Mike’s Official AX Schedule

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Time for another schedule, everyone! Where am I going to be at the con?

You’ll notice no time given for seating times at main events. That’s because I’m press, baby, and I can get tickets in advance. You’ll also notice no industry panels. That’s because the main reason to go to industry panels–lots of licensing announcements–that heyday is long gone since last year. I feel no need to liveblog anything anymore along those lines.

Day 0 – Wednesday
This is the Press Junket, where we are going to interview as many guests of honor as possible! Stay tuned for videos–if they let us have them.

Day 1 – Thursday
2:30 PM-5:30 PM: AX Idol Voice Acting Auditions
I’ve got a good friend who is trying out the VA part of AX Idol, and I’ll be filming her performance. If she’s a finalist, I’ll be at the main AX Idol competition too.

I should note that I most likely won’t be staying for the whole thing.

9:00 PM-12:00 AM: Battle of the Bands
This is to support our friends and panel guests Makenai, who are performing in this. Again, I may not stay for the whole thing.

Day 2 – Friday
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Morning Musume Concert
Hey, I’m interviewing them. I might as well go to their concert! Cross fingers to get at least photographs as press. (Fat chance.)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Takashi Okazaki Panel
This is the creator of Afro Samurai. I saw him last year at Comic Con on a panel with Samuel L. Jackson–let’s see how he is without all that star power beside him. :)

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM: AMV Contest
I really, really hope I can stay long enough to watch the comedy section.

Day 3 – Saturday
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: The Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour
Our panel. Y’all better be there. Because we sure will. Oh yes, we will. Find out more here, and look at all the prizes we’ll be giving away at How A Girl Figures.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: AX Idol Finals
If my friend gets in, I’ll be there to cheer her on! If not, I’ll be going to…

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Aniblogger Meetup
Icystorm‘s organizing this one, and I should be able to go if I’m not at AX Idol! (I’ll let you know ASAP when this is certain, Icy.) It’ll be good to meet y’all.

8:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Masquerade
The yearly tradition lives on. Let’s see what this year’s meme is! (We had Caramelldansen, 300, and Hare Hare Yukai in previous years.)

Day 4 – Sunday
Most likely, I’m not really going to be there. Other staff may be, however, particularly for the Robot Chicken panel. We tried to get into their panel at Comic Con last year, but failed.

That’s it! If you’re around, come and meet me. This is, of course, subject to change. Follow me on Twitter for up to the minute info.

For Sale at AX Artists’ Alley D24: The Anime Diet Fanzine


I’m pleased to introduce a milestone for us here at Anime Diet: we’ll be selling a special fanzine at the Anime Expo 2009 Artists’ Alley this year! This magazine is the work of the entire Anime Diet staff and a large number of local artists, and it has all the spirit of your favorite blog and podcast compressed into 20 full color pages. It’s got games, comics, articles and, as a special treat, bonus exclusive material on the web for all purchasers!

So–if you’d like to support this website, come check us out at Artist Alley table D24, say hi to us, and buy a copy of our zine! See you there.

AX 2009: Heck Yeah, We Have a Panel

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The Date–July 4, 2009
The Time–9:00 AM
The Place–LP3 (LACC 411), Anime Expo 2009
The Event–The Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour!

And if that doesn’t convince you to come, let Dancing Queen’s promo persuade you to show up bright and early on Independence Day.

If you can’t make it to AX this year, have no fear. We will have a live Internet stream of our show, right here in this space. There may even be prizes just for you Net watchers, too. You’re not going to be left out this year!

The Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour: so exposed, it’s indecent.

“Summer Wars” Preview: This Looks Really Awesome

Summer Wars is from much of the same staff (director, screenwriter and character designer) that put together one of my favorite anime movies, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. It looks a bit more lighthearted and comedic, but I can immediately tell it’s well-produced and is exactly the sort of thing I would probably enjoy. Here’s to more anime films of this sort.

VAMPS at Otakon 2009

VAMPS, the new project of HYDE and K.A.Z., had previously advertised a show at SONAR the day before Otakon. “Going to Otakon? Come early!” their ads urged. While at the time this struck several Anime Diet staff members as a clever bit of juxtaposition involving a shared demographic, we had yet to truly appreciate the lengths to which VAMPS would go to secure an American fanbase. Now Otakon has released more guest news, and VAMPS is putting in an appearance there as well.

Jim Vowles, Otakon’s head of Guests, Industry, and Press Relations,  commented, “I guess we must have made a good impression on HYDE a few years ago.  We’re delighted and flattered that they changed plans to
meet the fans.” HYDE previously appeared with L’Arc~en~Ciel at Otakon 2004.

As previously announced, Anime Diet will be covering Otakon 2009.  VAMPS will be at Otakon on Friday afternoon, with exact times and locations to be announced when their schedule is finalized.

The Zen of Eureka Seven

Freedom writ large.

Take one gangly kid, one cooldere, and a bunch of heroic rebels who just want to live free. Put them in a dystopian future where an almost-magical element, trapar, generates lift forces and enables them to defy gravity. Mix in mecha, a threat to the world, and an uneasy peace. Serves seven: Eureka Seven.

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Our AX Panel: the Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour! (9 AM, July 4th, LP3)


Attention, everyone: we have a panel again this year, teaming up once again with Anime Genesis and, for the first time, How A Girl Figures! Together, we are the Indecent Otaku Comedy Hour, and we are here to rock your early morning convention world!

This year, we’re planning an even bigger show than last year’s panel. We’ve got great prizes donated by our kind sponsors. We’ve got a special musical guest, the great anime cover band Makenai (starring AX Idol 2008, Pamela Moss). We’ve got videos. And, of course, we have all the usual blogger antics from Ray, Jeremy, and myself along with Benu and Dancing Queen.

We’re at 9 AM Saturday, July 4th, in LP3 (LACC 411)–the same room as last year. AX has just posted their official schedule for Saturday and you’ll see us at the top! We look forward to packing out the theater again and hope to see you all there.

The Worst Manga Ever

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in the Japanese delinquent world? With its immersive atmosphere, highly decompressed storytelling, and blow-by-blow action, Worst offers readers that experience.

Other manga such as Tenjou Tenge and School Rumble feature older-looking high school students who have the features of young adults rather than teens. Worst takes this a step further: most of its brawling gang bosses appear to be in their twenties or thirties, despite being high schoolers.

They look pretty old.

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Anime Diet Radio Episode 37 – Hello Sailor


Anime Diet Radio returns! Sorry for the slight lateness. In this very special episode of Anime Diet Radio, we have a special guest for an interview–Chuu Aino, aka “Director-chan,” of the SoCal Sera Myu Sailor Moon Movie Project! She’s here to talk about the fan-made musical film of Sailor Moon that is currently in production and due out in 2010. It was a great interview, and we decided to not only offer the edited version in this podcast, but also have the full unedited (and full of Sailor Moon otaku nerdfacts) interview available for download too. It was a privilege talking to her and we wish the project all the best!

Of course, we have our usual news items, this time about schoolgirl fashions being influenced by anime, a government romance anime about jury duty, and an otaku pretending to give up the faith. Plus, there’s always the mailbag section as well.

A few minor technical hiccups occurred along the way–a very small bit of Ray’s intro was missing, in which he accused me of not being as funny as I could be, hence the exchange later on. :) There was also very slight crackling during the interview as well, though some of it is more apparent in the uncut version than in the edited version. Apologies for all that!

Show Order

  • –(00:00-04:12) Intro
  • –(04:13-10:22) News 1: Jury Duty Romance Anime
  • –(10:23-17:07) News 2: Anime Swings Girls Back to Seifuku
  • –(17:08-25:24) News 3: Melonpan Pretends to Give Up Otaku Faith
  • –(25:25-38:39) Mailbag
  • –(38:40-58:49) Interview with Chuu Aino about Sailor Moon Musical Film
  • –(58:50-end) Conclusion

Show Notes

  • OP: “Future Stream” by Sphere (OP to Hatsukoi Limited)
  • ED: “Parallel Hearts” by FictionJunction (OP to Pandora Hearts
  • The story about the Jury Duty Romance anime is at Anime News Network [http://tinyurl.com/qgxqso]. You can watch an untranslated version on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOklCEw4QDE].
  • The story about the school uniform comeback is at Sankaku Complex.[http://tinyurl.com/ofnhmv]
  • The story about Melonpan is at Sankaku Complex [http://tinyurl.com/ly4o6s], with more pictures of him and his “dating” a body pillow at Danny Choo [http://www.dannychoo.com/adp/eng/1476/Bern+Switzerland.html]. You can even see his original ‘resignation’ post here (in German) [http://www.meidocafe.jp/2009/04/08/out-of-moe/].
  • SoCal Sera Myu [http://www.freewebs.com/last-change/socalmyu.htm] is the group producing the Sailor Moon Movie Project. You can see a small clip on Youtube of what they’ve done so far, too [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-kpADklKbo].