Anime News Network is reporting that the “majority of [Anime Expo's] division managers have resigned over disputes with the Board of Directors of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)” and that “over 80% of the AX staff are ready to resign in support of their division heads.”
They note, “Recent discontent regarding the new CEO (Michael Lattanzio), the SPJA Board of Directors, and their business decisions has caused strife amongst the staff.”
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This is a poor quality recording, but I’m running it because it came from Anime Expo, and hey, it’s Gatchaman! As a long-time Battle of the Planets fans, I’m eager to see this reach the big screen.
Not being a huge anime fan, the experience was similar to that of E3, where I had to adjust to the passion of the fans for an industry I had no experience or knowledge of. But while E3 was more of a show for industry people, Anime Expo was clearly for the fans. It was extremely unnerving to see so many people dressed in costume (Cosplay), and the Expo went on into the wee hours of the night. Here are some of the costumes at the show, to show you a glimpse of the fantasy world of Anime Expo.
Welcome to Anime Expo!Crowds walking in the lobby.
Hot girls in purple.
Asian guy with blonde hair. Lot of that going on at Anime Expo.
Best costume of the day. Sexy Felicia.
Joker made an appearance.
Dhalsim and Cammy make an appearance.
You can wear whatever you want if you carry a big gun.
Is this too much white?
I like big butts and I cannot lie...
Little girls sing and dance to some J-pop beats.
Clap your hands like this!
Strike a pose.
A girl and her penguin.
Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!
300 masks for sale!
Simon says slouch forward!
Go go Power Rangers!
Rock and roll.
FF7. Best game ever.
Convention Website: http://www.anime-expo.org/
Date(s):: July 2-5, 2009
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: NA
Projected Attendance:: NA