by Marcio Guastavino
That’s right! I haven’t missed a Dark Horse panel yet! Well, at the very least since I started going to Anime Expo. Looks like Dark Horse has a few new releases through the end of the year. Hellsing Vol. 9, a new Astro Boy Paperback, Gantz and a Ghost Talker’s Daydream (looks interesting to me). One they were very proud to announce was the upcoming release of the Ikari Shinji Raising Project. It’s a spin-off of Evangelion, but with a much more humorous outlook on it. From what they say, romance and comedy is what it’s going for. In other words, don’t think Evangelion when jumping into the reading, clear your minds people! Another announcement that was good to hear was that they actually are caught up with many of the series out in Japan. Hence why some series *coughBladeoftheImmortalcough* are taking so long to come out with new volumes. At least you can get a Domo figure and make yourself happy. They will be selling them at CoimicCon in different colors. They’re even going to have some crazy rare, you’re never going to get your hands after the con, version of Domo at ComicCon this year. If you happen to be at ComicCon then go check it out. Aside from all this other news the most important is that Berserk is still alive! BAM! AND they’re thinking of beefing up from Bi-monthly releases! That would make me a happy camper.
Thus Dark Horse some pretty good announcements this year. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll be passing around any more goodies for us to see. Not at the panels anyway. Apparently someone ran off with a copy of a manga that was not released yet. This is why we can’t have nice things!
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!