Our correspondent and professional photographer Shizuka reviews—and shoots—Hirano Aya’s Otakon concert. Contains excellent photos with a link to even more!
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Monsieur LaMoe had a hand in listening to available audio clip, and translating word for word what was spoken by this Japanese seiyuu, so please enjoy, this transcription as Anime Diet heard it.
The Melancholy of Haruihi Suzumiya remains one of my favorite anime so I was certainly beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity for this interview. I didn’t realize it at first but Hirano understands English very well and one can see from the video that she probably didn’t need the interpreter. She displayed tremendous professionalism while […]
Mikako Joho A solitary keyboard sits in the middle of the unlit stage. It demands attention even in the darkness. Before Mikako Joho took the stage, they played her music video on the giant screens. It was standard fare so I focused my attention back onto the empty seat waiting for its mistress. Life isn’t […]
Gen Urobuchi entered the stage wearing a gray hoodie zipped all the way up with the hood pulled all the way down so that one cannot see his face. He was escorted by two cosplayers from Fate/Zero on each side. I believe one was Saber in her suit but can’t remember for sure as photos […]
The Otakon Matsuri on Thursday is a spectacular success despite temperatures hovering around a hundred the entire time. The deadly* heat prompted Brent** to proclaim it as “Swampass Con”. Held in the parking lot of the First Mariner Arena, my first impression found it small in every sense. Expectations for a matsuri that one encounters […]
Maid Café is a symbol of all things cute and moe in otaku culture. It is also something that is readily available in Akihabara. How does it feel to be called Master and waited or pampered upon? People end up paying for the company of charismatic people. Conventions in the states have been importing this […]
There are many who have an interest in running a panel at cons but lack the expertise. I decided to locate arguably the best panelist in the nation and request an interview to gain insight. Charles Dunbar has been a prolific panelist at anime cons over several years. You can learn more about him at […]
Doubt much of this would be new news for any manga fan or for those who follow Twitter for industry or Otakon news, but this was what shaped my Sunday. Soon after getting an autograph out of the way. I was on my way to manga relevant panels. Due to scheduling, Otakon placed all manga […]
Tom Wang is one of the Otakon staff out of roughly nine hundred for this year. He generously took time out of his busy day to sit down with me for an interview. Like many attendees, I am vastly ignorant of the gears that keep our beloved convention running on all cylinders so I wanted […]
My interview with Mikako Joho was scheduled during Hirano’s concert so I had hoped for an engaging fifteen minutes to make up for the sacrifice. While I must admit disappointment in missing half of the concert, I have no regrets. Joho seemed nervous and somewhat shy. She would look down and to the side on […]
Gen Urobuchi needs no introduction and the moment I stepped inside the interview room, I sensed a unique atmosphere filled with the promise of a memorable conversation. Urobuchi-san exudes a professional demeanor where one could easily discern that he takes his job seriously even before he spoke. He often had a thoughtful look. The Paper: […]