|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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
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
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