Remember how I mentioned I was excited the night prior? I received an email that morning stating we could interview Igarashi Koji, the creator of every Castlevania game, Symphony of the Night onwards. I was pumped I had to pump out another video for what to expect for Day Two and review Day One.
James and I would eat breakfast and would believe to get off to a good start at 9am to AX. Here's a nice little pro tip: if your commuting to the covention and are planning to park on the street to avoid the pricy as hell parking lots all around town, do yourself a favor and leave early enough for said parking spot!!! I cannot fathom how many people wised up, from not just the locals, but after parking in the same place on Flower and Pico the last two days and in the past the attendees would park there as well. I'd also advise leaving between the hours of 6 and 8am as that's the ideal time to park since the convention is dead and no one is generally up that early, that and you beat that dreaded LA traffic. As a result, James and I not only got stuck in traffic, we spent almost two hours looking downtown for a spot to park to the point we ended up spending $20 to $30 of our convention funds to find a shady lot to park in. This meant the two early morning panels for Monster Musume and Phoenix Wright and Igarashi-san's interview were disappointingly missed.
After the interview was finished, I would go back over to the press lounge right after to hear the worst news any member of the press could hear. I had inquired about getting tickets to any of the Matsuri Live events and we were informed that they would be enroute to the press lounge soon to standby in the lounge. As promising as this may sound, shortly after the announcement there was a another announcement from a member of ticketing:
Due to the high volume of sales and popularity of the concerts if you were not invited by Aniplex, Sony Music Japan, or Lantis, you would not be able to attend the concerts and no tickets will be handed out. If you wish to attend the concert you may still buy tickets as they are still available on a limited first come first serve basis.
I about died because this was half of my convention now gone, done, and down the drain. I didn't have the $120 price tag they were asking for the main concert and I couldn't bear to ask any of my friends to help me in.
|SAO Festival overlay|
|The voice actors from SAO|
After the festival wrapped up, I had nothing to do with the news prior. James had met ZUN, the creator of Touhou Project, and made purchases in the Exhibit Hall in the time he was not allowed in at the festival. I would decide to meet up with him and line up for the Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness launch party event at Lounge 21. While in line, James, who has bad legs due to an accident, asked me to play pack mule and drop everything off at the car. I took care of business, walking back to the car and hustling back to the con. The dilemma would happen again as James would get denied entry as I Wayne and Garth my way into the party. I would wonder the lounge to see what was going on and record a video of the party.
Lots of demo stands of the full version of the game, a full stage for the Q&A session with creator and producers of the game and photo booth where if you took a photo of the booth girls you would get a ticket for a free shirt for the game.
|Star Ocean cosplayers|
|"Dank memes" at the Peep Show|
|Teddyloid front and center|
|The crowd at the party|
The concert was over but would not stop me from doing the traditional after concert video walking to the car. the south hall was surprisingly desolate even with it being Day Two, it was almost as empty as our video from 2013. Exhausted, no preview video would be done and we call it a night for Day Two.
|South Hall at night|