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Day 2 [Oct. 17th, 2009|02:21 am]
[music |UNDER17 - いちごGO! GO! [Jumbo Parfait version] | Powered by Last.fm]

Alright... You know so much of what happened the next few days was in Japanese, so I'm sure I missed some things. If only I understood more It'd probalby be much more informative posts... My coverage of events in English are probably much better... oh well...

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I'll be posting the next day soon, jet lag has been getting to me. For some reason I had no problem adjusting once I got to Japan, but coming back...
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Day 1 [Oct. 15th, 2009|02:20 am]
[music |桃井はるこ - BAKA≒愛してる | Powered by Last.fm]

Ok, I don't know where to start. I'll try to skip past the boring parts. The first day had almost nothing to do with anime, Momoi, seiyuu, concerts, or anything. So you can skip it, but I just wrote it for completion purposes.

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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2009|01:18 am]
[music |とろ美 - +ONE | Powered by Last.fm]

The last few days have been pretty busy. I'd hardly call it a relaxing vacation, lots of walking and 3 concert days in a row. But it was fun and I was able to meet a lot of singers I wanted to. Not sure if I'm going to post it in parts or all at once. I'll post some or all of it tonight or tomorrow.
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(no subject) [Sep. 27th, 2009|10:12 pm]
I think I may be posting here more often now. The last half a year or so I've been focusing on getting a job. I have a semi-permanent job in an accounting firm in the business management department at the moment. It is still technically an intern but things are looking good. The rest of my time was spent playing some MMO which I've been wanting to give up for a while. Lack of new (interesting) content gives me a reason. The user base also has the intelligence of a rock.

As far as things go now...

I kind of wanted to do a write-up of Momoi in Hawaii last March, Momoi at Fanime 2009, AX 2009, and Momoi at Anime Vegas (well I'm not sure about that last one...) but I kind of forgot about it and I didn't take any pictures at any of them. I suppose I could now, but I like having pics with them. I also do best writing stuff with them fresh in my mind...

From Oct. 7 to Oct. 13 I'll be in Tokyo, Japan with a group of friends. I haven't been there since I saw Ryoko in 2006. Main purpose is for a Momoi concert on the 11th, but we have other plans. We have 4 full days there. First two days are kind of open at the moment. Second two days are rather full. The 11th we have a few things going on. Some people are going to see Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu for some event. One person I know wants to go to the Voice Actor's Day event. I'm personally wanting to go to M3. I've always wanted to go to Comiket, but this is something of a similar nature (although much smaller and with music instead of comics). I'm also wanting to go because Toromi is supposed to have a booth there. Possibly you can remember me writing about her a few years back. I'm happily surprised to see she actually has some fans now (of the English speaking variety that is). Of course, later in the day we plan on going to the Momoi concert. The next day Momoi is supposed to appear at some other event which I don't know much about. I think the Japanese Momoi fans who we are meeting have most of it figured out... That night, we plan on going to another (smaller) concert with a few groups. I'm mostly wanting to go for Tomoe Tamiyasu (whose music I like a lot, and was glad to hear another one of my friends wanted to go because of her). I'll see how things go once it comes. Only 7 more work days.

I do plan on writing about all of this here as well as providing pictures.

We also have a discussion going on about all this on Mixi (if you happen to have an account there).
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I'm not dead [Feb. 11th, 2009|09:55 pm]
Update I guess because I'm so bored and haven't talked much (pretty much anywhere on the internet) lately.

I going to a specialized school that I don't like to talk about much because I generally don't like school in the first place.

Anime has been boring as hell lately. Last 3 seasons have had NOTHING interesting at all. I watched some Kurokami this season, it's meh I guess. Only thing I'm watching next season is that new FMA. I'm hoping that will be good.

I spend 99% of my free time (still) playing either MMORPGs or console games.

I still actively listen to J-pop and anime music because I feel it's the only thing in the related industry that has still been maintaining quality.

As such, I am going to Hawaii next month (March 13-15) for Momoi at the Honolulu festival. Airline tickets are pretty cheap right now. I was able to get a flight from LAX to HNL for $342. I'm tight on money right now but it's affordable now for that price. I'd also rent a car if they didn't charge the extra fee for being under 25. Not sure if that or Taxi will be less money. I'll have to figure it out.

I bought an imported Power Glove (yes, THAT Power Glove) and some $60 glow stick in preparation for this. Admittedly, I am behind on a few of her CDs, so I also have to get some of those... I've honestly been into a few other bands more than her recently. Regardless, I still as devoted and attached to her as ever, hence the trip (and I'd do more if it weren't for cost issues, although the possible Fanime appearance will be doable for me).

And for anyone who knows Alex (aka TrickMasterMint), I hung out with him and a few friends quite a bit when he came to SoCal about a month or so ago. I hope it raised his spirits because I know he's been kind of down lately. Hopefully I will be seeing him again soon.
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ANN-FF: DEAD [Oct. 23rd, 2008|12:54 am]
This post is only regarding my website, ANN-FF, so everybody else can ignore. Or read it if you want, I don't care.

As all of the regulars would know, ANN-FF was hacked a few weeks ago. And I've been going to school or something so I haven't really had the time to do much about it or say anything. I got a few mails asking if I was the one behind this for some reason. I had absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Although, I'm rather flattered someone actually took the time into hacking my obscure and rather small forum (right after I just made a payment to keep the site up though >_> But nonetheless). Would have been nice if they left their name rather than just "anonymous" though. And also, ya she probably does have a grudge against me (don't particularly blame her), but I know for a fact it was NOT my ex-girlfriend. She's doesn't have the know-how to hack a website, and it's just really not her style. If she were to do something she'd spam my forums with porn or some gay fanfic with me and Zac or something like that.

Also, I DO take responsibility for neglecting that website and not doing much on it all really. So if you want want to blame it on me because of that, go ahead, I'll accept it. I probably shouldn't have even made it in the first place. I don't really have the skills to do something like that well (although it went better than I thought). But... just don't go saying I hacked my own website for some BS reason or something, I don't know. Cause I didn't.

Also, I do have a back-up of the website if anybody really wants it back that much. I would have installed it myself (tried) but apparently my website skills are still as horrible as ever. Anyway I heard you guys got someplace else to post or something. I don't know.

That is all.
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Random [Apr. 25th, 2008|02:00 am]
I mentioned this in my last entry which may have been a tl;dr case for many, but Ryoko Shintani talked about me for a complete 7 minutes in one of her radio shows two years ago after I met her (holy shit I can't believe it's been two years since then). I had no idea she did until I met one of my friends in Hawaii who informed me of it. He was able to send me the file. I'm seeing if I can get someone to translate it. But even without the translation, the little bits I can understand she seemed really excited talking about me. I didn't know I made her that happy coming from overseas (honestly it was more of a coincidence that I got to see her, as that wasn't the point of my trip). Ah, makes me feel really nice making someone I admire so much so happy...

Also, Ryoko's doing an awesome job as Yuuno in Kurenai. Her ending theme is also awesome. If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend it.
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SEEING HALKO MOMOI IN HAWAII [Mar. 21st, 2008|03:57 am]
I know I haven't posted here in a while but I HAVE to post on this. I thought AX and meeting Ryoko Shintani was amazing. Neither of them even compared to this.

I just got back from Hawaii going this. "Legendary" is an understatement as to describing what happened last weekend.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-02-18/halko-momoi-to-perform-at-honolulu-festival-in-march

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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:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=23123&start=1815

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:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/rico.jpg

Halko at her panel:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture162.jpg

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:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/parandaetc.jpg
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:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture165.jpg

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.

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More pictures:

Outside the convention center:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture123.jpg
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.

Random cosplayers:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture124.jpg
I just took pictures of them cause everybody else was and I was bored. I normally don't take pictures of cosplayers.

Exhibit Hall:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture125.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture126.jpg
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.

Haruhi dance-off:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture128.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture130.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture133.jpg
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:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/PantsgoblinX/Picture166.jpg
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.
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2007|11:32 pm]


So I have people impersonating me on 4chan now. Hopefully this will clear this up... That is not me. More recent post posting this entry is me however.
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