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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

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Date:September 2nd, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think if I was actually GOING as a prinnie, I would have done more then just put the silly hat on. :->

Awesome pictures :->
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Date:September 2nd, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think if I was actually GOING as a prinnie, I would have done more then just put the silly hat on. :->

I thought it worked pretty well :-)
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Date:September 3rd, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
I love that AMV. "Code Monkey" is one of my favorite songs; I'm also very fond of Coulton's "Re: Your Brains" and "Chiron Beta Prime." I've never been to Anime Expo, but I attended part of Otakon in 2001, shortly before I left Maryland; the contest there was the first place I ever saw AMVs. They had some especially good ones, too, including Vlad G. Pohnert's "Memories Dance" (all the Studio Ghibli films set to Loreena McKennit's "The Mummers Dance," edited to emphasize recurring visual themes in Miyazaki's work), Studio Hybrid's "Jinnai and the Bugrom - LIVE!" with Jinnai lip-synced to the nonsense lyrics of Caramba's "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot!," and Doki Doki Productions' hilarious "Right Now Someone is Reading this Title."

I might be able to go to AX next year, since it being at the LA convention center means I could stay with my friend Wade and save on the cost of a hotel; I'll just have to see if I have the money for it then. I don't want to spend too much on that con because I'm hoping to go to the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver over Labor Day weekend. I've been to three WorldCons, and they're always a lot of fun, plus the writer Guest of Honor at this one is going to be Lois McMaster Bujold. :-D
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