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That Time of Year Again..

Once again it’s that time of year for people who love all things anime to come together and totally go crazy. What am I talking about? Why, I’d be referring to the largest anime convention inside of the US — Anime-Expo! After an intense battle and shelling out the money for some emergency preparations, I’m proud to say that I will be attending this year’s expo. I remember Divine talking about never having a real life meet up, but I think it’d be fairly interesting to see just how many people from RandomC are lurking around here. Imagine how cool it’d be if people actually said “Hi!” to me just because I write for this site? (:

Currently, I’m planning on attending as many Live Panels as possible. For those of you who frequent IRC, I posted up the signatures I got from the seiyuus who attended last year (Horie Yui’s signature!). Something about getting to actually see and meet the people who voice our beloved characters gets me really excited. That and how many people can say that they have one of their favorite seiyuu’s signatures? But besides that, I hope I can find some nifty stuff after sifting through the huge vendors hall.

I hope that I get to meet some of you readers if you can find me and I’ll have a post with a ton of pictures after the convention is over. FYI, if you see someone making a mad dash from one end of the convention center to the other (while being nimble and flipping over things) it just might be me (;

P.S. I’ll have a backpack with a Haruhi Danchou arm band on the front. It’s covering a hole but it seems fitting for the occasion.

Update [07-01-11]
I made a twitter just so I could update you guys and possibly find you. I’m pretty bad with it but if you click here you can get to it. (:

June 30, 2011 at 11:00 am
  • June 30, 2011 at 11:17 amProoof

    It’s too bad I won’t be able to make it; next year maybe x)
    have fun and take pics

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:27 amMad_Dog


  • June 30, 2011 at 11:31 amRockmanshii

    Well to be fair life ain’t so bad for me either, I’ll get to see May’n live this Sunday.

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:31 amKevin

    What’s the price this year?

    • June 30, 2011 at 11:47 amKevin

      Nevermind I totally forgot about AX this year. Have fun, though. D:

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:34 amyumichan808

    My friend who happened to pass by the convention center today saw this huge line in front of it… She doesn’t know what the line is for though… I mean, check in today starts at 3pm, and they are already there waiting in line??? Likely or unlikely? I’m gonna go check in tonight around 5pm… I hope the line isn’t long…

    • June 30, 2011 at 11:04 pmasuva

      People were coming in earlier than that to ensure a good place in the line actually. Some friends of mine were there from 11am and didn’t get their badges until around 3pm. I, myself was waiting from around 2 to 5 until our part of the line even started moving. DX

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:36 ambrainbreeze

    hav fun guys~
    i heard xseed and aksys is going there to promote their new unannounced game…so yay!!

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:37 amMrRei

    at first look, i just thought.. “He wares that costume every year?!” lol

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:43 amSirMuffin


    (╬ ಠ益ಠ)

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:50 amyumichan808

    Another good choice might be AM2 in Anaheim at the same time. I never been there before, but I’m willing to check it out this year cause SCANDAL will be there!

    • June 30, 2011 at 1:11 pmDonTe

      It’s also a free-access convention, so other than parking and commute, you can enjoy without your wallet worrying!

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:03 pmTenck

    California is too far! D:

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:05 pmkureejii

    I am jelly. I don’t live in the counry, so it’ll be a while before I ever go to Anime Expo.

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:09 pmShirt

    Wow, I totally forgot. I thought there was one later in the year.

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:12 pmshinkirou

    damn u are so lucky , my country wont have this anime expo, they didnt even have sieryuu cast to come. so far my country only have their own anime style which only promote local cartoon or so cosplay ( even they have restriction on clothing etc cover whole body only allow) suck to be me TT

    • June 30, 2011 at 1:12 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      if you don’t mind me asking, what country is that??? communist Russia? no offense to anyone with a time machine

      • June 30, 2011 at 9:28 pmshinkirou


  • June 30, 2011 at 12:18 pmP0NCH

    HOLY SH- I’m totally going ^_^

    If possible I’d love to meet you and some of the other fine folks who frequent this site!

    Definitely looking forward to seeing Miyuki Sawashiro and the Prez of NIS

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:42 pmnasadigital

    Have a fun AX =]

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:45 pmTakaii

    Waiting in line for hours before the event starts. .___.

    • June 30, 2011 at 1:36 pmyumichan808

      Is the line super long already?

      • June 30, 2011 at 2:20 pmTakaii

        Yeah. It’s pretty crazy. But I don’t like how there are people busting out bad techno and grinding everywhere.

        It’s already hot enough ._.

      • July 1, 2011 at 2:06 amRokou

        It was several hours wait. I got there at 2:45 and waited until like 6:30. The line didn’t move until like 5:30. ;<

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:23 amTehJawknee

      You are soooo gonna hate me for the story I have for ya. :P

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:46 pmPeepQ

    I so wish I didn’t live across the country…

  • June 30, 2011 at 12:48 pmsaturos13

    Darn!! I thought this was KOMICKET 80….. haha When is it?!

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:04 pmBROOKLYN otaku


    • June 30, 2011 at 10:33 pmCroos


    • June 30, 2011 at 11:33 pmStranger

      Prinny. From the Disgaea videogame series, dood.

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:11 pmPhosphatide

    oh my fucking god that is the best prinny costume ever i want to steal it

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:29 pmKurofaise

    Awesome, I look forward to the pictures you take if you blog them! :)

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:59 pmLuxorcist

    Takaii!! You can see Danny Choo! Gah lucky

  • June 30, 2011 at 2:53 pmMetalsnakezero

    See if you can post news on what want down.

  • June 30, 2011 at 3:05 pmhahaha

    big lines to enter a convention center. that sounds to me like Comic Party.
    I have never been to a convention center.
    is doujinshi sold in anime expo or it is just anime?

  • June 30, 2011 at 3:06 pmVii

    I’ll try and see if I can find you so I can say hi. That would be so cool C:

    Anybody go on Day 0? I didn’t this year because last year was a disaster.

  • June 30, 2011 at 3:07 pmjingoi

    Wish I could go dood!
    I never get to go anywhere fun…..dood

  • June 30, 2011 at 3:21 pmP0NCH

    Just out of curiosity, who else will be attending?
    I won’t be cosplaying, but I will probably be wearing a suit n’ tie

  • June 30, 2011 at 4:28 pmBlakWngz89

    Haha Right down my alley.

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:43 pmlongtimefirsttime

    So Takaii, you’re finally going to settle the wild and rampant speculation of your gender once and for all eh? Though, I’ve had my suspicions for a while…haha

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm0927123

    Hey anyone here from Toronto and will be attending Fan Expo this year? Would be really interesting to meet with other ‘lurkers’ hehe

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:56 pmNhelraios

    Where’s Master Etna dood?

    Have fun Takaii, I really wish I could go too ;_;

  • June 30, 2011 at 6:01 pmCroos

    Lets see hatsune miku!! :D

  • June 30, 2011 at 7:41 pmTakaii

    Greatest 6 hours of waiting in line EVER!
    So I’m planning on hitting the live panels, hope to see you there (;

    • July 1, 2011 at 12:19 pmR117

      Good God 6 hours. You know, yesterday I had an impulse to go fly out from Waterloo today so I could have the Sat, Sun and Mon there but then I decided against it because of how last minute it was. I wonder if I did go how crazy the line would be tomorrow morning though :S.

  • June 30, 2011 at 7:41 pmIrma Vergara

    I thought you were talking about comic-con lol, not anime expo wich is fun too, all well

  • June 30, 2011 at 7:56 pmnagi


    oh well, I’m planning to go to AFA ’11 anyway :D

  • June 30, 2011 at 8:13 pmlakitic

    Make sure to see Kalafina for me ^^, here in Montreal we have nothing T_T. Have good times here!

    • June 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm0927123

      I loved the ED for Madoka, would love to see Kalafina in person! Fan Expo this year kinda sux in Toronto :(

  • June 30, 2011 at 8:29 pmrollcanja

    big prinny! cool! :D

  • June 30, 2011 at 9:22 pmPockyG

    I’ll be there. I haven’t picked up tickets yet though, I can only imagine how bad it’ll be tomorrow. Hope to see you!
    P.S. If you got extra Hatsune tickets, I’ll do favors for you that are not appropriate for this website.

  • June 30, 2011 at 9:28 pmshinkirou

    @BROOKLYN otaku

  • June 30, 2011 at 9:36 pmTreyon

    Awesome, i really envy you, i live in Latin America where things are borings as hell, i demand you that you make a post with extreme detail about the anime expo that you are going =P hehe, also i would be grateful if you could tape kalafina :)

  • June 30, 2011 at 10:30 pmsadakups

    Yeah, that Prinny is like an oasis in the desert of Naruto and Bleach cosplayers.

    • July 2, 2011 at 9:03 amfrenchtoast

      I saw an adorable Elsie cosplayer and Erio (Denpa).

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:56 pmRin-kun

    I was wondering if anyone from RandomC would be there ha and to my great luck, behold. I would leave to meet 2 of the writers from RandomC and especially the great Divine. (I expect to see some godly aura around him :P) ha. Hope to see you guys there or at least pass by you without knowing.

    Also, it’ll be my first time attending. So I have no idea what to expect. It’s very exciting.

    • June 30, 2011 at 11:57 pmRin-kun

      Woah. *love to meet. haha Typo. :P

  • July 1, 2011 at 12:42 amBuzzCola

    Yea!!! I’m going too.
    Tho i blend into the crowd of fellow AXers, I hope i’ll see you there!!!

  • July 1, 2011 at 12:46 amSkins Thunderbomb

    I kinda live on the other side of the planet so no go for me. :P

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:21 amTehJawknee

    Takaii, you should hit me up on twitter or something. We’ve got a bunch of the guys from #fredrin together… or you could try emailing me so I can give you my number.

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:21 amTehJawknee

      Oh, and by the by, getting there early enough to register made all the difference. They released 200 seats to the sold out Miku concert and guess who got a ticket??

    • July 1, 2011 at 2:28 amRin-kun

      I’m so incredibly jealous of you right now. -___-;

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:03 amRokou

    It is going to need a lot of luck to find one person among thousands. ;<

  • July 1, 2011 at 2:43 amciq666

    I just bought my ticket/badge a few hours ago! :D so excited! (I really hope I don’t have to stand in line for too long for the badge.)
    I should also probably sleep, so that I’ll have enough energy today (but I’m too excited!) :P

  • July 1, 2011 at 4:37 amdamrod

    Prinnie on the picture! :D
    How many of them are there this year? And where there a laharl and flonne attending too?

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:28 amCroos

    So Takaii, what are your plans?

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:54 amTakaii

    I’m going to try to go to the Sawashiro and NIS American Live Panel.
    I might even try out for AX Idol’s voice acting competition.. haha

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:24 amalfredonm

    were can i watch the miku concert online when it steams?

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:43 pmKureejii

      If you go on niconico, you can watch it there. It costs around 1500 nico points?

  • July 1, 2011 at 12:46 pmwill

    Takaii, is that you on niconico?

    • July 1, 2011 at 10:44 pmTakaii


  • July 1, 2011 at 12:47 pmKureejii

    Me sees you on niconico!!!!

    • July 1, 2011 at 10:43 pmTakaii

      Yes. That was me on NicoNico (:
      I saw someone say RandomC<3 and that was awesome.

      I’m gonna try to get on Crunchyroll :3

      • July 1, 2011 at 10:55 pmKureejii


      • July 1, 2011 at 11:34 pmTakaii

        That is so awesome. I was afraid no one would be watching and I’d sound just like an idiot :/

      • July 2, 2011 at 12:52 amCroos


      • July 2, 2011 at 2:21 amCroos

        You were just find :P. Took me 2 hours

      • July 2, 2011 at 3:41 amCroos


  • July 1, 2011 at 5:24 pmSinisgood

    Hey, I’m @ AX! And I managed to buy a Miku ticket today, totally stoked. I read RC every day, would love to say what’s up to ya.

  • July 1, 2011 at 10:48 pmTakaii

    I made a twitter so I can update you guys if you really want to find me (:


  • July 2, 2011 at 5:36 amPerlaNemesis

    Damn, I feel so sad and angry now. I really wish I could attend but sadly I live in Europe (and in one of poorest countries on top of that) so meeting seiyuu remains as a dream… Sigh…

  • July 3, 2011 at 2:46 ammisa

    yay AX! come visit the AX maid cafe ;)

    • July 4, 2011 at 12:26 amTehJawknee

      I ended up at the final Maid Cafe since our original appointment (Saturday at Noon) was cancelled to a certain bomb threat.

      We played the most epic game of Jenga in the history of the game. Our tower ended up a good 23 rows up, I think (basically, there were no more available blocks without the tower starting to spin and sway back and forth). And we got stopped because the maids had to do more dancing even though one of our guys had a turn. I don’t know if we’d have won or not, but the tower survived all the maid dances. Unfortunately, it got torn down by one of the hosts who decided to try and pull out one of the bottom blocks. :(

      Overall it was a great experience. Too bad not all our party was able to make it. Our original appointment was the only one we could all attend, especially since one of our members was Special Guest Fred Gallagher (writer of Megatokyo) and he couldn’t make the Sunday appointment. Two of our other companions also had to leave, as their flights home were Sunday afternoon.

      Again, I wish I knew who left the “suspicious object” so I could stab them in the face.

      But I have to thank Yuki, our maid. She made the experience phenomenal. If I go again next year, I definitely will go to the Maid Cafe again.

      • July 4, 2011 at 12:30 amCroos

        awesome story.

        Maybe one of this days I’ll visit AX. hehehe

      • July 4, 2011 at 11:38 pmmisa

        that “bomb threat” was really frustrating for us too.. we kept getting escorted to so many different rooms, and eventually, outside.. and we actually sold out all of our shows, which was surprising because this is the first year AX had their own maid cafe instead of hiring a third party maid cafe! ^^ I’m glad you had fun despite the cancelled show… although I do feel guilty for that cancelled show >< it was heartbreaking to see all of our disappointed guests.. Oh, and Yuki is one of my really good friends ^^ and an awesome maid and dancer~ and I actually recall watching your table's intense Jenga game! (I sat at one of the tables next to yours).

      • July 4, 2011 at 11:57 pmTehJawknee

        Again, I thank you all. It really was a great show and hopefully my friends and I can return next year so we can have another epic Jenga challenge. :D

      • July 5, 2011 at 2:30 pmTehJawknee

        Apparently I’ve been corrected. The tower was not 23 rows tall… it was 27. o.0

  • July 3, 2011 at 10:17 pmjoeshen

    *cough* Leaping over small children again, I see…

  • July 3, 2011 at 10:59 pmRunty

    *gasp* DOOD!

  • July 4, 2011 at 11:21 pmTehJawknee

    After walking up and down the halls of the expo for 4 days, I have officially managed to take…
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    … pictures of cosplayers, crowds and other things. I shall sort through them and the very best shall make it to my Deviant portfolio. Heaven knows I need to start using that sooner or later.