Since I wasn’t really interested in the morning panels, I wandered around the Exhibit Hall right when it opened.
I mostly stayed around the MangaGamer booths the entire time since they were the only ones offering sketches from various well-known character designers. Besides sketches, they were selling a large assortment of wall scrolls, posters, CDs, dakimakura covers, and more at very tempting prices. They brought legit products straight from Japan that no other booths had, which is why they were my favorite exhibitor there.
Plus, they held live concerts at their booth with performances by Aina Kase, Minami Kuribayashi, ur@n, and rino (CooRie).
Eri Kitamura’s panel was very entertaining. Even though they had the producer of Toradora! there, most of the questions were requests for her to do the voice of Yui from Angel Beats! She seemed like a fun and easygoing person, which made the panel awesome.
It was cool actually hearing her say Yui’s line of “Sensei, toilet!” in person.
Megumi Nakajima/May’n Concert
Photography was not allowed at the concerts for us regular attendees, which explains the lack of photos.
The NOKIA Theatre was packed and it was nice to experience the Macross Frontier duo’s singing live. They brought a secret guest who turned out to be Yoko Kanno. She played the piano and accompanied them in singing at times. It’s a pity she didn’t host a panel.
This was the most disappointing panel. They told us no photography at all, which was after I snapped one quick shot of the room.
To start off the panel, they showed the first episode of Toradora!, which I thought was a waste of time. Then Horie arrived late and only took around 10 minutes of questions before leaving. The panels/events at AX seemed to all suffer from delays and the autograph session system was very poorly planned.
Same as before, no photography allowed. I walked into the concert knowing a few of MELL’s songs, and I came out afterward as a fan.
Even though the hall wasn’t fully packed, the audience seemed more energetic and into the music than the previous concert. When they started playing “Virgin’s High”, the crowd went crazy. It was a blast, and my arms and throat were tired from waving glowsticks and cheering.
Onwards to Day 3 tomorrow!