Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: Standard Ver.

04 October 2016

Even though I spent most of the first day of Anime Expo running around chasing Your Lie in April stuff, I still had time to take in the rest of the con, even taking in a lecture.

One of the other displays in the A-1 Pictures Exhibit at the Aniplex booth was for Anthem of the Heart, from the same team that made Anohana.

I’m afraid to get into Love Live! because The iDOLM@STER is already sucking up enough of my monies. ^^;

Super-deformed Disney figures (Star Wars and Avengers) on display at the Bluefin booth.

There was at least one event centered around Sound! Euphonium going on during con.

I’d imagine that this wall of original art is worth a crapton of money. :O

Saw an Ariel!

I wish they’d had these types of classes at my school!

Not sure what was going on here, but I think this is Haikyuu!!

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2016 07 01 Fri: Anime Expo 2016, Day 1: Standard Ver.

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2016 07 02 Sat: Anime Expo 2016, Day 2
2016 07 03 Sun: Anime Expo 2016, Day 3
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016, Day 4
2016 07 04 Mon: Anime Expo 2016 Anniversaries
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The Little Mermaid in Concert: Photos [2016]

20 September 2016

When I first heard about The Little Mermaid in Concert Live to Film, the first show had already sold out and they were adding a second show. The evening that tickets went on sale, I asked some friends if they’d be interested in going, and when they said yes, I went online to book tickets — and of course, they were already down to single seats. Well, when they added a third show, this time with the original voice of Ariel (and Disney Legend) Jodi Benson, even though it was going to be on a Monday night, I made sure to camp out by my computer so we could get tickets!

Even though I ducked out of work early, Ursula did everything in her power to keep me and my friends from getting there. 😛 Besides the typical rush hour traffic, Hollywood Boulevard was closed in preparation for the red carpet premiere of Warcraft (lol) the next day.

After we finally parked (valet, no less, since there wasn’t any other choice), we found the massive line of people waiting for the “Bowl Bus” that would shuttle us from Hollywood & Highland to the Hollywood Bowl. Cramming onto the packed bus (and standing in the aisle, natch), we took almost a FULL HOUR to make the 1.2 mile trip.

As we approached the entrance, the monitors by the box office taunted us with their live feed of the event, which had already wrapped the Costume Contest, the Opening Show (featuring Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, and Susan Egan, Broadway’s Belle) and was well into the film itself. (I did run into friends Red Velvet Cosplay and veveisme after the show, though.)

We finally made it through the joke of a bag check at the entrance and found our seats right after Ariel and Flounder’s onscreen introduction (the chase scene through the shipwreck with Glut, the shark), so we had missed “Fathoms Below” and Daughters of Triton”. 😦

We settled into our seats, which were actually not that bad, although they were still just benches in the section we were in. Even though no cameras were allowed, everyone was using their cellphones so I pulled out mine as well. Never to do anything halfway, especially for mai waifu Ariel, I made sure to not only take pictures but to run some video as well as audio. 😄 Please excuse the crap quality of my captures.

As songs came up in the film, the screens would go dark and the emcee would introduce the performer(s) and the song. Then, the film (or work-in-progress/behind-the-scenes footage for songs from the Broadway musical) would play on the smaller screens while the main screen showcased the performer(s). The cast for the night included original Ariel Jodi Benson, Rebel Wilson as Ursula, Broadway’s Tituss Burgess reprising his role as Sebastian, Darren Criss (above) as Prince Eric, Broadway’s Norm Lewis reprising his role as King Triton, Joshua Colley as Flounder, and John Stamos as Chef Louis. Not really sure how they filled some of those roles, but I especially enjoyed Stamos on “Les Poissons”.

Appropriately, there were fireworks and a focus on the violinist during the “Jig” sequence (although it wasn’t actually billed violinist Sandy Cameron), and after the literal show-stopper “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (immediately before the 15-minute intermission), I made a dash down to one of the concession booths. They’d already sold out of some items and when we went back after the show even more stuff was gone so I was glad I was able to get a few things.

I got back to my seat right as the second half started, and eventually the film ended to much applause and fireworks. However, there was one more surprise left — an encore by Jodi Benson! She said a few words about being part of the Disney family for 30 years before singing “Disneyland” from the musical Smile, which was also written by The Little Mermaid‘s lyricist Howard Ashman. After one final cast rendition of “Under the Sea“, the lights came up and it was time to go.

On the way out, we stopped at the merchandise booth again so my friends could shop, but things were selling out so fast that the clerks were selling them off the displays, lol. All the Snapshot Stops were already being dismantled (rhetorical question: how were they expecting people to use the Snapshot Stops if no cameras were allowed?), although there was a private party for Walt Disney Records’ 60th Anniversary (sponsored by H2O+ Beauty) underway.

Well, anything worth doing is never easy, but despite all the obstacles, my friends and I all had a great time. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again soon (and with fewer problems XP ). While I did get videos of all the songs we were present for, I only uploaded three of them to my YouTube Channel since they’ll prolly get taken down at some point anyway, lol.

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2016 06 06 Mon: The Little Mermaid in Concert Live to Film

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The Little Mermaid in Concert: Videos [2016]

13 September 2016

Haven’t uploaded any event videos to my YouTube Channel in ages, so there are three from The Little Mermaid in Concert Live to Film, which took place at the Hollywood Bowl back in June.

Here’s the first video in the playlist, “Part of Your World”; you can see the others on YouTube. Blog post coming next week!

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Full Coverage of The Little Mermaid in Concert [2016]:

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The Little Mermaid in Concert: Photos [2016]


Ariel at Target [2016]

02 August 2016

Had been sweatshopping Looking for Miku during January for the original world premiere (which didn’t happen because Anime LA dropped the ball 😛 ) so didn’t really get away from the computer very much. Even afterwards, I was so burned out that I only emerged from my cave to pick up snacks and such, which is how I came across these new marketing materials featuring waifu Ariel at a couple of different Target stores!

Haven’t been to Disneyland in ages so always happy to see new Ariel stuff, especially stuff that doesn’t make her look like Joan Rivers. It’s great that she continues to resonate with consumers today.

Seeing all the Disney Princess stuff that’s available now, it’s hard to believe that Disney had no idea that this was an untapped market until the early 2000s!

Since I also enjoyed Tangled, I wanted to take this home, haha.

Did you know that Ariel’s character designer, Glen Keane, also designed Rapunzel?

These were all taken on my cell phone, so excuse the blur and weird aspect ratios. ^^; Make every day an adventure!

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2016 02 18 Thu: Ariel at Target


Christmastime in Little Tokyo [2015]

17 May 2016

The last trip out to Little Tokyo in 2015 included stops at a couple of old favorites: Orochon Ramen and The Pie Hole!

I know I talk about The Pie Hole a lot, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Orochon Ramen. It was one of the first ramen places I ever went to in Little Tokyo and it’s still one of my favorites.

Of course, we did quite a bit of window shopping as well, since that’s what we also do!

You can tell it’s Christmastime!

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2015 12 12 Sat: Christmastime in Little Tokyo


D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas

12 January 2016

The final album from this year’s D23 Expo features some awesome cosplays as well as the new Photo Spots at this year’s con!

The Expo had set up Photo Spots featuring characters, props, and backdrops. From cut-outs to full sets, areas and characters you could pose with ran the entirety of the Disney universe. Disney Infinity version of Yoda? Or Clone Wars version? Or both?

Tons of people were taking pictures of the Guardians of the Galaxy spacepod, but no one was actually taking pictures with it, lol.

Since I was stuck in line for the bulk of con and trying to hunt goodies the rest of the time, I didn’t run into as many cosplayers as I would’ve liked. However, there were a few who were stuck in line with me, like this Black Widow, so I decided to take full advantage of the hours (literally) that we were trapped together to take a few photos.

This Mary Poppins family was super sweet!

I love this take on Ursula! She was out of character, though, since she was really nice!

Out in the Emporium I ran into another Black Widow, this time with Captain America!

Found an Ariel! ❤

This Cruella De Vil was so awesome; she stayed in character the whole time! When I asked for a photo she was like, “I suppose”, and then when I showed it to her, she said, “That’ll do”. At least, I hope she was in character. ^^;

The one thing that seemed to be missing was the PhotoPass system that is featured at the Disney Parks and which used to be at Expos of years past. Guess they finally caught on that most of us Disney nerds prefer to bring our own photomakers and to spend the 20 bucks on other things!

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2015 08 16 Sun: D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas

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D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas


D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Emporium and Shopping

15 December 2015

While D23 Expo allows Disney to flog their new and upcoming projects (as seen in the previous post), it also allows you to fill in the gaps of your collection!

This Three Caballeros figure at the Disney Dream Store was huge and also reasonably priced for a limited edition of 50 ($150); there was a color version as well. I was tempted to get it, but I’m not really a fan of the film. If it were from DuckTales, though, I prolly would’ve bought both, lol.

Since the corporate vendors tend to pump out advance pieces before general release as well as limited edition exclusives, the wait times just to get inside those shops tend to be pretty terribad (and is where I spent most of my time at con). Still, this can be the only place you can get some items before they hit the aftermarket and start fetching exorbitant eBay prices. Took a shot of “The Big D” restaurant from the Mickey’s of Glendale line. Waiting in line for two and a half hours just to spend money, I feel like I already got the big D. :p

Finally inside Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering-exclusives store! … Only to wait in another line to look at the exclusive pins. :/

Made it out of Mickey’s of Glendale with about 30 minutes to check out the rest of the con, including the Emporium (formerly the Collectors Forum). The Emporium, split into three areas throughout the exhibit hall, also has its share of limited editions (generally of the original artwork variety, like this X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars), but tends to be more easily navigated and is the best place to find things that were released many moons ago. Most of the time things here are overpriced (this is, after all, the aforementioned secondary market) but you can sometimes find some great deals if you luck into a seller who is willing to haggle.

Eric Goldberg, lead animator for Genie from Aladdin (see the first post for shots of some of his work on display in An Animator’s Gallery). A huge line formed but apparently a friend of mine managed to get a sketch from him before he even started. Lucky duck!

The wall at OI Collectibles featured over 500 maps from over 15 locations. I love this style of art, which is by Brittney Lee. She was there over the weekend and the same friend who got art from Eric Goldberg also got a sketch from her! So lucky!

Not familiar with the brand Uniqlo, but they apparently make t-shirts. Hope they make some Ariel shirts for boys!

I can actually ID all of these, haha. To this day I have never bought a Hallmark ornament, and to be honest I used to do most of my shopping there when individual stores were going out of business and they still carried the Walt Disney Classics Collection. ^^;

The New Zealand Mint had silver and gold Princess coins as well as this quite appropriate Scrooge McDuck coin. This one came with an exclusive certificate of authenticity (which might be that slip of paper in the lid) only available at D23; wonder what you get if you buy it elsewhere?

Lots of Snow White items; I’m assuming it’s in preparation for the upcoming 80th anniversary.

That really looks like Angelina Jolie’s rendition of Maleficent, but tbh I don’t really feel it for Enesco’s stuff; even the Walt Disney Classics Collection kind of felt weak after they took it over. (Apparently I’m not the only one who felt that way since the WDCC line folded not long after they took it over.)

Ariel from the Jim Shore Disney Traditions series. She actually has a pretty accurate face, but the castle dresses in this line just don’t do it for me.

Loots!

Everyone got a guidebook and a super-thin tote bag that can actually be worn on your back! (Ignore the Nendoroid sitting inside; it was just to get the bag to stand up, lol.) Event Guest badge courtesy of a cast member friend of mine.

Also got some exclusive Shanghai Disneyland mugs and a t-shirt as well as a Disneyland Diamond Anniversary pin and Star Wars Land concept art pins from Mickey’s of Glendale.

Between the corporate Disney vendors (the Disney Store, Mickey’s of Glendale, and the Disney Dream Store) and the mom-and-pop sellers in the Emporium, you can be sure to find things you’ve been missing as well as things you never even knew existed!

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2015 08 16 Sun: D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Emporium and Shopping

Full Coverage of D23 Expo 2015, Day 3:

D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Expo and Pavilions
D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Emporium and Shopping
D23 Expo 2015, Day 3: Cosplay and Photo Areas


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