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Good Morning everyone! Takaii here, and I just wanted to make a quick post about how excited I am about this year’s Anime-Expo Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center! Not only does it seem like the schedule for this year’s con is packed to the brim with crap to do, but with names like Porno Grafitti, Danny Choo, and George Wada attending I’m sure most of us will be busy running around back and forth between the Great Hall and the Panels. But in-between the mayhem of looking for cool stuff to buy and trying to meet all those famous people, I’d love to meet you!

If you’ve ever seen Divine in the comments, you’ll know that he’s totally against having any kind of meetup in real life. And if you remember my retort, you’ll know that I’m totally in favor of having some kind of crazy meet up! Seeing how I attempted to meet RandomC readers last year and completely failed (I did meet PockyG in person and Kim_Pine in spirit though) I’m going to attempt to set something up this time around. Seeing how both Kairi and Xumbra (Our Lead Technology Specialist) will both be at the convention on Friday, let’s see if we can’t somehow meet up right!? I don’t want to state any specific places just yet since things can get hectic during the con, but make sure to check out my twitter @randomc_takaii throughout the day for updates and stupid pictures! And if enough people care/show up on Friday, let’s try to take over the tables near the Starbucks on the second floor should all other plans fail! That way we’ll have somewhere comfortable to sit *__*.

Besides that, I don’t really have much else to say! For my own personal plans, I’ll probably be drifting around everywhere but mostly around the Great Hall or near where they setup the cool Mirai cars. So if you see someone rocking that awesome shirt Chappy designed a few years back that has RandomC written on it, feel free to come over and say hi!

But in all seriousness I hope that everyone who is going has a great time and if you aren’t, YOU TOTALLY SHOULD! Hope to see y’all next week!

June 29, 2013 at 2:48 am
74 comments »
  • June 29, 2013 at 2:50 amCybersteel

    Hope to see lots off good pics in the coming post Takaii!!!

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:02 amDa5id

    I wish we had done this for Fanime, the con I could actually afford to go to… ;_;

    • June 29, 2013 at 3:03 amDa5id

      And really? Divine’s totally against it? I guess it’s understandable, but…

      • June 29, 2013 at 10:25 amCherrie

        Divine’s just really hard to meet up with =P
        But the other writers have been more open to meet-ups ^^

      • June 30, 2013 at 6:16 am†Croos†

        You need special equipment to decrypte Divine’s audio voice.
        If you can hear him properly just like this you might identify who Divine is.

        The chances that you can meet him is 0.00001%

    • June 30, 2013 at 11:36 amXumbra

      Wait, you were at Fanime? We should have met up!

      • June 30, 2013 at 1:45 pmDa5id

        But…I don’t know you.

      • June 30, 2013 at 3:09 pmXumbra

        ;_;

      • June 30, 2013 at 4:22 pmCherrie

        LMAO! HAHAHA o_o sorry that actually made me LOL =P Nice try Xumbra ^^

      • July 3, 2013 at 11:43 pmDipper

        B…but I would certainly be open to getting to know you! D:

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:06 amClementIV

    Can’t go but would like to see some pics!

  • June 29, 2013 at 3:06 amdytianquin

    ._. if only I lived in the states… If only. Takaii have a good time and keep us updated on it! We’d love you to tell us about it sometime!

    • June 29, 2013 at 1:05 pmgouken

      Always anime North for those in Canada

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:32 amMgMaster

    This is the time I’m sad I don’t live in the US(of course japan would be even better though).There haven’t been and I doubt there ever will be any anime conventions in my country.Although I think that Europe as whole is not a good continent for anime fans to be in :(

    Oh well,now you guys have the responsibility to enjoy yourselves for the sake of those of us who can’t go as well so HAVE FUN!

    • June 29, 2013 at 4:49 amChirisazame

      Japan Expo says hi, it takes place from 4th to 7th July, in Paris, and it’s pretty big. We even had a FLOW concert last year.

      There are conventions frequently(1/month average) of varying size around or in Paris, I don’t know about your country though.

      • June 29, 2013 at 5:44 amMgMaster

        Oh,I guess I might’ve underestimated the anime side of Europe.I wonder if that happens in other European countries as well.Feel free to share the info guys :P

      • June 29, 2013 at 7:42 amBakapooru

        Is there a schedule of cons somewhere?

      • June 29, 2013 at 12:06 pmXumbra

        Yes, there is a schedule of anime conventions.

    • June 29, 2013 at 8:31 amDamrod

      Don’t forget about mixed conventions like elf fantasy fair, this year we even had judges for cosplay competition and a debate from japan itself and italy :P

  • June 29, 2013 at 5:09 ammac65

    Too far away :(

  • June 29, 2013 at 5:38 amJani

    To bad I live on the opposite coast *sigh* but like everyone else said you guys have fun for us!! Can’t wait to see pictures as well! :)

    • June 29, 2013 at 3:36 pmMormegil

      Same here. =(

      Have a great time, guys.

  • June 29, 2013 at 6:25 amZephyr

    Now if only ya guys can fling over to the East Coast and join meh at New York Comic Con. :3

    • June 29, 2013 at 11:29 amXumbra

      Working on it!

  • June 29, 2013 at 6:54 amKuntzy

    I’d love to go to Anime Expo. Unfortunately, I am a lowly Canadian and there’s no way I can justify a $900+ money-sink to California just to satiate my desire to attend the biggest anime convention in North America.

    It’s extremely tempting *twitch* but I *twitch* will persevere. *twitch*

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:44 amTakaii

      Just because you’re Canadian doesn’t mean you’re lowly anything.

      There are cons up there as well right? :D
      Maybe next year :T

      • June 29, 2013 at 3:26 pmKuntzy

        Like I said, biggest anime con in North America. I’ve been to Anime North, and while it was pretty good, the guest list just isn’t even close to Anime Expo’s.

        And I have very self depreciating humor, I’m not really being serious. Either way, thanks for the positive input.

    • June 29, 2013 at 12:13 pmZephyr

      There’s Anime North over in Torontooo

      • June 30, 2013 at 1:54 amShoronpo

        They got Nakamura Eriko this year, the very same weekend as Fanime. But like Kuntzy, I also cannot justify $900+ to satiate my desire to meet an Im@s seiyuu

    • June 29, 2013 at 10:23 pmAnnami

      Canadian here too , i missed my chance for Anime North this year cause I was working but I plan on going next year but for the past 2 years I attented Fan Expo , which isn’t only focused in anime but it does have anime stuff! Its pretty fun I’d recommend going

  • June 29, 2013 at 7:43 amAizen

    I wonder if Rie Tanaka will be there?

    • June 30, 2013 at 1:52 amShoronpo

      Been going since 2010 and I have to say that this is the first year where I’m not too thrilled about the guest line up, which consists of mostly producers, directors, animators, and character designers. This may be great for some but unfortunately I only look forward to seiyuu / music guests every year, making this the first AX where I’m probably not going to have much to look forward to doing (kinda like Fanime 2013 and 2012).

      Otakon, on the other hand, seems to have taken all the guests that would’ve made this year’s AX great, so good for them.

    • June 30, 2013 at 1:57 amShoronpo

      oops, accidentally posted as a reply because your mentioning of a seiyuu caught my attention

  • June 29, 2013 at 8:05 amfoureyeszerosoul

    May I know who is that lovely Madoka cosplayer in the pic?

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:41 amTakaii

      I would love to tell you, but I have no clue.

      Just a person I snapped a shot of during last year’s AX. I’d love to credit her though :/

    • June 29, 2013 at 4:24 pmNaYa

      She is indeed very cute!

  • June 29, 2013 at 8:13 amRockmanshii

    I hope you have fun Takaii.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:41 amTakaii

      Thanks :D

  • June 29, 2013 at 9:01 ambakakubi

    I’ll definitely going, so hopefully I’ll see you there!

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:39 amTakaii

      Hope to see you there! I’m sure Kairi and Xumbra feel the same :3

  • June 29, 2013 at 9:05 amKim Pine

    Takaii, I’m elated to see that you mentioned me in a post, it feels like such a great treat.

    I have some bad news for you though.
    I did not go to AX last year.
    I’ve never attended AX before.
    I’ve never been to California before.
    Hell, I’ve never been further west than Texas in the US.

    Sorry to disappoint, but you did not meet me before, though, if given the chance, I would be all over it.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:35 amTakaii

      Herp. Derp.
      I’m totally screwing up names now. It was late though x__x
      It was Pocky but I was thinking of his last name lOLOLOL

      STILL LOVE YOU KIM.

      • June 29, 2013 at 2:35 pmPockyG

        tsk tsk Takaii. We didn’t meet last year either. Though we were twitter tagging each other for a while. This year for sure though!
        It’d be great to meet Kim Pine IRL though. I’m sure we’d debate endlessly the whole time. :P

      • June 30, 2013 at 5:46 am†Croos†

        @PockyG
        I didn’t see you either.
        If I recall correctly, you weren’t there everyday at that time.
        So I guess our chances at that time in seeing each other were low.

  • June 29, 2013 at 10:27 amFreddeh

    Sorry Takaii, while I live close enough to make a long drive, I can’t afford the trip :(.

  • June 29, 2013 at 11:06 ampetitorenji

    Haha… I want to seek you guys out. But like little birds,, we’ll probably just breeze each other by.

  • June 29, 2013 at 1:30 pmvoxune

    Awh, I was almost going to this, but we planned it for next year cause we were a bit to late in planning. I’m from the Netherlands so visiting something like this takes some time and money. Instead I’ll be at Japan Expo in Paris on the same date! I hope you’ll have just as much fun as me ;) enjoy!

  • June 29, 2013 at 2:31 pmPockyG

    It should be another great year Takaii! It’d be great to get a RandomC group to hang out with this year. My friends are busy so they can’t make it this year so I got no one to nerd out with at AX. qq
    I have no specific plans except for a couple of the main events so it’d be great to chat in some of the panel lines or lunch.
    Hope to see you there!

  • June 29, 2013 at 2:59 pmKairi

    I can’t stay with RC people all day since I’m going with a non-blogsphere friend and she’ll be like “wtf is with all these people?” but I’m happy to say hi; I’ll be hanging with Xum and Takaii for a while too.

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:17 pmTorami

    well too bad I live in Europe, I guess. I’ll never meet you, Takaii! haha have fun you guys

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:48 pmWindaerie

    Have fun at Anime Expo, guys!

    I was originally going to go (never been to California), but with TM Revolution, Home Made Kazoku, YOKO KANO (!) and Tomokazu Seki at Otakon this year (and also with Otakon being closer to home), looks like Anime Expo will have to wait another year or so. :D

    • June 29, 2013 at 5:04 pmKuntzy

      And the last three episodes of Oreimo 2 if you’re into that. Fushimi Tsukasa and Kanbe Hiroyuki (The novel’s creator and the anime’s director respectively) will be at the screening.

    • June 29, 2013 at 5:27 pmKairi

      Wish I could go to Otakon. :0 I’ve never been to another state. D: However, I am majorly happy with the AX guest list; we’re getting Makoto Shinkai! :0000 It’s a shame we won’t be able to meet Aerie. D:

      • June 29, 2013 at 5:59 pmWindaerie

        I’m jealous you guys have Kazuhiko Inoue. Hope someone makes him say something in his Nyanko-sensei voice!

        Makoto Shinkai is definitely a treat. He was at Otakon in 2011, the first time con I ever went to. He’s such a chill dude, really quiet. But maybe that’s because that year we had Nobuo Uematsu (composer of all the Final Fantasy music) who was super enthusiastic and funny, extroverted compared to Shinkai. Someone asked Uematsu what he wanted to be if he wasn’t a composer and he replied:

        A:”Being a pro wrestler.”
        Q:”Why didn’t you follow through with that dream?”
        A:”Well, I’m kind of small. But maybe if I had immigrated to Mexico….”

        We shall (hopefully) meet some other time, Kairi! Have tons of fun. :D

  • June 29, 2013 at 7:15 pmKoriru

    I’m traveling from far away, but I made it my goal to attend Anime Expo this year. So I am attending! Hopefully I can meet you guys =)

    • June 30, 2013 at 12:02 amCemex

      Where are you travelling from. I’m coming from Australia

  • June 29, 2013 at 8:14 pmCraftWork

    Sigh. I’ll be up here in Canada. Just doing my thing. If any of you ever come down up to Canada, you should do AnimeNorth, or ConBravo, or Con-G. We have events too!

  • June 29, 2013 at 9:20 pmMisa

    Yay! I’ll be staffing at Maid Cafe, I may try to stop by if I have time ^_^

  • June 29, 2013 at 10:50 pmberrish17

    When I used to live in LA, I saw a big crowd outside one of the stadiums and was SUPER excited when I noticed the big Anime expo banner!!! Really unfortunate that I couldn’t make it though…. =’(

    I wanna see the actual seiyus one day and song performances. I wonder if I missed the Okamoto Nobuhiko arrival…sigh…just remembering makes me sad that I missed the excitement.

  • June 29, 2013 at 11:54 pmCemex

    Aww, I live in Melbourne, Australia…

    Oh wait, I’m in Los Angeles at the moment. In all seriousness, I’ll try to swing by if I’m free

  • June 30, 2013 at 2:30 amAki-Chan

    I live in the UK…..auuu , anyway , hope you all have fun !!!

  • June 30, 2013 at 5:17 amKuuzon

    Sigh. Wrong continent. Maybe the Great Land of Aus will get something sometime soon XD

  • June 30, 2013 at 6:09 amKai

    Nooo…why can’t Singapore have something equally awesome…we only have Anime Festival Asia

    • July 1, 2013 at 2:38 amJael

      You mean that one event every year that always has an allstar guest list like Sphere, Hanazawa Kana, TMR, etc. your joking right

  • June 30, 2013 at 6:17 amsudachi

    Wish I could make it! Would be cool to see Mari Okada too =) Will probably be checking out the animation convention in San Francisco this fall though. Have fun and hope you can post some pics for us!

  • June 30, 2013 at 1:44 pmYTKGemini

    Regarding meet ups, there’s actually a nice app called “Meet Up” people can setup groups for meet up for events and etc…just a FYI

  • June 30, 2013 at 3:12 pmpagan poor

    Thought about going, but work issues have killed that idea. Have fun whoever’s there.

  • July 1, 2013 at 6:41 pmcyprinious

    I’ll be there with da wife and our two young kids in tow. Should I see a RandomC shirt I will make it a point to say hello as I appreciate everyone’s blogging efforts on this site. Thanks, and should the Con Deities will it, see you there!

  • July 2, 2013 at 12:26 amFroboi

    I’ll be there all four days.

  • July 2, 2013 at 2:58 pmTehJawknee

    Takaii, you will have to twitter me (@TehJawknee) or text me (you’ll have to email me for that one). I will be there starting tomorrow, and unlike last year, I’ll be there ALL DAY, not just after 7 p.m.

  • July 3, 2013 at 3:57 ambakanekokun

    First timer…will be heading on the plane tonight! Hell Yeah! So pumped!

  • July 3, 2013 at 7:50 pmRandomGuy

    There is a panzer at AX….seriously. It moves under its own power too.

  • July 3, 2013 at 11:44 pmDa5id

    And so would I!

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:44 amJohn Park

    Check out my pictures from Anime Expo 2013!!!

    http://thechatroom.freeforums.net/thread/325?page=1