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 on: June 27, 2018, 07:15:51 PM 
Started by keyblademaster333 - Last post by Amanojaku
I didn't attend this panel, however the situation you described is one of the reasons I stopped going to fan panels many years ago.  Either discussion/interaction was severely limited, or at least in the case of panels on topics I'm interested in, I often found myself more knowledgeable on the topic than the individual putting on the panel.

 on: June 27, 2018, 05:04:06 PM 
Started by olingamer - Last post by olingamer
Video is finished. Here is the link

 on: June 26, 2018, 03:14:29 PM 
Started by keyblademaster333 - Last post by keyblademaster333
Moved this post here since I realized it fits better here.

This post is certainly a month late, I am aware of that. However, I wanted to try and figure out my thoughts on the panel as a member of the audicene.

From the start, I'm a huge fan of the Tales of Series. Tales of the Abyss is one of my five favorite games period, and my first game was Vesperia. I have a huge love for the series, so I attended the panel because I was surprised to see someone discussing the Tales of Series at a panel.

From the outset, I thought the panel would be discussing the characters and how the series portrays grief, tragedy, and how characters deal with loss. After all, the panel description implied it would be about such a thing.

Now, I want to make this clear; what the host of the panel described happened to her is awful, and there is no denying of how horrible experiencing things like that can be. The point of my post is what I thought about the panel itself, not about the hosts personality or history. I think the panel had good idea, but bad execution. Instead of critically analyzing characters, events, or plot lines, the panel was the host using her own experience to tell the audience how she felt while playing. While this would be fine if it was to describe the scene, than offer her own interpretation, the way the panel was scripted was not what the game factually did, but what she felt about the scenes or characters. This is a problem because instead of discussing or debating, the audience was effectively preached too about how they were supposed to feel.

For example, when discussing Tales of Berseria, the host complained about a scene where the character Eleanor tried to rationalize the main actions of the main antagonist to herself, as Eleanor was formerly a member of the antagonists side but was unaware of the truth. Her character arc is about understanding how wrong she was, and its a pretty solid arc. However, the host criticized this scene as "we can't have Eleanor be called out because she has to be "pure" of heart". This ignores a sidequest that shows Eleanor nearly falling into hatred as well, but being stopped by the group as they recognize she isn't someone who can handle being the same kind of cruel hearted nature as some of them are. The host spins it by comparing it to a real life event that she had happened, which again is horrible that it happened, but is grossly different from what happened in game. It wasn't a critical analysis of Elenaor's character arc, but instead a disgruntled rant about not liking a story point, which was done already when discussing Tales of Zestiria, though her point there started off strong but ended up being the same issue. I was honestly wanting to debating her on it, as I thought that time would be allowed for questions or debating, but the entire time was used and no questions were allowed. Of course I don't want to sound like I'm trying to educate her on a fictional character, but debating it would of been a nice way to make the panel feel fun and interesting.

The problem I'm getting at was that the panel was less of a analysis, discussion, or debate about the writing of the series, and instead was half ranting about the plot points she didn't like, and using in game events to preach at us about her "cosplay help group". I don't think the group was a bad idea, but it was a bit jarring. Honestly, I think this panel was a let down as a fan of the series, and I don't really like the idea of being preached at about how horrible someone's life was at an anime convention. Unless the panel is about that, it feels out of place. I wanted to see mention of Luke from Tales of the Abyss and how his character arc was done, or discuss how the series portrays real world issues. Instead I got a lecture of sorts, and to me, that isn't fun to sit through.

Again, no disrespect towards the host. I just feel some constructive criticism was needed to maybe make the panel going forward be more interesting.

 on: June 26, 2018, 11:42:25 AM 
Started by umbrakinetix - Last post by umbrakinetix
Just what it says on the tin. I'd REALLY love to run a general TF gathering at Fanime '19, but I only know, like, 3 TF cosplayers, which is an absolute travesty. Anybody interested?? Humanformers/holoforms/gijinkas are ABSOLUTELY welcome, as well as cosplayers of non-Cybertronian TF characters <3

 on: June 26, 2018, 11:29:10 AM 
Started by Amanojaku - Last post by Amanojaku
I noticed the long tables where people drop fliers for other cons/events wasn't in it's usual place this year.  Was this moved somewhere else and I missed it, or gone completely?  Arguably a huge waste of paper I realize, however I always enjoyed picking up one of each and sort of collecting them.

 on: June 23, 2018, 03:08:55 AM 
Started by Tomas Cosplay - Last post by Tomas Cosplay
I'm fairly certain I've seen listings for Marvel gatherings at Fanime before but I wanna check if there is an annual one that happens at Famine because I am hoping to have a certain character's cosplay (that may or may not talk to fish and squirrels) ready by next year and really want to hang out with that crowd that might know who he is.

 on: June 19, 2018, 03:05:00 PM 
Started by HunterZero - Last post by HunterZero
Video has been uploaded!


 on: June 19, 2018, 10:51:52 AM 
Started by DankLordPopo - Last post by Sora
I know he came already, but I would like Ishikawa Hideo back. I would also like to suggest the following:

Paku Romi, Irino Miyu, Miyano Mamoru, Nakai Kazuya, Takahashi Hiroki, Takeuchi Junko, Minagawa Junko, Moriyama Eiji, KENN, Kaida Yuki, Namikawa Daisuke, Suwabe Junichi, Kamiya Hiroshi, Ishida Akira, Fujiwara Keiji, Miki Shinichirou, Yuuki Hiro, Koyasu Takehito, Seki Tomokazu, Seki Toshihiko, Yusa Kouji, Suzumura Kenichi, Hoshi Souichirou, Orikasa Ai, Onosaka Masaya, Sugiyama Noriaki, Kugimiya Rie, Outsuka Houchuu, Uchiyama Kouki, Outani Ikue, Yamaguchi Yuriko, Nozawa Masako, Tanaka Mayumi, Kusao Takeshi, Morita Masakazu, Inoue Kazuhiko, Yamaguchi Kappei, Hayashibara Megumi, Furukawa Toshio, Furuya Toru, Orikasa Fumiko, Hirata Hiroaki, Konishi Katsuyuki, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Morikubo Showtaro, Sakurai Takahiro, Midorikawa Hikaru

 on: June 18, 2018, 02:36:24 PM 
Started by Giantsgiants - Last post by Giantsgiants
With the USA failing to qualify, which team are you guys choosing this year?

I'm rooting for Sweden so I can put that giant Swedish flag that's been sitting in my closet to use.

 on: June 18, 2018, 12:16:51 AM 
Started by MegaLapras - Last post by MegaLapras
Hello, during one of my joy induced purchases of finding a yellow kitty mouse pad with the wrist rest that looks like boobs/butts but has kitty face cheeks, I forgot to grab a business card and I would love to see if I can purchase another mouse pad for a gift for a friend. Does anyone know who the artist is? The booth was bright yellow and and had both a yellow kitty mouse pad and a white kitty mouse pad.

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