Anime Expo 2013 - the biggest one to date! Today we take a look at my Day 1 - Opening Ceremonies in the morning, Press Conference in the afternoon and spending time in the Exhibition Hall and at our Mirai Mart Booth in the South Lobby.
Guests for this year were Eric Vale, Kyle Hebert, Christopher Sabat, Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine, Mari Okada, Starmarie, Ram Rider, Noizi Ito, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Kazuhiko Inoue, Keigo Sasaki, Kaya, Moon Stream, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Megumi Han, Masaaki Yuasa, George Wada, Porno Graffitti, CELL, Nobuhiro Kikuchi, Kazuchika Kise, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Vic Mignogna, Ryohei Huke, Aya Ikeda, Carat and KANAME☆ (copy pasted from Wikipedia)
This year I continued my role from last year as Master of Ceremonies for Anime Expo.
The Exhibition Hall - its huuuuuge! You need at least a full day in here to catch everything.
...rehearse for the Opening Ceremonies ^^
Chit chats with comrades Alodia and KANAME.
Our Taiko drummers open the event.
Together with my co-host Courtney.
Voice Actress Megumi Han.
Voice Actor Vic Mignogna.
Voice Actor Kyle Hebert.
Voice Actor and Actor Johnny Yong Bosch.
Japanese visual kei musician Kaya.
DJ Ram Rider.
Carat & Aya Ikeda.
Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi.
Blue Exorcist Supervising Animation Director and Character Designer Keigo Sasaki.
Masaaki Yuasa - worked on Crayon Shin-chan, Hakkenden, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Samurai Champloo and Kick Heart.
The boss of Production IG - Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.
After I told him that he looked like Dr Spock ^^
Kazuchika Kise worked on Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Blood +, xxx Holic, Evangelion: 1.0, Miyamoto Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, Basara – The Last Party, Blood-C The Last Dark, and most recently Ghost in the Shell: ARISE as Director and Character Designer.
George Wada - worked on Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, Kimi Ni Todoke, Guilty Crown, Robotics;Notes, PSYCHO-PASS and Attack on Titan as Producer.
Time to get the big boss to do the deeds on the long time tradition of filling in one Daruma eye at the beginning of AX.
Can somebody remind me why I made this face?!
Off with Alodia to my booth to take photos.
Alodia as Mirai in Winter School Uniform and Mini Mirai.
Thanks again to all who dropped by to pick up some goodies!
The Exhibition Hall about to open.
No time for sleep or breakfast so need to make up for it at lunch in the Green Room.
Time to check out the Exhibition Hall which is fitted out with carpet to make it a bit easier on yer feet.
Together with my man from Kinokuniya - hmmmmm. Whats that we are holding?!
Press Conference time.
Group photo with some of the folks who came to my press con.
Thai food for dindins.
The menu for our guests in the Green Room back at the hotel.