Very disappointed -- they knew that huge numbers of people were going to be interested, right?
Took the chance to wander around for a little -- I've now seen the opening to Ouran Koukou Host Club and it looks jaw-droppingly gay and cracky. Awesome. They also had clips from Juuousei, which looks like it'll be good. They've already started producing movie posters for the Death Note movie, and it looks fantastic. No actual flyers though. Oh, and Yakyuu Nine looks pretty interesting; insane baseball comedy with pretty boys. They also had really big posters for a live-action version of LoveCon (Lovely Complex). I don't think I've seen anyone mention that(?), but the manga's huge around here.
Otherwise, I went around, picking up freebies. They had a huge dragon's head to represent the Wizard of Earthsea anime (called 'Ged Senki'), which some people might be interested in? Or at least, want to know how they're treating it.
I caught a glimpse of Fukuyama Jun-san as I was passing the booth. Looked like he was having fun...
We looked around for a bit, and then I went to the Touei Animation Stage. It wasn't going to start for another one and a half hours, but I now realised it was best to be very early. When we got there, they were in the middle of a Ring ni Kakero event with Morita Masakazu-san and Kusao Takeshi-san. That's when we were approached by a film crew who wanted to know if we would give a short interview, to be shown on an American on-demand anime channel. I think I may've talked nonsense, but if you see me on cable, let me know! Ahahaha... ^^;;;
(Why do they always ask me, I wonder...?)
Next was the Gaiking stage. I had absolutely no expectations for this and it was just something to pass the time as I slowly moved closer to the stage. However, the seiyuu and the live music were really good! Tanaka Mayumi-san and Kusao Takeshi-san are obviously pretty close and I love seeing the way seiyuu interact with each other. Both were in high spirits -- I'm guessing that Tanaka-san voices the main male character? She would randomly break out into her character's voice -- and it sounded amazingly masculine. Obviously a very talented lady. She was having lots of fun with Kusao-san, who apparently forgot who Hirata Hiroaki-san voiced in One Piece. Kusao-san's also in the OP cast... As well as one of the characters, it seems he also does the voice of the giant robot. He does it well.
Anyway, there was also music from Psychic Lover, who sung the OP. I heard it enough times to join in with the chorus, as they encouraged us to do so. A very upbeat duo, I think. The seiyuu and Psychic Lover all joined in for one final rendition at the end, which was lots of fun. I've still got the song in my head -- GAI GAI GA-GA-GAI GAI GAI GA-GA-GAI GAIKI-N-GU!
Anyway, eventually it was time for the One Piece stage. The very first thing that happened was that three of the characters in full body suits came out and danced to what I guess must've been the OP theme. It was all rather sinister.
Eventually, the seiyuu emerged to squees from a number of girls behind me. Yamaguchi Kappei-san and Hirata Hiroaki-san!! In all honesty, the audience seemed to be 5% children, 5% their parents and 90% female seiyuu fans. Perhaps, they misjudged the focus of the event then? After a short talk, they did a quick quiz including questions like 'what colour is Chopper's nose?' and 'what is Sanji's job?'. Since the seiyuu failed to answer correctly (obviously planned -- hee!), they asked the children in the audience. The four(?) that answered correctly got to come up on stage and took part in a sketch game with the seiyuu. They were all told to draw Chopper from memory.
Yamaguchi Kappei-san put a lot of effort into his drawing -- he's really good! When he revealed his, there was a chorus of 'KAWAIIIIII~!' from all sides.
Hirata-san... did not draw Chopper. He drew a 'nipper' with antlers and a cross, plus a 'hopper' with antlers and a cross... I was laughing so hard. It really was very funny, but I guess you had to be there. After an intense game of janken, an audience member won the drawings -- I wanted to take part, but I was too scared...
I left completely adoring Hirata Hiroaki-san -- not only does he have a great voice, he made me laugh too. Yamaguchi-san too, of course.
Next we went to the avex booth for the Ueki no Housoku event, where Paku Romi-san, Kawakami Tomoko-san and Saiga Mitsuki-san. Saiga Mitsuki-san is SO cool! When she came out, pretty much everyone screamed. Unfortunately, I couldn't see very well, even though I was quite near the front because there were four or five huge men in front of me. Anyway, they joked with each other, calling each other 'eroi' and made jokes. Saiga-san really does have an amazing normal speaking voice -- probably not that far from Wolfram's. She's awesome.
Next, I tried to go to the Soul Ignution/Suzumura Ken'ichi-san event, but wow, queue! Suzumura-san really did look good though. I looked around some more instead. There was a showing of adverts for cwfilms, some of which looked pretty good. Negadon, for example, seemed to be a modern take on 'giant monster eats Tokyo'. Others didn't look so great, like the completely computer generated one. I can forgive that kind of wooden unnaturalness from game cut-scenes, but not in a film.
We were also shown a pretty cool 3D video by a company showing off the software they had developed. If you stare into a box, placing your head where the lines are, the picture is in 3D. The film they showed us was of a roller coaster and it was pretty hypnotic.
Soon after that, we headed to Stage II for the final show. In it, five giggly girls attempted to find their positions for their song and giggled. Lots. At least they were colour-coordinated. About twenty-five minutes into it, Seki Tomokazu-san finally came out. He asked the girls a few questions and they gaves some pretty brainless answers and giggled a lot.
The fair was almost ready to close, so we looked around a final time. There was a board listing new animations and Trigun X was listed on it. Not to mention that there's also a Highlander animation being developed, it seems.
I also got a glimpse of some of the opening scenes of xxxHolic. To be perfectly honest, it doesn't look too great. They've copied CLAMP's 'spider leg' style and it looks really silly when animated. Everyone is out of proportion -- not in a cool anime-style way, but badly so. Maybe the plot and voice acting will make up for it...? EDIT: Oh, I forgot to say that this is the TV series I'm talking about, not the film!
Anyway, I had a great day and a whole bunch of flyers to remember it by. Might photo a few, since they're pretty interesting.