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!
Well my fine feathered friends, we have for you today, a romp around the Fanime convention of 2011 in the form of a news report by yours truly.
Great and terrible deeds were performed this time around, as we watch Fanime break the 20k attendee mark, while having to deal with Industry and Venue meddling at the same time they're trying to remain a convention by the fans for the fans. Fun was still had, but much was done that makes one question how long they can pull it off at their current venue and them becoming quite noticeable by pretty much everyone now. But you don't need me talking your ear off here. Click the link above and check it out for yourself.
Fanime…Fanime…Fanime…. Tsk, tsk, tsk, people, I warned you guys last year about what would happen with lack of planning and communications. With a jump to the above 20,000 attendees mark, you're now looking at a volatile combination that's primed to explode even worse than the massive screw up of this year. And though massive, it was only in the REALLY annoying to slightly detrimental category, and not a supreme fuck up like say, Anime Expo 2007.
Having received a request on Momoi's Facebook page, either from her or her mod, I've gone ahead and made her concert from Fanime 2009 available again.
If you missed it the first time around, be sure to snag it now. Also, it comes with the band Makenai's great opening of it, so fans of Makenai should appreciate this as well. Have fun!
Could it be? Am I sick? Have I ceased procrastination? Hell if I know, but in any event, the Fanime 2010 Report is up for viewing.
Oh Fanime, why do you happen so close to ACEN to torment me so?
Fanime is supposed to be the chill out convention, the one where you just hang loose, go do stuff, and typically have a restful and fun time. This was not the case this year, and I think it started when Mayhem suggested we go to the Black and White Ball. I readily agreed, not exactly enjoying the sausage feast of the adult only dance of last year. This, of course, would necessitate a certain amount of preparation both before (in the form of getting my suit together) and during the convention (in the form of dance lessons). Sounds like a fun way to break up the con a bit.
Well, Anime Expo was both awesome and terrible this year, which is pretty typical of the convention to be honest. More on that later. In the mean time, why not check out the Momoi concert from Fanime 2009?
Originally published as four separate articles, one for each day; they were compiled into one in order to allow for continual reading.
So…Anime Expo 2007.
Yeah, that about says it all if you were there. Going through the various blogs, forums, reposted emails, and what-have-you, the consensus was pretty much on the order of: What the flying fuck, over? For my own personal experience, this year’s convention has the most unique dichotomy; it was both the very best convention I’ve been to…and the very very worst. It was so bad, in fact, that I don’t know if I’m going back next year.
My reports on Anime Expo this year are going to be broken up into a few overlapping categories. I’m going to do a day by day report, a report on the SKIN concert, a report on the Transformers movie showing, and finally, a report on all the shit that went on this year that really REALLY fucked it all to Hell.