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Otakon 2015: Fan Panels

August 10, 2015

hisui_icon_4040 Wowza. It was really interesting to see panels filled this year. It is one thing when something titled “Anime’s Greatest Train Wrecks” or “Nostalgia-O-Rama” gets a full house. Those are the sorts of panels that will always be filled with fans. The thing is there are a lot of panels that while well run are not usually that popular. But that was not the case this year. Many panels that would only be half filled other years were having to turn people away all through out the weekend. When I could not get into 70s Anime Funtime! you know that people were attending panels more than usual. As someone who does panels that is always encouraging to see. It gives me the impression I could run one of my Hayate panels and actually get an audience.

OK. That is just silly but it was still a great time for panels. I really hope this momentum keeps up next year as well.

narutaki_icon_4040 I’m pretty sure the whole of Ani-Twitter was running panels this year. Forcing everyone into hard choices throughout the con day. Read the rest of this entry ?


Otakon 2015: Artist Alley

August 7, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 There is officially too much great stuff to see in Otakon’s Artist Alley. Even I, an experienced (!) con reporter, was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of works and wares vying for my attention. I ended up having to make sweeps of the alley looking for only this or only that in order to focus.

I encountered a good mix of artists I’ve come to recognize and buy from nearly every time I see them with plenty of new talent or those I haven’t yet become acquainted with.

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Otakon 2015: 15-minutes with GARO’s Yuichiro Hayashi and Toru Kubo

August 6, 2015

GARO is a very popular live-action tokusatsu franchise which has now branched out into other media. Studio MAPPA paired director Yuichiro Hayashi and producer and monster designer Toru Kubo to bring this new story by Yasuko Kobayashi to life as an anime. GARO the Animation was so popular that another anime series is starting in fall and the first series is getting a complication movie.

Mr. Hayashi is just ramping up as a director, but he is already an accomplished key animator. His understanding as an animator allowed him to create some very memorable sequences throughout GARO and easily transition the live-action series into animation.

Mr. Kubo was involved with the live-action GARO franchise bringing all of that knowledge to the table. While he spent most of his time as producer on the animated series, he also contributed many monster designs to it as well.

They spoke with us about adapting a live-action series and the Horror designs. And they also gave us a tidbit about the upcoming movie.

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Otakon 2015: Guests

August 5, 2015

hisui_icon_4040 We have always gotten some interviews at Otakon. We have not always gotten every interview we have asked for but we have gotten people like Gen Urobuchi so I have never really complained. This year on the other hand it seemed like Otakon really loved us because they gave us almost any interview we asked for. Kate hardly went to any fan panels because of it. But we got some great insights into the people we interviewed so it was all worth it.

I just a few quick notes before I get into the meat of the post. First of all Romi Park is a character. Most of the time voice actors and actresses are very charismatic but generally give the most generic and PR controlled answers you could ever receive. There are some notable exceptions, like Yuji Mitsuya ,who are old enough that they can say what they but otherwise you will just get very friendly but empty answer. The only guests who give answers with less substance are probably band members. Romi Park was slinging nothing but meaty answers plus she was just a constant ball of energy. You can’t expect every seiyu to be that open but you should appreciate when they are.

I really feel the guests this year shined brightly so lets see what they had to say.

narutaki_icon_4040 Otakon’s 2015 Japanese guest list featured an amazing amount of directors with voice actors, producers, and other staff upping the talent factor of the con. So many shows and styles were represented. Having GARO take center stage at the convention was a much appreciated surprise and just in time as the second season will be hitting the airwaves this fall.

To make things as memorable as possible, it seemed like every guest was as open, friendly, and engaged with the fans as I have ever seen them.

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