Spring reviews part II: A Bridge to the Gothic

So now that Anime Expo is over, I can finally get back to reviewing the spring shows! This second part features the other two shows that ended last week: Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi and Gosick. Like before, they’re two differently themed shows that have little in common, but both were enjoyable in their own way. Continue reading

An Ultimate Anime Expo!

Every year for the past 19 years there has been a convention in southern California in the United States based around anime entitled Anime Expo. This is the 20th such event, but this is the first time that I was able to attend the expo. For those just wanting images, here is my photobucket album for the Expo with titles to describe the images. While I served as the person to stay in line, my good friend (and jokingly sidekick) Skorpigeist went around and took pictures of cosplayers. All credit is given to him as well as the wonderful people who were willing to pose for pictures to show off their hard work. Warning! Huge images when you click on them!

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Spring reviews part I: Only God Knows the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day

As I will be heading to Anime Expo this weekend, I thought I would share my thoughts on the first two series that have ended this season: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai and Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai II. There’s spoilers for each show in this post, so feel free to skip until you’ve seen the final episodes (if you plan on watching them). Continue reading

Plans for Anime Expo

One of the biggest anime conventions in the world and the largest in North America will begin next Friday. Anime Expo‘s 2011 convention features a lot of guests, panels, and attractions that will be sure to satisfy everyone who attends. This will be the first time that I will be in attendance at Anime Expo and I’m greatly looking forward to it. My good friend/sidekick Skorpegeist will be traveling with me. I hope to meet several people that I talk with online if they are attending as well as all the bloggers in Shinmaru’s blogger meet-up on Day 2. Other than that, here’s the route I’ll be taking:

All times PST
Day 0:
Work until 12:30 PM
Load vehicle and travel to airport for 5:06 flight to LA (sleep on long flight)
Arrive at 12:30 AM
Check into Kawada Hotel and sleep for a couple hours

Day 1:
8:00 AM – Check-in and get Miku tickets
Walk around and familiarize myself with the layout/gawk at cosplayers
11:00 AM – Starchild panel (?) – I’m curious how the process for Toradora!‘s BD-Box is going, so I might ask about that in their Q&A
Obtain nourishment
2:00 PM – Get in line for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (dub version)
4:00 PM – Watch the dubbed Haruhi movie.
7:30 PM – Nourishment again
Walk around Little Tokyo/convention center

Day 2:
Morning: Walk around Little Tokyo
Afternoon: Wander around convention center
4:30 – Bandai Panel
6:00-8:00 – Blogger meet-up
8:30 – Miku Concert
10:00 – likely watching Nichijou

Day 3:
Morning –  HANASAKU IROHA #14!
Karoke with friends
Open time
8:00 PM – Head to LAX
10:40 – Leave on flight

So really I’m open to meeting up at any time other than what’s mentioned. Skorp is disappointed that the Maid Cafe is more of a show than an actual cafe, so we’re unlikely to head to that. I’m looking forward to seeing downtown LA and more anime fans. The Haruhi movie is always a great event and I’m glad to see the premiere of the dub. I hope to see several of you all there!