Anime Expo 2010: Circle Jerk City
A warning beforehand: Don’t expect anything of substance from this post. My aim going to Anime Expo was to have fun; I did that and nothing beyond that, and I hope this post reflects that purpose. ANN has good coverage of everything of worth that went down at the convention, and Anime Diet has some cool interviews and videos that you won’t get elsewhere. (Plus, the Anime Diet crew are a bunch of cool dudes, so you should visit their site out of principle.) Basically I’m just some geek who went to an anime con and thinks people care about his opinion of what he saw at the event. Good times!
(Also, I want to get this over with so that I can go back to writing about, you know, anime, so I’ll cram everything into this post. I’ll try and cut down on the extraneous blabber as much as possible, but no promises. I think by now my readers know what they’re getting into when I post. :X)
(One more note: If you want to see a bunch of photos, here is my album, and this one has some choice shots taken by a friend of mine.)
So, Anime Expo! This year was particularly exciting because it’s the first time I’ve been able to go multiple days in quite a while, and there were tons of things to do both days I went (Friday and Saturday). Really, it was almost too much to do; I certainly couldn’t go to everything of interest both days! But, hey, better too much than not enough, right? Of course.
Anyway, after arriving at the convention center a bit later than intended (carpool troubles + traffic argh), I got my pass and noticed a decent number of Revolutionary Girl Utena cosplayers — more than I had seen my previous six years of attending the convention, actually. It was fairly appropriate given what I saw as the most exciting announcement at the convention: Nozomi’s license rescue of Utena. I’ll finally get the opportunity to buy my favorite series at a price that isn’t completely outrageous? Hell yes. (By the way, it was funny trolling Twitter on my cell phone as the big licensing infodump was going on Friday. I’m pretty sure I was walking in a daze after being pummeled by announcements.)
(Eri Kitamura on the left and Yui Horie on the right at NIS America’s autograph station.)
After dicking around in the exhibit hall for a while, I headed to my first panel of the day — Eri Kitamura’s panel. She came to AX to promote Toradora! and was pretty fun. The panel wasn’t really informative in any way, of course; it was basically an excuse for fans to geek out in front of Eri Kitamura. However, it was fun because Kitamura made an honest attempt to be as open as possible without pissing off her superiors (no mean feat with the producer of Toradora! sitting next to her lol), and because the interpreter was a cool guy. He gave some translations that were a bit rougher in their phrasing and language than what Kitamura was probably saying (as you’ll see in a moment, haha), but he got across the basic gist of what she was saying and made things a bit more fun.
Some of the highlights:
– Kitamura wants to play a yandere eventually. Clearly she knows what pleases the audience.
– She thought Ami Kawashima was a “bitch” at first. lolz (I’m sure this was the translator’s phrasing and not her’s, but still.)
– She doesn’t think much about the sensuality/sexuality of her characters while actually doing the acting (Kitamura plays Rin in Kodomo no Jikan and Alleyne in Queen’s Blade); it’s only after she sees the finished product that all the weirdness suddenly hits her. Apparently she was taken aback by all the enormous racks in Queen’s Blade, haha.
– Funniest moment of the panel came when a fan asked Kitamura to re-enact the bit in Angel Beats where Yui sings the OP and then starts choking partway through, whereupon a TK cosplayer came in and capped the performance. And there’s video! Enjoy:
“Crazy baby”, indeed, TK.
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