After several delays, here’s the second half of my retelling of Anime Expo 2012, embellished appropriately to keep things interesting. Enjoy!
After yet another night of heated Tanto Cuore matches, I awoke and walked with @amoirsp and @kevo314195 to the convention center, where we prowled the exhibition room for a few hours looking for some last minute goods. Amoirsp convinced me to order a sketch of Alice of Aria fame from an artist that he knows, and Kevo was kind enough to keep watch over a 1/6 scale Akira figure, also from Aria, while I flailed around looking for an ATM to withdraw money from in order to buy it.
The only panel that I attended was the Aoki Ei Q&A, which was once again chock full of people either asking about other Type Moon properties and/or sucking up before asking horribly phrased questions. It was still interesting hearing about how Fate/Zero was made though, and I was lucky enough to get a good picture of a Berserker cosplay after the panel, so it was an overall pleasant experience, though grating on my sleep deprived nerves. I’d had enough of Fate/Zero for one trip.
After a few more hours of Tanto Cuore with @_eternal, Kevo and Shinmaru, eternal decided to head off to the screening of Muv-Luv Total Eclipse, something that I would have done as well if I didn’t have the compulsion to finish the current game of Tanto Cuore. After a dinner with Shinmaru and Kevo, we returned to the hotel room to play Cards Against Humanity with @calaggie and let off some steam by making fun of the X-Games, which was incredibly easy when the craptastic Moto X Enduro X was currently on TV. After saying our farewells to Kevo, who had to catch a midnight flight, a large group of us left for the Manga Gamer panel.
The Manga Gamer panel, though nothing special, announced some interesting releases, and a question by Moe Fundamentalism’s own Akira ended the Q&A on a high note. While several roommates lined up for the dance, I made a return to the room where a party was a brewin’. The surprising high point of the trip started as we aired several season premieres on my laptop, the room quickly growing to full capacity and likely creating enough noise to qualify for disturbing the peace in any quieter location. And, of course, a drunken plan was hatched to get LiSA to sign The Spirit of Capitalism. Hey, it wouldn’t be Anime Expo without pop stars signing porn.
Nauseous packing with a hangover is never fun, especially since I once again had to lug my pink luggage around with me all day. I decided to spend the day checking for last minute deals, managing to win a Tiny Dungeon wall scroll in a raffle and buying The Spirit of Capitalism for posterity’s sake. The last thing I did before leaving was catch @zzeroparticle of Anime Instrumentality’s panel on anime music, which ended up giving me the extra push to watch Kara no Kyoukai. The panel itself was pretty entertaining, though I was disappointed with how Aria didn’t end up an example for music that creates a perfect atmosphere. Last minute goodbyes were made, and I left quickly so I could catch my plane ride home.
As far as five day trips with hardly any sleep, ridiculously exorbitant food costs, and being constantly surrounded by people go, Anime Expo 2012 is easily one of the best that I’ve had. Everybody that I roomed with was as pleasant as I expected them to be, and the amount of Aria-related loot that I ended up buying was nothing short of shameless. Even if I left with a few regrets, like never getting LiSA to sign The Spirit of Capitalism and not making the Total Eclipse screening, the positive far outweighed the negative and I’ll be more than happy to return next year. If there’s more panels to attend and more hanging about friends, it’ll be just about the perfect summer trip to drain my wallet. To everybody that I met, it was a thrill. To everybody that I didn’t, I’ll attempt to next year.