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Con Goer – Otakon 2011 – Out and About – Wrap Up



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As sun sets on Sunday of Otakon in Baltimore, MD, Colie and Louis sum up their experience of Otakon 2011.

 
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NYCC/NYAF 2011 – a con in review



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Since it began in 2006, NY Comic Con has been growing exponentially every year. With the inclusion of NY Anime Festival, the cultures of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming merged with Japanimation, manga, fashion and music. This year marked the first when NYCC opened it’s doors to the public on thursday. Only the showroom is open at

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NYAF 2011 – Guilty Crown screening and Q&A



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The room for the screening was small. The number of people that could fit in there was less than for the Professor Layton screening on friday…not that it was any surprise. I just imagined that these things would be bigger. I got a seat in the middle and we were able to start early.

 
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NYAF 2011 – This Boy Can Fight Aliens premiere



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After watching Shinkai Makoto-sensei’s film Voices of a Distant Star at 15 years old, Yamamoto Soubi-san was inspired to become an animator. Since Shinkai-sensei was able to write, direct, create and animate his own film, she was going to do the same. At 21 years old, she finished Kono Danshi, Uchiu-jin to Tatakaemasu (This Boy

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NYAF 2011 – Makoto Shinkai in Conversation with Roland Kelts



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The president of Crunchyroll, Vincent Shortino opened the panel by announcing that over the following week, several of Shinkai Makoto-sensei’s works will be streaming for free: Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second. They show a video showcasing some of his works, 5 Centimeters Per

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NYAF 2011 – Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva premiere



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The US premiere for this movie coincided with the release of the game, Professor Layton and the Last Spector which was on Oct. 17, the following monday. To promote both the movie and the game, VizMedia in conjunction with Nintendo pulled out all the stops for this. It just surprised me that they were promoting

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NYAF 2011 – Mashima Hiro and Kodansha Panel



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The host opened with the announcement of Mashima Hiro-sensei’s signing which will be held the next day at 11am with the same 6am ticket pickup. “For the diehard [fans].” It seems to be a convention of swag (moreso than usual,) with the next announcement being that first people who are on the line for the

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NYAF 2011 – Takeuchi Junko Panel



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With the appearance of Takeuchi Junko-san appearing at the con, Viz pulled out all the stops for this promotional opportunity. The first hint of Viz (or Naruto) taking over was with the question by the host: “Does everyone have a headband?” With hands raised, a Naruto cosplayer ran about handing them to the masses who

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NYAF 2011 – Aniplex of America Panel



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The panel was late in setting up, beginning about 12:15pm. Technical difficulties and all that. They began by introducing the Aniplex guests that were present: the President of Aniplex, Natsume Koichiro and the Executive Vice President of Planning and Production, Katsumata Hideo (Executive Producer of the new series Blue Exorcist).

 
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