Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Moriyama, Yoko Ishida, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dave Wittenberg, Scott McNeil, David
Kaye, Monica Rial, Brianne Siddall, Cynthia Martinez, Melissa Fahn, Greg Ayers,
Being in Boston
for college has its advantages and once again I was able to attend AnimeBoston
this year except this time it was cutting it close. How? My school year ended May 4 and the con ran during finals,
so it was a bit of hectic scheduling of finals to take before the con started.
This years guests were more
numerous than last years along with a new space the con inhabited.
They had moved the con from squishy Park Plaza
Hotel to the Hynes Convention
Center where there were HUGE open spaces to take
pictures of others without the interference of people.
This also meant more in the dealers room and
me staring sadly in my pockets bugged-eyed at the receipts of the
stuff I brought.
As with my other con reports, here
is a day-by-day look.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
My best friend Steph and I went to
AnimeBoston last year so we joined forces once again to go together this
year. As usual, the staff at AnimeBoston
allowed pre-registered people to pick up their badges a day early (and it was
recommended as on Friday and Saturday there were a TON of people at the
registration lines). We picked it up and
noticed that the theme for this year on the bag was Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, for both Season One and
Season Two (soon to debut on CartoonNetwork). Pretty ...
Friday, April 29,
Since Steph was also my roomie this
year at Emerson College,
we were able to help each other into our costumes.
After Spring Break I had gotten inspiration
to cosplay as Lacus Clyne in her commanders outfit from the anime Gundam SEED.
Steph helped me with the costume by sewing it
while I cut, measured, and pinned the costume together.
I digress, so now back to the morning.
We woke up extra early, knowing that we had
to get our costumes on and put on wigs too (wigs are no fun for me ... they itch
like crazy). We had anticipated getting
to the Hynes at 10, but didnt arrive until 11:30.
So we decided to wait in line for the
Dealers Room to open. In line we both
had our pictures taken by a few people and took pictures of others.
I had a panel at 1 p.m. so took a quick look around the Dealers Room to
scope out what I might come back to. Steph and I parted ways and I went to the Gundam panel.
The Gundam panel (called All That Gundam) was initially funny, but
then it got old as the people there rehashed what they said last year mainly
focused on the UC line of the Gundam
series. Having known almost everything
about it and getting bored, I left after 45 minutes and headed to wait in line
for my next panel.
The Johnny Yong Bosch panel was
next on my list. You might remember him
as one of the original Black Power Ranger, after Zack the first one left the
show. Hes the Asian one known as Adam
(and went all the way to Power Rangers
Turbo the rangers with the cars) dont ask how I know ... I continue to
occasionally follow the latest Power Rangers incarnation because its funny and sad
at times. He also did the voice of Vash
the Stampede from Trigun, Kiba from Wolfs Rain, Kaneda from the re-dub of Akira, and other voices.
Anyways, the panel was a lot of fun and he
told us about his alternative rock band (formed by Christian gospel then turned
alternative still with a bit of Christian stuff in it you can definitely
tell he was VERY religious), Eyeshine, and how he got started in voice
acting. We pestered him to do some of
his voices and about Power Rangers.
He started his voice sample off with What
this world needs is Love and Peace! a quote of Vash the Stampede.
Then he went straight into, Its
Morphin time! which just threw the whole room into cheers and giggles.
In that panel was a bunch of us that grew up
with that show ... so ... nostalgia abound. Anyways the panel was finished so I was about to go to Scott McNeils
panel, but that meant waiting in line again and getting a seat FAR in the back
which I didnt want. So I wandered
downstairs and headed to an autograph session Monica Rial and Cynthia Martinez
were doing at that time. Monica did the
voice of Tetsuko of Oh Super Milk-chan!,
Haruka Shitow from RahXephon, Fiore
Harvenheit from Chrono Crusade and
many others. Cynthia Martinez is
probably known for her voice of Lina Inverse in Slayers as well as other voices. Both of them were so nice and funny at the same time.
Afterwards, I was going to go the
Gundam photo shoot (where all characters representing all of the Gundam Series
would come together for group photos), but no one arrive sniff! and so Steph
and I headed back to our dorm room to quickly change and grab some dinner
before the Karaoke Competition.
We went to the competition and
there were many talented singers. Steph
didnt win, but she sure sang a lot better than last year.
I still like to rag on her about that.
There was a lady from Tofu Records who puts
out CDs done by LArc~En~Ciel, T.M. Revolution, and Nami Tamaki all of whom
are just some of my favorite artists. She was really nice and we decided that one of us was going to go her
panel tomorrow. We met up with Stephs
friends and wandered the con a bit. On
our walk around we ran into Webmistress Lizzard (really great person and
super-nice!) who was guest liaison to Scott McNeil.
I shoved (literally) Steph in front of others
so she can get her stuff signed by Scott McNeil and she was speechless when he
started doing his variety of voices in front of her.
Got a quick picture with him too before
deciding to head back around midnight.
We were going to call our schools
escort service, but they didnt even arrive after 2 hours so we hailed a cab
and got back to our dorm at 2 in the morning. Ugh. Collapsed into bed and all
is a blur.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
The weather predicted rain today so
I opted not to wear my wig and let my hair loose.
I still wore my costume, but minus the hair
piece and shoes. I wore sneakers
instead. We got to the con around 9:30 and Steph went to a FUNimation panel while
I headed to Chris Pattons panel. Chris
Patton had done the voice of Ayato from RahXephon
and he was also script writing for Gantz,
and doing voices on Chrono Crusade.
I just wanted to see him because I needed his
signature to complete my little RahXephon
collection. I got there and found that
he was really funny and easy going and he even gave us his livejournal so we
could all pester him.
This is the year of pestering
After Chris Pattons panel, we
ambushed him for an impromptu autograph session since his was yesterday and I
missed it. I got my RahXephon booklet signed and took a picture with him then made a
beeline to the line that was forming for Johnny Yong Bosch and Melissa Fahns
autograph session. Steph and I decided
that one of us would hold the line while the other headed to the Tofu Records
panel. I had originally decided I would
go to the panel, but changed plans as soon as I saw the line.
And this was at least one hour before
signing. Anyways, Steph joined me after
her panel was over and we got to meet the two. Johnny seemed very shy and quiet, which was quite true to some of the
characters hes voiced (not at all boisterous as Vash the Stampede).
Melissa Fahn is best known as the voice actor
for Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV or Ed in Cowboy Bebop. She also has a
lot of voice credits to her, but this is the one that most people came to see.
There was another autograph session
next and that was with Scott McNeil and David Kaye.
So as soon as I got my stuff signed by both
Melissa and Johnny I ran towards the line for David and Scott.
Steph headed to the Anime Dating Game that
she was roped into doing. David did a
lot of voices, but hes best known for Treize Khushrenada from Gundam Wing, Sesshoumaru from InuYasha, and Charles Xavier from X-Men: Evolution.
David was a quick signer and very pleasant to
talk to, but Scott Scott is special. He
is very much unlike some of the more aloof voice actors who look upon their
fans as they praise him/her with their adoration.
Scott is a people person and very
huggable. And which was why I spent at
least four hours in line to get one single thing signed by him.
It was because he spent so much
time talking with his other fans (and though I was pretty far up ahead in the
line), which I found to be good and bad at the same time.
I had planned to go the Dealers Room to buy
all of my stuff in one go today. Anyways, I managed to get my stuff signed and when we were going to take
a picture, he said I looked cute and swept me off my feet (literally).
(He also said I was lightweight heh.)
Anyways, there are two pictures of me like
that and heres the better one. Scott
has definitely burrowed into my heart as one of the most lovable and adored
voice actors. Oh, as an afterthought, he
is best known for the voices of Koga from InuYasha,
Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, and Rattrap
from Beast Wars.
Afterwards, I rushed to the
Dealers Room, bought my stuff, ran back to my dorm room to dump the stuff,
changed and came back just in time for the Masquerade.
Steph, by sheer luck, was able to find a
group to enter in it and at the end she won one of the many prizes.
She had cosplayed as Kagome from InuYasha and her yellow book bag won
Best Accessory. Ill admit, I was a bit
jealous because she had basically entered in every single cosplay thing there
was at the con and got a lot of recognition for her costume.
Part of me didnt mind and didnt really
care and was happy for her, but the other part wanted to also be in the spotlight.
After the Masquerade we had decided
we were going to go to the dance, but then decided not to because we were both
exhausted. So we hung about and talked
with a few cosplayers and friends that weve made during our time at the
con. We eventually made it home at 1 a.m. with two of our guy friends escorting us
sooo sweet, you rarely see gentlemen willing to escort women that late at
night. Happy dreams abound!
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Steph and I woke up and since it
was a mildly drizzly day (that eventually turned sunny), and quickly
changed. This time we werent late as we
already knew how to put on our costumes efficiently.
We headed over and decided to do some last
minute shopping at the Dealers Room. I
brought a few things for my sister and decided to get out of the Dealers Room
before I went completely broke. Its too
After getting some lunch, I met up
with Stephs Masquerade group and we waited in line for the Human Cosplay
Chess. Steph was in the Human Chess game
as the Black Queen dressed as Kagome. I
was going to apply except I hadnt finished my Lacus costume in time for the
due date of the applications.
The Chess was a lot of fun, with
the white side totally killing the black side. I wish I was one of the people playing chess, but they chose someone
else who was the lucky winner. Except it
was funny because since all 32 pieces were cosplayers of different anime, when
they attacked each other, it was very interesting to see what kind of attacks
killed certain characters. One example
would be when Alucard from Hellsing
as the White Kings Rook killed Asuka from Neon
Genesis Evangelion. Nice little bite
from one of the coolest vampires in anime. ^_^
The Chess lasted a while and when
we got out it was time to go. We said
our goodbyes and left the Hynes with happy thoughts and great memories.
Plus a load of pictures and goodies.
This is by far a lot better than last years
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