2016: The Year in Events

10 October 2017

Even though I actually got out of the house more in 2016 (at least, I think I did ^^; ), I only went to three actual events.

The Little Mermaid in Concert: Photos [2016]
The Little Mermaid in Concert: Videos [2016]

First up was The Little Mermaid in Concert Live to Film, which was at the Hollywood (Fish) Bowl! Long-time readers will know that I love The Little Mermaid, so of course I had to go check out this event, which combined the classic Disney film with live performances of the music from both the film and the Broadway musical by original cast members and others. We had such a great time despite the ordeal of getting there.

TOM LA SALE! [2016]

One of my favorite on-line figure vendors is Tokyo Otaku Mode (I should really add a review of them at some point), who offers a point reward system to get you to buy more figures. They moved their offices up north (because, I suspect, California isn’t very business-friendly) but before they did so, they held a huge sale! I actually left work early to go check it out and as an added bonus I ran into some friends there.

Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show [2016]

Finally, managed to check out this cat and dog-themed art show in Little Tokyo! It was put on by Q Pop as a charity event to raise funds for North Central Animal Shelter. I’m always impressed by the talent on display at these shows!

Make every day a special event!

Check out the posts linked above for expanded event coverage from 2016, see full albums on my Fan Page on Facebook, and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

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2016: The Year in Cons

03 October 2017

It seems kind of pointless to recap 2016 when 2017 is starting its final quarter, but I got nothing else going on, lol orz.

First up was the aborted premiere of Looking for Miku at Anime Los Angeles because ALA is trash. First, they scheduled us for 6pm on Friday (we had asked for 9pm or later since some of us were coming from LA) so my co-panelist Jacklyn (who plays Minnie in the film) and I wound up spending 90 minutes in traffic just getting there since it was right in the middle of rush hour. Then, despite repeated assurances from the head of con that our tech needs would be met, they were not prepared to provide the necessary audio hookups. So basically, we spent the entire panel talking about a film that we couldn’t watch and goofing off with the awesome and understanding audience. This was Jacklyn’s second con ever (the first was when we shot the film) and she has opted not to join us for panels since then; she’s too polite to say so but I’m sure her experience with ALA has something to do with it. I was also so disgusted by the way they treated us that I didn’t bother going back the rest of the weekend and skipped them in 2017.

It wasn’t until a few months later that we actually premiered Looking for Miku at Ninja-Con! If you happen to watch the trailer on YouTube or FilmFreeway, you’ll see references to this screening. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to check out the con since the film was rendering up almost until the screening, but what little of it I did see was fun as usual. My friend Danny runs a great event and hopefully you’ll get a chance to check it out if you haven’t already.

After Ninja-Con was Anime Expo which, I have to admit, was the best AX ever, mainly due to Your lie in April creator Naoshi Arakawa‘s presence. For once they had some worthwhile exclusives and I managed to score some awesome loot. Of course, they still managed to miss on the Charity Auction but it wouldn’t be AX without some kind of fail so I wasn’t terrible surprised.

The last con of the year was Pacific Media Expo, where the highlight was the Hitomi concert as well as our screening of Looking for Miku. I was joined by Jackson (who plays Jackie) and we had a great audience who asked us interesting questions and gave us lovely compliments afterwards. Despite the late start of the panel (not our fault), we had a great time at PMX.

Even though I didn’t go to very many cons in 2016, I still had a good time at 75% of them. Still a passing grade! ^^

Check out the posts linked above for expanded con coverage from 2016, see full albums on my Fan Page on Facebook, and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

About Looking for Miku
Indecisive lead character? Check. Tsundere best friend? Check. Confessing to senpai? Uh…. We’ve all had (or have) that crush we wish we could confess to! Shy geek Kitty has a crush on her best friend Minnie’s brother, Jackie. While at an anime convention, however, Jackie falls for a cosplayer and enlists their aid to find her. Will Kitty be able to face her fears and confess her feelings to Jackie before they find the cosplayer? Find out in the award-nominated anime fan film Looking for Miku! Watch the trailer and learn more on FilmFreeway!


Pacific Media Expo 2016, Days 1-2

26 September 2017

Pacific Media Expo returned to its traditional weekend in November for 2016! These’ve actually been sitting for a while but haven’t gone up ’til now b/c Looking for Miku and lazy. ^^;

The Guest of Honor was Hitomi of @home cafe, a maid cafe in Japan. Even though she isn’t really a well-known artist, she put on a great show.

The show actually ran for a little under an hour, including the giveaway (which included calling audience members up on stage) and the group photo.

Hitomi looked right at me! 😀

One of my friends noticed Spawn‘s Michael Jai White in the lobby.

Had never heard of BiS before this late-night panel.

Swap meet was kind of nuts, lol.

The Chillin’ with Voice Actors panel ran late since they apparently started late, so we were bumped back like half an hour. :/

Closed out the night (and con) with Captain Savvy’s Singalong Crew.

PMX 2016 was PMX; mostly hanging out with friends, checking out the main concert and swap meet, and screening Looking for Miku.

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2016 11 11-11 12 Fri-Sat: PMX 2016, Days 1-2


Junk Food Tour! [2016]

04 April 2017

Even on vacation, I manage to find all sorts of nommy noms! Check out some of the treats you can find at your local Asian market and pastry shop!

Welcome to the Land of Snacks!

If you ever get bored of plain rice, try these rice seasonings out!

Halloween-themed Pocky!

Are you brave enough to try Durian Flavor?

I’ve had cheese Ritz sandwiches, but never custard!

Stopping off at a local bakery, I could see why we have an obesity problem — those cupcakes are huge! ;D

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2016 10 06 Thu: Junk Food Tour!


Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show [2016]

14 March 2017

Went to Kouraku for dinner then wound up checking out Q Pop‘s Canine & Feline Charity Art Show, where 10% of the proceeds went to benefit North Central Animal Shelter.

Tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet) is one of my favorite Japanese dishes.

Here’s a look at some of the puppies and kitties your purchases helped.

Didn’t realize that “purrmaids” (cat mermaids) were a thing.

The colors are different, but the blockiness of this unicorn cat reminds me of Unikitty from The Lego Movie!

This Mazinger is pretty impressive even when you don’t consider the fact that a large amount of it is cardboard.

Heroes reference?

Animals driving vehicles — they’re just like us!

You can buy prints from Dreamworks background painter Ji Soo Kim along with the second Cosplay in America book.

There’s always something new to check out in Little Tokyo!

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2016 09 10 Sat: Kouraku and Canine & Feline Charity Art Show


East Meets West [2016]

07 March 2017

Actually got up early on a weekend (wut?) and decided to run around to some spots I hadn’t been to in ages on the west side (west of me, anyway)! I really need to do a better job of taking pictures of the outsides of these places, lol. (Sorry for the crap cell phone quality. OTL)

First stop on my adventure was Big Lou’s, a consignment shop/slot car raceway on Sepulveda, where you can find all sorts of interesting things for sale.

From plushies to ornaments and from Hot Wheels to Transformers, there’s something for everyone here!

I’m pretty sure all those comic book standees are handmade. :O

Afterwards, made it over to Gardena’s Tokyo Central & Main supermarket, which used to be a Marukai.

Another reason to quit this hobby. DX

Here’s an entire section dedicated to Dragon Ball.

If Dollfies aren’t your thing, you can still invest in an Evangelion action figure that costs more than your car payment!

It’s a good thing I haven’t gotten into Gundam (yet)!

The Pokemon saw me coming, haha.

While I didn’t buy anything at Big Lou’s or Tokyo Central & Main, I did buy stuff at second-hand bookstore Book Off’s Del Amo and Gardena locations. I impulse bought the Nono action figure since I actually wound up liking Gunbuster 2: Diebuster the second time around and finally completed my (regular version) collection of the Japanese version of Your Lie in April — for much cheaper than what Kinokuniya was charging in-store or even at AX!

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2016 09 03 Sat: East Meets West


TOM LA SALE! [2016]

07 February 2017

When I heard that the Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) Shop was pulling up stakes and heading up north, I cut out of work early to check out their moving sale! Not sure if they’ve ever opened their doors to the public before, but I order from them all the time online. They usually have some great promos and their loyalty program (in the form of TOM Points) is an added bonus — even though they’ve reworked some of their rules regarding the program.

Most of the items were unmarked so you had to bring them up for them to check the price online. What wasn’t so cool was that the Aniplex+ items were full price (as noted) — which meant they were actually more expensive than buying them on their site!

I’m not a gamer, but all non-figure merchandise was 40%!

Happened to run into Sojian-senpai while I was down there so we did some exploring and wound up grabbing noms at Hakata Ikkousha Ramen.

This was the only loot I wound up getting — a Nendoroid of Best Girl Funami Yui from YuruYuri and a free bag of a Japanese snack that wound up being pretty meh, lol. There were a few things that caught my eye but they seemed to be a bit on the pricey side, even with the discount.

These were taken on my fixed focus cell phone, so excuse the terrible quality. ^^;

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2016 08 22 Mon: Tokyo Otaku Mode LA Warehouse Garage SALE!


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