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Kenjiro Hata, Nous Voilà!

July 1, 2015

French Hayatehisui_icon_4040 So I just checked the statics for the site. Beside of course the United States, the country we have gotten the most traffic from this year is France. So on the off-chance we have a small but silent French readership (as opposed to people just coming to the site for pictures) I decided to write this post.

So Kate’s old advice is NEVER look at the guest listing for Japan Expo France because it will only cause you heartbreak when you see who they get every year. I normally follow her advice BUT I can’t help what I randomly see on Twitter. Anyone who has talked to me for more than a month usually notices that I will bring up Type-Moon and Hayate the Combat Butler whenever I can. Naturally that also means that I follow Kenjiro Hata, the author of Hayate, on Twitter. So I just saw a tweet from him about be excited to pack for his big trip to France. At first I was just glad he was getting out of the studio and having some fun. Mangaka stepping away from their titles is often good for their health and creativity.  Then it hit me what time of the year it was. It was no a regular vacation. He was going to Japan Expo. A quick check proved my deduction was correct.

So here is where I ask for help. I can’t make it to Japan Expo. That is just crazy talk. BUT someone who regularly reads the blog might be going. So I have three requests.

1. Could anyone get me Kenjiro Hata’s autograph? I know that getting a mangaka’s autograph can eat up a chunk of your convention but I figure it can’t hurt to ask. He is probably my favorite mangaka. If I can’t meet him then getting his autograph would be the next best thing. I’m willing to do some sort of autograph exchange from anyone at Otakon his year if that makes the offer more tempting.

2. If that is too much all I would ask is that someone attend his panel and tell me what is said there. The more information about Kenjiro Hata, Hayate, and/or Seiyu’s Life! I could get the happier I would be.

3. If anyone attends one of his panels and does not have their own question during Q&A I would love if anyone could ask any of the follow questions:

  • Is Sonia Shaflnarz based on Ciel from Tsukihime?
  • Will Orumuzuto Nadja ever make the jump into the main Hayate story or will she always be in the omake limbo?
  • What is the most obscure reference you have ever made in one of your manga?
  • What was the most important lesson you learned from Kōji Kumeta?
  • What is your favorite classic manga you think everyone should read?

I hate to have to beg like this but I am not sure if I will get another chance like this anytime soon. If it were anyone else I would not be so adamant about it. I admit this is a crazy shot in the dark but I would greatly appreciate any of this if someone had the ability to help me out.

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AnimeNEXT 2015: Panels

June 26, 2015

hisui_icon_4040 It is easy to forget how much work goes into doing five panels is. It not only eats up your time before the convention but it also chews through a good deal of time at the event itself. I did feel like I went to fewer panels than usual mostly because I spent so much time in front of the audience and not a part of it. I still attended quite a few panels all three days so I hope this posts works as well as a bit of panel feedback. If your reading this I encourage you to give feedback on any or all panels you attend in the convention forums. Most of the time attendees only talk about the panels they either love with all their heart or hate with the passion of a thousand suns. A broad range of commentary helps both the panelists and the convention in equal measure as long as your comments are thoughtful and constructive.

narutaki_icon_4040 Fan panels have become the heart of anime conventions. AnimeNEXT has been most inviting to us to become part of that community of presenters.

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AnimeNEXT 2015: FLOW Concert

June 24, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 The FLOW concert was a major reason I was excited for AnimeNEXT this year. Of course, I’ve come to expect some amazing musical guests from this con for years now.

Best known for their poppy rock dual vocals on series like Eureka Seven, FLOW has had a long career in and outside anime. Their catalog includes Naruto and Code Geass among others.

The energy of the crowd was great; thanks in no small part I’d say to the concert being standing room only except in the very back. Despite that, the fans seemed much better behaved than last year (no drunken moshing).

Even standing way out as I was, I had a decent view of the band and the two big screens filled in the rest. I also remembered my earplugs this year which made the entire set much more comfortable.

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AnimeNEXT 2015: Artist Alley

June 23, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 AnimeNEXT’s Artist Alley was practically bursting at the seams over the weekend. I’ve never seen it so busy! Plus, there were even a few more artists in the dealer’s room.

The alley had also somewhat morphed into half craft fair. Printed sticky notes, handmade clothing, glass ornaments, handwritten scrolls, pottery, hand-knit dolls, hair clips, dioramas, candles, body spray, and the list goes on. But by far the most popular new item seemed to be washi tape, printed rolls of tape with cute graphic patterns of different characters. (I didn’t actually buy any of this mysterious tape, but perhaps that will change at Otakon.)

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