Once again Anime Boston descended upon the city, and we were there, camera in hand, all ready to report on… uh… anyway, we were totally ready! Really totally! Read on for some photos and reports from Anime Boston 2004, live at the Park Plaza hotel!
This is about 90% of the convention experience, right here. It can all be distilled to a chilly, clinical hotel conference room, some portable A/V equipment, and Bandai Entertainment rep Jerry Chu. Here Jerry tells some of his famous knock-knock jokes. Actually, I don’t even know if he has any knock-knock jokes, I just don’t remember what he was talking about.
Next, we ventured into the dealer’s room (which was actually across the street this year, in a curious castle-like building), where we encountered the fiendish Dr. Cube of Kaiju Big Battel fame! But was this the real Dr. Cube, or one of his legions of dopplegangers? We may never know for certain.
Here’s the dealer’s room in general. The lighting was bad so I had to boost the levels through the roof, which is why it looks so grainy. There’s the Dreamworks booth in the background. Hey, thanks for not promoting Millennium Actress, guys! Way to go, you jerks!
Now, it’s very important to visit the guests at these conventions, so I ducked in to meet some famous voice actors and test the settings out on my crappy digital camera. Here’s the famous Lex Lang, who has a website and apparently a record album. He’s also played the voice of both Captain Harlock AND Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star, which puts his manliness way off the scale, higher than even an entire fleet of motorcycle-riding Steve McQueens.
Here’s another picture of Lex, and the panel moderator. I wonder if Lex is short for “Alexander?” Maybe it’s short for “Lexington.” Or perhaps it’s an abbreviated form of Lexmark, that crappy printer company.
Ah! Lex is melting! Lex has even gotten to play the Movie Trailer Guy a couple of times. That’s a lifelong ambition of mine. I want to utter dramatic phrases like, “IN A WORLD COVERED IN CHOCOLATE… ONE MAN”
Here’s the only photo I got of Dave Wittenberg. Dave Wittenberg is awesome. Not only was the the voice of Kikaider in the cartoon of the same name, he was Lee in the Cowboy Bebop movie, putting forth the best fake cockney accent this side of Don Cheadle in Ocean’s Eleven. He was also the sensitive computer nerd in Witch Hunter Robin, a fact which had teenage girls queueing up for his autograph and a demonstration of his vocal talents.
Then I grabbed a couple of snapshots of cosplayers. I try not to take too many cosplay photos– not only does that practice eat up time like crazy, there are lots of sites which do a much better job of cosplay photography than I ever could. But when I saw these costumes, I couldn’t resist, being a huge Rose of Versailles nerd. So here’s one.
And here’s the reverse angle. I’ll be frank: I’m kind of jaded about cosplaying, most stuff doesn’t impress me the way it used to. But these are some damn good costumes. Seriously, this shit is HOT.
Here’s a shot of the hotel mezzanine, with nerds practically hanging over the railing as they wait in line for some event or another. Later in the afternoon, I’d encounter two girls waving badly handwritten signs and begging for attention. I never knew anime kids liked crazy homeless people so much that they wanted to imitate them!
I’ve got just a couple of more big events at this particular con. Like I was saying earlier, I tend to eschew the flashier shit, and here’s a neat little tableau that unfolded before me on Saturday afternoon. See, there’s always a piano at these damn conventions, and there’s always some jerk playing it. It’s invariably either a kid messing around, some asshole playing “Piano Man,” or some even BIGGER asshole playing Final Fantasy or Super Mario Brothers music. I don’t remember what this couple was playing, but I just had to capture the scene.
Ah, but what’s this? One dude left, but two more people came to watch the girl in the maroon velvet play. The one on the right is wearing one of those cheap, awful felt cat tails. No offense, lady, but those things never look good.
Again, the cast of piano players and specators shifted! What drama.
At one point, the girl was just playing by herself. Check out Sanosuke in the lower right-hand corner! I love shit like that.
Then some other dude showed up and started playing. You can still see the redhead chilling out in the background.
Finally, two OTHER dudes, one playing, the other listening intently. This entire shuffle happened over the course of about seven minutes. Once again, I love shit like this. In my opinion, it’s a better summary of what a hotel anime convention is really like than any giant-ass parade of cosplay photos.