This Thursday, I will be in Atlanta, GA, attending Anime Weekend Atlanta. AWA is an anime/manga convention and one of the biggest in the United States. In past years, I saw previews to/full-length episodes of fabled Toonami original anime IGPX, the English dub to my favorite series Claymore, and the dark and violent Rin. I saw the first installment of the 20th Century Boys film trilogy. I was at the panel where Cartoon Network representatives announced Toonami’s death while plugging Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I saw a feature-length AMV (aka AMV Hell 3). I also bought lots of stuff and took pictures, so there’s that. And, if you’ve been following me for some time, it was the con where I got those chibi Rei and Asuka plushies in piggy onesies. Because if I didn’t have a piece of Evangelion merchandise that completely missed the point of the series, then I am not a true anime fan in my eye.
This year’s con has a nice selection of guests, including Ryo Horikawa (the voice of Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z), Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Eureka Seven, Power Rangers), Trini Nishimura (Luna in Casshern Sins), Ayumi Kino (e-manga Magical Dreamers), Tim Eldred (storyboard artist for Avengers: EMH & Batman: The Brave And The Bold, StarBlazers.com), and visual-kei band heidi. The panels appear to be filled with variety, including those devoted to Japanese religion, a Pokemon vs Digimon debate, a “Fanfic or Fact?” Q&A involving Gundam Wing, two panels devoted to indie game series Touhou Project, and even a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic panel for some strange reason. There will also be the world premiere of the new Mass Effect anime movie, Paragon Lost, along with the dub debuts of Level E and Hellsing Ultimate Volume 5. And I will be there. Tweeting it to the best of my abilities.
From Thursday through Sunday, I will be live-tweeting the whole thing from both my regular Twitter account (@tetrisdork) and at the Real Scratch Pad’s own Twitter handle (@realscratchpad). There, you will see photos, news, and other random nonsense as I go through and have “Beautiful Convention Life.” So, follow both and experience my experiences. While I am still clueless about what I am going to do at the con, here are some that are definite:
- If you want to learn about the Opening Ceremony, can’t help you there. For the past few years, I skipped the Opening Ceremony in favor of another thing held at the same time, the opening of the retail therapy that is the Dealers’ Room.
- Sentai Filmworks, Funimation, and Aniplex will have industry panels there, and I will attend each and every single one of them. Sentai’s is Friday @ 6:30 pm ET, with Funi’s and Aniplex’s the following day at 1 pm and 3 pm, respectively.
- Manga publishers Vertical and Dark Horse will also have panels this Saturday at 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm, respectively. If there is any interest from you guys, I will attend both and try to get info from them.
- I might be playing some Cardfight!! Vanguard. I have become invested in the cards and need to try my hand in getting my rear handed to. Yes, I have zero battle experience.
- I will buy a con t-shirt.
And, that’s it. While I iron out my plans and obtain a print copy of the schedule, y’all can suggest what I should do at either Twitter account with the online schedule located here. All I know is, I will have fun. I will spend money. And I’m bringing the damn Evangelion plushies.