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Zerofox Kitsune
05-11-2010, 06:52 PM
Hello.

As I may be able to travel to Vegas for a convention this year, I was curious about this one. Anime Vegas veterans, what exactly is this convention like? How large is it? How high would you rate the quality panels and events? Are there other conventions in Vegas that you would recommend?

In companion to this thread, I'm also taking a look at the feedback thread.

Any information that would be useful to an Anime Vegas newcomer I'll gladly welcome.


Thank you.

Tenshi
05-12-2010, 10:21 AM
I'm a staff member, so feel free to take my opinions with a grain of salt ^_-.

Anime Vegas has had an attendance size between 3,000 and 4,000 the past few years, IIRC. Most of our attendance comprises of people who live in the Vegas Valley, but there are also a lot of people who come in from Utah and Southern California, especially in 2008 and 2009. It seems to me that most of our attendees are between the ages of 14 and 21.

Of course we have our share of overly hyped up fans that you have to watch out for, but for the most part our attendees are well behaved. (If they're not well behaved tell a staff member! We will take care of the problem because none of us put up with that BS.) We have taken steps to bring the maturity level up, like ban signs and yaoi paddles. I've found that most people at our convention are extremely friendly and approachable too.

When it comes to guests, if you're a fan of American voice actors you cannot pick a better convention! Take a look at the guest list on our website - it's already a mile long! The last few years we've also had a Japanese guest and a few Japanese bands out to play. We will again this year, but none of that it set in stone yet.

We have a wide variety of panels, including the gameshow-type that are so popular nowadays. TBH I'm not much of a panel person unless I'm running it. I am one of the panelists on the Cosplay panel every year, which is usually one of the more popular panels during the weekend. Last year we had a poster gallery in one of our panel rooms which really cut down our panel variety, but this year that will not be happening :).

Since you're posting this on cosplay.com, I'll assume that you'd be interested in our Cosplay events. We have two this year. First, the Masquerade is so much fun every year! I used to run it and I've been amazed at how much our cosplayers have stepped up their game. Now it is run by Natchan and she is a great organizer! Our other Cosplay event, the Masquerade Ball, takes place the first night of the convention. It's for everyone to have a chance to dress in fancy attire and dance the night away! It's open to all attendees (as long as they're in proper dress) but we also have a mini costume contest for the best formal costumes! There's a thread on this forum about the Ball; please see that thread if you want to know more.

Well, that's all I can think of at the moment. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!

Zerofox Kitsune
05-12-2010, 03:19 PM
Thank you, I appreciate the information you've given me.

A x e l - F
05-14-2010, 04:03 PM
*cough* Anime St. George rocks socks. It's only about 2 hours from Vegas and is on the 25th of Sep this year. >w< *cough*

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I went to Anime Vegas last year and in 06. It was good in 06 and wasn't too bad last year even though we spend most of our time in the dealers room. We did have some problems with the staff though and their change of venue is keeping us from going this year. It's not a bad convention, but just not one my group and I will be attending this year.

Zerofox Kitsune
05-14-2010, 04:22 PM
I will keep that convention in mind. Do you know the venue at which this convention is being held?

Tenshi
05-14-2010, 09:49 PM
We're at the Alexis Park. I, for one, am really excited about the venue change. Cashman Center is not cosplayer friendly (since it's not near any hotels and has nowhere pretty to take pictures) and we have had problems the last two years we've used them (07 and 09). The Alexis Park has a lot of room and is much easier on the eyes than Cashman.

Here's the website for Alexis Park: http://www.alexispark.com/

Zack_Fair_2002
06-04-2010, 03:41 PM
Did I read the Anime Vegas website right on props and weapons? That ANY form of props aren't allowed at this particular convention?

Tenshi
06-05-2010, 12:28 AM
I think you got "props" mixed up with "signs." Anime Vegas does not allow signs unless you have our approval through email before the start of the con. It would be pretty silly to not allow props!

Zack_Fair_2002
06-07-2010, 09:58 AM
Yeah I guess it would have been very silly :). Thanks for clearing that up. I must of read it wrong because I could have sworn it wasn't allowed. But just checking the website now, this is what it says:

1. All live steel, firearms, open flame and wooden paddles, wooden swords are prohibited. Please do not bring these into the convention

My buster is made out of plywood, but I wasn't sure if I should even attempt to bring it. Anyone?

NyuNyu
06-07-2010, 12:13 PM
My friends and I had a bad experience at Vegas a couple years ago and would probably not go back. We felt the overall crowd at the convention was all so much younger than we were used to...and immature at that. My friends got kissed and licked on the face by random people! The costumes in the halls did not make me feel like wearing mine. Also I felt guests/programming was really geared towards voice actors and at one point, the only thing to do there was to do was get autographs. (a shame if you aren't into English VAs at all like myself)

Tenshi did do a great job with the cosplay masquerade, though. It was not stressful to enter or be judged. I felt the quality of the skits was overall lacking, again that probably relates to my earlier statement! Hopefully the con overall has improved. ^^ It's also a great place to do photoshoots outside of the con, especially if want to ride the monorail down to the strip!

I believe Animeland Makiba is another new convention in Vegas.

Tenshi
06-07-2010, 02:52 PM
Zach_Fair_2002 - I will ask for a clarification on the rules because IMO your buster sword should be admitted. I think that rule's in place to prevent those wooden practice swords out. I have carried around my Space Sword made 100% out of wood several times at AV.

NyuNyu, thanks about the Masquerade! That's gross about the licking thing, though that can happen at any convention. I had some pretty, uhh, strange things happen while I was dressed as Fai at Fanime last weekend, which is a con known for being more mature and laid-back than most others. 08 was a lame year, mostly because the Renaissance was not a good venue for our convention. You'd think finding a good venue in Vegas of all places would be easy, but apparently not. Again, I'm really hopeful that the Alexis Park will be the perfect spot for Anime Vegas.

Eerie Butterfly
06-09-2010, 09:30 PM
My friends and I had a bad experience at Vegas a couple years ago and would probably not go back. We felt the overall crowd at the convention was all so much younger than we were used to...and immature at that.

That is the reason why I stopped going to the monthly viewings.

Last year was the first year I went and I'm going to give it a second try. I felt that there wasn't much going on, but then again, I've only been to large conventions. Overall, it was ok...just ok.

I believe Animeland Makiba is another new convention in Vegas.

Las Vegas Super Con is another convention here in town as well.

ScarletRhapsody
06-10-2010, 01:16 AM
I went last year just as an excuse to hit the strip, but I was not aware about the Cashman Center being in a not-so-glitzy part of town. I had a good time, and I can give this year's Anime Vegas a benefit of a doubt since it will be at a hotel location that's close to the strip (MGM side, I assume?).

I do appreciate the number of voice acting related panels. I recommend this con for anyone who wants to work in anime localization field. Great networking opportunities! I'm really hoping there are more panel rooms this year. Two live programming rooms for panels is not enough!

We'll see how this year goes with the new location. I'm an optimist, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

EDIT: You can read a much more in depth review of my Anime Vegas experience on my final thoughts section in our con report:
http://scarlet-rhapsody.com/traveling/av2009/final_1.htm

Zack_Fair_2002
06-16-2010, 12:05 PM
Zach_Fair_2002 - I will ask for a clarification on the rules because IMO your buster sword should be admitted. I think that rule's in place to prevent those wooden practice swords out. I have carried around my Space Sword made 100% out of wood several times at AV.



Did you manage to find out any more information about that weapons policy by chance Tenshi?

Tommyki
06-17-2010, 03:37 PM
I'm really thinking about going to this one. The badges are not a bad price and the rooms are a great deal. About half the price of Anime Expo rooms. I also know it's a decent hotel. At least it was when I was there years ago. ...I had a yo-yo tournament. Haha.

iaShakezula
06-18-2010, 10:42 AM
The weapon policy should be specific on what wooden sword.They should specify it as "practice wooden sword" because that would mean a bokken, bokuto and Taichi practise sword and a shinai.These weapons are meant only to be in the dojo.


However,Most of my sword props are made of plywood .I will go to the Anime Vegas forum to check this rule.

When everybody were carrying their bokken at the con , I had mine covered in a bokken bag, a practise I do from my Aikido training.I only take it out when my photo is taken.But not everybody are trained in martial art .There is an ettiquite to follow when it comes to weapons.

Anyway, I have been going to Anime Vegas for the past years except for the first year.It is still a growing con and they still need to improve their programing when it comes to panels.Most of their panels are related to the voice actors.But their event programs are pretty good.

I also know the organizer of this con...I always combine this trip as a mini vacation.
update:
I've sent out an email about this and hope they amend the policy

sicdedman
06-22-2010, 11:54 PM
i have never been to Anime Vegas, I did just get back from staying at (Alexis Park Hotel) where the Anime Vegas is being held this year, i stayed there to attend (Momo-i Night) just to check things out at the Hotel so if i do go to Anime Vegas this year i will kinda know the Layout.

out of 5 stars i give Alexis Park Hotel a 2

1. the bathroom Lock was broken

2.The Kitchen Sink kept sounding like water was dripping and Gurgling noises wouldnt stop throughout the WHOLE Night, woke me up every 30 minutes. it was that loud

3.on Saturday Night There were Hundreds of Black-gangsta (wannabe's) parking at the Alexis since its free parking, they were giving people hard times, also ALOT of trashy Women half dressed walking through the Alexis,dunno if they were with the crowd (whatever)

4. Room Smelled like Burned Popcorn had to open windows as soon as i walked in.

5. when checking out took 20 Minutes before anyone knew i was at Counter,place was Empty not 1 staff member,i had to be checked out by a Security guard.

(Overall) from what else i saw Pools were kept pretty clean, Alexis park Hotel, seemed like it was going for an old Spanish Style Look, the way everything is layed out ect. there are Security Guards on Bikes all Night Patrolling, alot of Parking, but can fill up Quickly due toi Its FREE parking so Travelers/Locals use it for other Events in Area.

i had never been to Cashman Convention Center so i dont know how that place is. but i do hope Alexis Park Hotel Provides Everyone with what they Want/Need out of Convention with Rooms,Panels,Concert Hall

going back to Number 3 i am NOT racist, so please dont think i am by the way i said black-gangsta wannabe's.,.

i hope Alexis park Hotel, is Safe/Safer for Younger people that will be Attending Anime Vegas this September, because to me some streets of LA looked Safer. but for $60 a night for a Room,Free Parking. What can you Expect? i think i'll stay at Sahara Casino for the Con.


alright thats my input for Alexis Park Hotel. sorry if i kinda went off topic (What Is This Convention Like) but i dodnt want to Kill Space with a New Thread just on this Topic.

Time for Bed!

Tommyki
06-23-2010, 04:04 AM
Hmm, that's unfortunate. Perhaps I was too young to notice these things, but the hotel seemed pretty nice when I went. The only thing that was a little weird was the Gay Catholics convention happening at the same time as a yo-yo tournament for kids. "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Hakaider
06-25-2010, 02:05 AM
3.on Saturday Night There were Hundreds of Black-gangsta (wannabe's) parking at the Alexis since its free parking, they were giving people hard times, also ALOT of trashy Women half dressed walking through the Alexis,dunno if they were with the crowd (whatever)


i hope Alexis park Hotel, is Safe/Safer for Younger people that will be Attending Anime Vegas this September, because to me some streets of LA looked Safer. but for $60 a night for a Room,Free Parking. What can you Expect? i think i'll stay at Sahara Casino for the Con.


Oh wow...

I looked at the reviews at Trip Advisor as well, and it's not exactly that great either for this hotel.


It doesn't inspire confidence when I read reviews from "khaimz":

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g45963-d91689-r62783131-Alexis_Park_Resort-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT


I did not feel very comfortable (safe) at the Alexis Park simply because it is a motel (rooms opening to the exterior of the building) and is off the strip. Had my husband not been with me, I would not have stayed here.


When AnimeVegas 2008 was held at the Renaissance hotel, it was very safe & secure.

However, if safety is going to be a possible issue at the Alexis Park hotel, then perhaps..I should start thinking about skipping this year's con. I really don't want to have to deal with gangbangers on a Saturday Night, and if they park there and use it as hangout, there's going to be potential trouble for the cosplayers.

I hope the convention chairman, Rich will try to address this issue about safety, and take the appropriate measures, so it will be a safe con for all the attendees. Perhaps Rich and some of his staffers can come in on a random Saturday night and observe what happens at the Alexis Park hotel. (Especially at the parking lot.) Based on his observations, he can then consult with security & the hotel as to what measures need to be taken from there.

Celcia
06-26-2010, 11:37 PM
Someone told me it was a nice place (but this was years ago in 2005), but after hearing what sicdedman said and reading those reviews...

Yep, I'm not goin'. XD

ScarletRhapsody
07-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Re: Ghetto Hotel

Are there are hotels on the strip that's close to this hotel? I don't mind taking a cab to Alexis park. I've been reading the reviews and it has me worried. I just want to look into my options before I commit booking a room.

Tenshi
07-20-2010, 12:47 AM
The Hard Rock is right across the street. I imagine it's expensive though. I can't remember off the top of my head what else is close by, but it's on the corner of Paradise and Harmon.

I went to Alexis Park a few weeks ago and while I did not enter a hotel room I liked the grounds and all of the convention space. It also looked like they were doing some remodeling on hotel rooms.

Hakaider
07-20-2010, 12:16 PM
The Hard Rock is right across the street. I imagine it's expensive though. I can't remember off the top of my head what else is close by, but it's on the corner of Paradise and Harmon.


The Hard Rock cafe can be pretty expensive, if you don't get the discounted rates. It's also where they held the famous Fetish & Fantasy Ball last Halloween. (It's also for adults only.)


I went to Alexis Park a few weeks ago and while I did not enter a hotel room I liked the grounds and all of the convention space. It also looked like they were doing some remodeling on hotel rooms.

Hmmm...Any chance that Rich could later take a look at the quality of the rooms, and if the parking lot is safe on a Saturday night? The Trip Advisor reviews on the Alexis hotel doesn't really inspire confidence as of the moment.

iaShakezula
08-04-2010, 08:53 PM
WEll hopefully the presence of tons of young cosplayers would scare of the bad elements away.The same effect as the cosplayers do to the LACC area, the police even said that the convention attendee scare the homeless away.

Anyway ,i am not planning on staying there but in a business hotel near the airport however their convention center facility looks pretty good and I bet Rich has inspected the area before they made the contract

I actually liked the Cashman center but we just cant have very late activities there .I loved the theater.The panel rooms are big enough, The exhibit hall was big but the other side is always the gun show.I just like dont like paying for parking .= but at least its cheap.

What I love about this con is that I am able to meet the voice actors casually. I am not an active voice actor so I dont get to see them and seeing them like Jerry,Colleen ,Yuri, Tara , director Mary Elizabeth and Vic is just awesome.That reminds me , I have to give Vic something from Kawaii Kon.
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Toshi_Riku
08-06-2010, 01:02 AM
I had fun at the cashmen center but when they moved it to the renaissances hotel it failed but I don't know how this is going to be since its a new venue. Still its vegas

Thowra
08-07-2010, 04:40 PM
There are a few hotels by the Alexis. Terrible's Hotel and Casino is right by there, And Hard Rock is right across the street, and The Tuscany is also right by there too. There are alot of places to stay that are right by the Alexis. I don't know how much they charge. I know Hard Rock will cost alot.
This convention is fun every single year. There has never been a year that it wasn't a blast. This con is my favorite to go to. All the Staff is wonderful. There are LOTS of events.

SirenaBlack
08-07-2010, 04:43 PM
It doesn't look like I'm gonna be able to go because none of the drivers in the family want to brave the holiday traffic *weeps*

Thowra
08-07-2010, 04:45 PM
AWW I'm so sorry you can't come! Maybe they will change there minds.

Vega-Lume
08-09-2010, 07:11 PM
I really want to go but I need to room with someone. Where can I go to find a roommate that has some space?

KittyKax
08-18-2010, 11:29 PM
For the past 3 years I've been going to Anime Expo only so this'll be my first time at a smaller con, I just hope that since the con's gonna be at the hotel I'll hardly ever have to go outside except in a group. lol

sicdedman
08-20-2010, 05:35 PM
i was curious, i know Pre-Reg is over but i cannot find where the Prices are for Anime Vegas. how much for 1 day how much for all 3 days? i am going to be paying (OnSite)

Thowra
08-20-2010, 06:33 PM
I'm pretty sure you can only buy day passes at the convention. They didn't sell anything online this year. It was all mail in stuff.