Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Anime Expo 2010: Shorties

I did do some other stuff at Anime Expo besides watch anime, see cosplay, and attend Danny Choo and Nabeshin panels...Some other activities during AX 2010...

Like the red carpet entrance of the Guests of Honor on Day 1 that I arrived late for...



They were greeted by a samba dancer on stilts...



I think a local marching band would actually be cool as it would be nice to greet our Japanese guests with something all-American...

Then there is the summer festival stage at Nokia Plaza



On the stage, there was a special Bleach event with the voice of Ichigo, Masakazu Morita...



(he's the one dressed as a soul reaper who had an awesome interpreter and was assisted by the emcee with his infamous hat...)



Morita did a live voice over performance, and then invited two people from the audience to try some voice acting...



Rukia had a case of stage fright, but with some encouragement from the audience, she performed well...the guy doing Ichigo seemed like he did something like this before...

I also caught a taste of nerdcore hip hop with a performance by a member of Dual Core during a break in the Battle of the Bands on Day 2...



Which led to some interesting dancing...



I saw some interesting things at Nokia Plaza like this guy's jacket...



On Fridays and Saturdays, a ClearChannel radio station broadcasts from the Nokia Plaza area of L.A. Live...102.7 KIIS (where Ryan Seacrest broadcasts his morning show...more hip hop) on Friday and Star 98.7 KYSR (more rock music). This weekend was a little more interesting for these radio people...



You don't wanna know what the furry guy did to the street team member afterwards...

At night on the same stage, there was a laser show...



Indoors, I managed to catch a little bit of a taiko workshop held by Senryu Taiko from UC Riverside...







They also performed after AX Idol in Nokia Plaza...



Well those are some of the highlights that couldn't get categorized into single topics (though I would've had an entire post about taiko, but I forgot everything I learned from it, and I do remember seeing some of the Battle of the Bands and AX Idol, but I didn't really take any good pics of those events...)...Up next, Lucky Star goodness and finally the cosplay slideshow...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Anime Expo 2010: Danny Choo


Hmmm...time after AX has been very busy...I gotta catch up with the blog...I hope someone took video of the Tokyo Stormtrooper at the AX Opening Ceremony...

Anyway, I first was introduced to Danny Choo's site when I discovered a K-On! video on YouTube. After checking out the site, I was intrigued about the story of how an ex-pat built a successful empire around his passions...Which was what some of his panel the next day was about...


You can search for video of his talk of how he grew up as the son of famed shoe designer Jimmy Choo in the UK who took Japanese classes, worked in Japanese places such as Benihana and a Japanese airline (ANA or JAL, I couldn't remember), and how ambition and luck landed him his first job in Japan and ultimately how he became a well known otaku in the English/Japanese speaking world...

I guess daughters show up wherever he goes:



And when there are daughters, there are cameko...



So his first panel was one of those inspirational talks with a dose of reality of what it takes for a foreigner to live in Japan...

The next day was the Los Angeles CGM (Consumer Generated Media) Night in association with Fakku (NSFW) at the ESPN Zone next door. It definitely was gonna be a crowded night:





So crowded that the second level was filled up:



Danny and Jacob from Fakku kicking off the afternoon...



Also some more daughters showed up...



Because of the crowd, pretty much everyone was introduced to someone new as he or she most likely had to share a booth or table with strangers...my booth had all guys, one from Arizona, another from the Bay Area, a college kid from L.A., and a high school student also from the area...because I was just curious, I started off the conversation about Arizona's immigration law...then the conversation went into anime, Texas Hold-Em (since the L.A. college student switched the channel on the monitor in our booth to a World Series of Poker tournament), and prolly a lot of other topics, but it was good to take a break from talking about anime at an anime convention once in a while...

Pretty much Danny was busy having his picture taken with fans...





After about what seemed to be two hours, I left for the bar to get dinner, where I conversed with two other guys about anime, and then checked out the AX Idol contest going on outside in Nokia Plaza. After AX Idol, I turned around, and it looked like the party moved outside...





And there appeared proof that imitation is the best form of flattery...



On the last day at Danny's second panel (with more daughters...)



He showed some clips from Black Rock Shooter and from his new show Culture: Japan. There were definitely looks of amazement when videos from otaku rooms were shown, particularly one from the Philippines. What also got some laughs was the Tokyo Stormtrooper's visit to a Japanese high school (I hope the show is broadcast in the U.S.)...I was training to win a freebie at this second panel as I lost the rock/paper/scissors contest in Danny's previous panel...Unfortnately, as the Black Rock Shooter Figure wasn't released yet, the winner was gonna be picked at random from a tagged photo he posted on his site after AX (unfortunately, I couldn't find my face in the crowd...).

So after meeting Danny Choo in real life, I admire his passion to share his interests in many forms through his site and other media ventures...I hope he holds a CGM night at Anime Expo next year, especially since it will be the 20th...

Oh, before I forget...in emails leading up to the CGM Night, Danny did suggest that people bring meishi (name cards) to the event...I'm happy I was able to exchange one of my mini-cards for his card:



And it's autographed...



Up next, some short subjects from AX, like taiko...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anime Expo 2010: I Thought I Was The Only One Who Watched It (A Cosplay Break)

 efore continuing on with the Anime Expo 2010 story, I think I should point out the cosplay that surprised me this year as I thought the series wasn't as popular for cosplay this side of the Pacific as I thought...So here are some that stood out...

I really liked the Aria series, so I was happy to see a cosplay from it...


Well my Dororo cosplay was a failure for this event, but I did find some good ones, though I would like to see a human form like the one I attempted...


 


In one of my Cosplay Girls books, there was a picture of people cosplaying from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats...strange at it was just a musical.  I was surprised to see it at an anime event (and after watching the show twice, still trying to determine if there is a plot to that show)...


Another cosplay I was surprised to see was from Ninja Nonsense...still not sure which Sasuke he was...


And then there was Avatar...


And Shuffle! (I still think I would rather be with Asa, though...)

I never played the game, but BioShock might be fun...

 

A crossplay of Misty (I regret not getting the pic of the girl cosplaying as Dawn)


And some Cowboy Bebop, which I didn't expect as the series isn't recent, and my observation is that many people wanna cosplay from the current hit series like K-On! and Haruhi (why no love for Lucky Star!?!?!?!?) than from classics (okay, I dunno what counts as a classic anime as I haven't watched as many series as some people I've met...)

 

I guess this counts as a top 10 non-Lucky Star/non-K-On! cosplay for AX2010...there are others I liked, and I'll post a slideshow soon, but I wanna tell the Danny Choo story next (which is mostly discussions about immigration reform with an otaku from Arizona during the CGM Night...)...