Anime Expo Day 2

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Anime Expo Day 2.  July 5, 2008

 

We got ready very early in the morning, ate breakfast at a nearby Denny’s restaurant, and walked to the convention center afterwards.  Today’s plan was just like yesterday, to see as much as possible.  We attended an anime character drawing class this morning.  They gave us some blank white paper and pencil, while the instructor instructed and showed us how to draw a typical character on the overhead projector.

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  We basically followed him, and my character looked nothing like his.  Then again I’m not artistic and I can’t draw, furthermore I wasn’t really trying, we just wanted to check it out and have fun.

 

Later on we decided to check out the exhibit hall.   You can pretty much see an assortment of things in the exhibit hall, from merchants and vendors who sell anime, manga, t-shirts, bags, pictures, and other types of souvenirs.  It’s also a good place to play some games and win prices in certain booths.  Furthermore there’s always going to be cosplayers running around waiting for their pictures to be taken.  Sometimes the special guests for the expo will be there holding autograph sessions.  Sadly I never did buy anything from the sellers.  The only souvenir that I bought for myself was the official Anime Expo 2008 t-shirt and  the official pin.

 

Shoko Nakagawa was performing that afternoon in Nokia theater.

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  I’ve never heard of her before, but she is one of the special guest J-Pop singer.  I told my friends we had to be there early to wait in line so that way we don’t miss out on the concert especially since it was a Saturday, figured more people will be there, and I was right.   But they kept insisting that we already had our tickets, so it was impossible to miss it, and plus they didn’t want to stand under the sun while they ushered us inside.  I was extremely annoyed by our differences in our personality.  By the time we got inside the concert was 30 minutes into it already, and only got to see the last half.  I really liked the songs Shoko Nakagawa sang and the performance was amazing, and my friends enjoyed it as well.  But I was still running hot, pissed, and still extremely annoyed that we missed most of it.

 

We then ate at a nearby Panda Express very late in the afternoon, which made me feel better afterwards, but still annoyed, then went back to the convention center.  The main event for the night was the Anime Expo Idol, sort of like the American Idol show.

  They had 3 guest judges, one of them was Shoko Nakagawa, the J-Pop singer who performed earlier.  Basically they narrowed the singers down to just 6 from some singing contests they were doing months before.  So tonight those 6 singers will duke it and sing Japanese songs from anime, or videogames in Japanese language.  That was probably hard as hell to do, considering the singers weren’t of Japanese descent.  I really liked the AX Idol way better than the Masquerade from the night before.  The winner received a contract from an anime studio to sing a song for their next anime project, plus some cash.  Later on they had another contest with anime English voice-over dubbing, and the winner also got a contract to do an English voice-over work with a studio on their next anime English translation.

 

It was around 930 pm by the time the AX Idol event was over, we walked around the convention center one last time, it was practically empty, but I really wanted to go to the Anime Expo dance which is held late at night, so we went.  They checked our IDs to make sure we were over 18.  We didn’t know what to expect, and when we got there we didn’t know what to do.  We’re not really into the whole club and dance scene.  Me and my friend tried to dance to the beat of the DJ’s music, but never got into.  I guess I was hoping to meet some cute girl dressed up in cosplay but that never panned out.  And so it ends, and what a wonderful experience it has been.  Every year more and more people show up to the Anime Expo, and the number of attendees increases every year.

Glynnes says:
Creative an informative. Thanks!
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
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