Anime Expo 2011: Part One

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Another year for Anime Expo which also happens to be its 20 year anniversary. I’m not really a big fan of Anime Expo to start things off. I first went to AX(Anime Expo) in 2006 adding it to my convention touring list of the big San Diego Comic Con. I was not impressed due to its small exhibit hall and lacking activities. I usual go to conventions simply to go buy stuff and take pictures, but compared to Comic Con, AX was like an ant on the floor. It wasn’t until 2010, I decide to see the progress its made. The convention has definitely improved in attractions such as adding concerts from big names like Miku Hatsune, Aya Hirano, and May’n. The exhibit hall has grown which usually comes in hand with attandance.

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This is just a small section of the smaller hall where people came to take pictures or relax for a bit.

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A couple of itasha Toyota Corollas promoting the Miku concert, Mikunopolis.

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I like the whole itasha car scene. There are cases where its gets a little creepy, but then every scene has people going off the edge. I think the wrapped cars with anime is a pretty cool idea and I don’t see it beign any different from Racing Livery. Its just some design that identifies you with your car and interests.

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Danny Choo from Culture Japan also sponsored a couple cars to be done up in itasha with his website mascot Mirai Suenaga. His booth was very simple, but I would have like to have seen someone watching over the cars as most people don’t know its not car show etiquette to not touch the cars with their sweaty hands. Anyways, his show “Culture: Japan” now aires in the US so you can go check it out.

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Nice Nissan Cube on some Kosei K1s next to the stock Toyota Celica.

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Speaking of Danny Choo, I ran into him in the hall which he was so kind have a brief hello and give me one of his business cards. Its nice to see him recognize his readers.

For some reason, I’m terrible at taking pictures of celebrities at conventions. I messed with Alodia’s pictures last year at Comic Con and now I’ve ruined one with Danny Choo. I suck. :/

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Moving on, I spotted a Prinny right by the entrance of the exhibit hall.

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Deadmaus

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Penguin….of some sort.

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Deadpool cosplay with his health bar. Pretty cool cosplay.

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Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII cosplay

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Jack. From the Box.

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Portal 2. A rather rare cosplay this year.

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Daisy from Mario

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Stocking from Panty and Stocking. I have a good amount of pictures of her since she was so photo friendly.

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Panty and Stocking.

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A moment between Red Ranger and R2D2. The R2D2 was moving all around the lobby floor with is drinks on top. I wish it really served drinks. That would have been really cool.

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Soul Eater cosplay.

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I thought this was such a cool cosplay. Russel from Up.

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Little bit of gnarliness.

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Looked like everyone was trying to get the next “Cutest Chun Li” picture with this girl. I actually did see the little Chun Li with her dad in the exhibit hall.

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A pretty decent Halibell cosplay aside from the height

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Zack from Crisis Core

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Advance Wars

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Pretty awesome Kunieda from Beelzebub.

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No idea what she is from, but the wings had a remote that opened and closed the blades which was pretty freaking awesome in my book.

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One of two Miku cosplayers that models around the Miku Corollas.

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More tomorrow.