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Congratulations on not being a teenager anymore, but not yet old enough to drink and gamble! Then again, that’s what Vegas next year is for, right? :)
Just a heads up that I’ll be attending my first ever Otakon this weekend. I know I missed out on Anime Expo, but that will be on my agenda for next year.
For anyone going to Otakon, these are the events that I am most likely attending.
Friday, August 9
11:30am-1:00pm - The Real Life of a Manga-ka: Behind The Scenes of Rurouni Kenshin (featuring Kaoru Kurosaki, wife of Nobuhiro Watsuki)
2:00pm-4:30pm - Oreimo Season 2 Final Episodes World Premiere Screening (featuring Tsukasa Fushimi, Hiroyuki Kanbe and Kazuma Miki)
I’ll probably be lounging around afterwards and going with the flow on Friday. If you want to find me on Friday, this is what I will be carrying:
Saturday, August 10
11:00am-2:00pm - Rurouni Kenshin Movie Premiere (with introduction by Kaoru Kurosaki)
3:00pm-7:00pm - Saturday Concert featuring T.M. Revolution and Home Made Kazoku (tentative since I practically have to run out of the convention and rush to a long line at the concert arena like a school girl running with toast in her mouth.)
I’ll be in cosplay on Saturday as Kazuma Mikura from Air Gear.
Sunday, August 11
12:00pm-3:00pm - Sunday Concert featuring Chiaki Ishikawa and Yoko Kanno
I also am planning to head up to Mount Vernon to try a couple of restaurants on Friday night and Saturday night - an Afghan place called The Helmand and a cafe/restaurant called City Cafe. If anyone is interested in joining me and my roommate, let me know.
I will post up mini-blog updates through my Facebook, Twitter and Google+ whenever I can. I’ll be sure to take some great photos for you guys!
See you all next week with tales of Titans, samurais, little sisters and Japanese music joining forces to take out crime for one wacky weekend!
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About what I said about going to Anime Expo last week, it’s not going to happen.
I’m canceling it for reasons that I do not want to get into…and won’t say for quite some time. To anyone going to AX this year, I hope you guys have a lot of fun.
I’m going to take the time to come up with more blog posts for everyone here. This blog is still for you guys.
Gotta exercise them mental muscles, you know?
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Just wanted to give a heads up to everyone that I will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA to attend Anime Expo 2013. This will be my first Anime Expo. It might actually be a nice experience for once since the death of New York Anime Festival in my area.
There will be tons of things to do and see, so I’m a little nervous. I’ll be working with GoBoiano to provide tons of anime coverage for everyone. So follow their Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to.
I’ll basically be running around all over the convention center and freaking out over how big the crowds will be.
There will be manga panels from the big publishers that I hope to attend. They are:
July 4: Shonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga
July 4: Vertical Manga 2013
July 4: Digital Manga Inc. Presents: Manga Without Borders
July 6: Kodansha Comics
July 7: VIZ Media Panel (They have literally 3 freaking panels at AX. This one has to be the most manga-related.)
Of course, there’s other popular and quirky panels I will be attending like George Wada (producer of the Attack on Titan anime), K (Behind the Scenes & Q&A), SUNRISE, Kazuhiko Inoue, “Writing about Anime: Anime Journalism & the Web”, “Starting Up Your Own Anime Business” and hopefully a couple of academic panels.
If anyone has any survival tips for Los Angeles, do tell. All I have is this food truck recommendation list from one of my favorite anibloggers.
Ticket to LA? $400+
Hotel? Free of charge.
Other costs? Probably a lot.
Getting a glimpse of some of the greatest minds in Japanese pop culture and seeing what makes them tick? Priceless.
About that Attack on Titan infographic I wanted to make before AX, it’s going to be done right when the anime series ends this Fall. I have to learn a few new things that may take some time.
I will post an entry when I’m there with a few photos! So stick around if you want to see some California love!
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This past weekend on March 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado, USA, a huge important gathering of professional folks involved in the anime and manga industries drew a lot of attention despite being held in frigid conditions.
The 1st-ever Summit on Anime in North America was an event done to ask the question that has some people pondering for quite some time: “Why is anime so popular in North America?”
My buddies at Anime Diet got the lowdown on what happened. Take a look and see how far the U.S. has come with the wacky, immersive medium that continues to inspire a wide variety of fans and will do so for years and generations to come.
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Forsooth, as I have returned from the crazy masses of pop culture fans that attended New York Comic-Con this past October 11-14. I can definitely say that it was a blast to be at as I have gotten to see almost all the Japanese guests that attended the event. The spirit of Tokyo was definitely thriving (albeit a small one) in NYCC.
The only problem I have is that the Jacob Javits Center (the building it’s hosted in) is still not the greatest convention center for a pop culture convention. When you have an organization like JManga complaining about the building, you know there are problems. As NYCC continues to grow and become even more like San-Diego Comic-Con, will there be any extra room for more than 116,000+ folks? Compared to San Diego, you have to travel a bit far to get to the good restaurants/bars around NYC and the Jacob Javits Center is much smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. However, NYCC seems to have more anime/manga-related content than SDCC.
Another thing I realized after attending NYCC was how much I missed New York Anime Festival. While the likes of Danny Choo, Yu Asakawa, Yoshitaka Amano, Moyoco Anno, Masakazu Ishiguro, and Masakazu Katsura are very notable guests, how can NYCC top Danny Choo? Though we should leave it in the hands of folks like Japan Foundation to bring notable Japanese talent overseas. New York definitely deserves another anime convention as there are notable differences that make Japanese pop culture stand out compared to American pop culture.
In any case, Japanese pop culture was still alive in the East Coast’s premier pop culture event thanks to the efforts of the Japan Foundation, Vertical Inc., SUNRISE, Viki, Dark Horse Comics, and JManga. すべてのありがとうございました！
Enjoy the photos below!
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