Anime Expo Day 1
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One day as I was playing World of Warcraft on my computer and occasionally browsing the internet, my friend asked me if I wanted to go to Anime Expo in
I grew greatly influenced by
Japanese products as my hobbies. I was into videogames, anime, and
mangas. In a way that is a good thing because it kept me occupied and
kept me away from trouble, not that I would have gotten into trouble without it
because I had a strong family who steered me in the right direction.
This was the first time me
and my friends have done a road trip, and it was a lot of fun to have a chance
to hang out with them and do something for a change. So it was a big
event for all of us. We arrived at the convention center just before , and parked our car in the parking garage next to
convention. Finding parking in
Anime Expo Day 1.
We went inside the convention
and obtained our 2-day Anime expo name card, and we also received a goody bag
which contained the official Anime Expo event magazine this year, maps, and
times of the special events.
The line was quite long just to get into the main hall, and we waited outside for about 30 minutes. At this time we saw so many cosplayers as well waiting in line. Once they opened the door, we slowly made our way in. David Hayter if you probably don’t know, you probably don’t because he is a no-name actor. But he was in the movie the Guyver, and he is famously associated with the English voice of Snake in the Metal Gear Solid Series for the Playstation. We got to see him, and he answered some questions for the crowd, but refused to do any special shout-outs for the fans who asked. He did some of his famous Snake voice which was a crowd pleaser, and I thought that was pretty cool.
After this was over, we
walked all over the convention center to check out cosplayers. Anime expo
is not just about cosplayers, it’s a celebration of Japanese products such as
Anime, mangas, and videogames. It consists of booths and panels with
special guests. Special events such as concerts which features famous Japanese
singers takes places next door in the Nokia Theatre, which is famous for
holding events such as American Idol.
It was nearing noontime, and decided to obtain our first come, first serve free concert tickets which was held in the Nokia theatre every afternoon of the expo. The concerts features famous Japanese singers and idols who sang music for anime series or movies. We went inside Nokia theatre and it felt great to cool off for a bit. First in the concert was a Japanese male and female duo. After that was over a Japanese singer performed, she was famous for doing the soundtrack for the anime Chobits. The whole concert lasted less than 90 minutes, and by this time we were hungry.
We walked around for a bit
trying to find a restaurant to eat. The area surrounding the convention
One of my friends was quite exhausted and passed out in the couch. He was the one that said if I wanted to attend anime expo, and he doesn’t really like traveling to begin with. We rested up for a bit, and left him in the room to sleep some more. One of my other friend and myself decided to walk around the hotel and made our way back to the convention center to explore more of the places and take pictures of cosplayers.
The main event for the night
was the masquerade, which was held in Nokia theatre. We bought tickets
just to make sure we got a seat, although it wasn’t necessary because we could
have gotten some for free if we waited in line as a first come, first serve
basis again. The masquerade event is just like it sounds. People
dressed up in their anime costume, and masquerade onto the stage and act
When the event was over, we walked inside the convention center some more, but most people have left. They still had some rooms open to view anime episodes which we decided to check out. I wanted to actually attend the anime expo dance, for anyone 18 years old or over, lol, just to get a chance to mingle with anime fans. But my friends are not into that sort of stuff. So we all left, boarded the shuttle bus to our hotel. I couldn’t sleep that night, so did my friend, and it was already in the morning. So we walked outside the hotel, and sat in the lobby eating Doritos and drinking soda. I finally fell asleep around and woke up at .