Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tally's Report: Akiba Fest 2016

Good evening, dear readers. It is time again for a special event review. The event in question is none other than Akiba Fest.

Akiba Fest was held by Aniplex October 15-16 in Little Tokyo, CA. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the sixteenth. So, please forgive me for missing the first day of the event. However, I observed the event and its attendees for that day. The following written below is my review for the event.

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As stated, this event was hosted by Aniplex. So, this being said, the special events, vendors and special guests was no doubt impressive. The main event was held outside. Companies, such as FUNImation, Crunchy Roll, and Bandai Namco. Those are to name a few of the vendors and booths that were present. There was special merchandise, promoting popular series or even upcoming series. Some merchandise included figures, t-shirts and even series soundtracks or character songs. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Ophans and even the latest Tales of game to name some examples.  

There was a specific section for Sword Art Online fans. In fact, this specific section was special. Why? You could ask one of the characters from the series questions and get responses. It was a fan favorite among attendees. Though, to those who interacted the popular SAO character, it was easy to see why. The character was Asuna Yuuki, one of the main characters in the series. 
Attendees could demo the upcoming SAO game, as well as the upcoming Dragon Ball Z game. It was a good way to entertain some of the attendees. Highly entertaining, in fact. 

The guest list was nothing but spectacular. On Sunday, I was able to meet and speak to some prominent figures in the anime community -- Christine Carbanos, Bryce Papenbrook, Crispin Freeman and Alex Von David. Other guests included, Michelle Ruff, Erica Mendez and Tony Oliver. Foreign guests included Ei Aoki, Keigo Sasaki, Masayoshi Tanaka, Atsuhiro Iwakami, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Yosuke Futami, Mitsutoshi Kubota and Makicha. 


The picture seen above is the autographs I as able to obtain. Christine Carbanos (top), Crispin Freeman (middle) and Alex Von David (bottom). 

The picture you see above is a Makoto Naegi plush. Naegi is a character in the Danganronpa series. He is voiced by Bryce Papenrook, so this was signed by his voice actor. Ironically, Bryce offered to sign the plush on its behind. 

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The cosplay contest was run smoothly. Many cosplayers had brought their best cosplays for the contest. It was an amazing event to witness first hand. All participants enjoyed themselves. Whether it was a walk-on, dance skit or performance, the participants did their best and all were winners. 

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There was hardly an complaints about the event. It was organized, run smoothly and workers were informative and helpful. Though, if I have to admit, it was a little small and autographs and movies were split off at the Double Tree hotel nearby. The event was mostly industrial, but this is most conventions now a days.

But again, it was organized, and ran smoothly. I could not ask for a better way to run an event. I would say more, but I missed any premiere or special event that happened the first day. 

Until the next event. 

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