Sunday, October 10, 2010

New York Comic-Con and New York Anime Festival - DAY TWO!

Day Two of NYCC and NYAF came to a close last night...and I'm still exhausted from it 7+ hours later. Unfortunately, no pics again due to me leaving my camera at home while leaving in a rush...only to miss Uncle Yo's performance due to a stalled Q train in Brooklyn.

Anyway, not much to discuss here due to the HUGE crowd yesterday, which made foot traffic slow down to a crawl. I wanted to check out the New York Jedi show and Yoshiki (X Japan) and Stan Lee's announcement, but due to personal matters, and the LOOOONG lines on the latter event, I couldn't attend. However, I was able to resolve the issues and watch Minori Chihara's concert, which led to the Cosplay Masquerade.

Miss Chihara's concert was short, but sweet. She performed 7 songs, 5 of which would be familiar to anime fans, the other two being her original works. After every two songs, she talked to the audience (in English nontheless), which was cute. Once she performed her last song, the audience broke into an uproar, only because of the song...which was "Hare Hare Yukai", the ending from the original 2006 airing of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya."

The Cosplay Masquerade was hosted once again by Uncle Yo. This year introduced a new format, where walk-ons were presented alongside the skits usually presented. Amongst other skits were a pair dressed as Zelda and Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) performing a skit questioning why girls can't dress up as male characters. Which led to me thinking "Why can't guys dress up as female characters?" after recalling a guy dressed up as Haruhi Suzumiya earlier in the day. Another skit I loved was Break-dancing Mario. Mario's music consisted of Mario sound effects mixed with a Jay-Z song (whose title escapes me). I actually saw him earlier on stage near the NYAF Artists' Alley and I thought he was f***ing awesome.

With the Masquerade running past 11, I left the Javits Center exhausted, and the Tendercrisp sandwich from Burger King didn't help matters. Check back later today or tomorrow for details of the final day of NYCC and NYAF.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

New York Comic-Con and New York Anime Festival - DAY ONE!

I was gonna write a post announcing the event, but was busy with other stuff that I completely forgot. Sorry to all of our readers (at least the few that care).

This year, ReedPOP, who exhibit both New York Comic-Con (NYCC) and New York Anime Festival (NYAF), decided to combine (for lack of a better term) the two. The reason behind it was because the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) was held in April, and ReedPOP couldn't find a consistent date for that or NYCC. To my surprise, NYCC and NYAF took over the entire main hall (hall 3A, 3B, and 3E), and hall 1E of Jacob Javits Convention Center. Not to my surprise, however, is the fact that NYCC pretty much took over most (about 85%) of the place, leaving NYAF to a few scattered areas across the main floor and their Artists' Alley (there were separate NYCC and NYAF Artists' Alleys) being located in part of hall 1E.

Friday began with the usual ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Cons. Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Mega Man Universe were playable at Capcom's booth, while Final Fantasy XIV, complete with its controller (not required) was playable as well. Unfortunately, I ended up missing shows and panels because of scheduling conflicts. There was a Steampunk 101 panel, but I was willing to give it up in favor of a presentation of "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya," with NYAF Guest of Honor Minori Chihara ("Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", "Lucky Star", "Minami-ke", "Tenjho Tenge") Good god that film was awesome. I've read scanlations of the light novel of the same name, but the film brought that book to life. Holy f***ing s*** I wants the, I wants the Blu-Ray now. Sucks that the Japanese are getting the film on Region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray in December.

Unfortunately, I have no pictures of yesterday due to my camera running out of power before I realized it, and had no money (due to a mishap beyond my control) for fresh ones. Sorry, but my survival is more important than pictures.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Reni's Maid Show Schedule!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PJ "mini" POP Convention This Sunday!

Premiere Japanese Pop Culture or PJ-Pop is proud to announce its first mini anime event from 12pm-6pm on May 23 (Sun) at the

Dwyer Cultural Center.
258 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY

You can enjoy the taste, sense and ambience of Japanese culture at PJ "mini" POP.

Admission is $15.

The event includes:

KARAOKE CONTEST (Bring your favorite CD or MP3's!)

For those who want to sing karaoke:

Make sure you will come early to sign up!
We will let people sing in the order of signers!

Make sure you will bring your CDs or mp3s!!

Take A, B, C, or D Train to 125 Street.
Walk 2 blocks down on St. NIcholas Ave,
there you will find a new & modern venue called
Dwyer Culture Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York NY 10027
(Entrance on West 123St
between St. NIcholas Ave & Frederick Douglass Blvd)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sakura Matsuri wrap-up...

Sorry for being late, as I'm still recovering from the madness known as Sakura Matsuri...and also these sunburns suffered during said event. It was a weekend of fun, despite the 80+ degree heat on both days. I was a volunteer, which basically had me outside for 10 hours minimum each day, hence the sunburns. However, being a volunteer didn't limit me from watching some performances.

Saturday, 10tecomai delivered an incredible performance of Yosakoi dance, which fuses traditional Japanese dance with modern music. Uncle Yo delivered his usual brand of otaku comedy, which as always is hilarious. After the Uncle Yo show, EMP Maniac AKA Mario Bueno performed his renditions of varying Japanese songs, like INVOKE by TM Revolution. COBU, a taiko drum and tap dancing outfit from New York City, did such an awesome performance that my jaw literally dropped. COBU's show was actually a preview as the original performers for that time on Saturday dropped out at the last minute. Veronica Taylor, best known as the original voice of Ash Ketchum from "Pokemon," performed onstage with manga artist Misako Rocks! in which she gave voice to characters drawn by Misako Rocks! There was also Iron Cosplay, where two teams create a cosplay outfit in 20 minutes. As you can probably tell by the name, it was based on Iron Chef.

Sunday, Yo opened his second show with an Ode to FPS's, set to the tune of Caramelldansen. Like the Otaku National Anthem before it, the Ode was hilarious. Too bad he didn't dress up as Master Chief to perform it. Samurai Sword Soul, a theatre troupe also based in New York City, blends comedy, drama, and sword stage fighting. COBU's original performance was just as incredible as the Saturday show. What made Sunday special was the Cosplay fashion show, which was why the event was extended one extra hour. The fashion show was a first for the event. MAC provided the makeup for the 20 models. My only problem was that 4 people showed up dressed as Ciel Phantomhive from "Kuro Shitsuji (Black Butler)", three of which were in his dress. (Yes, you read that right, Ciel is a boy.)

All in all, it was the most successful Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As next year's event marks the 30th anniversary, I hope it's bigger than this one. I'd like to thank the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for hosting this event, and supplying the volunteers with enough water to keep us from fainting in the heat. Special thanks go to Ms. Anita Jacobs, Director of Public Programs, for organizing such an awesome event.

Friday, April 30, 2010

REMINDER: Sakura Matsuri tomorrow

Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is tomorrow from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Admission is $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sakura Matsuri

On May 1st & 2nd, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is holding its annual Sakura Matsuri festival. Yes, I just realized the last two words in that sentence are redundant. Anyway, Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrates Japanese culture. There will be traditional Japanese music and dance, tea ceremonies, Taiko drumming, and Ikebana, the Japanese art of Flower Arrangement, amongst many events. AnimeNEXT may also have their touring manga library available. There's also a J-Lounge, where you can enjoy music from the land of the rising sun. Picture this event as an anime convention for otaku and non-otaku alike. See ya there!