|The registration line on the first day. Almost non-existent on the second day.|
|One of the liveliest booth with videos constantly playing and a woman dressed up as a bunnygirl for all three days!|
New Irben Entertainment that were selling decent products from Winnipeg. They also ship free in Canada. Of course, Vancouver's biggest DVD warehouse with its own Facebook Anime Club page, C&L, is also there as the official Aniplex USA vendor.
Anime Evolution. Except this time there were a lot more people (my friends and I were standing) and the room was air conditioned.
Now, here's the thing about panels at Anime Revolution... There was one room that was split into two panel rooms...by a curtain. By far this was the most intrusive and distracting setup I've ever been in. Another panel room was shared with the video games room. There was also only one viewing room, so not a lot of choices except for what was playing.
There was a 3 hour gap between the panels we wanted to see and there were no place to sit. If we sit in the hallway, the Convention Centre staff would tell us to move along, sitting outside would be too hot if you can't find a shade. There were lots of seats upstairs, but the con staff told the Convention Centre staff to strictly forbid anyone to come to the second floor... What's a weary con-goer to do? Why, sit at the lobby of the nearby hotel, of course. Aside from people asking for my friend's cosplay photo, we were able to sit and relax comfortably before the next panel.
Kotatsu. Chun was able to attend this event on Saturday. The lines for the registrations and pre-registrations were mostly gone by that day.
MysticaGrey's Salem and on the left is one of the Con Staff's doll, whose name I didn't catch unfortunately ^^;
|Cirno! Another friend's doll ^^|
The Aniplex Guy seemed to be upset with the setup for his panel as well. The sound of the video trailers had to conflict with the video games room and could not get louder than it already is. I'm sure the con staff tried to do their best, but just the whole setup for this con was quite unprofessional and unimpressive.
A mahjong game
THIS IS SPARTA!
In conclusion, Anime Revolution could've been better, but they've definitely caught some attention with the guests they've invited. The Sailor Moon cast catered to the dub fans while Nakata Jouji indicated that there are a LOT of people who hunger to see Japanese voice actors here. Years of dub voice actors only appearing at local cons made conventions here rather stale, so hopefully this will set some precedent. I only wished they put more thought into the panel rooms. Nakata is quite popular, so shouldn't he get a better room treatment? There are a lot of room for improvements... Hopefully they'll sort it out by next year when they compete with the returning Anime Evolution.
I was glad to be venturing the convention with friends this time around though. Without them perhaps I would've been bored out of my mind. So thanks to Sayoko, Chun, Galamirix, Candyman, MysticaGrey, EtchiMango, Imran, Akinari, Snakeyhoho, Misty and many others... Also nice to meet new comrades! I finally met Shiroyume in person and also Richard from Vancouver Island who somehow tracked me down at the busy con. It was also a pleasure to meet the wonderfully nice artist, KL, who is also a Mikoto fan! A very funny story about this meeting which I will tell at a later time.
More coverage on Anime Revolution to come! Also check out my flickr for overflow photos that I couldn't fit in this post.