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Unread 02-01-2013, 01:12 PM   #1141
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Just a quick update on the AX convention hotels.

The convention hotels for the Westin Bonaventure & the J.W. Marriott have opened up for reservations on January 31, 2013. The other hotels will be opened at a later date.

Here's the link:

https://www.cmrhousing.com/animeexpo...HotelList.aspx


Note : When the J.W. Marriott opened up yesterday, most of their rooms were sold out within a matter of hours. (The AX weekend of Saturday & Sunday have already all been sold out.)



Also, one of the AX staffers have also confirmed that AX Masquerade will NOT be at the Nokia theater again this year in 2013.

This is what one of the AX staffers, "TonyN" wrote at the official AX forum:


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http://community.anime-expo.org/topi...squerade-2013/
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Masquerade has traditionally been held on the evening before the last day of convention and we expect no different in 2013.

We will not be using Nokia this year.

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Unread 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #1142
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Yeah it seems like the days of getting the Nokia are over... I guess we can still hope for some A-class guests this year though.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:25 PM   #1143
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Great, that's not good. That's a sign that the concerts will be at the LACC too, which I'm not a fan of since Japanese musical GoHs deserve better IMO since this is the first time they will be performing stateside.

Also, I have this bizarre feeling that the featured anime that AX might do this year is Sword Art Online since it has been successful. I'm sure they will get VAs, production staff, and musical GoHs from that show.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #1144
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Great, that's not good. That's a sign that the concerts will be at the LACC too, which I'm not a fan of since Japanese musical GoHs deserve better IMO since this is the first time they will be performing stateside.
I thought it had already been established a while back that this year they will be solely in the LACC, no Nokia at all.

Unless it is supposed to be some kind of surprise announcement or something like that...
Sadly the economics behind the Nokia may just not be feasible anymore.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 12:43 AM   #1145
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The economics would be feasible if the funds the SPJA has are used in a more elegant fashion. I doubt without a regime change that they'll be able to make the right kind of long term decisions that should put them in the convention circuit driver's seat.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #1146
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I just mean, if I remember correctly, they said shortly after the end of this year's AX, no Nokia this year at all.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 08:42 AM   #1147
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I always liked going into the Nokia Theater for the AX Concerts and such!

But after AX 2012, I Think they did a Good job with the LACC Room they had for Concerts/Opening Ceremonies/Closing Ceremonies/Masq/Ect. I saw LiSA perform and it was really good! The Sound (sounded) Good and the Stage could be seen through the room (of Course)! So I think they should stick with the SAME set-up for the Room. was it HALL G? I cannot remember....

If they can just fix the Autograph Sessions, that would be good. because one minute I'm told by the AX Staff (Autograph Session) that i don't need a ticket for an autograph and then next thing i know I am in a good spot in line then they announce (Must have a Ticket) for autograph... so it's like why was I told differently earlier lol.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 09:09 PM   #1148
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First Japanese GoH to be announced Monday.
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Unread 02-03-2013, 03:44 AM   #1149
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Ah, I'm bummed that it appears that their will be no Nokia Theater...but ah well, it's not the end of the world as I thought that Hall G worked very well for events last year; I would hope that they use Hall G as Hall A in 2009 was a DISASTER. I went to all three concerts and thought the sound mixing was well done and the setup was well done so that for the most part every seat had a decent vantage point. One can only assume that Club Nokia will also not be an option for concerts which is a shame because I enjoyed concerts there in 2011.

As far as funding goes, I thought I heard somewhere that Hall G actually cost the same if not more than Nokia as they have to actually build out a stage, set out chairs, put in sounds systems, etc. Eh, like I said...not a big deal. Yuki Kajiura/FictionJunction and LiSA didn't seem to mind performing in that room last year.

On a side note, I'm curious to see who the first Japanese guest will be and if it'll be a major one as Otakon has already announced TM Revolution and Home Made Kazoku as guests
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As far as funding goes, I thought I heard somewhere that Hall G actually cost the same if not more than Nokia as they have to actually build out a stage, set out chairs, put in sounds
But that makes no sense, if it really cost the same or more, why would they choose it over Nokia? The cost with Nokia is not just the rental but paying their people for labor and everything else; overages (like if the event runs late) can also be very significant. It may well have cost the same amount up front to rent the hall, but when you factor in all those other costs they had to have saved a lot. Remember they paid off $1.2M debt in the last two years and most of that was last year.
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But that makes no sense, if it really cost the same or more, why would they choose it over Nokia? The cost with Nokia is not just the rental but paying their people for labor and everything else; overages (like if the event runs late) can also be very significant. It may well have cost the same amount up front to rent the hall, but when you factor in all those other costs they had to have saved a lot. Remember they paid off $1.2M debt in the last two years and most of that was last year.
Good point; I'm sure the charges for overages were quite expensive with Nokia. Like I said, I enjoyed concerts in Nokia Theater but it's not the end of the world. Hall G worked just fine!
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First Japanese GoH for AX is Mari Okada

http://www.anime-expo.org/2013/02/we...r-for-ax-2013/
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First Japanese GoH for AX is Mari Okada

http://www.anime-expo.org/2013/02/we...r-for-ax-2013/
Don't know who she is except she worked on Darker than Black and Rozen Maiden, meh.

And you said that Sakuracon is set to get SAO guests.

Ruh-roh for AX so far.
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Don't know who she is except she worked on Darker than Black and Rozen Maiden, meh.

And you said that Sakuracon is set to get SAO guests.

Ruh-roh for AX so far.
Guess all we can do is wait and see...I'm still bummed that Sakura Con is getting a bunch of SAO guests, don't even get me started on Otakon getting TM Revolution :/
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I know this is kinda last minute, but for those who are local, this weekend the staff is hosting an 'open house / cosplay meetup' not too far from Fountain Valley or Irvine.

https://www.facebook.com/events/145974575560658/

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The park is beautiful and filled with Cherry trees. It's a perfect place to meet fellow cosplayers and take some great photos in your cosplay!

Here is a picture of the trees in the park. We're hoping they'll be in bloom in time for this event!

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/67834871

We will have signs for you to follow, so come out and enjoy an afternoon of cosplay in a beautiful setting!
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