Anime Weekend Atlanta took place over the weekend and luckily I got to go this year. I missed the past two years of the event but in late January and friend and I decided that we'd actually get a hotel room for the event, which is held in a hotel, and go for the entire three days. This was my third time going to AWA but the first time that I stayed overnight. That combined with the nearly 10 month wait made my hype meter pretty high but I have to say that it was pretty awesome all around, despite me trying to fight off a cold the entire time (including a 6:40am run to Wal-mart for Emergen-C).
I went to a bunch of panels but the highlights would be...
I picked up a few things while I was there. I love all of it but the bestest would definitely be my very first body pillow. I've thought about buying on of these for a while and even considered blogging about them a long time ago but I never jumped in until now. It was a tough choice between The Major or Haruhi Suzumiya but the Major won my over. The other non anime stuff I got was:
AWA2011 Pickups (2 images)
This was immediately noticeable after about 5 minutes of walking around, but man... people like zombies. I don't know if someone was outside selling zombie cosplay kits or something there was a metric ton of zombies running around the place.
I had a blast and will definitely be doing it again next year. To any anime fan who has never been to a convention, I would wholeheartedly recommend checking one out if there's a convention in your area.
I usually like almost anything J.C. Staff puts out but I never got around to checking this series out when it was simulcasting. I started watching a few episodes over the weekend and this show is seriously funny. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. It's like a mix of two anime comedies that I love love love to death:
It's got the super cute look of this series, the super powers slant, mild action, and ridiculous bad guys to boot. It's also got some of the perviness that this series had, but MH definitely kicks it up a notch, although it's still PG-13 material.
The wackiness and zaniness of it reminds me a lot of Pani Poni Dash. There's not a single shred of realism in almost anything that happens in the show and if there's a chance to do a gag, they take it without regard to anything else.
I'm pretty hooked on it now and have barreled through like 3 episodes today and am will probably watch another one or two before I goto bed. If you're into zany comedies with cute aesthetics and a healthy serving of crude humor, I'd definitely say to check Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. You can check out on Crunchyroll as of right now.
I don't think I've ever described one of my dreams on this site but one thing that I HATE about them is that nightmare or pleasant, my dreams are mundane and always take place in realistic settings. If I have a nightmare, it's usually something about me losing rent or getting fired which makes me wake up very relieved. If it's positive, it's usually something like me getting a raise at work which means I wake up and then get bummed out.
But anyways, I woke up super excited to check out the One Piece manga this morning. I knew that what I read was a dream but just how fantastical and not true to life it was hadn't hit me yet. As I laid in bed thinking about making a thread to ask what episode this chapter ended up being, my brain started to process a few things and I realized that I was dreaming. The basic premise of the dream was that, just life real life, I have a bunch of boxes and books on my bedside table that I use to prop up my laptop to make it eye level when I'm laying in bed. One of those books in the dream was a thick volume of One Piece. I always slag on the series but something motivated me to check it out again. I was flipping through the pages (it had a Nami foldout poster in the middle that I didn't open up) and came across what was easily the best manga chapter I've ever read in my life.
Here are the red flags that tipped me off to something being amiss once I started to think about what I read:
The only things I remember about the battle is that Karui had two swords which she was able to rotate at high speed similar to Hisagi from Bleach. Spiderman had to be very cautious during the fight and was hiding behind trees like a ninja and creeping around the area. Eventually he was able to attach his web to one of the swords, which gave him a lot of momentum and I remember waking up thinking that Spiderman might actually win. Then the absurdity of it all hit me.
I was watching a lot of Bleach fights and scenes yesterday night so I think that's why I had hollow masks and anime action on my brain. Maybe Karui came because I was upset that there was no Shippuden this week. As for One Piece, I don't know how that entered into the equation. The only things I can think of are that I feel asleep watching episode one of Milky Holmes, which I was checking out because I wanted to watch something "new" but was kinda familiar (familiar because it's a moe comedy which I've seen a fair deal of). One Piece is something that is kinda "new" to me but I'm familiar with so maybe that triggered it. Or perhaps my brain thought the HST should be complete.
So yeah, that was that. Have any of you had any crazy anime/manga mash up dreams?