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NY Anime Festival, Friday

by on Sep.26, 2008, under Uncategorized

Day 1 of the New York Anime Festival 2008 today. Some highlights (or lowlights):

Negima OAV: It was the “Golden Week tropical island” story. Argh, I really dislike dubs. And there was some Adaptation Decay. But, you know, still kinda fun.

Loveless: This was an anime aimed at bishounen love fans, also featuring mysterious magical battles. I don’t really mind the borderline-yaoi, but the story was just developing so slowly.

Marie-sama ga Miteru: This one for the lily fans. The all-girl intrigue and subtle maneuvering was kinda cool. Certainly more “story density” than Loveless.

mc chris: The sound system was low and the audience was sometimes befuddled, but he was tirelessly upbeat and energetic, making for a really fun show.

Samurai Beat Radio: This was a radio show taping an episode here, talking about the history of Japanese popular music. They played the very first Japanese song to hit #1 on Billboard, way back in 1963…yes, “Sukiyaki”. I felt rather pleased with myself for knowing about that (I heard about it from Peter Payne’s J-List email). And they played a bunch of other interesting songs too, most of which I didn’t recognize. And they had “Falsies on Heat” guest-appearing, who spoke only Japanese. Interesting.

The Akihabara Stage: This was a stage in a big hall where people would dance or tumble or put on lightsaber shows. Sometimes unscheduled!

The Dealers’ Room: All sorts of wild stuff here. Quick highlights: A guy selling “Danger: Pedobear” T-shirts. A guy selling Doki Doki Majo Shunpan 2 (in some sort of premium box that was $100). Voltaire.

A bunch of girls with signs saying “Free Hugs”. I did not get any.

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4 comments for this entry:
  1. midomi

    *gives lots of huggles*

    Loveless I would like to see oddly enough after seeing a few nicely done AMV’s on youtube.

  2. johnevans

    *hugs tight* 😀

    I didn’t say it was bad, it was just like…you need to watch for 2 hours before you start getting real plot developments…>_>

  3. midomi

    *purrs in the hug* I am being a dork and watching the vids for the anime festival before work. Heh.

    Mm so Loveless has a very sloooooow plot?

  4. johnevans

    Yeah. It’s like…

    “Tell me what’s going on!”
    “No. I love you.”
    “Shut up!” *runs away*

    …Over and over and over. >_>

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