Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pacific Media Expo 2009 Part 3: Let's Finish This



Well I wanna finish this con report before The Amazing Race (I have no idea why Kynt and Vyxsin were at the hotel on the last day of PMX..., but it was a good surprise)...

Anyway, I guess there should be some discussion of the masquerade, CosFest...since I usually have a short attention span, and I don't want to race to take pics (i.e. all the pics I took of this were bad...), I'll just post a link to the videos...interesting to note that the Best In Show award was given to the Mariks Evil Council of Doom 3 skit...I'm sure I wasn't the only one wondering why...). Anyway, I really enjoyed the halftime show, which didn't have to stall for time (unlike MikomiCon), especially since my friend Mikarin was performing...



The good news about this masquerade is that it started earlier, which meant it ended earlier, so my friend and I were able to catch some final night karaoke, where we found Nabeshin and Aoi Kidokoro making an appearance (see here for video). I also happened to find a Shugo Chara cosplay I was looking for all weekend...(okay not really looking for, but the only cosplay I saw at karaoke that night before moving on to watching a few minutes of 20th Century Boys before walking back to my hotel to sleep...)



One thing I did notice staying at a hotel away from PMX is that there must still be some rift between the PMX and Anime Expo people to be staying at separate hotels (unlike between PMX and Anime L.A. where their jack-of-all-trades leader was staying at the same hotel where PMX was held)...



On the last day, my friend and I were met with a crowd waiting for the Angelic Pretty fashion show...



Some Dragonball Z in the screening room, walking in on fan panels (which I now realize I'm not much of a fan of unless it's hosted by a real expert...I really don't care why you think certain anime series are terrible or any of the drama you experienced in cons past...unless it's a funny story, but I'd rather read about it than spend an hour of my day listening to it without visuals...), and a short Japanese lesson, which I thought was very good, if the audience was more aware of the teacher's methods (she mentioned she normally teaches 5-year-olds, which I think is the best way to teach any language...learn any new language the same way you learned your first language as a child...by pointing and saying rather than translating...too bad there were several in the audience who didn't get that when she pointed to herself saying "watashi wa" and pointing to each student saying "anata wa", and each student then pointing to him/herself saying "anata wa...")

Well as expected, it was a short final day, except for seeing Amazing Race celebrities on the way out of the hotel and going home.

So that's it...probably my last con for 2009...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pacific Media Expo 2009 Part 2: Nabeshin Panel




Okay, considering the demographic of attendees at PMX, I wasn't sure exactly how crowded the Nabeshin panel would be (or what it would be about as I haven't heard anything new since The Wallflower), but I guess the combination of the Kogi truck and a little publicized schedule change kept the crowds small...

It turns out he was helping manga artist Aoi Kidokoro in describing how to put on a kimono...a must lesson if you wanna impress the ladies with your knowledge of Japanese culture, or as Nabeshin would put it, you're a hentai...I hope someone posts the video of the panel as I don't have it...

Okay, I don't remember the names of the parts of the yukata (we didn't have all day to see how to put on a full kimono), but I think these are the steps in order...







What Nabeshin's favorite part is the are (a-re)...pulling off the sash...



The next volunteer was in a sailor fuku, so naturally Nabeshin had to point out that if you prefer sailor fuku over kimono, then you're a hentai...if you prefer kimono over sailor fuku, you're also a hentai...



But the last volunteer was the most entertaining (she was the interpreter for the autograph session) as most kimono wouldn't fit people her size, which she accepts as it would allow her to show more leg...



While traditionally, a woman would have other layers under the kimono...



Of if you were wondering, Nabeshin's kimono was a gift from God, specially designed for afro mode...

Well I never had a whole post just on a single panel, but this is one of the few non-industry panels that I actually enjoyed (unlike the one I walked in on on the last day of PMX)...

Well since I plan my next post on the Cosfest masquerade, I should end this with some cosplay...

Pacific Media Expo 2009 Part 1.01: A Little Video Break

Now a video break...

First up was a violin performance I caught while wandering around PMX.



Next up is a surprise at the karaoke room...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pacific Media Expo 2009 Part 1: BN (Before Nabeshin)...

(as always, I purposely shrink my pics...if you would like a full resolution copy, just email me or send a comment)

Well I didn't feel like taking Friday off from work to arrive early for PMX at the LAX Hilton as all I felt like doing is watch the Asian Food Challenge and do some karaoke...so this post will also include some pics I took on Day 2...keep reading...you'll see girls beat each other up with sticks...

First up on Friday was the Asian Food Challenge, which thanks to it starting late, I was able to make after checking into my hotel (which was a couple blocks away from the hotel where PMX was held)...Unlike last year which had almost a dozen food items and was more of a last man standing situation, it was turned into a speed contest where 10 contestants (many by chance happen to be associated with other cons) started by eating soft tofu...



Then the fastest four made it to the red speckled egg...



(The fourth person finished the tofu right about the time these guys finished the egg.) Then the final round was silkworm larvae for the final three.



(You can tell who couldn't finish the final round...). In all, this contest ended in about 5 minutes, but it took about 30 minutes to set up.

So while I was trying to meet up with my friend who was staying at the hotel (and arrived only about an hour before I arrived), I wandered into karaoke, where I saw the Tall Guys again...



and I'm pretty sure I saw the bunny at AX...a possible first sign of con fatigue...though that feeling is reduced by watching a Korean drama (Be Strong Geum Soon...a story about a college guy who gets a townie girl pregnant and decides to marry her...) while my friend watched a concert that I wasn't too interested in and was running late...)



But the next day, I knew I would see some interesting things I haven't seen before, like the western regional eskrima tournament by the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF). My friend and I caught a little bit of the womens' tournament:



We arrived at the last matches before lunch, so after the contest, we headed out for the Kogi truck that came just for PMX...neither of us tried their food, but when I mentioned to my friend that they are known for Korean tacos, she was all in. But first, since I was dressed as one of only a handful of adult characters in Lucky Star, I had to take this quick pic:





I got her food while she went off to an autograph signing (yeah, it's that popular). After I got the food, I tried to take another quick pic while holding the Korean short rib tacos and burrito...



Fortunately, the Nabeshin panel was moved to later in the day, so I had time to enjoy the goodness of Korean tacos and burrito. However, the Nabeshin autograph signing was not moved, so we had to wait in line for a little bit before the doors opened. At least I found some another K-On cosplay and made my first attempt at a Meito Anizawa (I'm more than Anime Tenchou!) pose using one of the DVDs I planned to have Nabeshin sign:





It's good that I had Nerima Daikon Brothers for Nabeshin to sign as manga creator Aoi Kodokoro who was accompanying him was cosplaying as Mako...



I had nothing planned after Nabeshin, so there was some free time between the signing and the rescheduled panel, so we watched a little karaoke and played a little Rock Band with guys who were really into villains...



And a girl who I mistook was from Fruits Basket but was from a series inspired by ramune soda...



And some more cosplay before getting to the Nabeshin panel...









(I can't believe someone could say Death Note ruined cosplay...)

I was wondering about whether the Nabeshin panel would be a big draw as many of the attendees seem to follow more of the recent stuff...10 minutes before the panel was to start, and there was still a short line that included these characters...



Up next...how to put on (and take off) a yukata and the start of Cosfest...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval 2009 Part 6: Transitioning to PMX

Okay, I was slacking off and didn't finish posting the Halloween pics before heading off to Pacific Media Expo 2009 in L.A. So here's my attempt at transitioning from Halloween mode to general con mode (with a slight hint of cosplay event fatigue...).

Unlike last year, I was able to afford a hotel room for PMX thanks to the money I saved by switching to Geico...



During PMX, I hope I can avoid eating this too much...



I hope I see a lot of interesting things since I've noticed seeing the same people and costumes between Anime Expo to Nisei Week to Mikomicon to now...if I get bored with this, I might have to resort to spending the weekend with this...





Good I brought this for my morning exercise at the hotel for PMX...



The bummer about PMX is that it seems to always coincide with the weekend where they film the Christmas special here...



But I hope skipping the tv taping is rewarded by seeing a lot of these...



(female and 21 or over please..., not really Girl Scouts)

Well, I guess it's a cop out to write about what I hope for for a con after I've attended the con, but I wanted to find a way to make a transition from Halloween mode to a return to con mode...

Anyway, a preview of stories from the Pacific Media Expo 2009:
-Nabeshin shows you how to take off a yukata...
-Goth! Goth! Lolli! Lolli! (not related to The Wallflower)
-A very quick eating contest
-Korean tacos (those viewers in L.A. county should know about this)
-an Amazing Race appearance?
-The Tall Guys return for another memorable performance
-I finally figure out a pose for my first cosplay
-and watching a bunch of Korean dramas

I guess the cosplay picture taking fatigue is setting as as the number of pictures I took seems to have been steadily decreasing since Nisei Week, but I guess it is expected as my con-going season winds down for the year...