I am looking foward to this year's AX and I know that it's gonna be WAY better then
Fanime Animazement 2015...I know I'm going to enjoy Anime Expo 100 times more.
Had to fix that as Fanime is not applicable for me. But I disagree with that statement; Animazement was far superior to AX. I look forward to Animazement every year. AX just feels like a horrible family reuninion; There's one or two things I want to see, and I spend the rest of the time wanting to avoid everything else. Nope, not looking forward to AX at all. Several of us are tossing around the idea of this being the last AX we attend. It's just too big and too expensive for what you can accomplish.
While I'm not worried about being trampled again while heading to autographs like I was last year, I am concerned with AX's autograph handling. Waiting outside the autograph room to be one of the first 100 or so to get a guarantee ticket means that people will be lining up at crazy hours. I may actually beat the amount of time I'll wait in line for an autograph this year. My record is 8 hours.
I've said it before in other threads, but you can't compare Fanime to AX. Attendee size notwithstanding, AX is purely an industry convention. The majority of guests announced are being sponsored by companies, often in lieu of paying for their booths in the dealer's hall. This is a trend that many conventions are slowly incorporating.
Though what I am worried about is how AX is going to run this year. They've screwed up a lot of things before the convention is starting. Communication wise they're doing a better job but it's still very bad. And to those that went to AX 2014 it was the worst year I ever experienced when it came to organization and was also the year when AX had lied a lot, send MANY attendees to the hospital, abusive and clueless staff and pretty much everything you can think of was bad. if I wasn't a premiere fan that year I would most likely have the most horrific vacation ever.
I've been going to AX since 2008. The first rule about AX is that management will always F it up. It was very bad last year. I had hoped that AX would have learned how to handle autographs after the "Running of the Otaku" in 2010, but it was repeated on Day 1 last year. I had to run to get to the autograph line, and even then I was cut off after the seiyuu spent a couple of minutes per person to chat, meaning that, if you weren't the first 10 people in the line, you got nothing. After Day 1, most of us gave up. The panels were all filled to capacity and the wait time for the "K: Missing Kings" event was four hours long for regular attendees. I had a Premier badge in 2014 and I have one this year as well. It's really the only way to get anything done.
The second rule about AX is that even numbered years are horrible. 2010, 2012, 2014....all really bad years at AX due to management and staffing issues.
What am I looking forward to seeing at AX this year? Other than KISS (well..Gene..) and the "Waifu Wars" at the AX charity auction this year, I'm looking forward to this convention once again reminding me as to why this will be my last year at AX.
And Pollo Campero. That's a mandatory stop on Day 0.