|Anime Expo GOH: Maon Kurosaki|
My Day starts off very early in the morning, eating breakfast with Anime Expo staffers and recounting stories from the preparation day of Anime Expo, better known as Day 0. I had a chance to meet my friend Richard Phon who has assumed my old role as the manager of Manga Lounge. Set up for the department ended up running long due to the late arrival of the department inventory. Regardless of how long it took them to set up, they were in good spirits for Anime Expo. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with the guys and girls of Maid Café, and the first thing that popped in my mind is just how nice they all are. I had a nice chat with them and wished them the best of luck for Anime Expo.
I headed off into Petree Hall where opening ceremonies was located and got a great seat behind Kalafina’s manager. I was taking some pictures and then one of the guys I took a picture of waved me down. I looked down on his badge and it was none other than Danny Choo. He was a pleasure to talk to, he inquired about Digital SLR’s (which I was glad to oblige). I talked to him a little bit about my position in Anime Expo and my long cosplay photography history. He had to go off to prepare for opening ceremonies. It was the first time I attended opening Ceremonies since Anime Expo 2006, so I don’t remember much. It went well and then BAM, I realized I had to run to workshop 2 for my cosplay photography panel.
The first thing I noticed when I headed to the panel was the line in front of it. The panel was the first panel in the morning and I thought that they couldn’t possibly be there for my panel, so I started asking around. After asking two or three people it did sink in that this HUGE line was for my panel. I headed into the room and started to get the computer set up, only to realize that there were display issues. The crowd started getting in and my co-panelist Bryan Yang arrived. While the issue was being resolved we go into our introduction and talk a little about ourselves. I had to emphasize that I also run Anime Expo, just for kicks. Once our technical issues were resolved, we had a great panel. Halfway through the panel, my friend Kat went up in her Xiaoyu cosplay (from Tekken) and did a great job demonstrating. She was a total pro and I made a mental note to have her be a panelist in the future since she is a very good photographer herself. The room was packed and the audience enjoyed the panel. For my first panel ever it went well without a hitch.
After that I headed down and hung out with Kat and her boyfriend David. We waited a little bit for my Filipino twin brother (we aren’t actually twins; we just have so much in common it is SCARY). While waiting, I ran around a bit and did some shots of Madoka Magica, Umineko, and some Princess Tutu cosplayers, giving out my Cosplay Photography Card when I had the chance. After Frances did his thing we did a Tekken photoshoot with him, Kat, and David. While Frances and David were not used to doing a photoshoot, I will admit that they got the hang of it pretty fast and started to run with it.
Before the day was done I headed off to the Anime Expo forum Meet and Greet. I arrived fashionably late, like 45 minutes late. My friend Bernard was on the stage, monitoring the panel. I haven’t seen him since he stopped by to visit my cosplay photography panel in the morning. Kisuka was the MC, giving away the forum awards with silly little prizes. We still had a mountain of prizes left, so we decided to do a little dance competition. As one of the global moderators of the Anime Expo forums, it was determined by the panelists that I would be a judge. The dance competition was quite fun, with my buddy Kuan winning the award.
I headed back to my room but was waved over by Kyle. I decide to sit down and then it happened, I was working in the information desk. It had a steep learning curve but it was a lot of fun. A majority of the questions were about Maon Kurosaki’s mini concert. I personally kept on screwing up and kept on calling “High School of the Dead” as “House of the Dead.” I am so sorry everyone!!
After a totally exhausting day, I went back to my room and just relaxed. After thinking about it for a while it occurred to me that this will be an Anime Expo like no other.
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