I started the day meeting my sister,
Bandai Entertainment, and Sunrise at the Bandai Entertainment booth.
My sister was interpreting for Sunrise...one interview and one panel.
Bandai Entertainment had asked me first, but I had scheduling conflicts
so I threw it to my sister.
I met the Gundam producer at Sunrise.
Unfortunately I haven't worked on anything Gundam yet,
so I didn't have much to say other than that I worked mostly on Code Geass.
I then went to the NIS America video games panel.
My main contact is with their anime division, so I'm not sure why I went.
It was pretty fun, though, listening to the localization team.
As they spoke, I was comparing them to the Aksys Games localization team.
And obviously they say the same kind of things, so it's funny.
Got to love those editors...they do a great job!
I had a bit of time, so I went to go see my cosplayer/editor friend H.
While getting to where she was, I took some pictures of random cosplayers.
I went to the Gundam Unicorn panel next.
I went to support my friends Stephanie Sheh and Michael Sinterniklaas,
as well as my client Bandai Entertainment,
and to cheer on my sister as she interpreted.
But I had to leave early to go to the Idea Factory panel.
While in line (yes, I wait in line even if I have contacts with the panelists),
I spoke with a boy who was standing in front of me.
I was asking a bunch of questions,
like which game consoles he had, what genre of games he liked,
how many video games he bought so far this year, etc.
I hope he didn't think I was creepy...
although at the end I told him I worked in the industry.
Again, I wish I had something to give him for answering my questions.
Next year, I will remember to have stuff in my bag.
When I got inside, I went to go say hi to the Aksys Games people.
There, they told me that the AX interpreter was running late,
and if I could interpret for them.
I was ready to do it, but fortunately(?) the interpreter showed up.
I did get a chance to talk to the Idea Factory people though,
since I escorted them to the exhibitor hall.
(They were having an autograph session at the Aksys Games booth).
We talked about how it was their first time here in the United States,
and how they were nervous and worried if what they said at their panels were sufficient for the fans.
I thought they did a good job.
J from Aksys did a great job moderating the panel, and I think it helped them.
As expected, I mostly talked to Sugano-san.
Hirano-san was very shy and said very little, other than wanting to stop by the restroom.
After saying bye to the Idea Factory and Aksys Games people,
I met up with my sister once again and we headed for the K-ON concert.
I wanted to say hi to Stephanie before she performed, because I knew she would be nervous.
(Thanks, L from Bandai Entertainment, for letting us in early!)
The concert was fun!
But I had to leave a little before 6p to meet up with my friend F, because we were going to dinner.
After dinner, I went to the MangaGamer panel to interpret.
If I had time, I would have asked the people in line some questions...
I did get to ask someone who had a PSP what game he was playing.
I wanted to ask more, but I was with Fanime staffer T, so I didn't.
I forgot to take pictures of Bamboo and Tororo during the panel.
Well, we were busy figuring out things...
Tororo was on the phone with Japan...
(later he revealed that his staff wanted him to check the Da Capo site)
AX had run out of water for the panelists...
(I guess those "mini" bottles didn't work out)
The panel staff had to figure out the seating...
The MangaGamer staff had to figure out how to pass out the raffle tickets...
And all of this was happening in a really hot room.
LA Convention Center turned off the AC! Grr!
While interpreting, I had to listen, write, drink water, and fan myself.
I did take pictures of the lovely fans!
This is them doing the "ahegao double peace," requested by Bamboo.
Thanks to my friends F, G, and E for coming to support me!
And that's it for Anime Expo 2011!