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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome everyone to last week's Quick Picks! Sorry for being late, I had finals on July 3 as well as Anime Expo this weekend. The three manga series that are stand out to me are Nisekoi, Arpeggio, and Flowers of Evil. I'm familiar with Nisekoi and Arpeggio since I saw both anime series. If you like comedic harem series set in school with cutesy, fan service, Nisekoi is for you. If you like anthropomorphism of ships as little girls, Arpeggio is for you.
Flowers of Evil was a dark horse in Spring 2013 anime season due to its rotoscoping. The manga doesn't have that. I haven't seen the anime or read the manga, but Flowers of Evil is on my watch list.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.
It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.
Comic Books don't have Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge or Arpeggio of Blue Steel.
|Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge|
|Arpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 1|
Each meticulously illustrated volume of the manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel contains color inserts, and features futuristic and explosive submarine battles that are sure to captivate readers.
In the early 21st century, the majority of Earth’s landmass is submerged due to rising sea levels. Enter the Fleet of Fog, a host of sentient alien battleships of unknown origin who easily decimate earth’s naval forces. Humanity is now on the verge of extinction.
In the year 2039, the stalwart Captain Chihaya Gunzou and his intrepid crew on the Blue Steel fleet may be humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders. The Blue Steel fleet happens to contain a secret weapon that could turn the tide of war: a mysterious I-401 submarine that can transform into a girl.
|D.Gray-man [3-in-1 Edition] (GN 4)|
Collects volumes 10-12 in an omnibus format.
|Demon Love Spell Vol. 6|
|Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail!|
Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.
Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?
|Midnight Secretary Vol. 6|
|My Love Story Vol. 1|
|Skip Beat! Omnibus Vol. 8|
Kyoko’s recent efforts to improve her craft have really paid off! She’s brought new life to her new bully role and really impressed the director and crew. But Kyoko’s success sends her costar Chiori over the edge! Can Kyoko use her understanding of the dark side to help her fellow actress work past her personal demons, or will the clash of their personalities destroy the set?!
|Naruto Vol. 66|
The ninja war approaches its climax as the revived Hokage head to the battlefield in order to stop Obito and Madara. Naruto will have to team up with his dad in order to save the ninja world. But what dark tricks does Obito have up his sleeve...?
|Nisekoi Vol. 4|
Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up on the girl he made a promise to ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, ...
|Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 3|
High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she's Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne's task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she's been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene - Phantom Sinbad - and he's trying to take the paintings before she does
|Pokémon Adventures - Firered & Leafgreen Vol. 23|
Just as Green is about to meet her long-lost parents, they are sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokemon! Red and Blue want to help, but first they must improve their battle skills. Then, the Three Beasts of Team Rocket are up to their old tricks again! Which former enemy will unexpectedly come to our friends' aid...?
|Pokémon Adventures: Black and White Vol. 4|
A thrilling meeting with one of the Elite Four strains Black's brain. Then, it's opening night for White's Pokemon musical! Will everything go off without a hitch...? Not likely! And what will happen when another Trainer lures away White's star performer, Tepig Gigi? Plus, will White ever overcome her fears and learn to battle with her Pokemon?!
|Sweet Rein Vol. 3|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Spring is in full bloom, and the rein connecting Kurumi and Kaito has turned red. Kaito is in the midst of his mating season, and all human females are susceptible to his charms. Just as Kaito has been bewitched by her, Kurumi now finds herself bewitched by him!
|The Flowers of Evil Vol. 10|
Distributor: Vertical Suggested retail price: $10.95 A lonely, bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.
|The Sacred Blacksmith Vol. 5|
The Sacred Blacksmith is a sweeping swords and sorcery epic about a female knight and her adventures with a young mysterious blacksmith. This manga is the fifth book in an ongoing series that features stunning artwork and color inserts in each volume.
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 5|
The Numbers War heats up as Yuma and the Numbers Club track down more of the powerful cards. Kaito's past comes into play as Yuma tries to find out why this expert Duelist is seeking the Numbers cards. A duel between Kaito and Yuma's old rival Shark may lead them all to a surprising alliance!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
July 7 at 9 AM
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
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
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.
These are Crunchyroll's new acquisitions:
Simulcast: Crunchyroll will do a simulcast for the new GTO live adapted series.
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.
There are stickers of Crunchyroll's mascot, Hime-chan, and bracelets.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
From the Q & A: here are quick facts I picked up:
Project-H Books did release a 2014 calendar of their releases on Tumblr and Twitter.
For the raffle contest, it was Boing Boing poster, Love on the Job with an autograph, and and 3D Breast pads.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to the folks who uploaded photos on Twitter.
Welcome everyone! This blog is designed to supplement Foxx's Community Spotlight articles, adding more breadth and showcasing more of user content and major trends in our community on a monthly basis. I'm sorry for being late. May was my month of finals while I was preoccupied with summer school in June which ended on July 3. Hope you guys and gals continue to help out the community.
Credits: The banner comes from this website. I just slap the AV logo on it. It's a nice anime fan art.
We had two stellar users become our best battle users: DBZ_Universe and Kurohige. To read their experiences, check out these threads:
As for battle themes, I didn't keep track of the patterns. We had a rash of Toriko vs Dragon Ball Z battle threads like back in the fall. Kurohige's inverse battle theme was very successful in comparison to DBZ_Universe's theme, Kekkaishi. I assumed the franchise is underrated and obscure while it had a narrow scope compared to Kurohige's.
Low started a new community project called the Debater's Rating Thread: June 2014 which did not get much attention to user outreach and not informing users especially the judges with PMs beforehand.
With Spring 2014 ending, the Summer 2014 Anime Guide is up. The most commented and viewed discussion for spring season is Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion with 108 posts and 1,270 views.
Here are the following 6 top discussion threads. Note, the ones who had legal simulcasts generally had more comments.
|Brynhildr in the Darkness||948||71|
|Chaika - Coffin Princess||863||79|
|Blade & Soul Discussion||700||43|
|Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara||584||55|
The least commented and viewed discussion thread was Magica Wars with 68 and 1 post.
Dream had finished his Anime/ Manga Villains Tournament Voting Thread and he is working on the Best Anime/ Manga Teams/ Organizations Voting Tourney Nominations. WayBig, Vapovile, and I also started our own tournaments.
Not much activity compared to the tournament forums, RPG, and battle forums. Kingofash started the Favourite English dub vs least favourite which is our newest thread excluding the occasional anime/manga request threads. Check out Girugamesh's Which is the better anime, based on animation, music, characters, premise and story? poll, too. OwnagePants's The manga endorsement thread . has some nice recommendations from out users.
After being inspired by Taka's Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers and Screened 2013's Top Reviewers projects, Waybig started the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) project in order to boost the reviewing community.
Kuma and SamJaz did a role call of all active users without their alts. Thanks to them, we have a count of how many members are there plus the 3 new recruits (WayBig, Vapovile, and LHWKnight) and Sonata. Check out the July 2014 RPG Highlights: Night at the Castle for the best RPG thread and to know about the writers themselves.
Four of the newcomer wiki editors are still burning wiki pages. Taichokage, who was most prolific editor in the Toriko project, has moved on to the Magi, Seven Deadly Sins, and D. Gray-Man projects. He specializes in character pages. Demonic13 is doing volume and plot summaries for Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho. ForgottenOne is rustling up Jojo Bizarre Adventure character pages. Yusuke52 is clearing Bleach character pages.
These past 2 months, I had the pleasure of moderating wiki and working with new editors. These two are MrWhiteX and Lycanmon12. For MrwhiteX, he is a native from Saudi Arabia, and he has trouble writing in English, but he continues to work hard on the One Punch Man pages. He has moved on from text heavy submissions to image submissions due to Taka's advice. Lycanmon12 made his/or her debut on the Pokémon and Digimon wiki pages. I had strong confidence in trusting the user's edits. The wiki editor just needs watch the spelling, and she or he would be fine.
Dream started the Anime Expo 2014 Announcements project.
Taka starts a few Anime Con's Guest of Honor and Industry Guests (see 2014 Anime Convention Hub Thread).
There are overlaps. This is to show which community parts have rapid growths while some are stagnant.
April and Before