Well, it's been awhile coming, but I now have torrent, hosted by Nyaa, of all the Anime Expo 2015 movies that were recorded for those who like their files on their computer in HD. It should be noted that the Midnight Shinigami concert and Myth - Legends of Burlesque and Magic were encoded in x265, so you'll need a player capable of that. VLC can do this job with the right plugin, for example. You can get it by clicking this link here. Enjoy!
So, somehow or another I managed to compile this report of Anime Expo 2015. I honestly wish it'd had been nothing but fun fun fun, and that I could relegate to you the awsomeness that I was part of, but I can't really do that this time around. That being said, there WAS fun, and it was damn good fun. Still, there was some shit that went down behind the scenes of this one, and if you want to know, click on that link up there to check it out. As for me, I still need to get those torrents up. Enjoy!
I find it to be a most interesting feeling to know when I'm almost done with something. I can't really describe it to anyone, but a sinking anticipation is the best I can give. Like a countdown to something unknowable that you cannot stop...and at some point, you're not even sure you want to. Anime Expo is rapidly reaching the point where it may have to be put paid, or it may have already reached that point...the next few months will tell me that. I get ahead of myself, however.
As it has been the past few years, and for the next five years at least (since they've signed a new contract with the venue), Anime Expo has taken place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and surrounding venues. This year it played host to over 90,000 attendees, which is an unreal amount of people, and one I truly believe if trying to get through its dealer's hall was any indication of those numbers. I'm reminded a great deal of the final couple of years I went to Comic Con, what I experienced there, and how it felt. Very much like now, to be honest. Up to and including the way you could almost not even move in some places there were so many.
Well, it's taken some doing...a lot more than I would have imagined, but if the tech didn't look so good, I'd probably not have bothered. That being said, for all you streaming video lovers, we have the FAKKU Presents: Bosshi and Toshio Maeda Q&A Panel, the FAKKU Presents: Hentai Manga & Doujinshi, and the Midnight Shinigami concert from Anime Expo 2015. From the FAKKU panel, Bosshi is a fine H manga artist who drew such fun little stories like Peachy Butt Girls and Onee 30 and Toshio Maeda, a truly funny and irreverant dude, who created such classics as Urotsukidouji and La Blue Girl. I highly recommend that one. And for FAKKU's upcoming projects you can check out their Hentai Manga and Doujinshi panel; there's some surprising stuff in there, and if you're interested in FAKKU's business, there you'll find more. Viewer discretion is very much advised for obvious reasons. Finally, we have Midnight Shinigami, an anime cover band that's been a pretty common appearance at AX and other venues over the years, and always very good. Also the first victim of my new x265 video encoding...personally, I think that went pretty well. Click Read More, and you can view them all. Enjoy!
So, after a few weeks, here's my little report on Anime Conji 2015. Kinda felt like this one needed a pick me up, even with some of what went down. Still, not a bad use of a weekend by any stretch. Take a gander inside, and check out what I thought. Maybe you'd like to attend in the future, who knows?
It should probably be noted at the beginning that if one is a photographer, it becomes an act of masochistic love to go to a convention of shiny cosplayers (yes, that was a deliberate Pokemon reference) with carpal tunnel syndrome. Thankfully, Anime Conji is a small convention and not the much larger Wondercon up in Anaheim. As it was, every single time I hefted the camera and took a photo, lancing pain through my hands and up my forarms was my reward.
This is the fifth year of Anime Conji, taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in the Marina across from the San Diego International Airport (no, really, you can walk across the highway to the airport just outside of the hotel) as it did the previous year. I admit to liking the Town and Country a lot better than the Sheraton due to the fact that it's a lot more accessible and the Fashion Valley Mall was in back of it, so one could bail out and get something to eat. Now, granted everything was spread all over the place at the Town and Country, but I'm thinking this could have mitigated somewhat by reserving more of the convention center proper with all of its little outlying rooms, but who knows how the hotel may have logistically fucked that one up to make that a nonstarter. But, whatever, it's at the Sheraton...nothing else to be done. Admittedly I wasn't planning on attending initially, but events did conspire to allow me the time and inclination to head over there. I'm not entirely certain what I went to, however. By that, I mean, a convention has a certain feel to it. This event was not lacking in it per se, but it was greatly lessened. Oddly, I even ran into an overbearing floor manager, and got kicked out of the Improv Masquerade, which is usually a threat at the larger conventions with such individuals; yet, even that didn't quite make me feel like I was at a convention. I think I get what it was, but I'll save that for later.
So, at this Anime Conji I managed to record far more video than last convention, which is good; though I did manage to get kicked out of the Improv Masquerade, but more on that in the convention report. I should note that the FAKKU panels did have material that most would consider explicit in nature. Viewer discretion is advised. And by that, I mean, if you're under 18, you don't watch this. Suffice it to say you can find the Improv Masquerade and FAKKU panels on Youtube and Vimeo respectively:
Don't think I've forgotten you who like your torrents. You can find all the Anime Conji 2015 Movies at Nyaa Torrents, as always. And as always, enjoy!
After a couple of weeks of procrastination, I now have the Anime Conji 2014 report up. It was an interesting convention in a lot of ways, as it wound up breaking convention (ha! I pun!) in several ways, and I wound up taking the time to do the same. In terms of checking out the Nerf war and panels I usually wouldn't it was an interesting time this year. Check out my little writeup; it may convince you to check the convention out if you're ever in the area to do so.
Anime Conji 2014.
I'll admit, I'm not entirely sure what to say about this one. Not because it was bad, per se, but because a lot of what was done wasn't really tried before at your standard anime convention. Also, I wound up keeping a promise to myself that I'd go and sit in on some panels. So a double whammy for unusual conventions as a personal experience.