And here we have the online vimeo movie of Day 2 of Anison USA February 2016's performance. This was more of a concert setting taking place within the Bootleg Theatre located in Los Angeles. While it did start nearly two hours late, we did manage to get everything done, including the autographs at the end (though that in a very compressed manner). It's at times like this I wish I had some sort of platform for myself and the camera tripod to stand on, but I think I got everthing that needed to be gotten. Admittedly I had to quit trying to pull double duty as a photographer about half way through the event if I wanted the camera to stay on the performers to any reasonable degree, so I didn't get as much of that as I'd have liked. There was also the one tall dude who somehow always meandered into my shot, no matter where I replaced the tripod...it was surreal since he wasn't even doing it on purpose. Still, it was a lot of fun, as you'll see by clicking either on the article title itself or the more button below.
About a week ago I attended an event called Anison (short for Anime Song) USA. Apparently in their second year, it showcases various J-pop or J-pop inspired artists performing for their fans over here. This year included the talents of Ayu, Nozomi, Vandead Bakery, Roli Angel, Ally and Sally (, Momoi Halko, and Yumi Matsuzawa. Day one actually took place at a little anime store in Temple City, CA called Desu-nation. Aside from having to find a place to film, shooing people out of the way occasionally, and dealing with my camera being bumped and even knocked over once, it was an interesting and fairly decent event. Long Beach Comic Con was going on that weekend as well, but to be honest, the larger events are beginning to really piss me off considering what happens after a time with every convention once it reaches a certain critical mass in its membership. The smaller gatherings are beginning to be a lot more rewarding artistically, since you can actuallY BE artistic both in terms of covering them and for those performing in them for a receptive audience. So, click on the jump and you can check out day one of Anison USA's video. Day two, taking place at the Bootleg Theatre in L.A. and its pictures should be up sometime this week as well. Enjoy!
Finally getting some of these movies encoded. I'll need to upgrade big time when I get a 4K camera. In any event, check out this year's Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic; performed at Anime Expo. For the third year it came, and for the second year was its own Main Event, and a well deserved designation it is. Don't know that I've ever seen anything gain popularity quite so fast or so deservedly as this show. But why take my word for it, when you can click 'Read More' and see it for yourself on our Vimeo channel? For those of you that like your really high quality digital copies of videos on your hard drives, don't worry...as soon as I get all this year's videos encoded, I'll do what I've done for the past few years, and load them all up as one big batch. Until then...enjoy!
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.
I knew this day was coming, but I figured I'd have more time to be honest.
You've all may or may not have been aware of the current Youtube crackdown as reported by Kotaku here.
And finally, I get the Sac Anime Summer 2013 report done. With the small convention mentality, but the larger growing numbers, this one is at what many would term the sweet spot for pure enjoyment. I had a good time anyway, but why take just my statement here at face value? Check out my report for more detail.
Third year I’ve been to this convention, and the first at their new location of the Sacramento Convention Center. It’s a far larger location situated in downtown Sacramento, and surrounded by all the amenities of a down town area, such as hotels, quickie marts, and food…though that last one wasn’t as important this year as I’ll describe in a bit.
As has oddly become custom, though differently arriving in this case, I wound up flying in on Friday, Day 1. Original plan was to take the train, but I’m not spending thirteen fucking hours in transit when I could drive there in eight. Wound up taking Super Shuttle to the Quality Inn situated about a block away from the convention center down town, where Mayhem and co were already set up.
And so, as I wade through Youtube's copyright hell on the Masquerade video, I will make it and its brothers available to you unedited in HD as a torrent. To get said torrent, you can either find it hosted on Nyaa Torrents or click on the Attachments field down below this post after clicking on "Read More" which should bring it up.
To one and all, I hope you enjoy the videos we all shot of this year's AX, and hopefully many more to come.
Well, I guess I can't really say we're back in black, since we've traded up for basic white. However, I can say, finally, welcome the fuck back. We're running on Joomla 2.5, with a template hacked together by yours truly, based upon the design of my partner in crime, the Platinum Dragon. After that nasty little hack attack that put us down, we've managed to pretty much restore everything, though a lot of links and such are still not working. This will be a work in progress, and should even itself out as time goes on. The site itself has a spiffy new bootstrapped menu system up top for your navigation needs, and should be responsive enough to actually look decent on a mobile device.
On the subject of the Dragon, he's done worn out. So, as he wanders off into semi retirement...err...his century long sleep, that leaves most of what passes for day to day ops with me now. I've noticed that I keep loosing webmasters. First Navaash, then Rurouni, and now Platinum Dragon. It's a pity you Autobots die so easily or I might...err...wait, wrong show. Ah well, maybe after a long vacation I can convince him to come back and work some more, but at least I can take a bit of the burden of running this show off him, I hope.
So, now that we're back, I suppose it's back to work. Expect some new content shortly.
To one and all, welcome!
We're not dead, but we're getting there. In case you're wondering, much of our efforts have been spent on getting the Dragon's Anime Youtube channel populated with all our movies from previous years. We didn't realize how daunting a task this was until we started, and then realized we had a ton of videos we've shot over the years, and we were going to need to reencode them all with modern hardware, filters, and in HD where possible. Still, we're chugging away, as you can see from the shear amount we've got so far. Once the main events are done, I'll be able to work on the snippets of events we have here and there as well. Gensao, for example, has provided me with loads of little moments in time that are a real treat to watch, and I'll share them with you at earliest opportunity.
In the mean time, we have a new review for the game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. In a nutshell, if you liked the first one, or just like good third person shooters...you'll love this.
From each and every one of us here at Dragon's Anime we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let's all hope it continues to be such for the foreseeable future.