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11 July 2008 @ 10:36 am
久しぶりにAnime Expo 2008~☆★  
Yaaay, I'm finally back from Anime Expo!! <33 Overall, I had a really great time, and honestly, leaving behind the sunshine was enough to make me wish that I didn't have to fly back to Tokyo so soon.. ^^;;

I spent most of the con trying to find out where things are (the map was TERRIBLE and LA convention center staff were quite rude/unhelpful), and then rushing from one thing to another or from one person to another, or going out trying to find supplies that we hadn't gotten yet. Busy busy!! I feel kind of bad that I troubled friends for telephone numbers and then didn't have any chance to make calls. ;o; Our hotel was the Westin Bonaventure, which was GORGEOUS!! Although there was a free shuttle, it was still pretty far from the convention center, which I didn't really like. I wish that they'd put it back in Anaheim!! <3<3 But at least the main events theatre was really awesome this time around! I'd missed that. =D

I was completely shocked that the big winner by sheer numbers of cosplay was Vampire Knight. I had no idea that it was so popular!! :O It was kind of like the Chiis from back in 2001/2/3/etc.. Except that it takes actual work to make a Vampire Knight costume! Just wooooow. o.o I must have seen at least one cosplayer in the school uniforms every 5 minutes that I was walking around. XD Unfortunately, other than two so-so Altos and one CUTE Ranka, I didn't see any Macross F cosplayers. Maybe it's too new? There was very little in the way of Gundam 00 too, although I'd been under the impression that it was really popular. But I think that I just get Japan (where it's insanely popular) mixed up with America sometimes. Vampire Knight is only mildly popular here. And sadly, I didn't see a Kodomo no Jikan cosplayer.. not that I'd really expected one.. (but can't help but hope!) ^^;;

It was really weird being at AX without my usual crew... Elvy, Athy, and Nav, I missed you!! :O California without you is like... sushi without tons of wasabi... still yummy, but somehow missing something! I did get the chance to meet with a lot of friends, though! ^^ Sosiqui (sorry I didn't get to call you!), Alie (ditto!), Trisha (I can't wait until you come to visit!), Kato (ditto!), Chris (WOW awesome coincidence! I wish we could have talked longer!), Jenn (OMG so happy I saw you!!), Nori (So glad that I finally met you! Erin talks about you all the time :)), Sunny (So surprised!!! WAI!), Mew (kya! Happy happy!!), and of course wonderful Kei-chan whom must have been fed up with our constant perusal of her booth :3.

I'm not sure what to say other than I revived my interest in cosplaying x 1000%!! And I'm not sure if I want to go back next year due to poor showings of the Maquerade and unfair treatment at the Shokotan concert (which was enjoyable nevertheless though I'd never heard of her before). I really, REALLY wish that I could go to ComicCon this year though. With the new ElfQuest movie announcement and 30th anniversary, you have no idea what I'd give to be there!!! :O Maybe next year, if I can talk some people into going with me!! (Karen and Jon? Wally? AZ trio? Japan ppl? Anyone??)


This was the industry/press-only panel about the future of fansubs.. It was really interesting to hear what people in the different businesses are thinking, though I didn't always agree with them. I do agree however, with the statement that someone made, "illegal fansubs will always exist, unless you make them unnecessary." I actually could talk about this forever, and I have a million ideas on how the anime industry could handle this better (at least on the japanese side), but I think that's best for a separate post. What do you think?

Otaku in Crime at the Karaoke All-stars performance. ^^ At center-right is my friend Trisha, whom I was really close with while she lived in Japan. Please come back!! ^o^ At far-right is Alie, whom is part of my US-cosplay group, O². Speaking of which, I really want to do something together again!! You should all come to Japan and stay with me for a while!!! :3

Starting on the weird... Here is ME in my first costume... a girl-Hallelujah from Gundam 00! Mwahahhaa!! I was supposed to act crazy and all...

Here is dilettantka as girl-Tieria. Check out the special red eyes!

We met some new friends in the dealer's room... =D

Bandai was sponsoring a Host Club! LOL!! I had no idea that I'd taken a picture of a friend until much later on.. XD

Pac-man goes on a rampage!!

I actually thought I would never miss green tea... but I was so wrong. I had to stop for free drinks here!! ToT

Gundam 00 gathering commence!! Girl&boy Tieria, girl-Hallelujah&boy-Allelujah! =D

The despair of Lockon.. XDXD

It's RANKA LEE!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Why was she the only one??? ToT

LOL Ummmm... Erin decided at the last moment that she wanted to be Nadleeh..

I love Louise!!! <3<3<3 So even though Halle might not.. XD I DO!!

She made SUCH an awesome Alle!! I must say, we're quite the pair.. :3

LOLOL I don't know!!

I actually love this shot and the next one... :3

LOL now come one, this is almost canon!! XD These two were great =D

Possibly the best expression EVAR. =D

I'm touching your... balls... >.>;;

Gundam helps give Lockon what he's missing..!!

Halle x Nadleeh..?

The two Setsunas were so cute!!!! <3

C'mon he would have a camera too!! =D Somehow this seemed appropriate!

Nadleeh/ee970 says it all. =D

Tieria's secret feelings..

Picture from the official arts....


Do you see why I love Louise??? ^o^

OMG FINALLY!!! Xel/Zel was my first yaoi OTP, and it was here for the taking!! these girls were so nice, humoring me by letting me take their picture together.. :3 :3 :3

These are totally for you, Robin!!!! If you're out there still!! <3<3 (miss you!) If it wasn't for you, I would have never became a yaoi fan all those years ago... ^^

Me and Eda/ Halle and Tieria fooling around with the camera again. =D

Nice expression!

??? Nice-Halle does not compute..

Yes the girls rule in Gundam 00!!

I found a cute Hatsune Miku!! =D

And this Matsumoto became my new friend when she let me take a picture like this :3 Seriously..... maybe I should look for her email address somewhere! :3 :3 :3

I really want to watch Gurren Lagan now.... ToT

In the elevator. =D

Eda in her yukata for the 4th of July. ^-^

Me in mine. ^-^ I've had it since last summer and never worn it until I got to America!! LOL go figure! XD

I had no idea that Wendy Pini, the artist of ElfQuest, was going to be at AX!! What an awesome coincidence!!! She was so nice, too! It was really a nice surprise! ^^

Yay Orihime in her SS outfit!! Yaay! I want to cosplay this ^^

Enjoying the outdoor patio/swim area of the hotel. ^^

Kabaji (ee970), Gakuto (lj user=dilettantka>), and Oshitari (me!)

Gakuto hams it up. :)

Oshitari is a bit more subtle with his sexiness... :P OK, I feel weird saying that about myself. ^^;;

Theoretically, I was blowing bubble, but no bubbles got in the photograph! XD Erin was definitely blowing them!

The Oshitari series.. =D

Kabaji is looking mighty Kabaji today... XD

Back at'cha!

Sonic!! They were so awesome!!! I didn't realize that that girl in front is Sally until I got home, though! I wish I had realized, she is my favorite!!!!! <3

Heartless-Sora's eyes lit up... is that not seriously AWESOME??!

A stately pair. =D And so IC.. XD

There are two of me!! :O

Atobe Sandwich XD

Calm for once...?

Gakuto sandwich? O.o I think the filling came out..

Speaking of getting squeezed!! I love this picture of me and Jen!! XDXDXDXD!!

Me and Wendy Pini ♥ It was so great to finally get to meet her.. ^^ I wish her luck!! I wonder if she was scared by my costumed tallness.. XD

All of the booths were quite boring, sadly... ToT

Tetris!!! =D

Yeah... I'm not sure, either..

I LOVE THESE TWO ♥♥♥♥♥ I saw them from a mile away and stole them away from their Bleach group to take pictures together.. I LOVE how nice people are about that nowadays!! ^^

It was quite warm out (105?) but there was no humidity so it was actually quite nice feeling!! <3<3

Heheheeee Nori as Atobe. She was a great Atobe!!

This is Shokotan at her concert... It was my first time hearing of her, so I wasn't all that interested in seeing her, but I picked up 3rd row tickets in the press office (there aren't many perks but there are a few!). My overall impressions of her are: 1. average voice, though a bit squeaky. She's not that great of a singer (though on the GL op, she sounds better... but live is very tinny), and 2. she has a very addictive personality. She was so endearing, the way that she talked in ways that a normal person would, as opposed to a star on stage.. I found myself thinking that she seemed really sincere, and like she might be a good type of friend to have. ^^ Of course, it might have had to do with the fact that she romped out dressed in a Yoko (GL) costume halfway through.. >.> (I certainly wouldn't mind if my friends did that!).

Sexy-jutstu!! XD Yay for Naruto... actually, I've never watched it outside of one episode and the musical a few years ago...

More Bleach goodness!!

I don't know who the guy Eda wanted to pose with is... Just that he's a Gundam character...

Shugo chara!! I was really (pleasantly) surprised!! <3

Speaking of pleasant surprises! I completely randomly ran into Chris, who is a friend from college!!!!! So awesome!! ♥

Kei-chan in her booth of awesome! <3<3 Thank you so much for everything!!

Beautiful sunsets in L.A......

If you look closely at Gakuto's toes...

Banner in the main hall...

From the masquerade: Konpachi!! XDXDXD I laughed so hard!! The masquerade was overall a big let-down, but there were a few really funny skits. ^^

I loved this guy's Kite costume. WOW!!!! O.O

More pretty buildings. ^^

Me and Kato. ^^ LOL it was hilarious, Eda had actually taken a picture with him earlier, and had no idea that he was an old friend of mine! XD Next time he comes to Tokyo we'll have to hang out as a group-- and I promised to eat japanese this time! XD

These round skyscrapers are actually our hotel ^^ Svelte, ne? ^^

The japanese coast from the airplane~~^^

It was with great sadness that I bid sunny and friendly CA goodbye. -.-;; Adeiu, adios, mata ne... xie chien au revoir, until I spend a lot of money to see you again..
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: don't make me unleash these puppiesdilettantka on July 11th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
omgggg your pictures turned out so great ;o;

p.s. email me the linku XD
I'm gonna just steal a couple from here to post with if that's okay~~~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 11th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
That's fine~ ^-^

Remember the ones that I sent you are the original versions.. most of these have "pretty editing" done, as I call it. XD Quick versions.. XD
(no subject) - dilettantka on July 11th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on July 11th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - dilettantka on July 11th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on July 11th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
バクshuyuki on July 11th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
I saw you just when you arrived. :[] You were with a friend and I was like "oh man, I should go say hi!" but I was in line for the exhibit hall.

Aw, you should come next year~ What's this about the Shokotan concert? :[

Seems like you generally had a good time here though, so I'm glad. XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 11th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Ah man you definitely should go and say hi the next time!! ^^

I'm not sure about next year. It didn't seem nearly as well-run as years before, and I really don't like how the hotels are so far away..

Mmmm at Shokotan, let's just say there was a problem involving a guy with a zoom lens constantly snapping pictures of her. :/
pipichanpipichan on July 11th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
look like so much fun! thanks for sharing the pictures~ If you can do a post about the fansubs thing at the expo that'd be great really :]
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if I'll have the time to do it, but I will if I can sometime. ^___^ It's mostly just my opinion though.. =D
Linstarrbeam on July 11th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures
Linstarrbeam on July 11th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: !
Opps I pressed enter by accident. But now I see everyone cosplaying now I wanna cosplay!!!! *pouts*
^^ next time you go somewhere I wanna go too :D

Also love that brown wig on you! You should try that style :D
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hagelschadenhagelschaden on July 11th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
The blue wig looks really cool on you.
Heartless-Sora is creepy O_O
And I love Hatsune Miku and Matsumoto(that pic is really hot x//D)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Ooooo thank you! And wasn't that Matsumoto something? I should have gotten her number!! :p
Chacolechaco on July 11th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
XDDDDD you're a really good girl!Halle >:D the Halle/Alle pictures were wonderful X3 Oshitari cosplay = *O*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Uwaaa thank you!! *^O^*
ravient: Sex is loveravient on July 11th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)

glad u had fun in LA~ ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much!! *^O^*
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on July 11th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
waah so many awesome pictures!
and you guys look absolutely fabulous in cosplay ♥

and you look realy sexy in that dark halleluja-girl outfit? *rawr*

mh...I actually don't know what else to say...except for, you can definitely keep the cosplaying up X3 I'll be looking forward to seeing your transformations into various characters. wish I could join in but I can't sew to save my life...so... *sigh*

and WOW Wendy Pini!! and there's going to be an ElfQuest movie?
awesomeness! I'll be looking forward to that *yay*

btw, I like you in your yukata (btw, I bought one in Japan last year and haven't worn it yet either...*ack*) =3 and you're lucky to have found one long enough for you, ne?

ah btw...I fail at gundam knowledge but I think the guy on the picture with eda is called "Char Aznable" or something? XD *only knows because he appeared indirectly in HanaKimi Drama*

glad you had so much fun (and that hotel looks awesome o.o!)
love you lots ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
*rawr* Thank you beautiful! I would love to cosplay with you sometime~<33 I want to cosplay more and more... I guess I just like dressing up, since I don't usually do it irl! XD;; *super-casual*

I was jumping up and down inside when I got to talk to Wendy. I had no clue what to say, but I knew I had to say something! XD;; And yeah, Richard just announced it on the ElfQuest.com mailing list last night!! ^O^

Next time, bring your yukata with you and we can go somewhere in them? As long as it's in the summer, that is ^^
(no subject) - kira_shadow on July 12th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
shiro_majou on July 11th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Cons in America look like more fun than cons here ^^; Nice pics! And I like your Oshitari cosplay!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're a lot more fun than cons in Japan too. Japanese cons are so boring, though they have more new information at least..

What are cons in the Philippines like?
(no subject) - shiro_majou on July 12th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
Eajoa on July 11th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
WOW!!! Seemed like fun!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
It was!! ^O^ I wish you could have been there, it would have been awesome to see you in a costume!!
(no subject) - ajoa on July 13th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
♔tsundere on July 11th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
I love con recaps. You're really pretty and dang how tall are you?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!! *^___^*

I'm 6'1", or 186cm. Yeah.. >.>;;; But at least I'm the exactly perfect height for Allelujah.. XD
athenazandrite on July 11th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
XD I never realised what a good Eiji Kato would make. Looks like it was fun!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I know!! I was really shocked--- he looked really awesome as Eiji!! When I first saw him, I was like, "hey wait, something about him looks familiar..." but he was talking to my friend and not me, so I didn't put two and two together at first, lol.

I wish you guys could have been there! Lauren said that you guys were thinking of not going any more at all, and going to some other cons instead? Are you interested in Comic Con at all? I'm debating on going to that next year since it seems all of the industry is going there instead of Expo now..
Vickytoldtojoinlj on July 11th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
OMG ELQUEST MOVIE?!?!?! agidhsgiedsjiedslkndsg
I mean... I am quite happy with this announcement.
Vickytoldtojoinlj on July 11th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
And by "ELQUEST", I totally meant ELFQUEST. xP
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(no subject) - toldtojoinlj on July 12th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sana-chan: that's how you knowsana_chan on July 11th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a good time! Miss you~ wish I could've seen you guys T__T
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too!! But next time, if I go, definitely!! I'm thinking of hitting Comic Con next year, and if I do, of course I'd have to see you!! <3
(Anonymous) on July 11th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
You are obscenely hot in costume #1
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 12th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Hahaha, lol thank you!!