A night of poor sleep and breakfast (tip: bring as much of your own food as possible. You will save money which is a good thing at a con) we headed out to see a panel.
The first panel of the day was of interest to me: “Parents Guide to Anime”. This panel was presented by Mr. David Rothman who is author of a book of the same name as the panel. He was a knowledgeable presenter who guide d the audience through a background in anime, it’s influences that western (American audiences) may find objectionable, and how to screen for things as a parent. He had a scholarly approach, but it was also very evident that he is a fan as well. It was an enjoyable and interesting panel. I had spoken to him the day before and I will be reviewing his book at a later date.
After that it was time to wander and go to the merchandise room.
Of course there were cosplayers of all sorts.
Like from Devil is a Part-Timer.
Dragons from Yona of the Dawn.
Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.
Eruka and Blair from Soul Eater.
And of course Soul and Maka.
Mayoi Hachikuji from Bakemonogatari.
No convention would be complete with out Deadpools.
My younger son and I decided we were going to go out for lunch at Mitsuwa Market, but on our way back to the hotel to get the car we did see these guys.
Mitsuwa Market is a Japanese supermarket chain that have a few locations throughout the USA. Each features a food court with several restaurants featuring Japanese foods.
We had planned on going there for their ever popular ramen, but decided on something different. We instead opted to go to the place serving rice bowls. My son got Katsudon and I opted for the garlic pork rice bowl. The wait was long…very long…probably 1 1/2 hours to order and get our food. It was good though. Very tasty!
And for desert from Releaf: Chocolate for him and a Matcha Parfait for me.
After the long break we returned to the con to see The Funimation Industry panel followed by the Noragami dub premiere with a voice actor panel after featuring Micah Solusod, Bryn Apprill, and Alexis Tipton. It was a good dub and the voice actors were amusing.
We encountered a few characters before and after our panels of course.
Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun
Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist.
These two from Kancolle (I did not envy them trying to maneuver through the crowds).
La Muerte from Book of Life.
It was a long day and we headed back to the hotel to get some rest before a short day at the con on Sunday and a long drive home.
Sunday we hit the merch room one last time, watched part of a Anime Tearjerker panel and saw the Samurai Dan panel/ performance. If you get a chance: go see Samurai Dan and Jillian, they are a lot of fun.
We checked out of the hotel and headed home. Tired, but happy with a really enjoyable weekend.
I could put another picture up…
I have a few more…
maybe just one…
Why not Zoidberg?