Justice was brought to Animazement thanks to 12th
|Hey cool kids! More con coverage time. Animazement held its 15th convention (my 4th attending) at the Convention Center in Raleigh, NC, USA. Jrow Weekend (Anime & NASCAR racing) was green, and it was a blast! Don’t worry, I won’t talk racing here…|
“Re-sublimity” by KOTOKO
MAPPA on the Map with Masao Maruyama
I attended a Masao Maruyama panel about MAPPA which, as you may know, is currently producing Sakamichi no Apollon. MAPPA is an acronym for Maruyama Animation Production Project Association. After an introduction about himself and Madhouse and what’s led him to form MAPPA, I asked a couple questions.
- How’s progress with Dream Machine (Satoshi Kon’s last movie) going? Maruyama-san explained that he formed MAPPA because Madhouse intended to stop production of the movie and he really wanted to continue making it. Dream Machine is still many years away from launching and funds still need to be gathered in order to make the movie. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope it can happen many years down the road, because we all know how amazing a Kon movie can be.
- How does the joint production of Apollon work with Tezuka? He was with Tezuka for some period of time and thinks of the staff there as family. Because Apollon is MAPPA’s first real project, there is a trusted head (Maruyama) but the studio is new, so as to not be considered a financial risk, he got help from a more established studio (Tezuka) to collaborate on production of Apollon. MAPPA has handled most of the work, though episodes 3 & 5 were produced by Tezuka.
KOTOKO in concert
(They were uptight about photography and video, so sorry for this only being a textual report.)
KOTOKO was there both performing and doing a Q&A. You can hear her in the Accel World ending theme “unfinished” and see that funny vid clip above. Not really the most enjoyable Q&A segment as the presentation was being read from the slides and the questions being asked were too basic which Kotoko didn’t really expand upon much. One thing I did think was interesting was her work with visual novels; she hasn’t played one, but when she writes music, she does read through the scripts. Autograph GET, but I wasn’t shelling $25 for a CD/DVD.
The concert was a better experience as you would hope. With her band cosplaying as the Lupin III guys, she performed many of her anime hits, including the aforementioned unfinished, Hayate no Gotoku, and closed it out with the one song I absolutely needed/wanted to hear, Re-sublimity (from this yuri anime).
La Clef does a good job covering more details about the concert from his/her blog with full setlist and such.
Cosplaying – Rule 63 In Effect
There were so many genderbent Luffys over the weekend. I didn’t see a male Luffy until late Saturday.
Link must’ve drank a sexy potion.
Hey look, a genderbent Saber!
Yukimura Sanada from Sengoku Basara
Madoka so kawaii ^^
Yosuke was headed to the late-night Persona 4 panel.
(btw, that panel was scheduled for 12:30 am instead of Midnight 😐 )
You don’t wanna see the gif of him charging up his saber 😛
photo courtesy Emma Marx, WRAL.com
My crush for a game character has been transferred to this girl <3
Full Cosplay Gallery HERE
Masquerade Comptetition – Please, more bits where anime characters dance to rock songs -_____-
It’s been a few years since I went to the Masquerade Competition. It was really funny the first time I went (as I still giggle about the Legend of Zelda dating show), but this time I thought it was really boring and disappointing. All but maybe 1 or 2 of the bits revolved around people dancing, some to songs I could hear on pop/rock radio. The only one that was anything close to decent was the Baccano! cast, but mainly just because there were 10 people on stage instead of 2 or 3. Also, the kid singing the Pokemon song wasn’t cute. Stop d’awwing because a youth is over-delivering on a song.
Loot – Buying the Voice of Kazuhiko Inoue
Let’s see here. We have a Nyanko-sensei figure with a talking base, nendoroids from Bakemono (with seemingly countless adjustable pieces), a couple Madoka Magica girls, and my mandatory One Piece figure purchase of Shanks.
- Sean Ryan, Alpha Counter – I’ve podcasted with him before and met the guy for what felt like a maximum of 60 seconds where we basically admitted we don’t listen to each other’s podcasts. We didn’t actually admit it, but ya know, he does two shows, I do two shows; we’re creators moreso than listeners. Check out his podcast, though the flavor isn’t the same as that of MetaVerse.
- Boomslank – An artist site local to me, I walked by their art gallery a couple times and was really impressed by some of P-shinobi’s art. Imagine this, but in business card form. I’ve since gone online and ordered their “Long Distance” poster.
- @trancerdancer – The power of twitter. I had looked up #animazement and saw a tweet from her talking about her Inga cosplay. She was excited when I asked for a pic, and sure enough she was the same person I’d just seen.
- Yi, Listless Ink – I was surprised to notice her blog credited at a Yuri panel I went to Friday evening. The people hosting did not give their own credits, so I know not where to find them.
Fun times were had this year, but next year… I’m gonna get a panel for Anivision. I’ll force and nag the living F out of my buddies until they give up and say yes.