「Anime Expo 2017」
Every year Anime-Expo gets a little bit bigger and this year was no exception.
Hi Everyone! Before we dive into this post, I just wanted to take a moment to apologize for the late post. It’s been crazy at work, but after a successful re-launch of a certain game, my schedule has finally returned to normal! Also, due to an SD card completely failing on me, this year’s post will have slightly less pictures than usual. That said, even with all the pictures I had originally, I doubt I could have covered just how big this year’s Anime-Expo felt.
Anyways, before jumping into some my perspectives, let’s dive into the nitty gritty details. This year’s Anime-Expo once again was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center which is located right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. This year’s convention broke their personal record by hosting over 107,658 attendees and had more than 150 special guests that were mingling with the fans, holding special performances, and leading panels about their upcoming projects. In addition to the normal festivities held at the LACC, this year’s Anime-Expo also expanded their offerings to the nearby JW Marriott, a change that bolstered the number of available Live Panel rooms as well as provided a second mini “game” area for attendees to have fun and take breaks in.
At the event itself there were also a lot of Anime-Expo exclusive announcements as well as a ton of ticketed events that had fans coming in by the thousands. Some highlights of this year’s Anime-Expo:
Among all the various events and get-togethers, what really held this year’s Anime-Expo together though was the amazing team of LACC Staff and Volunteers (over 1,700!) who kept everything running smoothly both on the floor and behind the scenes. Clocking in over 80,000 hours of work, these are the people who really helped make this year’s Anime-Expo a fantastic experience.
As an Anime-Expo veteran, there isn’t really all that much that gets me excited about conventions now-a-days. That said, every year Anime-Expo ends up feeling like this great big event that you kind of “have” to go to and this year was no exception. With content bursting out of every single seam of the event, it’d be tough even for a casual attendee to find enough time to do everything. From exploring the ever-growing Dealer’s Hall to browsing the rows and rows of Artist Alley booths, you could probably spend an entire day doing each. But for those of us who don’t really need to or want to spend money, there were enough panels and spontaneous events to make your head spin. With companies like TRIGGER, Sunrise, Fakku, and others hosting panels plus the expansion to the JW Marriott which opened up even more panel rooms for an even wider range of topics, there was something for just about anyone.
If I had to pick my favorite moment throughout the event though, it’d probably have to be the TRIGGER panel that I had the opportunity to extend. As per usual, the panel was crazy with tons of enjoyable content as well as Anime-Expo exclusive videos that featured a certain commander-in-chief with some pretty impressive doughy hair. It’s tough to describe if you weren’t there, but never have I seen an entire Live Panel room simultaneously chime in together with the screen as they chanted the name of a certain cop with a flaming head.
All-in-all, this year’s AX was a fun endeavor for both new and old fans alike. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to attend, but if not there’ll always be a recap here 🙂
See you at the next convention!
2017 Convention Info