Anisong World Matsuri Japan Kawaii Live at Anime Expo 2018 is one of the three AWM shows at Anime Expo this year. It follows from last year’s AWM which stopped at AX, Bilibili Macro Link in Shanghai, and Otakon 2017. This year there is no Otakon stop, and AX gets 3 shows instead of just two.
With July Fourth landing on a Wednesday, JKL somehow gets pushed in to Saturday. Conveniently, Aqours solo AWM show can be put on that Wednesday since the group has to travel back to Japan for the final stop on the Aqours 3rd tour, the same week. Since JKL is going to employ a bunch of seiyuu (i☆Ris and Cinderella Girls), it made sense to have the show on a weekend so the troops can fly back Sunday.
If I use one word only to describe AX this year, it’s “gucci.” Thanks Sally.
I spent a considerable amount of time standing in front of the Aniplex booth this past weekend, trying to catch glimpses of the three 22/7 members (nanabun no nijuni, or just “nanabun” or “twenty-two seven”). On their scripted stages, the wotas on the floor were busy taking photos and videos of the girls, catching their attentions, and enjoy being fished. The idols (and MC Albert Kao) meanwhile tried to play along and did what they had to. For an idol stage, it was pretty much what you would have expected…if you are an avid reader of Amaki Sally’s tweets. The other two members (Miyase Reina or Reinyan, and Hanakawa Mei or Meimei) are both sort of along for the ride, but also aboard the party boat pulling fishies out of the water. The fisher of men analogy refers to how in Chinese, idols “hook” wota during their stage shows by the means of dance and acting, like a strong dab or a cute smile with eye contact.
It’s like, even Sally knows this stuff, just look at her reactions here.
I’m still at home and procrastinating on my packing. I fly out Tuesday night to LA. It’s gonna be a fun time at AX, except a part of me just want to stay home and grind UNION for the Nth time. Maybe I can do both, because on schedule, AX 2018 is packed with interesting things I want to see. I want to see SudoP’s panel, and ask him about Hellshake. I want to see Trigger again and rep IDOLM@STER at A-1’s panel. I want to see Tsugutsugu and the other cast members from SAO and GGO. But nope, all those things conflict with anisong events and whatever.
Unlike the usual collection posts, this year I’ll just take it easy. The only AX-sponsored autograph I want to see are the PA Works/Maquia team. (And we’re giving them flowers?) I don’t think I’ll splurge for sketches, although I think there are still prizes in Kentia waiting to be uncovered. There are prime first-hour deals for Premiere badge holders that I can take advantage of, and more in terms of on-the-ground data collection that needs to be done.
But I’m okay with a less engaging AX. JKL featuring Cinderella Girls is enough of a reason to do AX all by itself. Bonus is the party I’m throwing, the Mogra thing Fakku is doing (OMG INOTAC), and just about everything else. Meeting up with friends is also a well-honored reason to con, especially meeting guys coming from Europe. And Japan. And Korea and Taiwan.
Anyways, just dropping some links. Feel free to comment and add more AX related heads’ ups.
PS. There’s this guy who harasses people on twitter (and elsewhere) about Smash Bros. and IDOLM@STER. I bring this up because MoriP will be at AX (as a forward-facing industry member, I’m sure this is not his first rodeo at all) so you can go and ask him to do something about it?
PPS. Hey, Aqours! You are all right, I saw that screening last weekend and it was fun. But your fans need to cut out that crap about overwork LOL.
PPPS. OI COME TO MY PARTY ON WEDNESDAY.