Tigercon is proof that awesome things can come in small AND FREE packages. I regret that this past Saturday was my first time. A convention organized by the anime club at Towson University, it occupies most of two floors of one campus building. It’s not small. It’s tiny. The turnout, however, beguiles expectations. All seven […]
It’s been over two weeks since Anime USA and I am in withdrawal. As I try to will the memories to the present so I may live it all over again, I am unsure why I love the capital’s convention as much as I do. It’s like the Mona Lisa. It compels me immensely but […]
We had the gracious opportunity to sit down with DJ SiSen at Anime USA 2013 for an hour plus press conference. And we kicked it off with a rock-paper-scissor contest!
“Well, I have to do what you tell me to.” The top buttons of Mr. Stanley’s crisp white shirt were undone. His suspenders framed the stylish sight with titillating precision. Picture such a deliciously dressed butler delivering the above phrase in a thick, obedient voice and with his enchanting eyes slightly downcast. In that instant, […]
Psyche Corporation‘s concert at Anime USA was what one would expect from Sunday morning school. Scheduled for two and a half hours before noon on the last day of the convention, the turnout left much to be desired. Chris, the Director of Properties and Publications, graciously informed me that her busy schedule unfortunately could not […]
Anime USA Charity Auction remains the highlight on Sunday. The Freer and Sackler Galleries are the named receipients of the proceeds this year. It was a blast last year and no different this time around. Well, there is one huge difference. I went broke -_-
I am in love. With the Maid Cafe. And with my maid. You will fall in love too. My Cup of Tea was the ichiban event I looked forward to at Anime USA since my magical visit last year. Like last time, I declined to choose my maid. There’s something about picking a person like […]
Maid Cafe returns for its sophomore year at Otakon. In hindsight, my lack of excitement beforehand foreshadows my conclusions. I feel bad because in some respects, it isn’t exactly fair to make comparisons. After all, Zagat rates restaurants on individual merit and this should be no different. That said, my lukewarm feelings toward Otakon’s Maid […]
We had the privilege of privately interviewing singer Chiaki Ishikawa at Otakon 2013. FInd out more about her time with Yuki Kajiura in See Saw, how she writes lyrics, and more!
If it wasn’t for Yoko, the winner of the Otakon concert would have been one of the bands at the matsuri. Except the ultimate winner was really the… rain! Indeed, a good chunk of the matsuri got rained out. The Slants never got to play, their flyer feeling forever forlorn in my pocket. Nevertheless, I […]
I was supposed to attend Kit’s panel on Utena and Madoka after my Chiaki interview but Mori was too punk for Otakon so I made my way over to Seki’s panel. I am glad I did. I knew nothing about the prolific voice actor beforehand and still know very little. I just have an iota […]
Yoko Kanno’s Sunday concert at Otakon 20 is and likely will remain the best concert of my life. This is saying a lot given that I have seen over a hundred bands, big and small, per year for the past few. Yet I am confident in my statement for a simple reason. Piano Me redefined […]