|Kuroko from Railgun|
Day 4 of Anime Expo starts off with a bang; I got up late and ran to my cosplay photography panel. Unfortunately I was not the only one late, Bryan woke up late and he ran to the panel late. The people running the panel were nice enough to run a cute and funny slideshow so that the guests waiting for the panel didn’t get irritated at our tardiness. The room was half full; it wasn’t as packed at the Day 1 panel of Anime Expo. It is easy to understand why, because the panel was so early. As we were doing the panel Jerry Shaw and Nick were taking our pictures. We kept it as nice and as short as possible and headed out of the room. I had such a great experience running a panel that I told Bryan that we have to run more panels together in future Anime Expo’s.
I had a few short minute to catch my breath until I had a chance to go to my awesome panel with the SPJA Board of Directors. It was in a huge hall that had only a handful of people there. The Board meeting started with Marc Perez giving a little update on the convention. We as a board voted to acknowledge Takayuki Karahashi as an official 20 year staffer. For those of you who don’t know, Taka is an interpreter for Guest Relations, one of the original founders of Anime Expo, and he is a fellow Board Director who I have deep respect for. We talk about the success of Anime Expo and addressed issues with the Los Angeles Convention Center once the stadium starts getting built. Before we close the meeting, I made a couple of comments about how the Board of Directors have great synergy together and that I am proud of working with a great group of people. After that, an attempt was made on Marc using nerf guns. I had no idea about this event so I just sat there, somewhat shocked and a little amused at the situation. The open Board of Directors meeting was actually quite fun; I just wished that more people attended it.
I decided to stop by the Karaoke room to say hi to the staff there, and there was Board Directors Hank Wong and Cecilia Amo. We talked about how this Anime Expo exceeded all my expectations and turned out to be one of our best conventions in a long time. I was heading off, but Hank stopped me and told me that they were going to sing a goodbye song in Kareoke. I sat down and took some pictures, and then I realized that the song was one of my favorite songs of all time. It was Forever Love performed by Yoshiki and X-Japan. After hearing the song, I kind of regret not going up there and singing. After all, I had experience in Show Choir, so singing and performing to me is almost second nature. I promised Hank that for Anime Expo 2012 I will be up there and sing it with them. By writing this on my blog, I guess the whole world now knows where I will be during Day 4 of Anime Expo 2012.
|Manga Lounge Staff|
|Taka as interpreter|
After Closing Ceremonies I head off to Dead Dog to hang out with the Anime Expo staff. We were literally Dead Dog tired from this year’s convention. Over the course of four days, I walked almost 100 miles. I worked various departments throughout the convention, talked to thousands of people, made many friends, and created amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Like with any convention experiences, it had some ups and downs, but this convention definitely ranks as one of my personal favorite Anime Expo’s. The con wouldn’t be as great as it was without the hardworking staff to make it happen. It had great managers who pulled together and dealt with all the issues that came about. Anime Expo had great Directors who helped steer Anime Expo in the right direction.
|Danny Choo at Closing Ceremonies|
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