Monday, August 30, 2010

Conventions Gone Wrong: Fan Expo Canada 2010

And you thought Anime Expo's "problems" were bad...try a convention that had to "lock out" PAID ATTENDEES because of overcapacity at the convention center.

Now that's just pretty awful if you ask me. If that ever happened to me, I'd be demanding my refund as well.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thoughts on Anime Vegas, One Week Out

First things first though: school. On Monday, I go back to school at Sacramento State, signaling the end of Summer 2010...for four days. That Friday, I leave for Las Vegas for the Labor Day weekend and Anime Vegas, my last chance at summer freedom before going back to the grind of school life.

I am really looking forward to this well-needed trip and adding another convention to my visited list. My only issue so far is trying to get all the cosplay gatherings together. Seriously, most of these gathering times and places should be set at least a week prior to the convention date. We're still figuring out a couple of time slots for some of the gatherings, and for the most part we're trying to figure out where to hold these gatherings. I'm looking at holding my SMT/Persona Gathering (assuming it's just not me and Ryan as Junpei) near one of the pool areas where it appears to be a gazebo. I also hope that they release a schedule soon so that we can finally figure out a time for the Hetalia Gathering; we don't want to overlap with the panel that is scheduled.

By this time next week I will be on the I-15 on my way to Vegas. See you all in a week!

Speaking of Hetalia on the side, I found that the Hetalia Philippines LiveJournal has photos that Erica posted from Anime Expo 2010 of Ryan shortly after the convention and also has a link back to the FanimeCon 2010 Sunday portion of the report; I only found out after looking through my referrers and recent hits on my counter today. Props to Erica posting that on their LiveJournal!

Friday, August 20, 2010

TravelCast 2.0 Pilot Episode

The podcast is finally up! While it's not up yet on Scarlet Rhapsody due to an error in the flash player, I have put it on my website The audio player on her page is fixed. Still, take a listen on the sidebar then respond with feedback! I took it off the sidebar, but the picture should contain a link to the page itself.

Friday, August 13, 2010

New "What's Wrong With Anime" - Umineko no naku koro ni

Jered posted a new "What's Wrong With Anime" today, and it focuses on Umineko no naku koro ni. Take a look then subscribe to the channel.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Has It Been That Long?

With Anime Vegas 2010 on the horizon, I realize that I'll be skipping out on Sac-Anime Summer 2010. This means that will have not been to ONE Sacramento convention one calendar year starting from Sac-Anime Summer 2009. However, I still have rest of 2010 to attend a Sac-Con; if I don't attend one then, that will mean that I went one convention year (January-December) without attending ONE Sacramento convention.

Maybe this is a good thing, branching out to bigger and better conventions. My wallet has taken a larger hit with the extra convention expenses and reimbursements for my colleagues, but the experience it so worth it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Themes of Anime Vegas 2010: The Seatbelts - Tank!

This is probably explanatory by itself, but we're getting everyone and their stuff together in 3...2...1...

...and its remix counterpart...

Ryan's Themes of Anime Vegas 2010

I know one is reused from FanimeCon 2010, "In This City," but he feels this fits much better with Las Vegas than San Jose.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Anime Expo is Comic-Con Before It Sold Out: infoMania

I don't know why I didn't post this earlier after I found it after Anime Expo 2010. It's probably one of the best videos that came out of the convention.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

PERSONA MUSIC LIVE @ FanimeCon 2011?

I'm a huge Persona/SMT fan, and for awhile I've been suggesting that FanimeCon bring over composer Shoji Meguro who has worked on virtually every SMT-related game since 1996. In essence, this could mean that they could bring over the PERSONA MUSIC LIVE show that they did in Japan in 2007 & 2009 and could also be the US-debut(?) of people like Yumi Kawamura and Lotus Juice.

Here's a small sampling to what I hope they bring over to FanimeCon 2011 if my suggestion is made possible and my dreams come true.

The B3 Burrito Challenge

Ryan wants to do this and is trying to get me to do this:

My money is on the burrito. Besides, I prefer the monster BLT that they offer with a FULL POUND OF BACON.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Meanwhile, over at Otakon...

Oh why couldn't they do this at Anime Expo?

What's Wrong With Anime

My colleague Jered has this start-up YouTube series about...things that are wrong in anime. The first two focuses on TTGL and Toradora! Check it out and subscribe to the channel!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Themes of Anime Vegas 2010: Makoto Yoshimori - Ikebukuro West Exit Five-way Intersection

Anything and everything will happen while in Las Vegas. I've been to all the room parties and raves at cons in years past, but this doesn't compare to the full nightlife that presents itself in the desert.

In fact, Las Vegas reminds of me Ikebukuro...