One of the most memorable weekends
AX2014. The best weekend I’ve had in such a long time. It was a little overwhelming because I haven’t been in such a big convention with that many people since WonderCon. However, it was intense.
I think the highlight of the whole convention was the KILL la KILL event. I am getting Eir Aoi’s albums. Her concert that night was so good. And I was a part of history because we were the first ever in America to have Freflow sticks that sync in with the music, and we get to keep them! It’s amazing to have been a part of it. I might be just saying this for myself, but I felt like I was part of the performance because of the Freflow stick. Not only that it got me pumped up even more. I was hoping to also purchase the first volume of KILL la KILL in the combo pack and be able to have a signing with SUSHIO and the producers, but I wasn’t able to, no biggie. I did however take the opportunity to get an autograph by Aoi!
I didn’t buy much from the Exhibitor’s Hall. I got a few things. Rikka Takanashi pillow, chibi Ahri, Ahri print(I wish I got the artist’s site), KILL la KILL Vol.1, a signed photograph of Cristina Vee, some amazing free stuff, and a poster tube from Blick Materials for prints the next time I go to conventions. Cristina Vee is awesome. I even took a selfie with her. It’s hella blurry but I’m happy to have a picture with her. There were soooo many vendors. I felt like a little kid because Aniplex, Sentai Filmworks, FUNimation, Riot Games, Bandai, Crunchyroll, Good Smile Company, Aksys and even FAKKU! was there as a vendor selling doujinshi and FAKKU! merchandise. I was able to play Guilty Gear Xrd which was a pretty game.
There were a couple things I wanted to do but didn’t get a chance to. Keiji Inafune was there and I wanted to get an autograph from him, but I didn’t get a ticket pass. That’s how I got the signing from Aoi though so that became a plus. I wanted to see the premiere of SAO II, but the line was already full an hour before the viewing. My friend wanted to watch the Bayonetta screening but it was full when we got there. However we did get into Skullgirls Encore and witness the making of Eliza and concept of Beowulf. It really was a memorable weekend.
Definitely going next year. I can’t pass up Anime Expo. The biggest Anime convention in California should not be passed up. I’m lucky to have been a part of history with AX2014. Didn’t want to leave. It was fucking hot, but it was so fun it didn’t even matter. I can’t wait for next year.
Thank you for being a part of a very historical year! Glad to hear you had a fun time at the Kill la Kill Special Event/Eir Aoi concert!
(P.S. AX isn’t just the biggest con in California, it’s the biggest in North America, and this year was even bigger than last year with 80k unique/220k turnstile attendance)