The first of a backlog of old, old posts :-)
Anime Expo 2007 was at the Long Beach Convention Center, a confusing mess of a venue that has a deceptively simple layout.
We've been going with the same core group of people for several years now. This year, it seemed like the focus was much more visiting with friends and enjoying a weekend in LA than scouting for new serieses. jmpava and coraa spent a day dressed as character and minion from the Disgaea series (which we did end up watching a little of. For a series based on a game where the main action is moving little guys around on repetitive grid-based maps, it is spectacular).
Other serieses of note were Tokyo Zombie, where the clip averaged about 2 cliches a minutes, and Devil May Cry, yet another in the long line of gorgeously rendered games to lose all pretext of being about the gameplay. I was happy that they kept the spirit of the characters fairly intact, though the music took a hit in translation.
We didn't spend much time in the dealers' room this year. I did pick up a few discs of Le Chevalier D'Eon, which is a somewhat faithful account of the life of a cross-dressing French spy in Russia during the reign of Louis XV with a disturbingly pretty Robespierre as a mage.
The AMV event was disastrous as usual. The laptop the videos were on got stolen the afternoon before the presentation, so we were stuck in the arena watching a handful of new videos mixed with old favorites. One of the better new videos was set to Jonathon Coulton's "Code Monkey" :
Many more pictures at http://picasaweb.google.com/agadani/AnimeExpo2007