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Serious Business / Re: Is Fanime worth going to anymore?
« on: May 04, 2015, 10:45:50 PM »
You know you should really give the staff a break. Fanime has always been hurry up and wait in my experience with it. I usually attend the con however the timeline of guest announcements and the things I'm doing now a days may make that hard.

This is the problem with going to a con mainly for a musical guest. Structurally Fanime is still ok, Rookiez, and 7!! we're awesome year before last. HMK was amazing last year but I have to agree on the Raj issue, he's not a very strong vocalist annnnnnnnnnnnd he butchered Cha La Head Cha La. Anyways it's what 18 days til the con and there's still no announcement on the musicfest guest. Unfortunately for me that means I'm probably gonna spend the extra money and use the ticket gifted to me for Scandal. I'd rather not drive down below but the original poster does have a point, I sit here and question if its worth the money I will spend on a hotel etc.

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I noticed a lot of rovers who either didn't know what they were doing or were 'drunk' on 'power'. I think better training and/or screening of rovers would be a good idea.

I dunno if they're willing to train their staff much, since it'd be taking time out of changing their rules at the last minute, not printing schedules, losing pre-reg badges, and telling people to not wear costumes based on a non-existent rule. (SJPD told my friend they had nothing to do with the rule about  "no military or law enforcement" costume rule, and that it was stupid.) Oh well, I think it's fair to say that Fanime staff has lost control and it's going to spiral down.

You're kidding me SJPD told u that!? The more I think about it the more silly it sounded to me along with the threatening in todays political climate rule.

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Agreed those guys have energy on stage man though I did enjoy Yuya doing the moon walk he should so do a cover to smooth criminal lol

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Dudes it is may right? lol Last year I was burning up in my Hei Costume (my friend made me a really kick ass mask) it was so heavy and thick so my face would really sweat! So this cold weather wind and rain makes me a wee bit happy

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"ANY costume that could be misunderstood as threatening in the current political climate
Any ROVER has the power to decide what meets the criteria for a forbidden costume."

I'll definitely respond to this one as I agree with what alot of you are saying. Just this rule in particular gets to me because so many things can be misunderstood as threatening etc. First that quote up there: Threatening in the current political climate? Um if someone walked around as a Tea Party member (not that I like these guys but I'm an American and I proudly served my country in the Army before finishing College this past Friday) but political climate and threatening in that category could be a number of things so does that mean the Tea party cosplayer (AKA dressing up as Sarah Palin) is committing an infraction? Or (and this happened at AX one year) what about the guy or girl dressing up as Hadji from Johnny Quest? There is definitely a turban on his head are we gonna say he looks like Taliban? Another question why is the staff at fanime so worried about the Attendees when they should be worried about the Press, and those damn protesters every year(the press I will get into later and I'd love to find the managers contact info and tell them about what I heard and saw from a few of these guys)? What I'm getting at is anything can be deemed threatening in today's political climate though I do understand the decision to make someone green out there Swastika (even though it really doesn't mean white power or anything its a symbol derived from the native Americans) seeing as in Germany displaying that will get you sent to jail. But some of these rules are a bit out of hand and in my opinion and I'm sure many others a tad bit too much for inexperienced staffers. If you walked around as a flamboyantly gay
or lesbian character some high horse mega jerk could see that as threatening. Please Reword and re-tool this rule with some sort of appeal method after all these people did work hard on that costume. A head rover or member of staff should be able to hear both sides of the story in that situation.

 Being a military brat as well I understand its the law you cannot impersonate a soldier etc but kids dress up for halloween in mom and dad's BDU (or now ACU) all the time. Last year we saw 2 Campbell cosplayers clearly wearing Military dress greens (which btw remain the same minus the cover)  as long as these people are clearly not impersonating a soldier (AKA carrying a C.a.c card, having U.S.Army, and or a Name on their costume) It shouldn't matter what generation the uniform is because believe it or not alot of those old BDU are still in use on bases and in training runs for groups like OPfour and the 11th ACR (armored Calvary Regiment) so technically that makes them modern day uniforms.

In this case a little comedy a Rover totally rolled up on me and my friend while I was walking (in costume as Zwei someone who isn't in the miltary but an Assassin) and they totally threatened to have my badge pulled if I didn't and I quote "Get rid of my military ID because it's a violation of the rules" 1. Clearly not a person that watches Requiem for the Phantom. 2. An extremely rude and disgusting civilian seriously though he yelled at me he was like "I need to confiscate that GIVE IT TO ME!  3. Not very observant as the ID included my real name and my affiliation as well as my Pay Grade/rank yes thats right it was a legit c.a.c card and it is a felony punishible by imprisonment under federal law as well as U.C.M.J to simply hand over my C.A.C card to anyone no joke we can't even have old ones when it gets renewed they must be destroyed. I signed an oath never to give that card to anyone. I had to convince this guy I was a legitimate soldier and that this wasn't part of my costume. Awkward moment dude.

Where the heck were the schedules other than online? I own a smart phone but come on guys everyone doesn't have one of those and everyone does not get unlimited data every month. Stop it with the Iphone favoritism too some of us own a palm or droid. Everything seemed so disorganized this year in comparison to the years before: Disorganized, rushed,rude, and this is a big problem UNDER-STAFFING half of the staff didn't know what was going on with anything.

Quit trying to be AX: yes they are one of these biggest cons ever but that doesn't mean adopt the same fly by night cheap ass policies as them that don't make anything safer or more productive they just exist to be told at the last minute to attendees at the last minute and or to piss them off.

For example no clear rule on weapons that are gun like, peace bonding guitars that are in their cases and someones just taking to their room. If the gun is freaking used for a Karate class to train a class what to do at close range gun point and its color is yellow, completely unable to fire anything because it's freaking rubber it probably feels real but even a cop can tell thats a fake. Not whining though seriously it was a fun con and I had a blast at Yuya and Flow (bring more high energy artists like Flow) Now I'm not taking a dig on the convention because I'm about to defend the prices for registration!

GUYS you get to go to the special events for free once you register at AX you have to pay for the tickets to that too I'd prefer fanime charge me 55 a pop or 60 and I get to see someone perform for free.

Again I love this con it's really awesome and unique with things like the Black and White ball as it's nice to see we anime fans and gamers etc can indeed be gentlemen and decent women (PLEASE DO NOT EVER DROP THIS EVENT) just to name one event. But the way the Yoshiki panel and autograph session was handled was poor managing on someones part. People had been waiting in the front of the line since 5am and due to a game of "Rock Paper Siscor" only 40 random people who won the game got to get his autograph. I understand he was hurt and sick and stuff but seeing as I hear he had another session at stage zero later that night I'm guessing he wasn't to happy about it either. That was totally in bad ethics and taste by management.

 I didn't cry about it I was happy my friend got to get his autograph after almost 12 hours of sitting in line it made her day but the first 40 people in the door or the first 5 rows should of gotten his autograph not a random selection of people by rock paper scissor that was super childish. If he was really pressed for time and stuff they should of just canceled the signing. Some of these people didn't even have stuff for him to sign or for that matter one person honestly admitted she didn't know who he was! DX

Finally one more thing that I think really should be addressed cause it was super offensive. If you sat in the first two rows at Yoshiki's panel closest to the stage..you may have over heard some very offensive and downright derogatory names being used during Yoshiki's videos. Bad thing was they were from the press who knew nothing about who they were writing about and taking pics of. I heard one of the press guys watching the video talking to another reporter and saying things like "why does this slant-eye wear a brace on his neck" and "he talks like a f*g". We love Yoshiki and X-Japan, we love the Asian culture and it's music other than anime that's one of the reasons alot of us come to the con! I'm sure I'm not the only one who heard this guy in the second row and was offended and I'm not even Japanese. Invite press members who understand the stuff and why people come out by the millions to see stuff like this.

It really seems like this con is cracking down on the attendees I'll be back next year cause this con kicks ass but get organized for starters not even alot of the staff knew what was going on! That fixes 85% of the problem easy. Some of these staffers didn't look 18 either...maybe this is the maturity level but people skills should be a must even when you have to lay down the law am I right? I mean getting rude with the attendees get's nothing done! "I'm not feeling the shoes, can't let you in" thats just an example I'm not trying to be rude just bringing a few things up that made me and some others im sure frown.

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To counter the anti sentiment about Kpop stars at fanime, BoA does have several japanese releases and well unless you've been stuck in a time warp and missed inuyasha you know this. Younha is definatly a Korean as well just something to think about. I understand the whole japanese culture at the convention but to counter that argument some more I happen to be a Shotokan Karate instructor and guess what? Whatever martial arts school the con has representing the "dojo" def ain't japanese infact it looks like a Hawaiian style. No need to be segregated.

That being said some of these "Japanese inspired bands" are horrible and no one knows who they are :P I'm not knocking the con or anything but I'm saying how and what can it possibly hurt by bringing a korean in?

WAIT WAIT WAIT... did you just seriously say I'm being anti-sentiment about Kpop stars being at fanime? Did you even read what was posted? I even included how it's okay if they have JP releases. What can it possibly hurt by bringing Korean in? Again please read what I wrote.

I suppose I worded that wrong I was kinda agreeing with you.

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To play devil's advocate, not everything at Fanime has been completely Japanese culture centric.  The Asian Film rooms have shown a lot of films in the past that incoporated films from other Asian countries (Attack the Gas Station, My Wife is a Gangster, et all), and if I do recall correctly, there have also been martial arts demonstrations (was it in 2005-or 06?) that were more Wushu than Aikido.

However, before anyone starts panicking, MusicFest will always be JPop/Rock centric.  I would like to hear from those who are requesting KPop and other non-Jmusic artists to sort of...give a reason why those picks would be good for MusicFest other than simply wanting to see them.

If it's just wanting to see KPop, the KMF event in SoCal (or SMTown if it ever comes back) would probably be of more interest, lol.


My point is if they have something to do with anime or the japanese culture why not bring them? I mean what could it possibly hurt by having someone like Younha on stage? Who cares what country their from as long as they somehow fit the base for the con?

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To counter the anti sentiment about Kpop stars at fanime, BoA does have several japanese releases and well unless you've been stuck in a time warp and missed inuyasha you know this. Younha is definatly a Korean as well just something to think about. I understand the whole japanese culture at the convention but to counter that argument some more I happen to be a Shotokan Karate instructor and guess what? Whatever martial arts school the con has representing the "dojo" def ain't japanese infact it looks like a Hawaiian style. No need to be segregated.

That being said some of these "Japanese inspired bands" are horrible and no one knows who they are :P I'm not knocking the con or anything but I'm saying how and what can it possibly hurt by bringing a korean in?

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hmm another set of suggestions

Jinn

44Magnum

Access

Id say high and mighty color but they disbanded :/ and im pretty sure I've mentioned the brilliant green here somewhere

Tommyfeburary6?

Every Little thing

Chihiro yonekura

Kotaki kinya

Psychic lover

Masaki Endou

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Better yet tell you what I think I speak for everyone (especially if you went to PMX expecting there usual class A guests as far as music goes) when I say as long as you get a decent guest in a timely manner (meaning not the week or 2 weeks before the con) we'll all be happy! That was pretty cool that we didn't have to pay extra to see LMC last year I gotta say

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Im gonna throw out a few wild cards here..

BOA! why? come on shes awesome

Luna Sea

The brilliant Green

Abingdon boys school

SOPHIA!

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Is there even going to be a Black and White ball this year just saying its missing from the webpage or am I a wee bit early?

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