All my loot from Anime Expo this year was purchased from the MangaGamer booths.
The AX convention bag came with the program guide, a starter deck for Magic: the Gathering, and various advertisement cards.
A purchase of $10 or more at MangaGamer netted you a free bag, $30 or more got you a t-shirt, and $50 or more got you a mousepad.
I couldn’t resist the high quality wall scrolls that were made in Japan and then priced very reasonably for the convention.
The bulk of my spending money went towards getting sketches. Many well-known artists were there such as Kayura Yuka (Da Capo II), Fumio (Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~), and Watanabe Akio (Bakemonogatari).
I’m still bummed out that I wasn’t able to get sketches from Fumio and Watanabe Akio since their orders filled up almost instantly. It seems like other exhibitors commissioned sketches before the hall was even open to the public.
At least I’ll be joining the ranks of the exhibitors next year. *shrug*
By Day 3, I was tired of getting autographs and skipped out on Yui Horie/Eri Kitamura and May’n/Megumi Nakajima when I saw the lines. Oh well.
It was awesome that MangaGamer brought Minami Kuribayashi to perform at their booth. She was Haruka Suzumiya in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and also sang the openings for anime such as Chrono Crusade and Katanagatari. Hearing “Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line” live was a real treat.
I purchased their CDs and got them autographed afterward. ^^
It was an amazing AX this year, let’s hope next year is even better!