Panels, panels, and more panels, and did we forget discussion time for Q&As?  From state of the anime industry to fan focus on anime shows, Guests of Honor to Industry updates, and anime music video workshops to fan-filled game shows, AX2003 had more panels and events than even the craziest single attendee could even attend.  With so much stuff to see and do, it proved extremely challenging to provide coverage on most of the panels, but LLNN managed to capture some of the highlights of weekend.

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Bandai Entertainment: Bandai Entertainment, Inc. is the premiere distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America.  The company has distributed notable titles like Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star.  Bandai representatives talked about new 2003 releases and answered questions from the audience about current items of interest being S-CRY-ed and Ryvious.


Anime Club Summit:  Led by an anime club founder Jakob Heuser, numerous anime club members talked about how clubs are constantly growing and adapting to the increasingly poular communities of anime and manga. Topics featured strategies and tips from people who have helped run large organizations, publicity and showing licensed anime, managing video libraries, memberships, staging meetings and screenings, shopping trips, and finding resources to prosper.

Anime Trivia Game Show:  Think you got what it takes to be an anime guru?  Hosted by the RAGE, this 
year's anime trivia show contestants competed for big  prizes and jeers or cheers from their buddies in the audience 
as trivia questions were belted out in various questions with references from Tenchi Muyou, Card Captor Sakura, 
Bubblegum Crisis, Fushigi Yugi, Ah! My Goddess, Gundam Wing, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Ranma ½, Super Cat 
Girl Nuku Nuku, El Hazard, Pokemon, Fatal Fury, Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin, and much more!  


Character Designers: Aspiring artists and art veterans alike joined in this discussion with Guests of Honor about the world of anime and manga character design.  Always one of the hardest and hottest jobs in the anime industry.  Topics featured writer's compatibility with inspired character designs, processing the right designs for story and animation, keeping aware of cosplay and doujinshi markets, and keeping the fans excited abut designs that are colorful and stay true to the intended characters' behavior, motivations, and overall story plot.

Anime Hero with a Thousand Faces: Anime Voice Actor Crispin Freeman led an engaging panel session detailing how mythological journeys are told and retold in anime.  A video of Joseph Campbell's "Power of Myth" was shown followed by group discussion about the differences and similarities between eastern and western religions and why mythology makes Americans write about Superheroes and the Japanese about Giant Robots.  Always an absolutely must-see session for the anime and manga enthusiasts.


American Voice Actors:  Like the who's who in American anime voice acting, panelists included 
Crispin Freeman, Taliesin Jaffe, Wendee Lee, Rebecca Forstadt, Liam O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, 
Lia Sargent, Brianne Siddal, Steve Blum, and Beau Billingslea.  From Helsing to Cowboy Bebop, BoogiePop 
Phantom to Metropolis, for fans of dubbed anime, this was the place to be to ask everything and anything 
under the sun!  Questions included their most memorable roles, how they got started in the business, their 
greatest influences, funniest studio stories, performing arts education, their love of anime, and much more.
Additional panels and interactive displays of wild and crazy fan excitement included: Audio Remasering for the New Millenium by Chace Productions, Central Park Media, AnimeOnDVD.com, Shoujo Anime and Manga, Anime Scavenger Hunt, Anime Street Smarts, Production I.G., Inu-Yasha, Anime News Network, Bandai Entertainment and Gundam, Bandai Entertainment and .hack, Gonzo Studios, AD Vision, AnimEigo, J-Rock Events and J-Rock Masquerade, Escaflowne, Anime FanFiction, Legend of Galactic Heroes, TokyoPop, Media Blasters, Victor JVC Music, Manga Entertainment, AX Tokyo 2004, Anime Street Smarts, Studio Pierrot, Pioneer Entertainment and Heat Guy J, FUNimation, Ragnorok Online, Harmony Gold, Urban Vision, Wendee Lee Q&A, Mechanized Propulsion Systems, Broccoli, Synch-Point, Director''s Panel, Pop Japan Travel, Hana Yori Dango and Boys Over Flowers, Right Stuf and Anime Trax, AN Entertainment, and much more!

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