I was down in
this past weekend for Anime Expo. It was my first time going. I flew in on a
Friday night. Collin, Andy and Linda drove to LA on Friday morning. They
arrived early Friday morning and headed straight to the
convention. They were pretty tired by the time I arrived. Los Angeles
Collin lying on his bed looking beat.
We were all hungry. It was a late night, but luckily we were able to find a Korean restaurant that was open. Hwang's Restaurant. The food and service was good. The place was pretty empty though, but it was around on a Friday. 16.99 for All-You-Can-Eat.
Some of Linda's friends showed up later in the night to have a few drinks. Angela, Yumi, and Linda.
Linda being a poser cause that bottle of
After dinner I headed out with Son to meet up with some other friends of mine that lived in the area. We went to a small dive bar La Cita to have a few drinks and catch up on things.
Linda was hosting some of the Live Streams at Crunchyroll.com
You can find more info about Linda at Vampybit.me
Here you can see Linda cosplaying as (Reika Shimohira) from Gantz along with her friends Rochelle (Rei Miyamoto), Angelo (Hisashi Igo), and Collin (Takashi Komuro) who are cosplaying characters from High School of the Dead.
After Linda finished her hosting we headed for some food.
On our way to the food court we saw this awesome Big Daddy and Little Sister costume by these kids. I think they are brother and sister. Costume was totally hand made. Super cute. They parents were taking them around and hella people were taking pictures. Such cool parents to be taking their kids to conventions like these.
I headed back to the lobby real quick and happened to run into these two girls dressed up as Megatron and Starscream.
One of my favorites. Not sure if he is a real character or just wearing samurai armor. It was really detailed though and really impressive. You can't tell from the picture, but the guard and base of the sword was made of a clear plastic and there was a pulsing/glowing light from it. You had to see it in person to appreciate it.
After lunch we headed back to the Crunchyroll booth. Linda had one more live stream for the day.
This is Linda's friend. I forgot her name, but her cosplay was all hand made. I think she said something around 100+ hrs in the making. She also made custom shoes, but they broke during the day so she wore these boots. Still works for the outfit in my opinion, but some cosplayers do everything down to the perfect detail.
After the Linda was done with her streaming for the day. We headed over to the High School of the Dead panel. If you haven't seen or read High School of the Dead. I suggest you check it out. It's an anime about high school students during a zombie outbreak. The animation is great and there is quite a bit of fan service if you're into that.
While on our was to the panel I ran into Bumble Bee and Ironhide. These were also custom made. Some people are quite talented and come up with some crazy ideas and designs.... or have hella money and commissioned someone to make it for them.
After the Panel we called it a day. We were at AX starting from and we didn't leave till . I didn't even look at any of the merchandise or vendors and I had already wasted 6hrs looking at costumes, checking out the live stream, and going to the panel.
We were starving by this time and had only ate once so far. So we headed over to Yard House for some food.
After having dinner we headed back to our hotel to unwind and to get ready for the night. My friend Alvin met up with us and was going to take us out for some drinks. We ended up at Tony's Saloon this place had a totally chill atmosphere and the bartenders made great drinks with really fresh ingredients. (From left: Sir Collin, Jonas, Hipster Alvin, Paul, and Handy Andy.
What is up with Bobby and Handy Andy? I don't know you be the judge.
I have no idea with Yumi is doing. I guess pretending to be a pirate?
Angela throwing up the classic Japanese peace sign.
We got home around 3ish. I ended staying up till . Was down at the Cafe chopping it up with Jonas, Angela, and Yumi. It was quite a night.
We headed back to AX the next morning for some more shenanigans. I woke up with a crazy headache. I tried to tough it through the day without and asprin, but I gave in and ran to the local market and picked up some Ibuprofen. I felt a lot better after.
On my way back from the market snapped a picture of Yoshi
Not sure what anime these guys are from, but you can catch a Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto in the background.
We had Ramen at Chin-Ma-Ya of Tokyo
I had the Tan-Tan Men, with Chasu Pork, Egg, and mushrooms. Man did it hit the spot after a long day at AX.
We headed back to the hotel and napped for about 2hrs. Sir Collin decided to get his pre-party on by himself. So while we were napping he headed down to the bar and had a few drinks. We ended up napping till 9:30. We were so tired and were not even going to go out, but changed out mind at the last minute. It was out last night in LA. I'm glad we did cause we ended up having a great night.We left out hotel around 10:30 and headed to the Nokia Club. AX was hosting an event for AX guest. It was time to get our RAGE on!
The music was awesome. I'm not a huge house music fan, but the DJ was spinning some awesome tracks. I only wish that would have kept her on all night.
We woke up without any issues Monday morning. It was already the last day of AX. They weekend just flew by.
Monday had very little guest, but I was surprised to still see some awesome cosplayers on the last day.
Sephiroth from Final Fantasy
and the last character we saw before we left is SKID MARKS! Andy is still working out the kinks of his costume.