June 11, 2012

Anime Expo Expectations and Site Upgrades

Hey guys it's been a while hasn't it? It's almost like you're meeting your long lost high school buddy for a fun and relaxing game of basketball. Yes, this is a Kuroko's Basketball reference. Yes I've seen the anime. What do you mean, that's the wrong Kuroko? I know for certain that that is the RIGHT Kuroko. ... Okay nothing gets past you guys.

[Basketball is all about cherry blossoms...]

"I Have Few Servants"

Anyway let's talk business guys. Saber in a suit means business. There are a few updates on this site! The highly-acclaimed Otaku Reviewers Convention Diaries page has seen an overhaul (hopefully for the better) and we finally updated the "monthly look" that features an old post. It's on technology, it's a short read, check it out. Please leave me feedback on the Convention Diaries page, if it doesn't work on your browser or if you've fallen in love with it, just let me know! Comments are much appreciated.

But in other news! Yes! Cick the more link! You want to see more!

The Otaku Reviewers started small. Two years ago they ventured far from home to the quaint North Carolina convention Animazement. They decided on a whim to keep a log of their awesome travels, and it was good. But suddently! A huge explosion of con-venturous desire arose in our young (well, fairly young) bloggers. "Wait a minute... conventions are... fun!" they thought to themselves. Exasperated as they were, they still found the breath to sigh heavily after trodding away from Animazement in one piece. They wanted MORE. MORE CONVENTIONS. NO CONVENTIONS, NO LIFE!

Then the Convention Diaries page was born. To date, the Otaku Reviewers have been to Animazement in North Carolina, Connecticon in Connecticut, Anime Weekend Atlanta in Georgia, New York Anime Festival in New York, and Otakon in Maryland. They conquered lands of spoils, panels, awesome cosplayers and awesomer guests of honor, all while hosting awesome prize giveaways and making their name known across the United States. But something was still missing! "What was missing?" you ask?

The West Coast. And not just any West Coast convention. The big one. The Daimaou (Demon King) of Conventions.

Anime Expo.

That's right. Otaku Reviewers will be at Anime Expo 2012 from June 28th to July 1st!

[Yeah! Nyowa! That's what I was gonna say!]

Oh crap I just realized I have to write an EXPECTATIONS POST on THE LARGEST CONVENTION IN AMERICA? With over 47000 people in attendance last year, it's hard to believe that I will be one of them! There are SO many things to talk about I don't know where to start... but I guess I have to choose, huh...

 LiSA! Live performance by the rising singer from "Girls Dead Monster" (the band featured in Angel Beats!) and artist of the first opening of Fate/Zero, oath sign! Live performance featuring these and many more of her songs, such as the Rock version of Angel Beats opening, "My Soul, Your Beats!", The insert song Ichiban no Takaramono, and her new CD Lover"s"mile. For your viewing pleasure I have posted the Angel Beats! opening below.

The next performer (yes, TWO major musical performances) is by Yuki Kajiura, or more specifically her group FictionJunction. You may recognize this name before, as they've sung songs for the dot hack series and Gundam Seed. They broke up to form Kalafina (also of Madoka and Fate/Zero fame) but luckily for us we get to see a live concert of their greatest music! I sure hope they perform possibly their most famous anime theme, Silly-go-round, the opening for .hack//roots! Once again, posted below for your viewing pleasure.


Other amazing guests are Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese voice actor for Okumura Rin in Ao no Exorcist and Niizuma Eiji in Bakuman), Tatsuo Sato (director of Shigofumi), Rikiya Koyama (Japanese voice actor for Emiya Kiritsugu in Fate/Zero, Coyote Shark in Bleach, Mamoru Takamura in Hajime no Ippo, Hideo in Ghost in the Shell, Emonzaemon in Katanagatari, and many more), the most prolific voice actor in America Steven Blum (voiced for Spike in Cowbooy Bebop, Shishio in Rurouni Kenshin, Roger Smith in The Big O, Onizuka from GTO, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Orochimaru in Naruto, TOM from Toonami, and many more), Horikawa Ryo (Japanese voice actor for Vegeta in Dragonball Z), and Minami Kuribayashi (seiyuu in School Days and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and singer for Muv-Luv game series)! I can't possibly give the entire guest list its proper dues, there are just too many amazing people coming to Anime Expo! All I can say is I'm bringing all my memorabilia and getting it signed! See chart below to match names with faces!

Rikiya Koyama
Tatsuo Sato
Minami Kuribayashi
Nobuhiko Okamoto
Horikawa Ryou
Steven Blum

Anime Expo is also turning 21, so they've dedicated a place called Lounge 21+ for those of-age to relax and drink "Tentacle Grape" the official drink of the J-list otaku merchandise shop. I'm personally excited to hear some of the DJs, like Tune in Tokyo, perform and possibly grace us with the perfect J-pop/J-rock/Trance music mixture.

Other panels that are going to be awesome are, but are not limited to, AMV Chef, Anime Interactive, Vocaloid Software workshop, various forms of Karaoke competitions, the Anime Singled Out! dating show, and the Touhou Project Dance Workshop. Yes, I have two left feet but! I am determined to learn the Cirno's Perfect Math Class Dance! :)

There are also special industry panels from Aniplex and Funimation, con-long airings of awesome anime, a huge console/tabletop gaming room, all night karaoke, midnight tea, a Muv-Luv mini-concert, the largest AMV contest ever, a Dealer's room the size of multiple football fields, and Artist's Alley with good art, and theme dances every night. And all of this barely touches the surface of Anime Expo! We can only sit back and learn from this pro AX-goer as he spills his wisdom forth into our brains...

It's so hard to give Anime Expo justice. Just go to their site. And clear your schedule for the last weekend this month. You'll thank me.


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