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
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!