2011 marks the first year I’ve been to Anime Expo, and it was damn good fun.
Waiting in line was terrible though. Jon and I were standing in a line for an hour before we entered the LA Convention Center, but we got to see a lot of cosplay. I saw Tifa, Yuna, ninjas, Link, and a lot of other ones.
Entering the center showed a lot; tons of people sporting their cosplay, their bought merchandise, and their cameras. I was pretty amazed on how large it was, and how many people were there. When I looked at some cosplays, people really put effort into it, and made my cosplay as Junpei Iori put to shame. But oddly enough, I got a lot of requests for a photo. I didn’t think there’d be many people that played the “Persona” series, but I got some fans.
The interview for Sawashiro Miyuki-san was the main reason I wanted to come to AX. I love her voice in her voice acting in anime, so I was relieved I didn’t miss out on the interview. I even got to see Danny Choo as he was translating for Sawashiro-san. I’m kinda bummed out that I didn’t get a photo or autograph from them, but later on, I found out that AX had a lot more surprises.
I got to see various people that are famous within the web; one of which is Arin Hanson, or Egoraptor. Meeting him was a true shocker; I didn’t think I’d see him, much less see him work there in his booth. I even got to see one of the makers of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged, Takahata101. Both of them were funny guys, and it was fun talking to them.
I also got to see Kathleen Zuelch, Griffon Ramsey, and Monty Oum, collaborators in the Red vs. Blue series. I never thought they’d have a booth set up there, but there they were, playing RvB: Revelations to the public. It was nice having to meet them.
I even got to have myself broadcasted on live stream on Crunchyroll, where apparently, people who were watching the broadcast on their computers noticed me and typed “JUNPEI” or other messages concerning my outfit. It was a fun sight to see.
Maybe the most exciting was the Persona photo shoot, where people who dressed up as any character of the Persona / Shin Megami Tensei series was allowed to come up and pose for photos. I met a lot of people who were familiar to the series like me, and we all laughed at the same things, like Kanji and his animal crackers, Yosuke having to take a piss at the most unfortunate moments, Junpei not being a hit with the ladies, and more. I loved seeing a Yuka-tan there, and other fellow Junpei’s. I did see traps though, but those were all in good humor.
AX was truly enjoyable. I loved every second of it.