Reports

FanimeCon 2010

  • Written by Kevin Yen
  • Parent Category: Conventions

Yukie☆AniMelody @ Fanime 2010

Thumbnail imageYukie☆AniMelody took place on May 29th on Stage Zero Concourse. Yukie Dong is a local live anime song performer located in the Bay Area. She has performed live concerts at various events such as, FanimeCon, Anime Expo, and many more.

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  • Written by Theodore Mak
  • Parent Category: Conventions

Swap Meet

Thumbnail   imageFanimeCon's Swap Meet is one of the place to be if you're looking to get rid of some of the old anime stuff lying in your closet. As a buyer, it's also a great place for some awesome bargains and rare goods. To make clear, this is not a traditional swap meet where people trade their stuff; instead, people buy and sell.

The event is held on Day 0 and on the first day of the convention from 8 PM until 1 AM in the gaming room. The hall was probably more packed with people than the dealer’s hall, with shoppers squeezing by each other in order to get around. The sheer variety of anime goods at the Swap Meet significantly outweighed what was available in the Dealer's Hall. Items ranged from huge selection of pencil boards, posters, keychains, and accessories, to rare figures and of course tons of manga. We found people selling manga volumes as low as $0.50 each.

Thumbnail imageFor first time shoppers, I highly recommend going early to scout out some of the stuff you may want. Rarer items such as limited edition goods may disappear faster so grab those first. Don’t forget, most sellers are more than happy to haggle. If you can’t get it for the price you want, come back later and try again. If the item remains unsold, the seller might be more willing to sell at a lower price.

With the overwhelming popularity of the Swap Meet at Fanime, we can only hope that more conventions will hold similar events.

  • Written by Benjamin Chu
  • Parent Category: Conventions

FLOW Concert Coverage

On the evening of May 28th, FLOW performed at FanimeCon's MusicFest in the San Jose Civic Auditorium. FLOW has scarcely ever come to America to hold a concert; therefore this rare and highly anticipated performance was not to be missed. Unfortunately, the band requested for a strict no photography/no video policy during the concert, so pictures of the event are unavailable.

Thumbnail imageThe concert started off with a brief introduction of the band by the main vocalist and then jumped right into the music. They played most of their popular songs that the audience would know including the Eureka 7 opening song "Days", Naruto Shippuden opening song “Sign”, Code Geass opening/ending songs “COLORS” and “WORLD END”, and finally the Naruto opening song “GO!!! (Fighting Dreamers)”. They even made it a point to perform one of their newer songs “CALLING”, which is the ending song to the new anime Heroman, created by Stan Lee and Studio BONES.

The overall performance was fantastic and the band did a great job of getting the crowded involved. Somewhere in the middle, FLOW played their cover of “Surfin' USA” and got everyone in the auditorium to do the wave. Though a little awkward at first, it was an extremely enjoyable and fun moment.

The concert ended before the scheduled time. As a whole, the concert felt a little short, but the band did play consecutive songs with little breaks in-between. The audio level of the concert was set louder than normal, and upon leaving the San Jose Civic Auditorium, the audience’s ears were ringing. FLOW managed an encore at the end, though unfortunately, when they returned to the stage, 20% of the audience had already left their chairs and exited the doors.

Overall, FLOW was a refreshing and nostalgic experience for old-fans and new-fans alike. FanimeCon’s MusicFest was a great success, with no technical difficulties; FanimeCon will have a hard time to top this off next year in 2011.

  • Written by Benjamin Chu
  • Parent Category: Conventions

Illustrations of Bishoujo Panel

The Illustrations of Bishoujo panel was held on May 29th, in Salon 3 at the Marriott.  This 18+ event was carded and the special guest speaker was Mamoru Yokota.  Unfortunately this event was not very well planned, and instead of being a presentation of Yokota’s illustrations, it became more or less a Q&A panel about his work and his personal experience working in the industry.

Mamoru Yokota is an experienced character designer, director and producer.  Mr. Yokota has also worked on well-known anime titles such as the Toei version of Kanon, the theatrical version of Air, Magical Kanan, DEATH NOTE, True Mazinger Impact! Z, Macross Frontier, Astro Fighter Sunred, and HELLSING IV.  His most notable work is probably his illustrations in the light novel series, Rune Soldier Louie.

The first half of the panel was filled with Yokota’s personal experience at Fanime.  He was very delighted to see that Fanime held a video room dedicated to hentai, but more so he was surprised that the room had guys--and girls.  After the short monologue from Yokota, he opened the floor up to questions from the audience.

In summary, the audience asked questions concerning Yokota’s feelings about the growth of hentai visual novel games in America to his views about eroge companies blocking international visitors to their websites. He stated that he didn't know very much about America's preference for hentai games apart from what is heard from local news mediums, and he was a little surprised about the blockage of foreign visitors from eroge creator websites. He mentioned he would talk to one of his good friends back in Japan who is the founder of one of the companies mentioned.

The panel lasted until 11pm and ended with Mamoru Yokota selling off some of his doujinshis, figures, and t-shirts he had brought with him.  None of goods he brought along were phenomenally amazing, but interesting at the very least.

  • Written by Theodore Mak
  • Parent Category: Conventions

FanimeCon 2010 Report

This year saw a return of many previous guests like Halko Momoi and Hiroyuki Yamaga, with newcomers including Mamoru Yokota and hit musical group FLOW! The swap meet was the largest one to date brimming with rare goods for sale. Check out our reports and interviews as we talk to Halko Momoi about her return to Fanime, and with Mamoru Yokota.

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