Aug 052011
 

Hi everyone, Marina and Danny here with his blog entry on Otakon 2011! This is an anime convention that took place in Baltimore, MD from July 28th to July 31th, 2011.

I went down to Baltimore on Thursday, even though the convention didn’t officially start until Friday. I picked up my pre-registration badge and walked around the area, checked out some of the people already cosplaying and had my first beer of the weekend. Here’s the Thursday pics.

http://youtu.be/qKv3dIozYfI

A nice casual start to the con huh? It’s good not to overwork yourself from the beginning~

I probably ended up drinking the most on Thursday night though.

Eh? Oh, I see… moving onto Friday…

So Friday was certainly exciting being the first day of the Con. Everything was out in full force, from attendees, to cosplayers, to events, even the heat!

Attendees numbered 31,348 and temperatures went as high as 101 on Friday! How was it inside the convention center Danny?

Not too bad since most areas were air conditioned, but with all the people in there, it wasn’t exactly cool. I felt for all the cosplayers fighting the heat in their costumes!

That’s certainly understandable. Check em out in the Friday gallery!


Look at all that cosplay! Danny, you also have some videos to share from Friday don’t you.

I attended two fashion shows on Friday. One is the Sixh fashion show and the other is a “ultimate lolita fashion show.” The first was the Sixh Fashion Show featuring the designers IBI and MINT.

Sixh is a fashion line that unites visual-kei artistry with the imagery of popular host and hostess clubs. They are also a band with the same name, with IBI on vocals, MINT on bass and NARI on guitar.

http://youtu.be/GLBD17JNtUI

http://youtu.be/Nzan_yHUw6I

Next we have the Lolita Fashion show. For those who don’t know, “Lolita fashion is a fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period… Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub styles and has a subculture that is present in m any parts of the world.”

There were several designers featured in this show. This video is of Yuuki and his brand Little Macaron, who I was able to meet and hang out with!

http://youtu.be/7kBym7oMn_Q

Wow, all the dresses are so pretty! Danny, did you have any favorites?

ONE PIECE~!

Huh? Oh~ the one piece dress! Yes, that one’s very cute. The dress and hat go well together and the bow is s-

ONE PIECE~!!!!

You only like it because it’s about anime huh? Did you like any other dresses besides that one?

DRAGONBALLLLLLL~!!!!!!

Moving on.

I also attended two rave parties that the convention hosted. The first on Friday, the second on Saturday. Each day had a variety of different DJs playing music. The video you see here is of DJ Saolilith.

DJ Saolilith is a cosplay DJ from Japan who performs popular anime songs!

http://youtu.be/ixCpLnTLaaM

Next we have my Saturday gallery!

Another full day huh? I believe Danny was supposed to see Makoto Shinkai at a Q&A session on Saturday?

…I…I wasn’t able to go…

EHHH?!?!?! Why not?? Isn’t he one of your favorite animators?

……………………………..I overslept and just missed it.

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………………………………………………………………………………………really?

Yes.

Well, hopefully you’ll get another chance to see him! In the meantime, check out Danny’s video on the second rave of the convention! This time featuring the DJ duo “Monsterz Under The Bed.”

http://youtu.be/-Z84bYxZ9s0

Looks like a fun time! How was the rave Danny?

Oh… it was fun…

Don’t mind him… .um, enjoy the Sunday gallery!

And finally, we have our last gallery, all of the items Danny picked up at the con!

O yeah! I picked up some great stuff, especially the one “special item~!”

Brought your mood right back up huh?

So what’s this “special” item you talked about?

While searching for something to buy, I found a small booth that sold something that’s far more rare and amazing than what any of the other booths sold! Authentic drawings the original animators drew for anime, straight from studios in Japan! I picked up a packet of genga from the series Zero no Tsukaima, featuring Louise, the main female character, who’s voiced by one of my favorite seiyuus of all time, Kugimiya Rie~!!!

Genga means “original image” in Japanese and is a term for the refined key frame images that key animators (gengamen) draw for animation. Some people use the term for any pre-douga work (douga is finished drawings that are used to make cels).

Here’s some pics of the genga. I also found the exact cut this genga is from (00:45-00:51 ep 11 season 1)! You can see how the animation and pictures match up exactly~!

http://youtu.be/KkIPNbUymXY

Wow, it’s really nice to see the final version!

It feels great knowing you own a real piece of the animation like this for a series and character you love. Especially for me as an animator who’d love to make anime like this in the future!

This was a long blog, but thank you to everyone who stayed till the end to read!

To end this post, here’s a video with all three openings of Zero no Tsukaima. Enjoy~!

Till next time~!!!

http://youtu.be/a4x6wGcHGJU

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgtxj3_zero-no-tsukaima-opening-2_shortfilms

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bre6_zero-no-tsukaima-you-re-the-one-ope_news

*EDIT* Added Zero no Tsukaima F OP

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xprcc8_zero-no-tsukaima-4-final_shortfilms

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  • http://www.wavegardenarts.com Chris

    This post is a treasure trove of Otakon goodness! A million things to comment on! Had actually hoped to make it down to Baltimore for this, but it didn’t quite work out. Oh well, maybe next year! Seeing this post makes me feel better though as I now feel like I was sort of there, haha.

    Needless to say the genga pick up is incredible! Right there with you as that has always been on my wish list and major props to you for finding that! Seeing it matched up with the scene in the anime is fantastic. I’m running out of glowing adjectives for this, but seriously that is sweet. Deserves a place of honor in your collection :)

    I’m hoping to get some genga by Danny Kang one day, hahaha.

    Feel your pain on the Makoto Shinkai presentation…. that was what had me wanting to go down there. Been following his fan page on facebook (Comix Wave Films) and if I ever hear of another appearance of his in the states I’ll let you know. And vice versa as you are way more in touch with these things! Won’t say anymore about this as I know you are bumming!

    Went through all the photos in the galleries, very cool stuff. The cosplay was so creative, that Solid Snake is fitting for me this week as I’m playing through the original Metal Gear Solid right now. Many other goods ones in there too!

    Did you know some other people there? Glad you had such a good time dude, really enjoyed this post!

    Later,
    ~ Chris

    PS: Now I want some sushi, haha.

    • http://www.dannykang.net Danny Kang

      Hehe well, I do keep all of my own “genga,” so perhaps one day they’ll be worth enough for me to sell lol. In the meantime, I’ll keep basking in my Zero no Tsukaima genga.

      Please keep me posted on any news you hear of Makoto Shinkai! I’ll definitely try making it to any other events he’s showing up at in my area. Yeah, still kinda bummed about it, but what can ya do, just gotta make the best of it.

      I knew some people I talked to online through Tainted Reality before the con, but everyone I met at otakong I was meeting for the first time in real life. Was able to meet and make a lot of awesome new friends though!

      • http://www.wavegardenarts.com Chris

        Dude! Just heard that Makoto Shinkai will be at New York Comic Con in October!! Looks like you’ll have another chance man!

        • http://www.dannykang.net Danny Kang

          *EPIC FIST PUMP* yeah man, I’m definitely not missing that. I may just start standing in line tonight…