Category Archives: Personal Experience

Our writeers tell what they did during AX

DAY ZERO AT AX 2009

Day zero, or pick up your badge and pay 12 bucks for parking to do so day, was today. First thing’s first, gotta get the badge or we can’t do squat. I was anxious to get in get some sneak peeks and maybe even try to get some interviews set up for the coming days. Cool right?…wrong. The heck is up with AX? I remember my previous years having absolutely no problem coming in on press night and getting in to see the floor before the crowds swamped the place. Now I say the words “press” or “preview night” and I get the same dumbfounded look left and right. I was a bit disappointed to say the least. Paying 12 bucks to get a pass I could have easily gotten the next day was kind of pointless if there was nothing to see or do today. Got see a glimpse of the attendees though, looks like some good cosplayers this year and we hope to get a bunch of their pictures to post up! I myself am into the cosplay frenzy this year, as I try my skills at playing the violin in front of the anime crowd. That and hopefully get a few pointers on how to get into a voice acting career. I’m not going to let today give me a bad impression, maybe I spoke to the wrong people? WHO KNOWWWWS?? Tomorrow is day 1 and I’m excited about getting my convention groove on!

By Marcio Guastavino

Advertisements

Attendees Leave their mark on LACC at AX 2008

Ok so I know about people leaving their mark on history but come on…..

There was a martial arts demonstration (not sanctioned) by attendees in the South Hall on the show floor.  One guy was going to flip off the pillar and left his right print.

 I am all for art and expressing yourself but this is just a nice bill that AX and the SPJA will be expecting.  It probably wont be there (its just a quick cut and patch for drywall) but it will be posted here for posterity.  Whoever put this foot into this column, this post is for you!

AX 08 Day 3/Final Day

So today, was the last day of the adventure. Today my friend, my bro, and myself all went in our army camo. We decided that we would get some shopping done and somewhere along the way we decided that we would start to pretend we were in MGS, well my friend and I that is… my bro ended up watching the Lupin the 3rd movie: Castle Cagliostro. So it was going ok, one of us would sneak up on the other and either tell them to freeze, or throw them to he ground and shoot them with our air pistol. This went on for a while and was going well until I rounded a corner and there my friend was. I had my pistol. I screamed and jumped in time to see him rush me from the side, grab me, swing me, and then finish it with a knee to the side. This was instantly followed by screams of “STOP” and we got in trouble. So that ended the MGS for the day and we went and bought a few more things before leaving for the day. All in all it was a good AX and I can’t wait for Comic-Con in 2 weeks. 😀

Gears, Prinnies, and a couple of revisited Demons

Today went a whole lot better for me. I got a good night’s rest and was ready to tackle the day head on. Once we got passed the crowds and onto the main floor, it was time for some more exploring. In other words, it was time to head to every booth and figure out what I wanted to spend my money on. The one problem I always seem to have with conventions is that I want everything! Alas, I do not have the money for such expenditures. Oh well, at least the panels are free to attend.

I’m not exactly the biggest Guilty Gear fan and when I attended the Guilty Gear Pleasures panel I was made even less into a fan. APPARENTLY, the new games they got lined up are ALL for Xbox 360. That’s just bull! Why no love for the PS3 owners!? That’s ok though, cause NIS has got some awesome gaming coming out this year. Can you say Disgaea 3!? Whoooooooooooo! That got me all hyped up for the release and now I have to reserve it as soon as I get the chance. I thought I would end the day with on more announcement that would cheer me up, but Atlus just decided to suck hardcore. I went to their panel for Shin Megami Tensei and expected them to say something about a new game for the PS3. Instead all I got was a review of all the games in the series and the announcement of Persona 4 on December 9 . Umm, am I the only one that’s tired of Atlus whoring out these crappy Shin Megami games? Wait let me clarify. All the recent games coming out from Devil Summoner and up are crappy. I miss the older ones in the series, the new ones took a direction that I just can’t get into. All in all a good day filled with good information, even if the info is not what I want to hear. And thus I prepare myself for tomorrow which is the last day of the con. Unbelievable that the end is so near.

AX Day 2

So today was the second day of good ol’ AX, and was ALSO the first time I’ve ever cosplayed. I went as Hobo-Phoenix Wright (search google if you aren’t sure who that is) anyway, it was pretty fun. Not nearly as bad as I always thought that it would be. I was also able to meet a person I’ve been playing x-box live games with and chatting online with for a while now, so that was another plus. So anyway, today was panel day, the first panel I attended was the Aksys games panel. They showed trailer videos for Castle Shikigami 3 for the wii, Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles for the DS, Battle Fantasia for the 360, and of course Guilty Gear 2: Overture for the 360. After the videos they made a few announcements about first they talked about a survival horror game they are releasing for the DS, which I should written down since I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me, but it sounded interesting. Next up was another DS title called Kurukuru Princess which they said was similar to Elite Beat Agents, only for girls. They then talked about Battle Fantasia and accepted questions afterwards, the main question of the panel was if they would be porting it to PS3 or not, the panel never down right said no, but instead kept saying they were going to try and see what would happen. The next and last game topic was for Guilty Gear Overture, now I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the game, and I’m not the biggest fan when it comes to Guilty Gear, but this game looks really fun. The main questions were if other characters would be appearing in the game, to which the responce was yes, but not in name, if that makes sense. The next major question was if it would be ported to PS3 this time there was no dancing around it, they flat out said no, it was a 360 exclusive. They finished talking about it and said to make sure you pre-order it so that you can get special free downloadable content!

After that panel I went and hung out with other fellow cosplayers then made my way to the NIS America panel. They started it off by showing off Disgaea 3, tey explained that it will be for PS3 and is already insanely fun, and I believed them after watching the trailer. They had the panel members talk about themselves and what not, and answered a few questions, but in MY opinion the Disgaea part at the start was the first.

The next panel was for Mega64, holy crap it was funny. If you’ve never heard of them, search youtube or simply go to Mega64.com Basically they play games then make spoof videos of them, usually about one part of the game. It may sound kinda stupid, but it’s funny as hell in my opinion. So they started off with music and them running aroung dancing, afterwards they all sat down and between panting breathes started their intro video/trailer type thing. They then showed a few videos and opened the floor to questions, the fans are a little weird and teh Q&A was insane. I should have video taped the whole thing because I can’t put into words exactly what all happened. Some of the things were that they would stop everything to ridicule anyone who left, which was funny, and seemed to piss off a few of their fans which their answers, expecially toward the end. To end it all they offered everyone free jerky which ended in half the room storming the stage sending the panel running and screaming, after it calmed down they then signed stuff and let people get pictures with them. I will be visiting their booth and panel at Comic-con in San Diego at the end of the month for sure.

To end the day I sat through the Atlas panel, which was dedicated to Shin Megami Tensei. It wasn’t bad for the most part, they first listed all the games, and mention some of the spin offs. They then went into more detail with only the games that were released here in the states, they told some fun facts about each one that was interesting. They then got to the meat of the panel and showed a Persona 4 trailer and announced a North American release date of December 9th this year. That was enough to send fans into a frenzy of happiness and excitemenet, afterwards they took questions and ended it all by giving everyone who stayed a free Persona 4 t-shirt.

All in all it wasn’t a bad day at all, got to see some cool stuff and had a good time. Tomorrow marks the last day of it all and will hopefull be as entertaining as today.

Is it that time Already?

It seems like time just flew by if I’m stepping into LA’s convention center already. I can’t believe it’s AX time again! I’m overly excited for it though and today was just scout out what the layout was for the whole convention. I’ll say this, the registration process went a lot smoother and a lot quicker than last year. It seems as though they have everything in order and not as hectic as it was last year. After getting my badge set up, it was time to see how well this AX turned out. The Exhibitor’s hall seems the same to me. No bigger than it was last year, but at the very least it didn’t get smaller. I’ve seen familiar faces, returning companies, and sadly companies that are MIA. Eh, you win some, you lose some right? I did notice that the artist hall got their own friggin room, FINALLY! Compared to having a crammed up hall where everyone is squeezing through just trying to get to their next destination. Now, you can enjoy viewing all the artists without feeling rushed!

What would AX be without the massive amounts of cosplayers running around? Plenty to see and like, or dislike in some cases, from every anime, video game, or movie that you can think of. After exploring the different halls I decided to check out the gaming rooms. I visited the arcade room first, that was a waste of time. There was nothing that stood out that you couldn’t find in any other arcade. I thought they would have something new in there and at the prices they were charging to play it would be much better to just go to the console gaming room. In console gaming they had a few new games going on. A Naruto game I’m sure the fans are happy about and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They had a couple of unreleased games, including Blazeblue a new game from the guys who brought you Guilty Gear. Other than checking out the main floor, visiting the game rooms and attending a Dark Horse panel (which I will be blogging soon), there wasn’t much I did today. I have to get my convention feet back, so I figured I’d take it slow today. Tomorrow should be much more interesting and exciting!

AX Day 1

Well, we were able to arrive early which was a plus and were all registered and ready to go within about 10 minutes. For the most part today was an “explore” day,… tried to get a feel for the layout of the con so we’d know where to go when we needed to visit certain company booths. Of course, the Dark Horse booth was near impossible to find; we searched for about 30 minutes before going to the Dark Horse panel where we were able to find out the exact booth number.   Even at that point, we still walked past it once before finding it…. Finally. I was able to score some pretty good pictures of cosplayers thanks to my NEW camera that doesn’t take 2 days to finally take a picture that ends up being funny if I even flinched a little at the time it finally decided to snap the photo. The con seems smaller than the two previous years that I’ve gone. I don’t know if they just have a bigger area this time, so the booths are more spread out, or if it actually is smaller.  That’s enough for now though, gotta get some sleep so I can fully tackle the con tomorrow. 😀