|Anime Expo 2007
||[Jul. 2nd, 2007|06:25 pm]
Ugh, the last four days at AX have been very hectic. Not only for me but I'm sure for everybody. I'm actually glad to just have it all over now... It had its ups and downs but I overall enjoyed it. Especially Momoi's concert, which was the highlight of AX 2007 for me. But before I get into explaining what happened, let me first state this.|
I HATE the AX staff.
I am furious with them. Not only for having all the technical problems, late schedules, canceled events, poor planning, and overall unprofessional behavior, but because they disrespected Momoi. I was actually crying before when I first read how disappointed she was with AX. I really wanted this to be a GREAT experience for her... Fuck you AX staff. Seriously, fuck you. I'm actually so disappointed with them I'm not sure if I want to come next year. I don't care that AX is giving me free tickets (I won them). They can shove the tickets up their ass.
Now, you're probably wondering why the heck I said I enjoyed the convention even though I seem so pissed. Truth is, Momoi MADE the convention for me. She didn't put up with all the crap that AX gave her, and put on a great show despite. Also her fans. Her fan base consists of some of the most dedicated and loving fans I have seen. This includes her US fan base as I've experienced. Which uh, includes me too I guess. About her concert though...
First, I need to bring up my comments on the SOS Brigade Invasion Tour now if you haven't seen them:
Looking back on this, I think I gave the concert way too much credit. I honestly love Aya Hirano, Yuko Goto, and Minori Chihara, but I need to tell the truth here. ANY one of Momoi's songs she performed COMPLETELY blew ANY of the SOS Brigade's songs out of the water. This is probably partly due to the fact that the AX staff handled the event so poorly. But I honestly think Halko is a better singer than all three of them combined [dodges punches thrown by angry Hirano fans]. Like, when I listen to her CDs, and then I watch her live. Her voice is the same, it doesn't sound like they improved the quality on the CDs or something. Which, sad to say, none of Aya and group's performances really sounded as good as they do on the CDs. This isn't some kind of personal jab at them though, I very rarely hear any seiyuu sound as good live as they do on their CDs. Halko is a rare exception.
The concert though... I have never cheered so hard for someone in my life (I am not exaggerating). I didn't have great seats (and the stupid staff didn't tell me it was open seating until all the good seats were taken. Ass holes, I payed $30 for this...), but this kind of worked in my favor. I could tell I was the only one in about a 6 person radius who knew these songs down to the exact note (which I do). I... think I kind of stood out and Halko noticed me getting these chants down, and the enthusiasm I had over most of the others around me. She looked at me a few times during the concert. I don't know if it was a "oh my god what an idiot" or "wow that guy seems to really love my music" kind of look but it doesn't matter to me honestly, as long as I got her attention.
A few songs that came up I wasn't expecting. Like I didn't know manzo (singer of Genshiken opening) was gonna be there. I saw them doing the chants for his songs in the line, so I guess I should have known... Why doesn't anybody ever tell me these things though? Well, I honestly wasn't with Paranda's group most of the time, and they were talking with some of her Japanese fans who seemed to know what was going on at the concert... But I did get a seat for them in the front of the line for Halko's panel, and ate lunch with them after... Sorry, I'm just really shy and not very talkative, so that's why I didn't spend as much time with you guys...
I was drenched with sweat by the end of the concert though. My hands were up nearly the whole time. They're still sore. But I don't really care, because I was cheering for Momoi, and nothing can make me happier than cheering for her. She also cried at the concert. So, I think we did a good job...
And now, some stuff I got at the convention that you probably don't care about but I want to mention.
Random Idolm@ster figure (ended up being Mami Futami, how lucky for me since she and Ami are my favorites)
Random Tales of the Abyss figure (Guy... Meh)
Another random Tales of the Abyss figure (Anise, Yipee! Stopped getting them after that)
Pani Poni Dash keychain of Becky
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan figure
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Limited Edition Box 2
A very cute Komugi-chan T-shirt that I wore to Halko's panel
July issue of Megami
Galaxy Angel Rune DVD 1 (came with a free autograph for Yuuna Inamura. This would have been worth well over $20 for me even without the DVD)
At the JAST panel I got a free eroge (Heart de Roommate)
Drawing of Yume Asakura of Da Capo II autographed by the character designer, Natsuki Tanihara
I have pictures (mind you, some aren't the best quality, but my camera is crappy...):
Yuuna Inamura at the Galaxy Angel panel:
Halko at her panel:
Paranda, Mandichan, a maid, and some other guy (sorry I don't know who you are...). I blacked out their faces because while they gave me permission to take a picture, I am not sure if they were expecting me to post it on the internet:
Btw, might I mention the maid is a guy.
(Edit: Apparently the maid is chibitech and the other guy is kouotsu. Just thought I'd mention)
Autograph of Natsuki Tanihara:
All the pictures that I feel like posting.
Uh, I'm really tired right now, and I go back to work tomorrow. It was a nice 4 days off... But I'm somewhat glad it's over. I always used to love AX... After my experience this year, my respect for them has lowered greatly though. With all that has gone on, I expect this to be Halko's one and only concert at AX, and possibly the US. I'm glad I was able to be part of it, it was truly a memorable experience for me.
Outside the convention center:
This was the line for the exhibit hall. It was massive. Iirc, it was a few blocks long... Otakus... Thousands of them... But that was just when it first opened. There was no line for it later in the day thank god.
I just took pictures of them cause everybody else was and I was bored. I normally don't take pictures of cosplayers.
The exhibit hall was the one thing the AX staff did correct. It was huge. And there was actually a lot of open space, to my surprise.
It was pretty much a failure though. So much for the world record. There was no where near enough people present. And yes, I still like Patricia Lee.
Yuuna Inamura's autograph:
Most people got the Galaxy Angel Rune DVD signed (The autograph came free with the DVD). I wanted something different, so I got a poster signed.