Anime Expo 2010 – Day 2

Since I wasn’t really interested in the morning panels, I wandered around the Exhibit Hall right when it opened.

 

Exhibit Hall

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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).

 

Kitamura Panel

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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.

 

Horie Panel

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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.

 

MELL Concert

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!

16 Comments to “Anime Expo 2010 – Day 2”

  1. guuzen says:

    Yui! Lol awesome. Man you guys really got an all-star guest panel. So envious!

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    Reltair Reply:

    It was a crazy all-star guest panel. No time to go to everything!

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  2. I found Eri Kitamura to be a very talkative person. I guess that since she’s sorta new to the scene, she’s more willing to gab about her experience. It helps that she’s otaku too.

    But yeah, highlight was easily the concert. Kanno comes, rocks my world, and I left it feeling really satisfied!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, definitely helps that she’s otaku too.

    At first I didn’t realize it was Kanno since I couldn’t hear the announcement. Pretty epic though.

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  3. Optic says:

    ZOMG, wish I was at MELL Concert. I just love her music and anyone who doesn’t come out of it ecstatic is a zombie.

    “Then Horie arrived late and only took around 10 minutes of questions before leaving.”

    10mins is really short. :S

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    Reltair Reply:

    Whew, my friends and I aren’t zombies. 😀

    Yeah, it was like “What?”.

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  4. Yi says:

    So jealous! I want to meet Yui-nyan too.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yui-nyan!

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  5. Brett says:

    That sounds like a really enjoyable time. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the first two days so far! One day I hope to make it out to AX, it’s quite a trip for me though. :/
    It sure seems like a lot of fun!
    I would have loved to see the Macross Duo Megumi Nakajima and May’n and Yoko, it’s always something special for me to see these people in real life, when all I am used to seeing is images online or just their voices. (Perfect example would be AKB48 at N.Y.A.F.)

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    Reltair Reply:

    Nothing beats having a real life experience. I’m sure one day you’ll make it out to AX, it’s definitely worth the effort.

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  6. yumetachi says:

    ah thats so disappointing that yui horie was late and junk, that was the entire reason i wanted to go. but i ended up not going anyways cause my friends backed out, lame

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, pretty disappointing. Go to AX solo! 😀

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  7. TasteTheRainbow says:

    this is in LA?

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, July 1-4.

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  8. TasteTheRainbow says:

    T^T Why is it only in LA!! It’s not fair to the Asians! D:

    We could’t get the TinierMe stuff ):

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    Reltair Reply:

    It’s okay, there’s conventions all around the world. 🙂

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