This is an extended version of a clip from the film “The Kingdom of Dreams an Madness” that we threw together in our spare time because we felt the original was lacking a certain emotional oomph. You can watch the original clip below:
We have one final AX wrap-up video to annoy you with, featuring some interviews with the likes of the Anime is Lit! podcast, and good friends of the show Steven Shifke and Claude Ashton. Check out the description on YouTube for all relevant info,
Asian Kungfu Generation is one of the two bands I constantly tell myself I need to see live before I die, and seeing them last night at the NOVO in downtown Los Angeles during Anime Expo weekend couldn’t have been a more perfect scenario to complete this mission that was years in the making. Last night’s lineup was the same as it has been since 1996, with the always-charming Masafumi Gotou on vocals and rhythm guitar, bassist Takahiro Yamada, lead guitarist Kensuke Kita and drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi. Additionally, a keyboardist joined them for last night’s show, from an up-and-coming J-rock band that I unfortunately completely forgot the name of in the constant madness of this weekend. The fact that these guys have been together for over 20 years was evident- AKG’s live sound is one of the best I’ve ever heard, with stunning and effortless chemistry on stage and fantastic multi-layered vocals and guitar work that absolute stunned me, despite the fact that I was expecting great things from this band’s live show.
If I had to pick one panel to attend each year I’d do TRIGGER every time. This year was just solidified that feeling. Anime Expo is full of amazing panels and amazing news but no one quite gets it like TRIGGER. Their show started with their producers and creators coming down the aisles from the back using money guns to shoot Luluco dollar bills at the crowd. Talk about setting the tone!
Day 2 was by far our busiest day of the convention as we saw, among other stuff, the world premiere of the FLCL 2 trailer, 3 new Trigger properties announced, and much, much more. Check out our recap video then hit the jump for our individual takes.
Day 1 was a pretty busy day for us splitting ends and going to industry panels, and as a result hearing and seeing some exciting stuff. Watch our short roundup video and then catch Marc and Patrick’s takes after the jump.