Wolfheinrich and his DD daughter, Kiriha. The plan was that I would lend my room to Wolf to put his stuff there in case he can't check in early. The hotel check in is supposed to be 3 PM, but he arrived at 10 AM. Fortunately he was able to check in early and I was able to take some photos of Kiriha before heading back to the convention center :D
Mugi to her new master yet, so I thought I'd let her join the photoshoot ^^ They're both very kawaii! Even Wolfheinrich admits it... Maybe he'll go watch K-ON! now, lol.
But you can judge for yourself if you have a Puchi Nendo head around and see if you can compare the size.
Yakuri! We've been exchanging emails, chatted and commented back & forth online, but haven't seen each other yet. Ok, maybe she's seen my picture somewhere, but I don't know what she looks like, so I didn't know who to look for XD I had told her I would be in cosplay, but she was expecting me to be in Kyon cosplay. I thought I'd surprise her if I go as gender bender Mugi, lol. Plus it was supposed to be a bait in case she goes into hiding, ahaha.
She was already in the long line-up to see May'n's panel so I looked around there for her, but kinda hard to find her ^^; Thankfully we texted each other back and somehow she noticed the guy who was holding the phone and texting back. She didn't recognize me or my cosplay right away. Probably because my jacket was covering the most important part, the hart in the center of the striped shirt. So it was fun seeing her reaction when she took a closer look at the shirt and the cosplay. It was WORTH IT walking around in that cosplay in hot L.A. weather XD
Twitter once already though ^^; She is one of my favourite seiyuu, especially since a lot of her roles are cool characters.
After Yuu Asakawa's signing, I really didn't have much to do, so I scoured the exhibit hall for stuff I wanna get. Lots to get, so little money and time.
JAST USA panel. We were both interested to be attending this panel. I was looking to see if there are any eroge I want to get, especially if they advertise it well in this panel. Plus there were supposed to be giveaways ^^
Friday had a lot of concerts. One major concert was May'n and Megumi Nakajima's concert, which was EFFING AWESOME! Unfortunately they won't let us take photos unless we're Press. I should've applied for one, lol. We also didn't realize that it was assigned seatings... So Yakuri, Wolfheinrich and I were seating in different spots. If I knew, I wouldn't have gotten my ticket right away. It was a bit difficult to find Yakuri again after the concert
It was great to hear all of Sheryl Nome's hits and even other theme songs by May'n. I especially love Kimi Shinitamo Koto Nakare from Shangri-La. There was also a piano in the center of the stage. I wasn't sure who it was for at first. Perhaps for the special guest they mention or maybe May'n or Megumi will play the piano. I figured it out when Megumi Nakajima was about to come out when May'n started the What About My Star duet.
Megumi Nakajima was wearing a very cute dress. It's not frilly, but it looks appropriate for her character, Ranka. Then she asks in Japanese, "What's this piano doing here? I don't know." I already knew that it was for Yoko Kanno by then ^_^ Sure enough Yoko Kanno came out to play out Aimo for Megumi. It was very stirring. And my legs went weak when they played Voices from Macross Plus. It was AWESOME! I was in tears for some of them just because it was so good to hear the songs live.
I didn't have time to stick around and talk after the panel either. The lineup to go into Yui Horie's panel was already two hallways long! That panel was a bit disappointing considering it was used for NIS America promotion. Well they did bring her in the first place, so I guess that's the way it goes. They showed a full episode of ToraDora instead of getting to the Yui Horie Q&A part. The Q&A part was also already questions that were screened instead of people going up to ask questions. We were also expecting that they would give out tickets for Horie's autograph like May'n. But people were already lining up in the room where Yui was supposed to sign. People were already leaving before the panel even finished. It was rude, but the alternative was horrible. Everyone pretty much ran to the room where she's going to sign. I thought I had a good spot, but they had break up the line because she had to leave before even getting to most of us. It was one of the bad experiences I had in this convention. Later Yuuichikun, whom I met when I was lining up had told me that this is a very common thing because Anime Expo's staff was disorganized. It's unfortunate for a convention this large has this small convention problem.
I was disappointed, but I had to psyche myself up for the next concert, MELL's! Of course I was sad and pissed off already, then the Nokia Theater staff HAD to tell me to check in my bag for the concert. I AM DISAPPOINT ALREADY GUNDAMMIT! At least the bag check was free compared to the $5 bag check offered at the convention. Money grubbing jerks...
I was trying hard to forget the previous situation during MELL's concert. It was hard, but I was happy to hear her songs. Her concert was almost half magic show and half concert. It was quite strange, but it was quite fun to watch. The second magic trick gave her enough time to switch to her next costume. She sang a lot of the ones that I knew including Red Fraction, Proof, Rideback, Virgin's High and Kicks. It gave me enough energy to forget the Yui Horie fiasco. Oh and I didn't have dinner that night just because the Quizno's nearby was closed and I didn't know there were restaurants in the other hotel.
On the third day, many things were happening all at once. I had to skip MELL's panel because I had to line up for Megumi Nakajima's panel. Sorry MELL... If AX had arrange this better I would've liked to be there in your panel T-T
L.A. C.G.M. Night hosted by Danny Choo & Fakku (NSFW link)! We came there quite late so we missed most of the crowd.
Chun's name Danny knew who I was. I gave him a couple of souvenirs from Canada, hopefully they're satisfactory :)
There weren't that many I met here, but I was able to meet Lene and Sayoko (who is actually from Vancouver, but we've first met in L.A.) and a few others whom I talked to but not really someone I knew from DC.com.
In the outside I met a few more other people like Keith aka Tsubasa126, Marc Bonifacio who took a picture of me in cosplay and Jun David. I think a lot of people seem to be in shock that I came all the way from Vancouver ^^; And a few others whose name I didn't catch... Sorry ^^; Feel free to comment and I'll edit this later. And this kind of meeting really made me wish I made some business cards beforehand, lol.
I really would've love to go watch the Gurren Lagann screening that night, but unfortunately I had to pack since I'm leaving on Sunday.
So on the final day, Danny's panel was the last thing on the agenda and it was quite early. Danny mentioned there's a troll in the line... Seriously, it was pretty early in the morning and someone came just to do that? Anyway... Danny showed his Culture: Japan TV show and a couple of awesome looking Black Rock Shooter trailers! I can't wait for that to come out! Later on we had a HUGE group photo and met Soulfringe just from looking at his badge! Apparently he was standing behind me the night before at L.A. CGM Night and completely missed each other XD
Vince and I gathered around again and took more pictures before I checked out from my hotel room. Danny also noticed my watch, which he says looks perfect for his Stormtrooper armor. If it was any other watch than my Rei watch I would probably give it to him ^^;
Here's a picture of me and Yaku together...