Discalibur

Anime Expo 2017

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AX badges are going on sale next week for anyone who's committed on going. 

We had a really good turnout this year and had some good sessions with Koki and rienee

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With Alternative coming out, hopefully we can raise the Muv-Luv flag for another year.

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Hope you all the best for AX 2017. Make sure to have all the fun for me!

Side note: Extra kudos for adding in the group shot. Now that I look back on it, I didn't realize we had so many people for the photo haha. It definitely brings back memories and a smile on my face. 

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I'm thinking of coming out for AX, although the hotel prices out there are scary. I'll be bummed if Kouki and Rienee aren't back for a third year, but riding on the back of Alternative's release -- Alternative will be out by then, right, guys? -- maybe it would be a good time for them to come back and promote it. Plus, whatever's next, whether that's the photons or Schwarzesmarken, or if there's any news on the Kiminozo "remake" (if that's really what it is?), or Duty - Lost Arcadia, or whatever.

Plus, maybe some of the Pacific Northwest folks from Alternative Projects will come down for AX (@evan? @sachibelle?).

At any rate, I'll still definitely be going to Anime Central in May, and have a Muv-Luv panel proposal in for that one. This year's panel with @Aetherdeus and @Dexomega was so good…

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Yeah, I'm gonna try to nab my tickets on the sale, still wrangling for a hotel tho. I'm still trying to finish my 00 in time, but I'm very, very slow... I should at least have Takeru (Hakuryou uniform) & Yuuya (jacket ver.) costumes with me. Fingers crossed for Kiminozo news & staff return, I'm still bummed I missed this year (but ACen was fun!)

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It's best to book your hotel through AX when they release the hotel blocks, the hotels in the area set aside a certain number of rooms specifically for congoers which go for a much lower rate than normal. Last year I booked a hotel fairly close for $204 a night plus complementary shuttle services.

 

Last year they released the blocks around March but I don't remeber if you needed to have a badge purchased already.

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Is it still a 4-6-hour wait in the sun to pick up badges? Is it best to do that on Day 0?

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23 minutes ago, invalidname said:

Is it still a 4-6-hour wait in the sun to pick up badges? Is it best to do that on Day 0?

I picked up my badge first thing Friday morning and it was about 45 minutes in line. Not sure how busy next year will be since they'll be having events day 0.

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I always go. This will be my 13th consecutive AX.

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Got my Premium Fan badge! Hotels are always a battle to get even with priority. This is especially true of the JW, Court Yard or Residence Inn closest to LA Live. I would like to see the MuvLuv crew again. Hopefully I have more time to try to meet you guys. I am looking forward seriously to Ani-song World Matsuri 2017. Its as close to Animelo as we can get here. 

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On 12/20/2016 at 0:06 AM, OddballYukari said:

Got my Premium Fan badge! Hotels are always a battle to get even with priority.

I just noticed the AX hotel room blocks page, which says it opens to premiere attendees on Feb 1, and general attendees on Feb 15. Are you saying everything will be gone to premiere before it even opens to general?

A while back, I grabbed a reservation at a nearby Holiday Inn Express as a backup. Maybe I'll end up needing it.

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4 hours ago, invalidname said:

I just noticed the AX hotel room blocks page, which says it opens to premiere attendees on Feb 1, and general attendees on Feb 15. Are you saying everything will be gone to premiere before it even opens to general?

A while back, I grabbed a reservation at a nearby Holiday Inn Express as a backup. Maybe I'll end up needing it.

The hotel block available for the premier members is separate from the general attendee block. 

The Marriott and L.A. Courtyard are gone pretty much instantly once the hotel scramble goes live, but you can usually get a sub $200 hotel within a mile if you book within 10 minutes.

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And my reservations for AX at the JW are set and done for the full duration of the con! Once again another battle of the website to get all the days needed. In past years, I would call the housing line because everyone else was battling the website. Now it appears the phone lines were jammed up since that secret is out. 

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Sheeesh, that was a mess - hotel reserved! I'll see all of you at AX!

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Fan panel application for AX is now up. I'm going to put in for a Muv-Luv panel, even though they run so few panels at AX there's very little chance it will be approved (this is why you should all come to the Muv-Luv panel at Anime Central in Chicago instead).

A couple thoughts I'll put out to the community:

  • Rating? G, PG, or R? I've always tried to go PG to get more flexibility in scheduling, although I got in trouble at AWA for accidentally leaving a "f---ing" subtitle in one of my video clips.
  • Preferred date and time? This is my first AX, so I don't know what the general flow is like… would it make more sense to do a late-night panel that stays out of the way of industry panels? Middle of Saturday so it's more convenient and people actually show up? Monday morning to increase our chances of actually getting approved?
  • Minimum estimated attendance is 200. That's like 10 times what I've gotten before. No problem getting 200 people at a con of 100,000 to turn out for the Luv, right?
  • I can have two co-panelists. I'll save @Aetherdeus a seat because I paneled with him last year at ACen and he's entertaining and knows his shit (DM me to coordinate if you're interested, dude). Who wants to be / should be the third seat?

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@invalidname No DM needed, you know I'm there for ya :)
I can probably do Monday even, I'll see if I can set a flight out that's late enough.
Unfortunately, its my first AX, too, so I don't really know the flow, either...

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The panel info page says they're doing programming on Day 0 (Friday) night from 6 to 10, so maybe that's a hint to put in for that time, though I think there's also supposed to be a concert that night, and I'd hate to miss out on the Anime Song Matsuri that brought over Minami and JAM Project last year. I really wish we could just say "any damn time" instead of getting fussy; maybe I'll put that in the extra info field.

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Just realized I never followed up with whether we got to do a Muv-Luv panel at AX, so here's my brain-dump of the whole experience of my first AX.

(This is going to be long…)

First, no, they didn't accept our panel. I didn't think they would when they only had like 12 fan panels last year. That kind of floored me when compared to my main con, Anime Central, which has almost 200 fan panels each year. Having been on-site, I now see why: AX prioritizes a small number of huge events over having many smaller events. AX has only like 4 panel rooms and 3 workshop rooms. By comparison, ACen has 15 panel rooms (some of which do double-duty as workshop rooms), and looking on Guidebook for similar-sized cons, I found Otakon 2016 had 7 panel rooms and 3 workshop rooms (that may change with this year's move to Washington DC). So even though AX has three times the attendance of ACen or Otakon, it actually has far fewer slots on the schedule; it's just that each of these events is meant to have hundreds or thousands of attendees, not dozens.

I remember being surprised that AX didn't provide a slot on the schedule for Koki and ixtl in AX 2016, but having now seen the layout there, I get it. Still, if ixtl wants to come over to North America and have more than a booth to work with, particularly if they want to make announcements and get noticed, it might make more sense to go to ACen, Otakon, or perhaps Anime North, rather than AX.

You probably saw on ANN or elsewhere, but AX continued its tradition of dumb decisions on Day 1, with the classic "LineCon Line Is Line" maneuver. They insisted on doing metal detectors and bag checks coming into the con, with six stations for an expected attendance of 100,000. You can guess how well that turned out. It took me 90 minutes to get in (most of the way around Staples Center and four back-and-forths in front of the convention center), others later reported a three-hour wait. If you didn't already have your badge and had to wait two hours for that, your day was effectively ruined. AX gonna AX, I guess.

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A bunch of us ML fans used Discord to coordinate and meet up on the Exhibition Hall floor. After rendezvous'ing at the Degica booth (more about that in a bit), we wanted to get a group pic, particularly while @Discalibur was rocking the Takemikezuchi cosplay. So we worked our way to an empty booth and did a group pic there.

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That's @Aetherdeus as Yuuya, his wife as Yui, and me as summer-uniform Mitsuki. Sorry, I forget who was who on the right — tag yourself, guys.

So then, yeah, Degica booth. Um. Yeah.

They had Alternative running, I guess that counts for something? I don't think it was a recent build — the intro movie still had the old Engrish speech. The booth staff pretty much ignored anyone who checked out Muv-Luv or wanted to engage with them about it at all. Except that by the second day, someone had managed to unlock pretty much the entire game, and a booth staffer complained to me about people "messing with our stuff". I thought that was pretty rich, given that they really didn't do anything but set up the game and leave it for people to plod through the first couple hours where nothing happens (a better VN demo was at the Sekai Project booth, where they had a 5-minute video loop of Fault: Silence The Pendant running, and they had clearly picked out a short sequence that showed the feel and charm of that game and how nice its engine is).

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On Day 3, I was back to my Alternative IV / Project Prominence officer uniform. I stopped by the booth three times that day in full cosplay of the game they were supposedly promoting, and nobody noticed or reached out to me. At one point, I spent 15 minutes demo'ing Alternative and explaining the franchise to passers-by. Um, Degica, isn't this your job?

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Over in the Entertainment Hall, they had some good cosplay setups. There was a company called Cospix doing free professional photos of cosplayers, so I met Mr. & Mrs. @Aetherdeus over there, who were cosplaying The Junker and Yumeni from Planetarian that day. AX also had these nicely built and well-lit cosplay sets, so we then did post-apocalypitic set for Planetarian, and then had the silly inspiration for the following, which we called "Alternative V Officer: 'So long, suckers!'"

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We coordinated on Discord to find merch in the Exhibition Hall. There wasn't much, but RockmanDash did find Sumika and Cryska/Inia figures at the Anime Bento booth, and I found a Rumbling Hearts clear file somewhere along the way.

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So, that's my con wrap. I'm pretty disappointed in Degica's non-effort WRT Muv-Luv, but it was great to meet up with so many online friends of the series — in addition to friends mentioned above, I also got to meet @Hirei and @CUTYPUMPEXE for the first time. So that totally made it worth it.

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