This year saw the return of Shaz to Fanime! Hooray! The Terrible Cult is reunited once again! Sadly, this may have also been our last Fanime, as two members seem to be over it, which bums me out to no end because I look forward to Memorial Day Weekend every year, and I know we’ll never get our act together for a regular meet up otherwise. Fanime gave us an excuse and a solid date for meeting up every year.
This was also the year that Fanime FINALLY got their act together re: registration, and there was ZERO LINE. Seriously. Last year and the year before we waited like 3 hours for our badges. It was obscene. I was dreading this year, and wondering how they would mess it up. This year was a breeze and I loved it. So thank you Fanime!
Onto the con!
Yeah, I’m almost caught up! Except this is when I started watching a TON of anime because all this amazing stuff came out! I can barely keep up now! Fall is insane. I’m pretty sure Winter 2014 will return to normal levels of 3 or 4 shows though because so far, all I’m looking forward to is Sailor Moon, Space Dandy, and Silver Spoon 2.
All of the following anime are streamed at Crunchyroll, except Blood Lad, which is Hulu.
With me being horrible at updating this blog and in a funk, practically a whole year has gone by without me talking about anime. So I’m going to do this in season chunks still with what I tried and what I stuck with, it’s just really late…
The problem with doing this so late, is my memory really fades on the mediocre and meh anime.
Winter 2013 anime season has
started finished eons ago*! Of course my number one primo anticipation was Chihayafuru 2. The club is looking to get some new recruits and eyeballing the current crop of first-years, while the ladies of the first-years are eyeballing Taichi. With the first episode I wasn’t sure about the first obvious eventual member, but by the second I could see she would at least be interesting and not as annoying as I feared. The second member is… odd. Anyway, I’m excited to see where this is going to go! (10 month later note: This season was poorly paced and relied heavily on flashbacks. I still greatly enjoyed it, especially the final episodes, but it did get pretty draggy at times. At least there was more Arata in this season eventually, and I got to hear his lovely Fukui accent.)
I would’ve been happy with just Chihayafuru 2, but so far I’ve found maybe a couple of other anime to watch as well, along with continuing Psycho-Pass and Space Brothers from previous seasons.
*NOTE: Okay, I was going through old posts and what not and for some reason this never posted? And of course it’s now fall… -_-; ANYWAY, I just threw it up now as is with some edits about dropping etc.
My Comic-Con haul! (and I didn’t bust the credit card)
Normally not a fan of the giant bags, but c’mon… it’s Adventure Time!!
More after the jump…
Anime Expo was pretty fun! Met up with Bamboo Dong from ANN and I coordinated my cosplay with her. She was Super Hime, aka Princess of the Crystal of Penguindrum. I was Penguin #3, or the girl penguin, who has a fondness for knitting. This year, Anime Expo arranged to have a half dozen or so cosplay sets, where people can go and take pictures in premade situations–a pink girl’s bedroom, a graveyard, a classroom, a cherry blossom garden, etc.
AX excels at badge coordination. Long line, but super fast! Unlike say… Fanime. However, their panel lines SUCKED and all panels started late, except for the one that was the first one of the day. It seriously took like half an hour to get us in the room, and they wouldn’t start letting us in until 10 minutes before the panel started… if we were lucky.
Anime Expo was held July 4-7 at the LA Convention Center this year, with no interference of the X Games like last year (thank god).
I was grumpy/stressed during this entire convention. You can tell because I didn’t take a single cosplay photo. That happens sometimes, and I always regret it later. Plus I ended up getting sick. Really sorry about not getting any cosplay though. Boo.
One thing I really really hate about Fanime, which automatically starts the con off on a bad foot is their HORRIBLE badge system. 40K people attend, and they have seriously about FIVE people checking people in. By hand. Very slowly. Lines to get in take 2-3 hours. Standing in the sun. It is AWFUL. I’ve been going for ten years now, and watched it get worse and worse as the con gets more and more popular, and they still do the SAME THING. All of my other cons have switched to barcodes. YES it means you don’t get a nice fancy badge because the badge is printed up on the spot, but hey, if it means waiting in a 20 minute line instead of a frigging three hour line, then BY ALL MEANS, switch to paper badges!!
Anyway, on to the pics.