Saturday, May 29, 2010

I'm Sorry Japan...

...But the potential of meeting a celebrity in one spot within 4 days in Japan is (exaggerated estimation) a million to one! I'd really like to go an experience Japan as I am now instead of when I was only 5, but the cost can be expensive. So to me it was an unreachable goal especially when my hours at work was cut by a 1/4. Perhaps with my added work hours recently I'll be able to go within a year.

So I imagine you've guessed why I'm not going to Japan anytime soon, right? Is it the picture (that I "borrowed" from Flickr) of the banner of Anime Expo that gave it away?

Yes, I'm heading down to Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2010. It costs about 1/3 of what I would spend to travel to Japan (maybe less depending on how crazy I spend my money in Japan). Months ago, AX wasn't even in the plans, not even considered in my radar since I didn't think I could scrape enough money due to my shortened hours at work. Things change... I got a new position and now I'm actually working overtime! Still not considering AX yet... But then...

...May'n and Megumi Nakajima were announced as Guests of Honor... OMGWTFBBQ!!!11!!eleventy-one!! WHOA WHOA WHOA! This is big news! And they're gonna perform a concert too! *faints* Not to mention that there will be a special surprise guest coming as well on stage! (I'm thinking it might be Mari "Lynn Minmay" Iijima. Just a guess).

Again, I apologize Japan, that I'm not going to your country because there will be lots of guests that I won't see there that I'll see at AX. At least not in the same place, right? ^^; (Unless of course there are some big event that I go to in Japan). Anyway...

Yuu Asakawa was already announced as a guest of honor when I found out she has a Twitter account (thanks to Seizya for that head's up). She's one of my favourite previous anime generation voice actress. She had the lead role for some of the anime she was in and she's got that cool voice. Sakaki was my favourite character (tied with Osaka) from Azumanga Daioh, but I don't think I have a Sakaki-related item to sign... I wonder what I should get signed by her... a Rider figure or Nendoroid Luka? What do you think? I'm leaning towards Luka.

And recently announced are Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura. Both are guests of NIS America who are releasing the Toradora anime here. I'm hoping to get a copy of the first volume from AX. If I can't then I'll get Yui to sign a Tohru Honda related item and get Eri to sign either a Queen's Blade Alleyne figure or Tatiana Wisla (from Last Exile) art ^_^

I'm quite excited about seeing MELL live in concert. She sings some Engrish songs that we can sorta understand but not comprehend. Nonetheless her songs are some of my favourites! I plan on getting my Sky Girls Virgin's High single signed. That's one of my favourite songs by MELL.

MELL also sang Red Fraction, the opening to Black Lagoon anime... Whose creator, Rei Hiroe, will also be in attendance! I really like his art. I think I have an artbook of his somewhere... If not I guess I'll get one of my Black Lagoon manga signed.

And yep, Danny will be there too. Will he bring his trooper outfit? I think that's a must, especially for an LA outing! I assume I'll meet lots of other DC/Figure.FM members in his panel, yes?

All pictures, except the first one, are from the official Anime Expo site.

It's gonna be one crazy four days! And really one of the main reasons I'm going is to meet the person who sent me the omiyage ^_^ So hopefully I won't be going around the con by myself ^^;;;

See you there if you're going!


  1. So many things to sign stuff for, Good luck on your goal, the funny part, It seems your gonna be having a hard time cramming stuff in and out of your way, LOL

  2. @GunStray: You brought a very good point ^^;; I'm gonna bring lots of stuff and then bring some more back XD I may just bring one smaller luggage in the bigger luggage. I'm hoping not to spend so much since this trip is already costly...

  3. HOCCHAN!!!! WOO!!! To heck with the rest! Well... OK, May'n can stay.
    If it wasn't so economically impossible for me to go, I'd so get Hocchan to sign my old Love Hina Box set. My first anime with her in a major role and still one of my faves. When I think of her, I still think of Naru!!

    Not too big a fan of Nakajima Megumi. Her singing is OK but her VA feels kinda bland and just slightly on the bad side of annoying.
    Not sure if I could survive a MELL concert due to her Engrish tho. I'd either be laughing or crying myself to death.

  4. Yeah, Luka is probably the more signable of the two >.<

    I'd call treason, but you are doing it with your own money, and that's a lot more than I can say for myself. I supposedly was brought to Japan as well as a really little kid, and of course I don't remember a second of it. You know, my friend once said a very valid point: your parents can tell you you've been to this place and that as a little kid already (as justification for not bringing you there again), and you'd have no way of remembering.

    And man, I'm beginning to think emperor Choo is omnipresent o.o...

  5. Sweet, another Vancouverite. Flying directly out of YVR? Apparently you save money by flying out of Seattle/Bellingham but yeah, May'n/Nakajima Megumi live together was what sold AX for me as well lol.

  6. You're going to AX huh, I am debating on that issue for a while now; mostly I am just interested in meeting other members.

  7. I'm seriously considering just holing myself up in my house until AX is over. Then I remembered you have my address, dammit.

  8. @gundamjehutykai: Haha yeah, I like Naru too, but it's her Honda that melts my heart... Tohru, I mean >.>

    Hmm well I do like Sheryl's songs more, but Nakajima sounds good too, especially in a duet. LoL well I don't know Japanese that well, but I still listen to them because the song sounds good, so even in Engrish, I'd still like MELL's songs XD

    @Tim: Ok, Luka it is! LoL Not really treason... More like a delay. I remember some things while I was in Japan, but a lot of my memories came from the photographs. Maybe it's Choo's clone army, eh?

    @Taku: Hahaha fellow comrade! Sure it's cheaper flying from Seattle/Bellingham, but too much of a hassle for me. May'n & Megu duet is irresistable!

    @Wolf: Oooh really, eh? It's gonna be a big gathering if we're all there, especially with Danny in tow!

    @Yaku: Aww... =/ You no want to meet? Now I feel like I want to dig a hole and bury myself in it... *shiku shiku*

  9. hahahahah no it's not that it's my anti-social issues kicking in man, I'm getting anxious just thinking about meeting you guys ^^U

  10. @Yaku: LoL I kid, I kid. I haven't had the anxiety kicked in yet. Ask me again near the end of June and I'll probably hyperventilating, lol.

  11. Have fun at AX. Seems like a lot of people are going too, and more importantly, a lot of anime celebrities will be there. Yui Horie + Mell sound really exciting to me especially!

    Enjoy your time in LA!

  12. @Yi: Thanks! It's my first time going, so I'm hoping to get a good experience, but I think with this lineup, it'll be good no matter what XD

  13. How lucky! I wish I could go. Have fun at AX!

  14. Haha. Yeah, I suppose it would be easier to meet the celebs at conventions as opposed to bumping into them on the street. I wonder if Japan has a place with a high concentration of celebs like Los Angeles.

    Check out the beaches while you're there- who knows, you might bump into May'n or Megumi there after the convention;)

  15. I want to go but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to. Then again it's not a big surprise that I'd miss this since I've yet to even go to a small con. If I'd have known who was coming a bit sooner I'd have saved money for it, I'm only 3 states away after all...

  16. @Toxyn: Thanks!

    @aprilius20: Hey long time no see! Definitely easier since I don't recognize most of their faces in the streets of Japan ^^; LoL dunno if I have time to go anywhere after the con XD

    @Persocom: Aw, one day then. AX is really unpredictable since they get their guests last minute... Just have to be ahead of the game, I suppose. I'm 3 states and a country away XD

  17. Hmmm I am so envious that you get so much better guests than we in Germany get >.<

  18. AX! ;~;
    You're going there as well? ;~;
    I feel so sad that I'm going to miss such an epic event T_T Maridah has been inviting me to go too (as you can see on twitter)

    OH and you missed mentioning the epic Katsuyuki Konishi... the voice behind TTGL's Kamina XD

  19. Have fun while you're there ^^. Make sure to report to us what you see while you're there, I'm sure it will be a fun experience. Congrats on the new position.

  20. @Blowfish: I'm envious too! Here in Vancouver, we don't get guests in this caliber... I have to go to L.A. for this >_<

    @Ninjovee: Yah, I really wished everyone could go, but I decided this last minute too... If I waited some more, my trip would've been VERY expensive.

    Oh that's who that is, lol. I don't know the male seiyuu that well compared to the female seiyuu xP

    @AS: Thanks! You betcha I'll post something about it :D