part of Midorijima and forces residents to move. Aoba is content with his simple life but gets pulled into mysterious events unfolding on the island.
4. Blue Spring Ride
July 7 at 11:30AM
Plot:
The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
5. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
July 6 at 12:05 PM
Plot:
A romantic comedy story begins when high school student Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her classmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan of his shōjo manga work. Sakura has to convey her true feelings while her relationship with Nozaki develops

I didn't include Persona 4 Golden Animation since that was announced days before the panel. Crunchyroll did a PV on it due to the hype this series has.

Misc Anime

  • Crunchyroll has announced it will stream the dub version of Toradora, courtesy of NIS America.
  • It will also stream all of the Original GTO series.
  • It will continue its back catalog of One Piece.

Manga

I had already included A Silent Voice and Inside Mari since this is old news. Crunchyroll brought these two manga series in addition to a new simulpub title, Ajin Demi-Human.

Drama

These are Crunchyroll's new acquisitions:

  • Galileo
  • Liar Game
  • Team Medical Dragon

Simulcast: Crunchyroll will do a simulcast for the new GTO live adapted series.

Recent Tech Updates

Crunchyroll did a 2.0 for phones. It will improve zoom in and zoom out features. It improves search engine's sort and filter mechanic. For manga, you can bookmark your pages. That's all I wrote, but there are more features I missed.

Sorry about that.

Goodies

There are stickers of Crunchyroll's mascot, Hime-chan, and bracelets.

Facts

  • Luigiamania changed the name of Free to Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club due to their URL. This actually changed the anime's name and was used internationally.

Evaluations

Crunchyroll's two hostesses have done extremely well in catching their audience's attention while announcing their company's recent acquisitions and developments. The audience has been wonderful, enthusiatic and respectful in their responses.

The two series that had most audience roars were GTO and Persona 4: the Golden Animation.

I would say this panel was my best out of the two in my 2nd visit to Anime Expo. My second panel was Project-H Book.

Thank you for reading. Please visit Dream's Anime Expo 2014 Announcements thread.

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Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

Key Speakers:

  • Yoko
  • Natasha
  • Spicy Tentacles
  • President Hikaru Sasahara

*Sorry, the panel started late which started before I came in around 10:30PM. PinkShikibu helped me add the names of two hostesses. I only got Yoko's name down.

What is Project-H Book?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Project-H Book is. Project-H Book is a part of Digital Manga Publishing, so it's like a branch, manga distributor that specializes in selling hentai and ecchi manga series.

The Project-H Panel covers 5 parts.

  • Teaser - Showing Shocking Pink Hentai clip to rile and arouse fans.
  • History - Project-H explains their upbringing of their company.
  • How to work for Project-H Book - The hosts emphasizes their fans to dive into their Digital Manga Guild which involves Translation of Japanese manga, Photoshop (cleaning text), and Editing.
  • Battle Against Piracy.
  • Q & A, Trivia, and Raffle

New Things I Learned

From the Q & A: here are quick facts I picked up:

  • Shocking Pink was the first hentai manga book that Project-H Book licensed.
  • Digital Manga Guild as Yoko and her hosts quoted, "It's like fapping for money." She means that fans can get involved and start working for the company by entering this guild which is like an internship. They have to demonstrate efficiency in one of three areas: Translation, Editing, and Photoshop.
  • The old URL address for Project-H Book was Project-HBook.xxx, but they changed it to Projecthentai.com due to Google blacklisting them.
  • In the near future, Project-H Books announced a magazine which picks out fan favorites in uncensored version.
  • Project-H Books has teamed up with a new publisher called Fujimi Shuppan.
  • While Doujinshi (fan drawn manga) is allowed to be sold in Japan, they cannot be licensed in America due to licensing and keeping manga family friendly. They would get into trouble with Viz Media and other manga distributors.
  • Benefits of working at Project-H Books can be summarized in four words: Recognition, Money, Experience, and Fun.

New Hentai Announcements

Non Hentai example of how the process of translation
Non Hentai example of how the process of translation
President Hikaru Sasahara explains the lack of licensing titles drive piracy and increase scanlation demands
President Hikaru Sasahara explains the lack of licensing titles drive piracy and increase scanlation demands

Project-H Books did release a 2014 calendar of their releases on Tumblr and Twitter.

  • Yellow Rock - It's a censored released for January 2015.
  • Princess Lucia - I didn't write the date quickly. It's a censored release as well.
  • Magical Warriors: Chocolate and Pudding - It's an uncensored release.
  • Fetishisms with Dignity - I don't have a complete information on it.

Goodies

  • Ecchi, uncensored posters (Aqua Bless and Cute Devil Girlfriend)
  • Physical copy of the Project-H Sampler 2014 which has a promo card for a digital copy.
  • I Heart Hentai shirts (pink with a red heart).

For the raffle contest, it was Boing Boing poster, Love on the Job with an autograph, and and 3D Breast pads.

Evaluations

While the panel was late, it made up with its Shocking Pink hentai clip. A lot of people enjoyed it. I admit it felt weird watching a clip in a crowd. Interestingly, I remember the demographics from Fakku's panel from last year (see My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 2 (Complete Edition)) was mostly male. Project-H Book panel had more women and notably, they were in couple, (romantic relationships - I don't know how to phrase that).

When Project-H Book start diving into real world and telling everyone how to apply and work at the company, people started to complain and acted rude. During President Hikaru Sasahara's talk about licensing and piracy issues, a lot of folks left before the last event, the raffle/Q&A.

The hosts did an excellent job. I felt bad that they lost their audience during the halfway point when they got serious and talk about jobs. They are trying to help their fans, the ones who are passionate, get involved.

Editor's Note

I apologize for the blurry images. I haven't replace my camera that can only take clear shots by using flash. I try to conserve the battery life due to being ill prepared and not bringing enough batteries. I left the panel around 1:10AM before the raffle since I had to tend to my family.

Why Does This Relate to Anime Vice?

We are like a small community just like how Project-H Books started out. Its fanbase is growing. The best way to keep it growing is to encourage and get folks involved in the process. President Hikaru Sasahara and Tom Pinchuk's speeches stress the value of driving the community to meet goals and make things better for everyone.

Lastly, Yoko is a sales representative who was friend with Gia Manry, a former staff member of Anime Vice. A year ago or so (before I was a mod), Yoko talked me on Twitter, thinking I was a staff member. I told her I was a regular user, and she asked me to help promote the company with Anime Vice's wiki pages. Also, she recommended hentai reviews for her company. I seen Chris Beveridge and others reviewing hentai for Project-H Books. Since Yoko was my first contact in the manga industry, I took her request seriously.

I wrote the Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2012 and Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2013, to make AV more comfortable with Hentai. I don't want to bombard it with hentai like a mad man. Sex is a private thing. Not everyone is comfortable sharing it. That's why pornography is seen as vile in most media sources.

I thank , Sam Weller, for giving me the courage to do this. I'm still embarrassed to do this kind of thing.

Twitter Photos

Thanks to the folks who uploaded photos on Twitter.

From PinkShikibu:

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Hello everyone! I call this a pseudo day because I didn't get a chance to attend AX today due to school. I might as well report on AX and anything related, so more folks will be encourage to share their experiences in the community.

Finals are over for me today. Unfortunately, it took place at 2PM and ends at 4. I was able to finish it early, but it was pretty challenging. Rushing out of school and taking the bus. I bump into an old classmate who was heading home back in LA. We bordered the metro around 4:40. It was great to catch up with folks you haven't seen it a while. He wanted to go AX, and he never had been to a convention, comic books, video games, or any nerdy thing that can rile up a convention. His stop was before mine. I arrived at Anime Expo around 5:20.

When I hear Star Wars Burlesque, my mind went to Leia's metal bikini
When I hear Star Wars Burlesque, my mind went to Leia's metal bikini

There was no Girls Und Panzer tank in front of convention last year. What was in front and at the intersections were Christian folks telling everyone to believe in Jesus. That was a bit strange sight to see. I saw some folks shouting Star Wars Burlesque and some time I couldn't remember. I noticed a lot of folks carrying bright, orange Crunchyroll handbags. Crunchyroll was working hard, mass promoting their name than the other companies I saw during the evening. As for cosplay, I saw more Street Fighter cosplay than anything else along with obscure maid and school girl characters.

Waited in a long line until 6:30PM because they cut off the line due not able to process badges for unknown reasons. I know some folks were mad because the convention doesn't close at that time. I didn't regret wasting my time. I got to catch up with an old friend while on the bus and the metro. I never done that before. I went home, learning a new lesson I didn't put on the Anime Convention Survival Guide! article. Some conventions will cut the badge processing line early in the evening.

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Hello everyone! This weekend (July 3th - July 5th) is Anime Expo. It's time to start preparing a bit. I got most of the things on the Anime Convention Survival Guide!'s checklist. It was hard finding a poster tube that mentioned. I settled down for a 2 x 24 inch mailing tube from Staples. Get some string and viola, a cheap poster tube.

I'm pretty lax and flexible with anything this weekend. There is a lot of overlap with the panels this year compared to last year: see Gearing up for Anime Expo this weekend - July 5 & 6th.

For the full AX 2014 programming, see this link.

July 3

Unfortunately, I had summer school. It ends on the first day of Anime Expo. I might head to AX after finals which ends at 4PM or so depending on how hard the test is. I probably won't reach any panels, but I would just look around for Saturday, the big day where I go with my little sis.

I think the Metro takes an hour to reach Los Angeles. I think I might make it for the Dark Horse Manga or the Japanese visual Culture's Female Characters and Female Audiences panel.

July 4

Won't be attending due to the holidays. I posted it for you guys and gals to check the schedule for fun.

I wanted to go to the Kill la Kill event that I heard so much about. That's okay.

July 5

I'm heartbroken that Sailor Moon, Kodansha Comics, and Crunchyroll panels are overlapping in the early mornings. It's crazy. I did attend Kodansha's panel last year with Ben Applegate. I'm looking forward and hoping I can network with someone from the industry to help Anime Vice out. Tom Pinchuk has Viz Media. I need to outreach.

I got to think about my little sister because this is the only day she would be going. I wanted to make this day fun for her. I probably won't do a lot of panels and work. She loves Sword Art Online and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. I see there's the SAO panel at 2PM and a screening for the Gargantia dubs at 4:45 PM. We may not be lucky to attend both panels since lines get big in 2 hours ahead of a panel. We just got to pick one.

July 5

There's not much here. I might as well make the full use of my 4 day badge. It's terrible that AX doesn't sell the two day badges due to not meeting their sales. Oh well. At least, I can be flexible.

It would be my first time attending the last day of any anime convention.

People I wanted to Meet

I'm open to anyone because anything could happened. I bump into friends from high school and college last year as well as meeting Little Kuriboh at the Exhibit Hall. These are the people I'm looking forward to meeting if given the opportunity. It was cool meeting Tom Pinchuk last year, attending Eric Vale's panel, and the Blue Exorcist gang's pane.

  • Tom Pinchuk and Sam Weller - the Vice Pit Crew!
  • Ben Applegate of Kodansha
  • The Sailor Moon Cast
  • Yoko of Project-H Books
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As I was working on the Anime Expo wiki page, I was wondering how our former Staff Gia got so much points on a page that has a barebone article. I was stupid and realized Gia loves uploading cosplay photos in the wiki gallery as well as the news articles she had done. I know some of you guys and gals visit anime conventions this summer.

I know it's a bit more work after making a blog and uploading all those images due to the site's glitches. It's worth it. More images means more foot traffic for our site.

Please share your images and blogs of your Anime Conventions memories. It makes our community stronger and better. I hope you check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! that and I co written for folks who haven't been to an anime convention. I wish everyone a good time this summer!

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Editor's Note: It will be easier to group all the announcements from Anime Expo's events.

If you are new to Anime Expo, the events are a separate attraction. You need to buy additional tickets in addition to purchasing your badge on their website. Do it early because they will be sold out.

angela

The official website for the K anime franchise announced that Anime Expo will host the Japanese band Angela in Los Angeles in July. Japan Expo in Paris will host cast members Kenjiro Tsuda (Mikoto Suoh) and Yui Horie (Anna Kushina).

Both Anime Expo and Japan Expo are hosting the world premieres of the K: Missing Kings anime film — before the film opens in Japan. Anime Expo will run from July 3 to July 6, while Japan Expo will run from July 2 to July 6.

Angela is performing "Different Colors," the theme song for K: Missing Kings. The duo made their major debut in 2003 with the opening and closing theme songs for the anime Stellvia. They have since contributed to the soundtracks of Asura Cryin', Coppelion, Corpse Princess, Fafner, Heroic Age, Jinki:Extend, the K television series, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Shin Hakkenden, and Valvrave the Liberator. More recently, they performed the opening theme song for the Knights of Sidonia television anime series.

Kill la Kill English Dub

Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will co-host a Kill la Kill event with Sony Music Entertainment Japan at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The event will include the first episode of the English dub, a concert by opening theme song performer Eir Aoi, and a talk session with guests of honor. Guests include original story and script writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer and animation director SUSHIO, producer Yosuke Toba, and voice actresses Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki (Ryuko and Satsuki).

Tickets for the Kill la Kill event will be sold independently of Anime Expo tickets beginning on Thursday. AX Premier Fans will be able to order tickets early beginning on Monday evening.

Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3-6.

Source: Anime News Network

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