Now Day 2 is over, today was definitely the longest day for me, I spent at least 12 hours at the convention today. As expected, the lines were still quite bad for tickets in both the pick-up line and the to buy line. It must have taken at least two to three hours to just get the tickets today. Luckily, I picked mine up on the Thursday to be able to walk in on Friday without lining up. Although for some people that may be unavoidable, as people do have to work on Fridays as well. Anyways, there was a lot more people today as expected, literally every hall was basically full just about everywhere one went.
Even the areas for waiting to enter different panels and events was packed. The line literally stretched across the room and back several times for some of the bigger events such as concerts and the cosplay contest. Again, I was unable to get into the cosplay contest due to space restrictions. Maybe I should have showed up a little earlier, but it is hard to jump from event to event without missing some of the other ones. The biggest events of the day started with a trio of industry panels.
The first panel I attended today with the Funimation panel. There wasn’t too much new news there, but at least it was semi interesting. It was kept from being boring due to the proactive presenter that helped speed things along. Everything there had basically been announced before, so nothing new there on that front, but they did show trailers for a bunch of things. They also talked about their app and online streams and other things along those lines.
Next up was the Crunchyroll panel, this one was even more obvious in what they talked about. Since they are only a streaming site, the content talked about varied. However, it was really boring and the presenters were a bit on the bland side. If I had to put it in easier terms, it felt almost like one of my university lectures. They showed a boring static PowerPoint with a generic background while talking way too much or little about the individual points.
Finally, I went to the Aniplex panel, this was by far the best out of the three. The presenter was clear, and had an interactive presentation with many trailers and some chat afterwards. The best part was that there were even prizes here and also a special sale at the local sales booth after. They had a 10% discount off of all Aniplex titles, which made me buy more than I expected at the convention. The biggest things talked about here was probably the third Madoka movie and the Sword Art Online dub.
After the panels, me and my friends went back to the dealer area and looked around for a bit. The biggest thing was the 10% off at C&L for only an hour. That was the final push that I needed to pick up the special edition Blu-Ray collection of the Madoka movies. It was a bit steep at around $130 after tax, but I guess it is a convention, and people do tend to splurge more there too. Oh well, at least I’ll enjoy it for what it is.
There were two new big size sculptures in the middle, one of Link from Zelda and one of Goku from Dragonball Z. There was a fence around them now, since people were playing around with them yesterday apparently.
After grabbing some lunch and walking around for a bit, we came back to line up for a concert. I forgot who exactly was performing, but we waited at least an hour for a huge line, and sadly we were quite disappointed. More than half the audience literally walked out about 5 minutes in. I’m just hoping it was me and my friends’ tastes in music, but it kind of felt like autotune and techno for the whole time we were there.
The last panel we went to was a Q&A with Kappei Yamaguchi, who is the Japanese voice actor for a bunch of roles. A few of these roles includes Inuyasha in Inuyasha, Ranma Saotome from Ranma 1/2, and L from Death Note. He was a really cool guy and answered questions really well. The only issue was that people that didn’t know enough Japanese may have been lost a times, since some things were lost in translation and some of the translations were slow as well. However, this was by far the best thing we did today, since it was interesting and people asked some good questions.
After the Q&A session, we went out to grab dinner at a local ramen place, the food was pretty good there. After ordering, we realized that one of us didn’t really like noodles all that much, so it may not have been the best choice, but that one person toughed it out for us. After dinner, we went back to the convention center to check out a few of the last events, and went to screening room to watch about two episodes of Rinne no Lagrange and then head home from there.
Overall, day two was more exciting than day one for sure. There was more people around and things ran until pretty late at night. I managed to pick up the Madoka movie special edition Blu-Ray package and the Japanese Da Capo III Weiss Schwarz trial deck. One more day left, but I am a bit busy for the first half of the day tomorrow, so I may only be there for a short while.