This has been the most eventful summer for me. I met a lot of online people but most are just like hi and hello’s. I am really grateful that Suri-chan met up with me otherwise I would have been alone for 4 days straight not knowing what to do. So really, thank you so much *cries*
These are the things I have learned from the AX con:
1. Never trust the pamphlets they will give you.
The schedules printed are always outdated. The schedules can change 3 days before the convention like what happened with Okamoto Nobuhiko’s panel.
2. Always ask the staffs about any changes.
Because of the same reasons stated above.
3. Check the mobile site of AX (http://m.anime-expo.org) for the latest schedule.
4. Always arrive early for a particular event you’re looking forward to attend.
It is because of reasons stated above and to get a better seat if it’s for a panel (especially for the guests of honor panel).
5. Not all events at Anime Expo are sponsored by them so always check out who’s the sponsor of the event.
Each sponsor has different set of rules for their guests, this what happened with Okamoto’s signing session. For the June 29 signing session, it was sponsored by AX so the fans were not allowed to hand a fan letter to him. I went to the Aniplex signing session (June 30), and asked the staff if I can hand one, and it was fine for them.
6. If your aim is to get an autograph, arrive very early so you’ll be the first in line and get out quickly before it gets more crowded.
This what I did with Okamoto’s signing session that was held at Aniplex booth. I lined up very early (around 8 am) for the exhibit hall (where the booths are located at) so I can get first to the Aniplex booth. The hall opened at 10 am but then people were already lining up for Okamoto’s signing session at 11 am. That’s what I did too, so I got out of the crowd a bit early and was able to attend his panel session at 12:30 pm.
7. Always bring food and bottled water with you.
Since the foods over there are so expensive and also, it’s so crowded too. It’s always handy to have some snacks and water with you especially if you are after the Guests of Honor panels – since the lines can be really crazy long.
8. Don’t be too shy to talk someone.
I’m a shy person but then I have to gather the courage to talk some people while I’m waiting in line. It’s also interesting at teh same time because you can discover they are going for different purposes and also you can ask them to save your spot if you need to get something or need to go to the restroom. (Yes you can laugh at my reason *laughs*)
9. Take advantage of the shuttle services.
I didn’t stay at the hotel but then if you have a badge, this service is free. Just research which hotels where the bus will go so you can go to a particular place in downtown for free. This is what I did when I went to Little Tokyo.
10. Lastly, check out the industry guests.
Industry guests are not sponsored by Anime Expo – that’s what I realized. I may be wrong on this but this what’s the impression it gave me. This what happened with Kishio Daisuke – most of the attendees weren’t aware of this. I only happened to know about this because Kishio wrote on his blog about going to Anime Expo. And from his entry I tried to find out which company is the sponsor – and then that’s how I was able to get some information ahead of time before the day of the convention.
Since there is another convention coming up in the US and there is a seiyuu- Kakihara Tetsuya.
I would like to remind everyone during the panel session PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE when asking questions. This what I have observed in Kishio Daisuke & Okamoto’s panel. Also, please be respectful too.
Why am I saying this? So that the guests will have a pleasant experience at the convention – especially seiyuu guests are hard to come by. Also, a person’s experience can affect one’s decision – it’s like when buying things on ebay, you check out first what are descriptive feedbacks for this seller then from there you will be able to reach a decision where if you will buy from that seller.
So everyone, if you want more Japanese voice actor/actress to come in the future please keep in mind the following:
1.PLEASE DO NOT ASK ABOUT THE WORKS/CHARACTER THAT THE VOICE ACTOR/ACTRESS WORKED ON WHERE HE/SHE USED A PSEUDONYM.
Someone did this during Kishio’s panel – I was so shocked and ashamed at the same time because Kishio was having a hard time. He was really put on a very awkward situation – especially he is a singer now.
If ever you wonder why voice actor/actresses need to use a pseudonym, it’s not because they are not proud of their works – it is to preserve the image of the characters they have voiced especially for the anime series aimed for children.
2. Please DO NOT ASK about Yaoi/BL topics.
Not all people who attends the panel are mature audiences, so please refrain from asking those type of questions. If it’s a Yaoi con why not right? But then this is a convention where kids also attend too. I remember someone asked this both to Okamoto and Kishio – since Okamoto is younger- it was more awkward for him especially with the huge crowd. Also, I’m also telling you this because for sure you won’t be satisfied with the answer either way. It is only the best to ask these type of questions for the appropriate convention.
3. Please be respectful.
If you asked the guest a question, don’t doubt his/her answers.
4. Please be considerate.
I apologize if I sound so repetitive but then I want to remind everyone, if you want more Japanese voice actor/actress guests in the future conventions PLEASE KEEP THOSE THINGS IN MIND.