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I vote for music from RPGs and other video games, but mostly RPGs.

I would love to hear some music from a game like Legend of Mana or Radiant Historia (or other non-KH Shimomura work!).

Absolutely!  The music from Parasite Eve would be awesome in the late evening / night when the halls aren't as full.

Also some of her lesser known (but completely awesome) stuff like the PC Engine rework of F-1 Dream:

Really looking forward to your panel.

In for both days, can't wait!

Live Programming and Events / Re: Swap meet feedback
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:15:16 PM »
Parkside Hall is a PITA to host near about anything in.  I attend an arcade and pinball expo that used the venue for years before moving to greener pastures with less cost and fewer asinine regulations.  For something like a dance, sure, it's okay - but I wouldn't recommend it for anything like swap meet.


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Hey!  You are in our Day 3 Video:

:D - great cosplay and you sure did have the super-hero poses down!!

Thanks! ;D  It was nice talking with you for a moment Sunday morning.

All right, After nearly two weeks of working on them, here are my photos for FanimeCon 2014!  If you're in a shot and you want to use it, feel free to use it so long as you give me credit for the shot!

Day Zero:
Day One:
Day Two:
Day Three:
Day Four:
Kyoryuger Shoot:

Thank you for taking some shots of me Sunday morning as Dig Dug / Taizo Hori.  Following you on DA.

I am looking for pictures of me and my girlfriend(who cosplayed as Honey from Fighting Vipers on Friday, Sonic on Saturday, and Yunomi(Dragon ball fan character on Sunday).)

Thursday: Terry Bogard from the King of Fighters(Fatal Fury 2 variant/ KoF 94-02, XII, and XIII)
Friday Morning to Afternoon: Sie Kensou (King of Fighters XII/XIII variant)
Friday Afternoon to Evening: Parappa the Rapper
Saturday Morning to Afternoon and late afternoon: Little Mac from Punch Out(Smash Bros. variant)
Saturday afternoon and evening: Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk
Sunday: Yamcha from Dragon Ball (Turtle School Variant)

I could swear I saw pictures of you at the Fight Game Gathering earlier today but can't for the life of me remember where!


From gallery -

If I'm remembering correctly you were talking with my girlfriend and myself around that time and took a picture of us. (I was repairing the electronics in the control panel of her jet pack when we first started talking)  This was taken around the same time...

Do you happen to still have that picture and if so can you e-mail to to me? - insanedavid AT - thanks!

Sitting at home with my badges in hand due to the death of linecon.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Stage Zero
« on: May 29, 2014, 04:36:19 PM »
GameCenter CX style challenge next year on Stage Zero - let's make it happen!  I'll bring the gaming equipment and host but I need an Arino cosplayer that's up for taking on the challenge.

Hi Everyone!

I was one of the Fanime Cosplay Gathering Staff Photographers over the weekend. Here's the link to my album and check it out if I happen to have caught you on camera:


Great shots of the old school gathering on Friday!  Following you on Facebook.

Video Programming / Re: Video Programming feedback 2014
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:44:12 PM »
One small point, perhaps the projection people could make it a policy to skip through the end credits of the individual episodes . Most of them do it, but a few do not.

No way! OPs and EDs are some of the best parts of anime! :D  I was SO glad the staffer running 8 Man After on Monday morning let the disc run through the still frames at the end (which is where the part four credits would have run in the original OVA before it was compiled into a movie) to the little "after credits" teaser which would have set the OVAs up to spin off a new 8 Man series if it had generated enough interest.  Same with Cutey Honey - one of the longest anime series ending songs but it's such an integral part of the series and was allowed to run each time.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Fanime's new AA system
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:25:25 PM »
Btw, leave the gaming room alone. Its great where it lies.

Agreed. It needs the space, restrooms and air circulation.

Video Programming / Re: Video Programming feedback 2014
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:42:20 AM »
Nostalgia Room was AWESOME this year, as usual!  I have always wanted to see a large format screening of 8 Man After as it's my favorite OVA and seeing it on the schedule was a tremendous surprise.  I was glad so many people were in the room Monday morning to watch it.  Out of production stuff like this should always be a huge draw for the nostalgia room.  On the other side of the coin thank you for featuring so many old school series which have been recently picked up and released by Discotek Media including Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z, Galaxy Express 999 (movies anyway - let's not talk about S'Mores Entertainment screwing up the series release), and Captain Harlock.  That people can watch an old school series they've never seen or haven't seen in years, and then be able to go and buy it, right now, at a fair price from a solid company and support the industry is wonderful.  Let's see Lily C.A.T. next year after Discotek re-releases that!

I had forgotten how good Area 88 was, again with a fairly full room in attendance.  Same for the 08th MS Team, again, early Monday morning.  Just a great mix of stuff this year!

For next year I would love to see one morning, maybe starting at 6am (because that's when they used to air) a three film block of the very first three anime films the Sci-Fi Channel aired all those years ago under the marquee "Adventures in Japanese Animation."  I can't think of a more nostalgic thing to show in the nostalgia room.  Those three titles are Robot Carnival, Lensman, and Vampire Hunter DVampire Hunter D is easy enough to find since it had such wide releases and re-releases over the years.  Robot Carnival had a restored 20th anniversary R2 DVD release years ago that had the full opening and ending (removed from the Streamline US release) as well as the Streamline dub tracks for the two shorts that feature dialogue - Presence and A Tale of Two Robots - as a hidden audio option.  This can be found online but I own the R2 release and could happily provide a disc swapped to R1.  Lensman is the tricky one...

The Lensman anime oddity began in Japan with the movie "SF Shinseki Lensman" (SF New Century Lensman) in 1984.  This was followed up by a TV series that began in the same year called "Galactic Patrol Lensman" that ran for twenty-five episodes.  The movie would be dubbed into English twice, first in 1988 and then in 1990.  The 1990 version being, more or less, a straight localization of the Japanese film with the Japanese music and sound effects left unaltered.  A few episodes of Galactic Patrol Lensman were chopped up, stitched together, rewritten and dubbed into English as "Lensman: Power of the Lens" which had a limited home video release.  What I'm talking about is the 1990 dub of SF Shinseki Lensman which is what aired on the former Sci-Fi Channel.  The 1988 dub is terrible, it's Carl Macek at his absolute worst, while his 1990 dub is the exact opposite.  The 1990 dub was released on LaserDisc and there is a rip out there but the audio balance is horrendous.  I acquired Lensman on LaserDisc earlier this year and I'm looking to make a better transfer for prosperity since it'll never be re-released due to the estate of Doc Smith being pissed off at how his Lensman source material was handled.  Maybe someone with more experience in LD ripping can get together with me and we could make Fanime 2015 the premier of a fresh rip of this nearly forgotten anime film.

Great work this year in the Nostalgia Room!  It's always one of my favorite parts of Fanime weekend.

General Convention Discussion / Re: Thank You FanimeCon!
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:42:45 AM »
Very much agreed!  I had a spectacular time this year, not to say I didn't have a great time in years previous but this year was superb.  In fact the only annoyance I had was with a roaming staff photographer one morning whom was kind of rude and argumentative, strangely enough.  Shrugged that off though and no issues otherwise - AND I was able to bring a Jet Jaguar figure home! :D

I would hope that with the huge demand for this event and the seemingly obvious mis-match between the size of venue and the size of the audience, we will see a venue change next year that may be able to accommodate more sellers and more buyers...but ultimately that will depend on our available facilities.

I'm sure Decantus will have a few things to say, but on behalf of staff I wanted to thank all of those who came out to sell, and the patient buyers who braved the son of linecon to browse their wares!

Swapmeet staff and rovers did a great job of keeping the line moving and organized.  I didn't mind the line so much as lining up outside at night and getting swarmed by insects and the downtown San Jose transients.  With all the new facility space it kind of left me scratching my head as why swap was given a raw deal and we were all standing outside but I understand that you had no control over that and did the best that you could - which in all honesty was excellent.

I think South Hall would be a perfect fit for swap meet however I am aware there's a noise ordinance in that area of the convention center.  Maybe it's time for swap to take place earlier?  Maybe all day Friday with two six hour rotational seller sets or something like that?  I don't know but when the only real complaint is there's not enough space, that's about the best complaint you can have.  Great job!

On Friday I was Taizo Hori / Dig Dug from the video games Dig Dug / Dig Dug II / Dig Dug Arrangement / Mr. Driller G / Namco X Capcom.  My girlfriend was also with me as Masuyo "Kissy" Tobi from the classic arcade game Baraduke and the Mr. Driller series.  In the evening she had a baby Susumu Hori (Mr. Driller) with her.  If you took a picture of the guy with the big red drill, that was me.

On Sunday I was Taizo Hori / Dig Dug once again and was carrying my P3 All-Purpose Subterranean Demolition and Defense Drill until around 3pm when I traded it out for a plush Pooka enemy from the Dig Dug games.

Here we are via CosplayInAmerica on Friday evening before the Old School gathering -

If you caught me at Fanime please PM me, post the photo, or post a link.  Thank you very much for a great con!

Video Programming / Re: Nostalgia Room - Giant Robo Screening
« on: May 25, 2014, 07:07:13 AM »
I didn't stay for the GR screening after Mazinger Z but I agree with all your comments about the earlier dub track being the best way to watch this!  It just feels more grand all around.  Perhaps because the first dubbing is more or less a hidden audio option on the DVD release is why more people don't check it out?

Thank you again so much, BSaphire, for hosting this gathering!  Come on everyone, bigger group next year - old school is awesome!

Hotel and Facilities / Re: Mitsuwa via public transport?
« on: May 22, 2014, 03:02:50 PM »
Yay!  Green Tea KitKat!

Just got even better - as of yesterday Mitsuwa just got the toaster oven-able pudding KitKat back in stock!

Do you need to print out the email? What if you have it on your phone? My friend is in line and she didn't print out anything.

I believe Reg said that as long as you turn your phone up to full brightness they may be able to scan the QR code.  You will need photo ID regardless.

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