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Anime Expo 2014 Recap

Vice Pit sentai squad assemble!

Vice Pit Sentai Squad!
Vice Pit Sentai Squad!

Of course, throwing Anime Expo on July 4 makes plenty of sense. It’s a long holiday weekend. It’s probably easier to book the convention space. Also, call me crazy, but I’ll bet there are more than few hardcore otaku who’d rather check out the new Watanabe project than coo over some fireworks.

It makes sense, but it’s always inconvenient for me, scheduling wise. I had to take a late night flight back from visiting home on the 4th, coming down to LA just as fireworks were popping all over the city... and was I only able to catch one day of the con, unfortunately.

Still, that day was packed with fun. Surging with it!

This year might as well have been dubbed SAILOR CON 2014. As I mentioned in my CRYSTAL write-up, Sailor Moon’s return looks perfectly timed. She’s been gone long enough that the fans are simply grateful to have her back. Sailor uniforms seemed to outnumber ATTACK ON TITAN cosplay on the floor and, again, I can’t understate how rhapsodic the fans who packed the CRYSTAL screening got. Even as a guy without much attachment to that particular franchise, it was hard not to be impressed by a show having that kind of a positive impact on people.

Very curious to see how this revival will play on the pop landscape, going forward from this launchpad...

Taka makes a funny...!
Taka makes a funny...!

Still, the best part of AX2014 was getting our own Vice Pit Sentai Squad back together -- and then adding a special guest member. A Green Ranger, as it were.

Sam and I had the pleasure of seeing Super User Takashichea again this year (as he mentions in his own recap). He puts a ton of great time and effort into our wiki's and community content -- and on a regular basis, no less. Anime Vice is made excellent by him, and by all the mods and users who work with him. So, of course, we forced him to join us as we mugged for the camera at the VIZ Booth, and then blasted ghouls away in the con's impressively expanded arcade.

Take it from me - - Taka's an absolute surgeon with a shotgun. When the zombie apocalypse hits, you're going to want him in your survival team. So were glad he joined us for something very cool and special and... cryptic, that you should be seeing very soon. Stay tuned.

And if any of you lunatics are planning to go to any other conventions this years - - I have Comic Con, NYCC, Comikaze and the Long Beach Comic Con on my docket - - please let us know. We'd love to see you in person, too. And measure how your zombie-fighting skills compare.

waybig1010101on July 10, 2014 at 6:26 p.m.

why can't i get a picture with the sailor moon squad T_T lol Jk. Im glad to see that you guys had fun. Also I can't what to see what you guys are talking about =)

Vapovileon July 10, 2014 at 6:38 p.m.

It's Taka, in the flesh! Haha great to see that you guys had fun. I really wanted to fly/drive down there, but I had to help my dad drive on this long road trip vacation we are doing.

I am SO going to try and make it to AX next year and hopefully meet some of you lunatics. I am already saving up money so I can buy all the con swag my arms can carry :3

takashichea moderator on July 10, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

It was thanks to everyone who work and supported the projects with me. I had a lot of people to thank, but these three best friends of mine helped me a lot in this journey. I would thank and for working these four long years on the projects. I wouldn't be a good user without their help and guidance.

Thanks to Tom, Sam, and Joseph for a great time! It was a blast hanging out with the Vice Pit crew. I wished my little sister could have stayed a bit longer to meet you guys. She was feeling sick due to the heat, and she can't handle big crowds. Hitting the arcades made this 2nd visit to Anime Expo a lot more fun. I felt my 2nd visit was falling short than the 1st trip.

I forgot to put in what was the biggest cosplay theme when I asked BigHeart711 in Absolute Destiny Whatever: My Day at MomoCon 2014 blog. I would agree with Tom on Sailor Moon beating everyone. Not much Kill la Kill or Attack on Titan cosplay this year.

Don't know if we should cosplay as Sentai Rangers
Don't know if we should cosplay as Sentai Rangers

Speaking of Sentai Rangers, Anime Vice's Sentai color would be purple and black. Where did Green come from? :)

Bigheart711on July 13, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.

Looks like you all had a great time! I hope to visit that con at least once when I get the chance.

@takashichea: Congrats to you for ending up becoming a Hyper User. I expected SMCrystal to do very well, but the themes are now changed! We're gonna see a lot of Sailor Moon Franchise cosplay for a lot longer. XD

takashichea moderator on July 13, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

@Bigheart711:

Oh thanks! I didn't know we had a ranking system in this community.

The Momocon convention you attended this year had Kill la Kill and Frozen. At Anime Expo, I expected a lot of Kill la Kill, but it was less than Attack on Titan. Sailor Moon was overwhelming this year.

I hope go out of state because I had never done that except going to Las Vegas when I was in high school. It wasn't that fun since Las Vegas is for adults. One day, I hope to meet you at Momo con or AWA.

sickVisionz moderator on July 15, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

Looks like a ton of fun.

eliseMDon July 19, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.

It's not just fans who are excited for Sailor moon I think, because even at the office where I work the older peeps are weirdly aware that the cartoon is coming back too. It's honestly weird to hear my supervisor say something about it so casually!

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The Anime Expo is North America's largest anime convention which takes place in the greater Los Angeles area every 4th of July weekend. In its recent years, it has been held in the Los Angeles Conventional Center.

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