|Panels! Panels! Panels!
More panels than you can shake a stick at and then some! Anime Central 2004 offered a huge
variety of panels galore featuring many esteemed Guests of Honor, noted fans, and industry
representatives from the domestic anime kingdoms all heading healthy discussions on various
exciting topics ranging from new shows, fan activities, industry follow-ups, and other forms
of fan entertainment lasting all throughout the day. Packed full of attendees, every single
panel or activity offered something to learn from. If only school or work meetings were this
Read or Die Extravaganza!: It was one of the biggest anime series
guests roundup of all time. Fans of the Read or Die anime series got a chance to
listen to comments about the show and ask a few questions of their own to the guests that
included director Koji Masunari, creator Hideyuki Kurata, voice actress Chiwa Saito,
character designer Taraku Uon, character designer Masashi Ishihama, composer Taku Iwasaki,
production designer Noriyuki Zinguzi, and producer Tomonori Ochikoshi.
American Voice Actor
Greenfield, Chris Patton, Kelli Cousins, and Brett Weaver spoke about their voice acting
experiences for ADVision. Topics included favorite characters they've voiced so far,
memorable battles (and the funny lines), hilarious anime sex scenes, voice recording
details, researching character roles to put their voice into the right personality, audition
processes, taking care of your voice, and much more.
| Para Para Dancing
for Beginners: Not too
thrilled about Dance Dance Revolution? Don't quite have the legs or spirit cut out for
other kinds of video games? Then try your hand (or hands) at Para Para! Fans
gathered together to learn the motions and practice their skills at this cool and exciting
hobby for the musical video game masses. Taking Japan by storm and now taking American
Geneon: It's the biggest industry development this year, Pioneer Entertainment is
doing the name change to Geneon, but it's role is not too different as it continues to plow
forward with new anime releases and bigger titles to grasp the exciting market for
anime. Geneon representative Kevin Chu was on hand to talk about the latest
developments and answers questions from the audience.
Acting: Matt Greenfield of
ADVision led this panel to see what new talent he can inspire in the ever-growing field of
voice acting. Topics included education on interpretation and melodrama, language
differences, emphasis on vocal reality, details on how dubs have gotten better over the
years, and much more.
|| Comics: The Art of
Storytelling: Fan artists
gathered together to talk about their latest endeavors with discussion about story
development, characters, keeping comics fun, life in the artists alley, finding resources in
the artists community, learning to deal with construction criticism, and more.
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