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Old 2014-05-02, 12:32   Link #341
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I have attended Anime Expo in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and had such an awesome time meeting the different guests of honor. There are so many memorable things that happened during these times that it'll take a rather TL;DR post to put all of them.

The Meet the Guests reception has to be the most memorable; these were my experiences during the 3 Expos:

2010

- Asked Eri Kitamura who is the one character she voiced that best describes her, she said it was Ami Kawashima from Toradora
- Was in the table where Yui Horie, Eri Kitamura, Yuu Asakawa and Masakazu Morita were seated. They did some sort of conversation where Asanee asked Hocchan how old she was. I did make a request to reprise their roles in Love Hina as Naru and Motoko as well as Ami and Minori in Toradora

2011
- Before the start of the reception, while waiting outside LA Live, Maon Kurosaki exited the arena after her concert. I said hi to her and she greeted me back. :3
- Asked Kalafina who their musical influences were and they mentioned Beyonce and Celine Dion along with other different Japanese musical artists (sorry, forgot who they were). I greeted Hikaru a happy birthday (this was held on July 3, a day after her birthday) and she was touched; after the reception, I said goodbye to them and shook their hands. The next day, during the autograph signing, Hikaru saw me and she told me that "You're the one from (the meet the guests reception) yesterday!"
- Asked Sohei Niikawa (president of NIS) what inspired him to become a video game creator, he said that it was Final Fantasy V that started his passion to do so

2013
- Asked some questions to Noizi Ito:
"Who inspired you to become an artist?" - she said she was inspired by the art of Mutsumi Inomata (the character designer of the Tales of Destiny game)
"If you can describe yourself as an animal, what would it be and why?" - she said that she describes herself as a (cowardly) dog because while she may be shy, she wanted to do a lot of things that would make people happy (with her art)
"If you become an all powerful wizard, how would you use your powers" - she said that she would create an animal sanctuary for animals that were neglected by their owners and that she would make them feel happy
- I showed Mari Okada the Menma sketch Masayoshi Tanaka made back in AX 2011. I told her that I can best describe her as Menma (angelic and beautiful). She was so happy about it that she gave me a hug after the reception
- Served Noizi-san a glass of orange juice and Mari-san a cup of tea

I can't wait for the surprises AX 2014 has in store. I hope for many good guests for this year!
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Old 2014-06-17, 16:14   Link #342
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Soooo, anyone going this year?
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Old 2014-06-17, 16:32   Link #343
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I am, and I'll be working at Danny Choo's booth this year. Come and say if you're around!

Sadly, the guests this year are rather lackluster compared to previous years. One of these years, we'll get a year like 2010 again.
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Old 2014-06-17, 18:21   Link #344
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I'll finally end up with an admiral costume this year.
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Old 2014-06-18, 13:33   Link #345
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I am, and I'll be working at Danny Choo's booth this year. Come and say if you're around!

Sadly, the guests this year are rather lackluster compared to previous years. One of these years, we'll get a year like 2010 again.
I think I will. Can you give out special discounts?
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Old 2014-06-18, 15:42   Link #346
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Are the only worthy guests this year Kawahara Reki and Gen Urobuchi?
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Old 2014-06-18, 16:02   Link #347
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Are the only worthy guests this year Kawahara Reki and Gen Urobuchi?
I haven't heard anything of Urobuchi being there.

As for guests, it's best to do your research about the various anime titles they've worked on to decide whether they are "worthy" or not.
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Old 2014-06-18, 22:28   Link #348
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I haven't heard anything of Urobuchi being there.

As for guests, it's best to do your research about the various anime titles they've worked on to decide whether they are "worthy" or not.
Uhhhh. You haven't? http://www.anime-expo.org/2014/06/ni...honor-line-up/

Hmm, I see a fair bit of kill La kill and ghibli. And one person from bones. I'm not too interested to see what westerners think about anime but I suppose the guests are acceptable. There's also the 9nine girl I want to ask about Japan's music scene and I suppose that's it.
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Old 2014-06-19, 07:56   Link #349
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I'll finally end up with an admiral costume this year.
White uniform or a black uniform?
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Old 2014-06-19, 12:23   Link #350
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White uniform or a black uniform?
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Old 2014-06-19, 16:37   Link #351
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I'm making my own costume. Hopefully it'll turn out well.
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Old 2014-06-21, 12:40   Link #352
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I just bought a bamboo stick and I realized that it's not allowed as a prop...

Curses.
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Old 2014-06-21, 14:39   Link #353
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I think I will. Can you give out special discounts?
With such limited merch, I unfortunately doubt it.

But hey, pop by and say hi! The experience will make up for the cost.
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Old 2014-06-25, 03:18   Link #354
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I was thinking along these lines.

http://froovie.jp/shop/g/g2508932/

And the required hat:
http://froovie.jp/shop/g/g2508412/
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Old 2014-06-25, 05:22   Link #355
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A quick little update on the Culture Japan booth: it looks like Danny Choo's massive Smart Doll project is finally prepared to enter a selling state. I recommend arriving super early if you're interested.

Details on my latest post.
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Old 2015-04-28, 16:05   Link #356
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I know it's a bit early, but who's going this year?
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Old 2015-04-28, 16:07   Link #357
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I'm going again. Not sure on what costume to do though. Might do something a bit simpler this year.
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Old 2015-04-28, 16:15   Link #358
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Awesome, for people who haven't decided on rooming yet, I'm looking for people to maybe split costs with this year. Let me know if you're looking too!
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Old 2015-04-29, 04:34   Link #359
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I live in LA so I don't need to worry about accommodations
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Old 2015-04-30, 12:55   Link #360
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Yeah, AX took down their forums where people decided on these things, so the process has become a lot more tedious than it needs to be. LA hotels are stupidly expensive too. >.<
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