AM^2 (pronounced A M Squared), short for Animation, Manga, and Music is a smaller southern California convention currently located in the Anaheim convention center right across from Disneyland that occurred this year from June 15th through June 17th. Given that Anime Expo has abandoned the place (most likely due to their inflexibility concerning scheduling the AX con at any other time than the 4th of July weekend) this is now the perfect spot for several smaller anime and other fandom conventions, such as AM^2.
This was one weird year for Fanime. Not so much the convention itself, but everything that wound up going on around it. Just…weird.
A lot of this has to do with the logistics of just getting to and staying at Fanime this year, which had to do with the fact that Mayhem just could not hang for more than a couple of days. This required that I head up and board with Gensao for the night before since we did not hit up day zero. It's probably for the best we didn't hit up day zero, but I'm getting ahead of myself a bit.
So, how did you all like that Masquerade?
Too soon? Heh, don't worry. Everyone gets their ass kicked on their 15th birthday. Just ask Fanime.
This year was the third year of Anime Conji, and I would classify it as a most successful year all around. As for myself, I was approved for press this time around and it probably worked out for the best as this convention is getting larger and beginning to take note of such things. There were some very notable growing pains I did notice, which I suspect if the same individuals are involved in those projects next year, they will have certainly learned from. All in all, a most enjoyable time; for those of us who weren't able or not willing to make Wondercon going on that same weekend, it was more than satisfying.