After a month of fighting with technology, getting up movies and pictures, and generally making a mess of things, I finally have the report up for Anime Expo and AM2 up.
Much was done this year, and much wasn't done that I really smack myself for not doing. These are the many things I will need to consider, but in the mean time, check out all the fun stuff that went on.
We're not done yet with all the pics, movies, and reports, but this is one of the biggest hurdles cleared so far. We'll be putting everything up as it becomes available, so stay tuned!
Anime Expo 2011 and AM2
Before I begin, I would like to note that I'm combining the two convention reports due to the fact that they occurred at the same time, but I was unable to attend more than a day at AM2 (that '2' is for 'squared') due to the Hatsune Miku concert. Therefore, there's really not as much to AM2 as I would have if I attended the entire time. So what I covered at AM2 will be included in this report, but will have its own distinct section.
Continuing on the coat tails of the recent upload of Anime Expo's 2011 Masquerade, I now present to you a streaming version of the Anime Expo 2011 Idol competition. This year wasn't quite as energetic as last year, but quality has maintained itself as excellent, as you'll see shortly.
For those of you that demand high quality audio and video, however, I present to you the torrent as hosted by Nyaa Torrents. All video this year was recorded with my new camera, and the increased quality difference is most discernible. But again, don't take my word for it, download it and check it out!
This may be my last release for this year; I'm uncertain if I'll release the other two in their uncompleted form, but I'll debate the merits of that with myself later. Still, why taint what is truly a most awesome release with such bad news? So, may I present this year's historic Anime Expo Idol competition. Historic in that what I often said could not possibly come to pass, did, in fact, come to pass: A guy won both the voice acting portion AND the singing portion. While last year we had the first ever guy to win the contest with the voice acting competition in what was a stand up performance of a part of Rurouni Kenshin (which earned him an actual standing ovation from the audience), this year we had a gentleman get up and obliterate everyone by singing the living Hell out of Nokia plaza. I could tell the guy who usually picks girls was about to do it again this year, but I think he could feel his likely doom approaching from that man's newly acquired fangirls if he dared do so. Even so, it was damn well earned, but you'll see shortly.
Thanks again to Nyaa Torrents for being our tracker.
Holy shit, folks…they actually managed to actually HAVE an Anime Expo despite some of the serious shit that led up to this year's show. For a round up of that situation, I'll repost part of a news item from a few months ago so you can refresh your memory on this bit of drama:
Alas, the Thanksgiving vacation has come and gone. With it, I find myself filled with turkey and other things. And so I return from the land of no internet to find some great news. The entirety of the AX Idol competition for this year (minus the Wendee Lee acceptance speech) has been uploaded to Youtube. You can find that here.
Thanks be to godsanchez of the forums for his time and work.
Finally, the downloadable version of the Anime Expo 2007 Idol competition is now online! For those that are wondering, it's encoded in x264 video format with MP3 audio. I wanted to use OGG, but that was becoming too problematic to get working properly.