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Flashing cameras, depleting funds, and OMG THE CON IS ENDING—Anime Expo Day 4
Ah, Day 4. The last day of Anime Expo. It’s a bittersweet day. You’re here to continue the fun that you’ve been having the rest of the con, but all things come to an end.
So far, I’ve just rambled on and on about my adventures. Honestly, this and the previous articles were more of a sort of journal-type articles instead of something for the reader. (Sorry. ^^; ) But if you’ve been enjoying this, well thanks for sticking around.
My last day at Anime Expo was much less about being at a certain place at a certain time, so I had a lot more freedom to go shopping and snap cosplay pictures.
Well, okay, I had to fall in line to get in the Exhibit Hall for the General Autograph session. I took the side entrance in the hopes that there would be less people. Well, it was sort of true.
Well, then came the mad dash to the back of the Exhibit Hall where they hold the autograph signings. Of the people that were present, the only one I saw that I had a chance of getting was Yuu Asakawa’s.
I had bought a Love Hina boxset previously, but it wasn’t exactly in mint condition, so I thought that a shikishi would be better, so I had her sign that instead. ^^; In the very brief moment I had with her, she seemed so happy and was just all around full of awesome-ness. Probably made me an even bigger fan of her. haha
Following that I spent some time browsing the exhibit hall, and passed by the MangaGamer booth, the dudes translating eroge and other such things. haha What i was rather interested in was the shikishi they were selling of the art from some of the artists. They only took cash so I made a little trip to the nearby ATM…
And I could have sworn that was Yoko Kanno passing by, but I couldn’t confirm. I did a double take, took a picture, and by the time I thought of going to run up to her she was already headed out the door. oh well. Reminded me of when I saw Chiaki Ishikawa walking out with her team of people at AX07. I should have asked for a picture with her. grr, that would have made my day having missed her signing… but that was 3 years ago.
Anyhoo, cash in hand I finally decided to buy 2 shikishi from a pair of Age artists. One depicting Kagami Sumika from Muv-Luv and the other depicting Haruka Suzumiya from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Drawn by Miyata Sou and Kyosuke Himukai, respectively. And as freebies with my purchase, I got a bag, a t-shirt, and an oppai mousepad. I thought I got a good deal out of that. haha
Well, I wasn’t giving up on getting my friend her autograph just yet, the general musical guests signing was at 12:30. They wouldn’t let us line up any time beforehand, due to whatever strange policy the convention center had. So there was this mass of people just mulling about near the back end of the exhibit hall. Weren’t allowed to loiter around either. That was a debacle in line management if there ever was one. While waiting, I bought a boxset of Najica Blitz Tactics in the meantime. (just feeding my desires for girls with guns haha)
Well, when they finally declared the lines opened, all hell broke loose. haha I never get a good place in line with things like this. I’m glad I wasn’t trying to get autographs from AKB48. That was a literal otaku stampede right there. Checking the EXIF data on my photos… I went back into the exhibit hall early. So since my memory fails me, either I didn’t make it in front of the cutoff point or Megumi Nakajima did not make it to the general signing. Otherwise, I would have stayed.
From this point on, all I did was wander the Exhibit Hall and convention center taking pictures of nearly anything of note. haha So, here comes the image spam:
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Kathy and her sister Dorothy
Shout out to Ladre for taking my last dollar for a Marisa pin. 😀
Ah heck, let’s take pics of random photographers too.
Afterwards, we had an early dinner with my sisters’ friends, most of whom were volunteers manning the Funimation booth. After some fro-yo, we split off and me and my sisters went into Little Tokyo and I discovered a number of AX’ers with con-withdrawal symptoms. Jungle had a bunch of people in there, and everywhere you walked, chances were you would run into people with AX badges.
Well, that’s my little story. If you’ve read through all 4 of those articles, thank you very much. I had a lot of fun at AX, and certainly cannot wait for next year. I don’t know what else is going to come my way now that I’ve graduated with my bachelor’s, but we’ll see how it goes, and I hope to continue blogging in the meantime.