2015: The Year in Anime

26 July 2016

Here is the final recap post for 2015; the anime I watched!

Started the year off rewatching a couple of films, the first being the third in the series of Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika the Movie Part 3: -Rebellion- (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 叛逆の物語). It was fun to rewatch this sequel to the original TV series/two recap movies and even more fun to watch my friends’ reactions to the mindscrew ending!

Image taken from my coverage of the Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika the Movie Part 3: -Rebellion- premiere in Hollywood!

Next, I unexpectedly wound up rewatching the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie (あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。 めんまへの手紙 / A Letter to Menma). While I didn’t cry the first time I saw the film, there was enough distance from the last viewing that I was bawling my eyes out before it ended.

And, yes, I’m still pissed about those letters (which you can read about here) to this day. XP

I continued to revisit old acquaintances through a couple of OVAs, the first of which was the Highschool of the Dead (学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD) OVA “Drifters of the Dead”. If you thought the main series, which is about highschoolers trying to survive a zombie outbreak, was chock full of fanservice, the OVA pushes it right to the edge of hentai. >/////< The whole thing is pretty much a fantasy/side story/beach episode with no real bearing on the plot. Despite its shortcomings, I actually enjoyed the TV series but since the original work is on an indefinite hiatus, this is prolly the last episode this show will ever release.

Photo of Saeko from the Highschool of the Dead photoshoot I did with Tora-rin.

To be honest, I don’t even remember the Kill la Kill (キルラキル) OVA, but I know I watched it, lol. It was about graduation and closing down the academy and one of the minor characters trying to exact revenge, but honestly I think that plot was the last element that went into creating this over-the-top final visit to Honnouji Academy.

Image of Fight Club Mako from FanimeCon 2014, but you can read my thoughts on the show itself here.

After that, it was time to take the Wayback Machine way back to one of my very first anime, Project A-ko! I’d had the box set sitting on my shelf for literally years and finally decided it was time to crack it open. I’d enjoyed the first A-ko movie when I was younger but never really saw the rest of the entries in the series (save for an unsubbed A-ko 2 and maybe parts of A-ko 3 or A-ko 4).

Project A-ko (プロジェクトA子) came out in the mid-1980s and is a zany fantasy/sci-fi parody film that features tons of in-jokes and homages to other works. I hadn’t watched it a long while and I certainly didn’t know as much about anime then as I do now, so it was like watching it for the first time and it was great fun catching all the things I didn’t remember or notice previously!

The film focuses on three girls named, appropriately, A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko (“Girl A”, “Girl B”, and “Girl C”). A-ko and C-ko are besties but B-ko wants C-ko all to herself so she continually challenges A-ko to increasingly insane battles featuring increasingly insane mecha of her own design. Unfortunately for B-ko, A-ko is ridiculously strong (for reasons alluded to at the end of the film). They ultimately get caught up with aliens who are searching for their long-lost princess and (even more) mayhem ensues. The film features one of my favorite anime soundtracks, which was actually composed by two American musicians (Joey Carbone and Richie Zito) and has English-language songs.

The three sequels, unfortunately, are much weaker. Project A-ko 2: The Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (プロジェクトA子2 大徳寺財閥の陰謀) is about B-ko’s father and the search for alien technology; Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (プロジェクトA子3 シンデレララプソディ) features A-ko and B-ko fighting over a boy’s affections; and Project A-ko 4: FINAL (プロジェクトA子 完結篇) sees previously minor character Miss Ayumi (the girls’ teacher) preparing to get married.

The two OVAs, A-ko The VS (A-ko The ヴァーサス), alternatively called Project A-ko: Uncivil Wars or Project A-ko: Grey Side/Blue Side, were also made back in the day, when OVAs were more experimental and tended to be unrelated to the main stories they were offshoots of. In this alternate universe, bounty-hunting partners A-ko and B-ko attempt to save a kidnapped C-ko from space pirates with the help of a weird little alien named Maruten. It has none of the charm of the rest of the series and I wish they would’ve spent the money making an A-ko 5, lol.

I’ve never run across any A-ko cosplayers or even A-ko merchandise besides the English-translated DVDs and comics/graphic novels, so here is a picture from my Back to School sale (items listed in the post are still available, natch)!

I revisited the movie sequel to Tiger & Bunny, Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising-, which still managed to get me in the feels.

Photo from the theatrical screening that you can read about here.

Following that was (finally) something new to me: Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは) aka HanaIro. After picking it up at AX 2013‘s Charity Auction (still seriously wondering why they didn’t get Mari Okada to autograph it as well since she was there to promote it with P.A. Works producer Nobuhiro Kikuchi but that’s just par for the fail course for AX), it sat on my shelf for three years for no particular reason besides my working on Looking for Miku and prolly fear that Okada-sensei would fail to come through. As much as I wanted to like it, this coming-of-age tale of a girl working at her grandmother’s hot spring inn didn’t live up to my favorite Okada-written works (Toradora! and AnoHana).

Loot photo from coverage of Anime Expo 2013, Day 4.

Going back once more to something familiar, I decided to revisit Diebuster (Aim for the Top 2! / トップをねらえ 2!), the sequel to possibly my favorite anime OVA series of all time, Gunbuster. Why didn’t I just rewatch Gunbuster? I have no idea; I think I was just on a break-open-the-shrinkwrap kick, lol. I’d bought the ridiculously expensive single discs even though I’d been incredibly disappointed by the sequel, but having only seen it as a fansub I decided to give it another go with the official release. I’m happy to say that it made all the difference to my enjoyment of the alien invasion show, and I came to appreciate the connections to the original and the expansion of the universe. The included booklets and notes were also a nice extra.

Photo of Diebuster cosplayers from AX13.

Was happy to revisit some old friends on my anime feels trip and also glad to meet some new ones! Feel free to make your recommendations on what I should watch next in the comments below, and check out my Fan Page on Facebook as well as The Vault on Facebook for more of my adventures!


Anime Expo 2015, Day 4

17 November 2015

The last day of AX is usually a mad rush to get out of the hotel and do a final sweep of the dealers hall before it closes, but since I did most of my poking around yesterday I was able to take it a bit easier and even managed to have breakfast!

They were already kicking us out, lol.

Once we made it back to con we went through the cosplay set area for some pictures. This little Riddler really got into it!

“Have you seen my Valkyrie?”

Ariel! ❤

Snuck some shots of this Madoka in the bedroom set (hence the crop).

Checked out the Nendoroid and Little Witch Academia exhibits (some Nendo shots are in the Day 3 post and album) before going back up to the dealers hall.

Popped into Bluefin (official Gundam US distributor) for a quick sec and saw these Robo Kitties on display.

After the hall closed we went off-site to get some lunch before returning one more time so my friends could take photos of cosplayers, like this female Winter Soldier. Honestly, I was ready to call it by this point but looking back at Day 4 of AX13 (the last time I was at AX), my friends were the ones waiting for me so I guess it was only fair, lol.

Nia from Gurren Lagann! ❤

I’m told this is from Monster Hunters. Hope that poor piggy wasn’t friends with whoever’s roasting on the spit!

One day I will watch One Piece! (Though I’m sure it’ll day a lot more than just one day, lol.)

Never watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, either. ^^;

First time I think I’ve ever seen Garterbelt from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

Only played Mortal Kombat a few times and I’ve only seen the first movie.

Snuck this shot of Saber Lily in the middle of a photoshoot.

Loots! Didn’t actually buy anything; most of it came out of the attendee pack, lol. That included the program, Dragon Ball air freshener, promo card from Summoner’s War, Crunchyroll fan, and coolish tote bag (still not as cool as the one from ALA9 in 2013 though). Got multiples of some items since they had a ton of bags left at the end of the weekend and were giving them out. Other freebies were the Pocky and Gudetama (Sanrio‘s lazy egg character) chopsticks that were being handed out in literal fistfuls! My friend got me the Ariel Pop! ❤ and I finally picked up the commission I'd ordered… at AX12, lol.

It was good to be back to AX after my absence last year and being under the radar let me enjoy it more than I might have otherwise. Still, some of the shine has started to wear off and going to AX (or cons in general) is no longer the must-do that it used to be. Maybe when Looking for Miku is finally done and ready to be shown, I'll be excited for cons once again!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and be sure to Like The Vault on Facebook, where I’m finally caught up through 2010! 😀

2015 07 05 Sun: Anime Expo 2015, Day 4

Full Coverage of Anime Expo 2015:

Anime Expo 2015, Days 0-2
Anime Expo 2015, Day 3
Anime Expo 2015, Day 4

FanimeCon 2014, Days 2-4

01 July 2014

Here is the second post covering the remaining days of FanimeCon 2014!

Most of Day 2 was spent checking out the Dealers Hall and tagging along with Sojian-senpai as he shot with It’s Itsuka and her friends… twice! Look for those albums coming soon.

I’m not sure if this was a DC vs Capcom group. I thought it was supposed to be Marvel vs Capcom?

So many pretty Ariel arts! ♥

View from the catwalk at The Fairmont. Finally went back to Bijan for the first time since my first photoshoot with Aoi Mizuno and shyot way back in 2011! :O

As expected, there were a crapton of Kill la Kill (キルラキル) cosplayers this con! Here are the Nudist Beach vers. of Inumuta Houka, Jakuzure Nonon, Kiryuuin Satsuki, Gamagouri Ira, and two(?) Mikisugi Aikurous!

Ran into this Ariel at the beginning of Day 3! Day 3 was Black & White Ball, so after spending most of the afternoon with my lovely friend Luna Lovely I had to run all the way back to the DoubleTree to get ready before spending the evening with many nattily dressed otaku.

This steampunk-inspired Sailor Moon group was super awesome!

Twenty years of Fanime!

First Akuma Homura I’ve ever seen and the first Madokami I’ve seen in a while!

The last day is always a short one, but oddly enough I wound up taking the most pictures at con on Day 4! :3a

Having recently finished Kill la Kill, I was happy to actually recognize so many cosplays from this wildly popular show. Was able to snag Matoi Ryuuko as she was running to a photoshoot!

Mankanshoku Mako was taking a break but she was kind enough to let me take a couple of shots. I love Mako Fight Club President ver.’s brass knuckles!

Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan.

Quick peek at the new fixture/sculpture that replaced the pool/fountain.

While FanimeCon fell short for me this year for reasons both related and unrelated to the con itself, I still got to hang out with my friends, meet some new people, and (re)learn some important life lessons. Hopefully the rest of the year’s cons go more smoothly!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and check out The Vault on Facebook, where I’ve been posting events from 2009! 😀

2014 05 24-05 26 Sat-Mon: FanimeCon 2014, Days 2-4

Full Coverage of FanimeCon 2014:

FanimeCon/Clockwork Alchemy 2014, Days 0-1
FanimeCon 2014, Days 2-4
Princess Jellyfish Photoshoot
Fate/Zero Photoshoot

FanimeCon/Clockwork Alchemy 2014, Days 0-1

24 June 2014

FanimeCon is usually my favorite con of the year, but this time I was stuck at the DoubleTree so it kind of took away from the 24-hour nature of the con for me. The bad news is I don’t think I ever made it to con before 3 or 4pm in the afternoon due to having to wait for the shuttle, but the good news is that I finally got to check out Fanime’s sister con, the steampunk-themed Clockwork Alchemy!

Since Clockwork Alchemy was right downstairs, I went to check it out. The Artist’s Gallery showcases work by artists and artisans. This re-imagined Sonic Screwdriver was pretty neat!

It’s bigger on the outside, lol. Apparently this is a screen-used TARDIS.

This mechanical man was pretty cool, but I’m not sure if it’s able to move or anything.

This is The Steampunk Proton Pack; I guess ghostbusting has been around for a very long time!

Where do I sign up? xD

In The War Room, you can get hands-on instruction in martial arts!

Headgear is an important part of steampunk! Here are some superhero hats; how many can you identify?

When done well, steampunk outfits are really stunning.

He stayed in character the whole time and was therefore confounded by the device with which I captured his image, lol.

On my way to noms with friends when I ran into these guys from The Lego Movie!

We waited TWO HOURS to get into Swap Meet. -_-; One of my prizes was this Sakura Kyouko casual version!

Moemura and HomuHomu! Which version is your favorite?

Cool checking out Clockwork Alchemy for the first time, and great to be back at my favorite con even though I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I should have. Another recap and two photoshoots coming soon!

See the full album on my Fan Page on Facebook and check out The Vault on Facebook, where I’ve been posting events from 2009! 😀

2014 05 22-05 23 Thu-Fri: FanimeCon/Clockwork Alchemy 2014, Days 0-1

Full Coverage of FanimeCon 2014:

FanimeCon/Clockwork Alchemy 2014, Days 0-1
FanimeCon 2014, Days 2-4
Princess Jellyfish Photoshoot
Fate/Zero Photoshoot

2013: The Year in Anime

13 May 2014

Another recap post, this one covering the anime I watched in 2013! While I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, proceed with caution if you haven’t seen these!

Revisited many old friends and caught up on some of their new adventures this past year. As mentioned in last year’s recap of 2012’s anime, I kicked off the year by fighting the power with my imouto by showing her Gurren Lagann, one of my favorites! We marathoned it over the course of a few days, and this giant mech show about believing in yourself and growing up still manages to hold up and to push the right emotional buttons. And Nia Teppelin is still my waifu from this show. ❤

Image of Simoun and Nia cosplayers from my FanimeCon 2013 Day 1 post.

Once I got back to LA, the next series was School Days (スクールデイズ), an adaptation of the eroge by the same name. I watched it mainly for that (in)famous last episode about some nice boat. 😉 While much of the eroge-style “action” is implied and the show is actually quite tame except for some fan service at a waterpark, it still feels pretty dirty, lol. The last episode is not for the squeamish, but that’s for entirely different reasons. D: I do have to say that I really felt for Katsura Kotonoha, and by the end I was rooting for her to get stabby, haha.

No pictures from School Days, but have a picture from my Back to School sale!

I needed something a little bit happier for my next series, so I caught up on Nichijou (日常), which I had kind of started before the break. It’s a hilarious and off-the-wall slice-of-life comedy show with each episode presenting vignettes featuring its many protagonists. I found myself needing to pause and rewind quite often in order to catch the many jokes and sight gags that litter this show!

Image of Mio cosplayer from my AX13 Day 3 album on Facebook.

I’d heard about Usagi Drop (aka Bunny Drop / うさぎドロップ) due, I think, to a sale on Rightstuf or somewhere. It’s a short 11-episode series, so I checked it out. It was quite a sweet and lovely show about a man who adopts his recently-deceased grandfather’s illegitimate six-year-old daughter, with great opening and closing theme songs. Wanting to learn more, I looked up what happens in the manga; I’m glad they concluded the show where they did, as the story kind of takes a turn into the squicky as it continues.

Random picture of a couple of bunny girls from my Haruhi Suzumiya sale!

There was a sale on the figure of Subaru from Wish Upon the Pleiades (aka Hōkago no Pleiades / 放課後のプレアデス), so I watched this one-shot offering from Gainax about a girl who becomes a magical girl to see if the figure was worth buying. The OVA left such an impression on me that I’d forgotten I’d watched it when I updated my most-recently-watched-anime list on Facebook. -_-; I did like the Homura clone, but seriously, Gainax, what gives? Even as a car commercial it fails since there were no cars! (The short was a co-production with car-maker Subaru, the lead character’s namesake as well as the inspiration for the title, since Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster.)

Nothing from this OVA, so here’s a photo of an itasha from my Royal/T post!

Had been interested in watching Working!! (aka Wagnaria!!) ever since I saw the box sets from NIS America. It’s a pretty funny slice-of-life show that takes place in a restaurant. The manager, Shirafuji Kyōko, reminded me very much of Itō Nobue, the older sister from Strawberry Marshmallow, another favorite slice-of-life series of mine. Working!! wound up being pretty funny, though the whole androphobia schtick with Inami Mahiru started to get old after a while. Yamada Aoi, an anime-only character, wound up being my favorite from this show and I’m sorry I missed out on the sale that HobbySearch had on a t-shirt featuring her.

No pictures related to Working!!; have a photo of Strawberry Marshmallow loots instead, haha.

I have no idea why I picked up Double J (だぶるじぇい), a truly painful and mercifully short series about The Cultural Activity Preservation Club at a school. The episodes were around 5 minutes each and seemed to have been done entirely in Flash. While I could understand and appreciate the theme behind the series of the slow erosion and loss of traditional cultural activities, this is still probably the worst series I’ve ever had the displeasure of finishing.

Here are some traditional performers from Nisei Festival 2013!

Had heard good things about Angel Beats! (エンジェルビーツ!) and was not disappointed. Despite a rocky start where the lead characters seemed to be clones of characters from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the show quickly starting throwing plot twist after plot twist, changing gears every few episodes. There was a lot of action, humor, and feels packed into this 13-episode series about dead teenagers, and I really wish it’d lasted longer. Despite its flaws, some of which were quite glaring, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it may very well be one of my favorites of the year.

Image of loot from my FanimeCon 2013 Day 4 post.

Everyone seemed to be going on about Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア), about a school for witches, produced by new upstart company Studio Trigger. I was happy to learn that Hidaka Noriko (aka Nagai Noriko), the voice of my waifu Noriko Takaya from Gunbuster, voiced Shiny Chariot. While the episode was enjoyable (and a lot more entertaining than any of the Harry Potter films I’ve seen), I still don’t quite get the hype — it’s really a rather basic and predictable story. Also, the protagonist, Akko Kagari, was a bit too earnest for my liking, so my favorite character wound up being the Draco Malfoy-ish Diana Cavendish. Also, it always strikes me as a bit of a crass money-grab when a full-fledged studio runs a Kickstarter campaign for their productions; Trigger didn’t seem to have any problems making Kill La Kill, after all. 😛

Image of autographed poster from my AX13 Day 4 album on Facebook.

Following that was A-Channel and A-Channel + smile (Aチャンネル), another high school slice-of-life series. It was funny and entertaining, but didn’t really leave much of a lasting impression, unfortunately.

Here is a random school room, taken during AX13 Day 3, lol.

During the summer I tackled The Idolmaster (aka THE iDOLM@STER / アイドルマスター) universe. A friend of mine had been flogging the series for a long time so I started with Idolmaster: Xenoglossia. I expected American Idol × K-ON! and wound up getting Armageddon × Evangelion, lol. It’s a good thing that I prefer to watch things in canon order and if there are alternate versions I just start with the one that came first, since the Idolmaster fans kind of hate the alternate universe of Xenoglossia, haha.

Unbelievably, I have yet to knowingly run into any iM@s cosplayers, so here’s the EVA Cockpit Gathering at FanimeCon 2013 Day 2.

Not knowing anything about the canon series, as a standalone and essentially original work Xenoglossia wasn’t so bad. It’s definitely influenced by Evangelion but I found it to be more charming and more coherent, with less annoying leads. There’s even a Misato clone, which I’m pretty okay with, since she’s pretty much waifu #1 from that series. Sunrise did pull some punches in typical fashion; for some reason I found myself thinking of Mai-HiME a lot at the end, even though they are two completely different shows.

Image of sanitynevermore as Shizuru from my Mai-HiME Photoshoot post.

After Xenoglossia were the series from the canon universe: The Idolmaster Live For You!, The Idolmaster, and The Idolmaster Shiny Festa. Definitely an entirely different setting with a host of different characters. It took a while, but I’m amazed that I was able to keep the dozen girls being groomed to be idols and their handful of supporting characters straight in the end! While I’m not sure how much of the music made it over from the original game series the shows are based on, some of it was quite good.

Here’s a photo of real-life idol LiSA during her concert during AX12 Day 3.

As you can imagine, it took a while to watch all of The Idolmaster oeuvre. Meanwhile, my friends were trying their hardest to spoil Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人), arguably the most popular show of the year, for me. >< In my attempt to stave off spoilers, this became the first show I ever watched on Crunchyroll as it aired. I generally prefer to marathon my shows, but it became my replacement for 24 (which has finally returned to US airwaves!) for its addictive, must-watch status. This show about humans fighting giant cannibals certainly lived up to the hype and hopefully the wait won’t be too long before season two is ready to air!

Image of Kazumi Cosplay as Sasha from my Sasha Braus Photoshoot post.

Took a break in the fall from pretty much everything as I pushed through pre-production and the first half of shooting for my short film Looking for Miku before I was able to finish off the rest of the offerings (at the time) from The IdolmasterPuchimas! Petit Idolmaster (ぷちます! -PETIT IDOLM@STER-). This series includes super-deformed as well as miniaturized versions of the main cast, and the level of sweetness here is almost intolerable. xD A second season has been airing since last month, so I’ll need to check it out soon!

Here are some small — b/c I was sitting so far away — K-pop idols from KCON 2013!

All the girls (and some of the guys) I know had been talking about Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, based on the light novel High Speed! (ハイ☆スピード!) so I was kind of forced to check it out, lol. While I could understand the appeal due to much fan service and shipping opportunities that this show about a high school boys’ swim team, I found the main story to be kind of drama…free, the characters to be kind of bland, and the designs to be kind of funky (especially their weird, weird necks).

Image of Free! cosplayers courtesy of j.jr.image from my Pacific Media Expo 2013 post.

Finally got to the theaters again over a year after the last time, and it was again for Akemi Homura! Checked out the newest Madoka Magika film, Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Part 3: Rebellion and while I had some problems with it immediately after the viewing (it reeked of bad fan fiction), on further reflection I came to appreciate it for what it was — the premise taken to extremes and a natural extension of the universe. Homura finally made it to waifu status during that out-of-left-field third act, and epic gunfight is epic!

Image of the Madoka 3 premiere at the Egyptian Theatre from my post linked above.

I had known that the second season of Oreimo, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。) (that period is not a typo; it’s part of the title), had aired a while ago, but kept forgetting to check it out. Maybe my subconscious was trying to tell me something. :/ After such a great first season, the second season of this show about a guy and his otaku sister devolved into an absolute mess of a harem “comedy”. It quickly destroyed any good will left over from the first season and then its OVA specials just went over-the-top with its non-sense and squick factor. The only part worth watching was when Manami finally took care of business; cathartic, for sure.

Image of Aoi Mizuno as Kuroneko from my Anime Los Angeles 8 post.

After that, it was time to go home for the holidays, and so I once again got to introduce imouto to some of my favorite anime. We watched Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ), Hosoda Mamoru’s cautionary tale about living life in the digital age and the celebration of family and friends. It was actually the first time I’ve seen it in Japanese, as I’d originally seen a dubbed (and pan and scanned! :O ) version of it when it played in arthouses in Los Angeles.

No photos from Summer Wars, but here’s a photo from my Gainax sale, since Sadamoto Yoshiyuki did the character designs for Evangelion and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (ふしぎの海のナディア) as well as Summer Wars!

In anticipation of the upcoming Stateside release of the film version of Anohana, we marathoned a screening of Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (aka Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day / あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。) — another anime with a sentence for a title, orz. This drama about a group of estranged childhood friends still managed to get me in the feels, though I think its close proximity to the film screening may’ve dulled my response to the movie (that, and maybe the fact that they “ran out” of those damn letters).

Image of Menma from my AX13 Day 2 post.

Even discounting repeats, that was a lot of shows! But like everything else, I’m sure some of you may’ve watched even more. How many did you watch last year? Which were your favorites? Feel free to leave your comments and to make your recommendations on what I should watch next below, and check out my Fan Page on Facebook as well as The Vault on Facebook for more of my adventures!

Madoka -Rebellion- Premiere/Meetup [Dec 2013]

07 February 2014

Double-posts continue with more recaps of events from 2013. ^^;

The third in the series of Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, the ridiculously titled Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika the Movie Part 3: -Rebellion- (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 叛逆の物語), had its US Premiere at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in early December! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the actual event, but I did manage to stop by and take a few photos of the proceedings.

Tickets for the event sold out in a matter of hours!

Wonder who got to take this awesome banner home?

I wasn’t able to stay and take pictures since they were shooing away folks who didn’t have movie tickets or press passes, but I know my friends Cristina Vee and Lauren Landa were among those who walked the red carpet.

Madoka cosplayers! I think Madoka might be RuffleButt Cosplay?

Forget the Madoka banner, I wants the HomuHomu one!

All the grillwork gets in the way of the Egyptian sign, but from the other angle Madoka is smaller. :p

I finally got to see the film the following Saturday at the same place I saw the first two films (-Beginnings- and -Eternal-), the Downtown Independent near Little Tokyo, during its Oscar-qualifying run! Yep, the film’s makers submitted -Rebellion- to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration as Best Animated Feature Film, and one of the requirements is a week-long engagement in Los Angeles.

So many different posters with Homerun. Why didn’t they give them away like they did last time?? *sob*

It was the first showing on Saturday and limited exclusives at Anime Jungle’s booth were already selling out! D:

An Aniplex rep laid down the ground rules for the screening — namely, no photos or videos. If they caught anyone recording either, they were going to stop the screening and send everyone out! DX

Afterwards, we stopped in Little Tokyo for noms at Restaurant Aoi. Had never been there before, but it was quite tasty!

Enjoyed the festive Christmas decorations in Little Tokyo Village Plaza before calling it a night. I’m not sure where they store this huge Christmas tree when it’s not the holidays!

Managed to get a couple of theater exclusives: the Charlotte cell phone holder (though I don’t have a smart phone -_-; ), a couple of bandanas that I’ll never wear, and a Homura mini-signboard (I’d gotten Madokami and Homura but traded for the solo image of Homura).

Also managed to score a poster, fufufu. 😉

While I didn’t initially enjoy -Rebellion- as I did the show, the more I thought about its deeper meanings and allegories, the more I could see its brilliance. Plus, this is what finally elevated HomuHomu to waifu status, haha. So glad I was able to enjoy the film in the company of friends, all without having to make a contract! 😉

See more photos from the premiere and the screening I attended in the album on my Facebook Page!

2013 12 03 Tue/12 07 Sat: MSMM -Rebellion- Premiere/Meetup

FanimeCon 2013, Days 3-4

03 September 2013

Days 3 and 4 of FanimeCon 2013 were light days, since Day 3 was the day of the Black & White Ball and Day 4 is traditionally short anyway!

Awesome couples cosplay! Though I’m not sure if they would’ve been allowed into the Black & White Ball with these outfits; the Ball has a pretty strict dress code. Most of the day was devoted to activities related to the Ball since I’d been interested in attending it for a while. Of course, this meant that I also had to learn how to dance, since I have two left feet. ^^;

Saw another awesome couples cosplay 😉 after lunch before I headed over to learn whatever dance they were teaching, which happened to be the waltz. Ran into my friend Sylpharios, who was wearing her Nadie cosplay, and we decided to do a shoot before we changed up for the dance (photos coming soon!).

Rogue and Psylocke! I loved the Jim Lee era of The X-Men.

After the shoot with Sylpharios, I popped into the Dealers Hall for a sec. So many Kiki cosplayers this year! I guess everyone heard about the live-action version that’s being made? Soon, it was time for the Ball, but I didn’t want to lug around my camera, so I didn’t get any photos there. Maybe next time!

The last day of con is always a crapshoot as folks are leaving and everything closes early. My last lunch at Hoagie Steak Out was my usual Rocky Philly but my friend had the Pepperini.

I managed to get a few photos after seeing some friends off — including some shots of this really sweet Nia cosplayer! Messenger Nia didn’t really do a whole lot in the show, so we tried the typical Gurren Lagann pose!

Sailor Moon, but I’m not sure who the other character is.

Such a cute Miku!

Ran into peppymiint cosplay again!

I love how the orange background complements Mami so well!

Haha, this Street Fighter group was pretty awesome!

I waited forever for this Catherine to finish her shoot before asking for her picture!

I’m not sure how the carpool lane worked. Piggyback rides?

This time last year, the screen had already gone dark and it was quite depressing, lol.

In the evening, I wandered around a bit and took some photos of the city.

The Sainte Claire is such a pretty hotel!

You can tell most of these were taken on Day 5 since the streets are so empty, lol.

Loot post! All this stuff was from Swap Meet.

Finally found my Homuhomu, and was able to talk down the price! Got an official Angel Beats! shirt for cheap but neglected to bring it to AX to get it signed. DX Had been eying the Carmen 99 from Gun x Sword for years and finally got her for a rather good price! Got an assortment of trading figs from a couple of sellers — my two waifus from Haruhi Suzumiya came with the Rin and the Azumanga Daioh and School Rumble chains/figures were less than a dollar each!

You can find more photos in two albums on my new Facebook Page!

2013 05 26-05 27 Sun-Mon: FanimeCon 2013, Days 3-4
2013 05 23-05 27 Thu-Mon: San Jose

Full Coverage of FanimeCon 2013:

FanimeCon 2013, Days 0-1
FanimeCon 2013, Day 2
Asuka (Yamashita Ver.) Photoshoot/EVA Cockpit
FanimeCon 2013, Days 3-4
Sasha Braus Photoshoot
Ahri Outdoors Photoshoot
Clover Field (Yotsuba) Photoshoot
Ahri Indoors Photoshoot
Nightwing and Black Bat Photoshoot
Nadie Photoshoot

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