Anime North 1999
I left Japan on Wednesday June 16. At the airport, I found the new issue of Koro Koro Comics, and bought one. This one had a Pokemon game card of Mariru, and a 80 page manga of Star Wars episode 1, in addition to the usual Pokemon stuff.
I arrived in Chicago on-time. I saw the Star Trek movie on the plane. Good movie. The flight from Chicago to Toronto was delayed about 30 minutes, but we arrived in Toronto as scheduled.
At the airport in Toronto, a couple of the Anime North staff met us (Kenji, Hyi, and I) and took us to the hotel. That evening we went to Hooters for dinner. The food was good (and cheap), but I didn't like the waitress outfits that much. I prefer Anna Millers or Bronze Parrot. (^_^;)
On the evening of June 18, Anime North began.
But during the day, Kevin and Ulu came over, and we went out for lunch. After returning to the hotel, we met up with Richard. I think we just hung around the lobby area until it was time for the opening ceremonies. Many people from the net came up to me to say hi. I should have taken pictures of everyone so I remember what they look like. That evening, we ate the barbeque dinner.
I also ran a seiyuu panel with Wai Lee Lau. My name wasn't listed, but I got dragged up to the table. (^_^;) We talked about the seiyuu boom, and fielded a lot of questions from the audience. It was a pretty knowledgeable audience and there was good participation.
On June 20, I woke up barely in time to make it to the dealers room before it opened. I had forgotten to bring the CC Sakura cards the previous day, and that sold very well. But overall there weren't that many people this day.
I was on a panel about cultural influences in anime, where we talked about "obvious" things in anime that weren't so obvious to the non-Japanese. After this panel, I had an interview with Protoculture Addicts, at my dealers table.
Then the closing ceremonies ended Anime North. After that, Kevin, Ulu, Titus, and I went out for Chinese food and coffee. Kevin and Ulu also played a shooting game at a game center.
When we got back to the hotel, I tried out Titus' visor headset thing, and played SG on the Sega Saturn. I finally got to watch the seiyuu movies on Second Window!
After driving Kevin to the airport, we went over to Titus' house and listened to his awesome stereo setup. Lots of SG and CC Sakura songs. Then we watched the Meltylancer OAV DVD. Quality of this DVD is very good. Then we went out for dinner and coffee, before returning.
Since I still had about half of the stuff (that I brought over to sell), and I had received a lot of big (sizewise) presents, I had a hard time packing everything.
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