|Sailor Neptune from my photo shoot|
I go out to the Registration line and it was HUGE, I just couldn’t believe just how many people were waiting in line to pick up their badge. As long as the line was, it moved very fast, so I could see that people in general were very happy. I couldn’t help but be sucked by the crazy atmosphere of a Saturday Anime Expo. One of the first cosplayers I seen in the hall was my friend Thuc and his girlfriend Shiela, who were cosplaying from Gurren Lagaan again for AX 2011. As always, they got stopped like crazy since they both do the cosplay very well from the series. I stopped by Registration to get a report on how crazy Friday’s sales were and how things are going for Saturday, then I headed off to West Hall to check out the departments. I saw some Cardcaptor Sakura cosplayers, who were a perfect Sakura and Tomoyo pair. The Tomoyo cosplayer has the character down perfectly, I wanted to do a photo shoot with them since they were so great.
I left the gathering after some time to walk around the convention center some more and I stumbled on the Final Fantasy cosplay gathering. They just started and I had a horrible position that was left of center. The gathering went well, but there was a rude photographer who would jump in front of everyone and set his camera on burst mode and take shots of everyone. I envied his amazing camera (which was a Nikon D3s), but I did not envy the shouting he got by the other photographers in the shoot. He relented after the raucous crowd shouted at him, so the shoot went well in the end.
|Kat and Tawny|
|Lots of Madokas|
|Gendo is back!!!|
I headed to the Kalafina concert and I arrived late, they started singing their first song when I arrived. I headed up to the press section and let’s just say I tripped a couple of times in complete darkness. I braced my expensive cameras so they wouldn’t hit the ground first. As I took my seat, I noticed that photographers could take pictures for the first three songs. Being the Kalafina fan I am, I took advantage of that and snapped some awesome shots of them doing the show. The girls of Kalafina are amazing to say the least. They had incredible stage presence and their singing ability was incredible. They dominated the stage with their powerful stage presence. In between songs they share cute stories of how much they always wanted to visit Los Angeles. They were as incredible in their live show as I expected, and they got the whole audience into the show. My favorite song was their live rendition of Magia and Lacrimosa. In a day of strange concidences, the person sitting in front of me happened to be one of my favorite cosplayers Mikari Takeriya. Mikari and her husband are two incredible cosplayers that I met at PMX last year, and ever since then we have gotten pretty close.
|Alicia and Welks|
I ran off after the shoot was done because it was the start of the Miku concert, Mikunopolis. The concert was my personal highlight of Anime Expo. The supporting band was incredible, on one side you had guitar, drums, and bass, on the other side of the screen was 6 violins. I have to stress this; the supporting band turned a great concert into one of the best Anime Expo concerts ever. Here is a recap video that SEGA has put up for mikunopolis. It was probably the most energetic concert I have seen (and I have seen many Anime Expo concerts). The entire time the audience was dancing, moving the glowsticks around like it was a Japanese concert. The audience’s movements were so perfectly in synch it was scary. The song by Miku was charming and very catchy, and when she moved on screen it felt like you could just go out and touch her. The only downside is that they only had one Luka song (which is my favorite vocaloid) and two songs by Ren and Len. I had seen vocaloid videos and I know much about vocaloid, but the concert turned me into a vocaloid fan for life. I look forward to the inevitable blu-ray of Miku’s American debut.
Anime Expo 2011 Day 1 Convention Report
Anime Expo 2011 Day 3 Convention Report
SEGA's video of the MIKUNOPOLIS concert