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  1. Romi Park

    I'd like to suggest, as I tend to every year, Romi Park as a Guest of Honor for AnimeCentral 2015. She is a very well known, established and talented Japanese VA; she has as an extremely broad range of roles, most notably Edward Elric from both Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and lends her voice to countless titles ranging from the obscure, like Dennou Coil, to the massively popular, like Naruto and Attack on Titan. I believe she would make an excellent guest and is, without a doubt, the only guest I would give anything to see/meet. I know she was scheduled to attend AnimeExpo one year but was unable due to having forgotten her passport at the time, but from this we can at least assume that she is open to the idea of coming to a US convention. At the very least, it'd be nice for AnimeCentral to attempt in trying to secure her as a guest. For a list of all of her titles, here is her ANN page: LINK
  2. Final Guest List

    Though I'm not personally interested in seeing any of the guests aside for possibly Travis and Laura, I'll admit that this list is a step in the right direction compared to previous years. It's impressive, with the only complaint being that I'd like to see announcements way earlier than what he have been. I'm sure the entire process is as well as difficult, and that it's no doubt being worked on in order to improve announcement time, so I'll leave my say at that. And with the implication that there will be more Japanese guests in the future, even so much as next year, makes me very excited. There's only one Japanese VA that I'd give anything to see (and would likely have an asthma attack if she were secured), but with my finger crossing aside, any Japanese VAs at all is a wonderful thing to look forward to.
  3. chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai (Chu2)

    I will be cosplaying Satone Shichimiya alongside my sister, who will also be cosplaying Rikka!
  4. Janet Varney

    I realize that this particular series did not originate from Japan, but the influence, roots and homage are all very clearly there. Not only that, but its fanbase is very large and a good majority of anime fans, from what I've seen, also adore it. There have been large groups of cosplayers over the years from both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. I'd like to think guests from both series would be welcomed warmly among the congoers. In particular, I think Janet Varney would be a good choice. Not only is she the voice of Korra, the title character of the series that is currently on-going in America, but she has gone on record stating that she is willing to go to any convention that she is asked - barring her schedule allows it, of course. She has attended a very small convention held on a college campus, as well as other small anime conventions, Anime Matsuri being one. I know she would absolutely love to attend AnimeCentral if she is able and I don't know why reaching out to her isn't at least worth a shot considering the multitude of guests we've had in the past. Her contact information can be found HERE. I hope that AnimeCentral would at least consider this possibility and also wish for a great 2014 experience.
  5. Attack on Titan

    I think it's safe to say that Attack on Titan is going to be the big fandom in cosplay next year, so expect to see a lot of them at ACen. As for me, I plan on going as Annie. I am the exact same height as her, weigh the same, and she just so happens to be my favorite character from the series. There's no way I could pass this one up.
  6. Romi Park

    Ever since watching the original Fullmetal Alchemist series all those years ago, I've admired Romi Park, the voice actress of the series' hero, Edward Elric. She has played in a multitude of anime roles, a lot of them being mainstream series, so she'd be able to please a large amount of congoers. You can find a list of her roles here. I know she was scheduled to attend AnimeExpo a few years back but was denied after forgetting her visa, but I'd like to hope she would still be willing to travel to America for a convention despite her upsetting experience with that. I'd really appreciate it if AnimeCentral would try and reach out to her, to see if her attendance is a possibility. She's the #1 VA I'd die to see.
  7. Like others have already mentioned, the rave is a good distance away from where the hotel rooms are stationed, so it's unlikely that you'll have any problems with hearing the rave during the night. To be honest, you don't actually hear the rave until you're a good several feet away from the ballroom itself--I've never experienced hearing it while roaming the lobbies at night, for instance. However, that isn't to say you won't hear anything from within your room. If you're unfortunate enough to be placed near rowdy neighbors, a room party, or even inconsiderate people in the halls, you'll have some noise. That's just a gamble you'll have to be willing to take. In all the ten years I've spent at the Hyatt, there's only been less than a handful of times that I had noise problems, so don't worry too much. Of course, if your room is placed right in the middle of the hotel (not any of the wings), there is a chance you'll get some white-noise sounding type of feedback from the crowds rumbling in the lobbies below, but I've never found it to be intolerable. With all that said, please use your best judgment! If you're really worried about noise levels and being a light sleeper, then perhaps you should look into staying in one of the hotels known for being quieter. Good luck. EDIT: Also, one of my roommates found that the Hyatt had provided us with a pair of earplugs inside our room. I don't know if they would be helpful in your situation or not, so I figured I'd mention it!
  8. Suggestions for 2014

    I'm going to agree on moving AnimeHell back into the main ballroom. I may be wrong, but I'm getting the feeling that AnimeCentral insists on keeping Hardcore Synergy in the main ballroom for the sole reason that the event has special DJ guests. Which, I understand, it's perfectly understandable and there isn't much to say beyond that issue. However, that doesn't change the fact that AnimeHell is the bigger event of the two and, as hard as it may be to swallow for some, brings a much larger crowd, plain and simple. So in my opinion, something needs to be changed or rearranged so that AnimeHell can reclaim its vacancy in the main ballroom. Soapbubble is the dance of the convention, the one everyone plans and looks forward to the most (not to say that there aren't those that adore Synergy), so it's no surprise that the attendance for a dance on Friday night might be underwhelming compared to other events. I'm going to stop there because I know this issue has been discussed well enough, not to mention it seems fruitless at this point.
  9. The 2014 Prop Acceptability Checklist

    I'm back again with another query. Is fake food allowed? To be specific, I have two cotton candy props designed for a duet cosplay; they are made out of quilting polyfil, tapped to small dowel rods, and then simply spray-painted to look like cotton candy. I am halfway certain that "outside food" isn't allowed at the convention (or maybe I'm wrong) so I wanted to check and see if imitations such as these are allowed.
  10. Fainting at Cons?

    I work in the medical field and am CPR certified. You should not perform CPR on anyone that has only fainted--that is for when they are no longer breathing. So in the instance that someone has fainted and is breathing/has a pulse, the most you can do is stay with them to monitor their condition while someone else goes to alert medical staff. Try and get the fainted person to respond by tapping them in the meantime. When someone has fainted, make sure that they are placed on their back. If possible, raise their legs above the level of their head. This procedure allows blood flow to go back to their brain and should speed up recovery. If they have fallen hard enough to cause injury and there is a wound, apply pressure to any bleeding. Give the victim enough room to breathe and fan them if possible. You may want to tell any crowd of people that are checking out the situation to give the victim space. If the person whom has fainted becomes alert shortly after, chances are they will try to get back up and go about their way. Most people want to brush the whole situation off, which is something I've done myself on at least two occasions. However, please don't let someone who has fainted get right up within mere seconds of the incident because then they are at risk of having another fall, no matter how "okay" they might feel. Go somewhere clear and have them sit down, give them a cup of water and maybe something light to eat like graham crackers. A good portion of fainting at conventions may be linked with low blood sugar or dehydration, meaning they haven't been eating or drinking as they should. Also, please don't hesitate to alert staff once someone has fainted, especially if they are unresponsive for a whole minute. Even if the person regains consciousness quickly, there is still a risk of conditions arising later, some which are extremely threatening. If the person falls and hits their head, there is a a chance that they may have a concussion. All of these things need to be taken into consideration before getting up and walking away. Now, for anyone that feels lightheaded, make sure that they sit down. It doesn't matter how lightheaded you feel--even if it is a LITTLE bit, please go to the side and sit down immediately until you feel better. Only then should you get back up, but do so slowly in order to avoid orthostatic hypotension. Oh, and one little trick you can do while sitting is placing your head between your knees. It may look silly but it's better than fainting, right? I hope this helps and good luck.
  11. The 2014 Prop Acceptability Checklist

    Just to clarify (as well as be on the safe side), I would like to know if my trident prop is within the safe-range of what the convention requires for length. I, myself, am 5 feet tall while my trident stands at about 58 inches, or 4 feet and 8 inches. It is nearly a foot shorter than me--is this allowed or are all props supposed to be 4 feet tall? Again, I just want to be sure. Thank you for your time.
  12. Is Acen even considered an anime convention anymore?

    Thank you. I'm not trying to be difficult with this, as I'm sure those in charge are more than tired of having to discuss this area of the convention. Still, I would like to add onto what I've previously stated: Someone up above listed a couple of the reasons for AnimeHell's move in favor of the dance. One being that the attendance for Midnight Madness, which takes place directly after Hell, was too low to warrant the large ballroom in the end. Now while I can agree that a large amount of people leave the ballroom once Hell is finished, having seen the disperse in action myself many a year, I can't imagine that the remaining number of those seated for Madness is much lower than what the Friday dance manages to pull in during 12 AM. In a thread very similar to the topic being addressed here and now, a member mentioned how the Friday dance held in the big ballroom last year, the one which pushed AnimeHell elsewhere, didn't have a tremendous amount of people at all--nothing compared to AnimeHell at least. So I'm sorry, but I can't take the "attendance and demand is in favor of the dance VS AnimeHell" seriously. Again, I realize that an impressive amount of people may leave after Hell, but I doubt its numbers are much of a difference compared to the Friday night's dance numbers during similar hours. Another thing they mentioned were that the tech costs were lower to make the room changes. I'm not going to delve too deeply into this matter because I simply am not familiar enough with the field, but I have a hard time seeing where and how AnimeHell takes up a gargantuan amount of tech costs in comparison to a dance (which has music, lights, DJs, screens, etc. etc.) To reiterate, I could be wrong due to my lack of knowledge, but either way I'm having a hard time buying it completely. In the end, thank you for at least hearing me out and (hopefully) taking my concerns seriously.
  13. Is Acen even considered an anime convention anymore?

    I understand the need for accommodation and change. I realize that the upper management and those in charge most likely have their reasoning for moving AnimeHell to a small room, be it for the better of the con or not. However, in the end, I do not understand why the dance on Friday requires a giant ballroom. I thought it was always meant to be the "smaller dance"; is there really a demand or necessity for two large dances? That's the thing that upsets me the most--AnimeHell is only one event that occurs ONCE during the convention. It's a large and fun event that always, and I mean ALWAYS, brings out a room-filling crowd. Again, it only happens ONCE throughout the weekend, and yet a dance is being placed in a larger room when... well, there will be another dance the next night following it. It doesn't seem fair, and I am positive that those attending AnimeHell feel the exact same way. So you're telling me that the number of people that attended AnimeHell last year (don't we have a general headcount on a typical attendance to Hell?), as well as those that will attend this year, whom I'm sure will grumble their dislike for the smaller vacancy, are not apart of the people you're trying to shape this convention toward? In contrast, if you were to switch the placement of the two events (dance + Hell) and found that the dance-goers were unhappy with the smaller room, then at least they'd have the bigger and better dance on Saturday to look forward to instead. It's not the same for those sticking it with AnimeHell or any other event within the convention. That's why it seems as though the dances are getting priority and that's the only thing that truly bothers me about this whole ordeal.
  14. This sounds like an entertaining panel, one of which I would possibly like to attend. If you don't mind, might I make a suggestion towards the format of the panel? I saw where you mentioned that you already have a segment planned for the panel, so I don't really know how much you already have sketched out, but I think it might be a good idea to split up the different types of sad moments in anime. For instance, a good majority of the people who have replied in this topic have listed the deaths of characters. Which is to be expected--it's the quickest way to bring on the tears, especially when it involves beloved characters. However, you could maybe dedicate a segment of the panel to focusing on "CHARACTER DEATHS", where you give a list of some notable characters and the most tragic moments involving deaths, why they were the most effective/most memorable/etc. Then, instead of the entire panel being about the deaths of characters, you could focus on a DIFFERENT type of sad moment, such as "BITTERSWEET FAREWELLS". Remember when character A and character B had to say goodbye to one another, for a reason they could not or maybe could control? An example that I'm sure everyone will be able to relate to is when Ash said goodbye to his Butterfree in "Bye, Bye Butterfree". Years later, people still recall that scene as one that made them cry. I'd just like to see this panel be more than just about deaths. A sad moment can be more than that--sadness can be brought on by watching a character's misfortunes, such as a scene where they have failed and are wallowing. Or maybe when a character is trying their hardest, and you hope that they succeed, but then they don't. There are also moments when a couple breaks up, fights, or are having a rough time. Or, hell, when there is a sad scene showcasing downtrodden civilians, haha! You don't have to alter your panel in accordance to any of my suggestions if you don't want to, of course. I'm sure it will shape up to be a good panel nonetheless, and I hope to see it when I'm there.
  15. Homestuck 2013!

    I suppose it's about time that I throw in my response. I'll be hangin' out at the convention dressed as these fools: Dave Strider Roxy Lalonde Vriska Serket Meenah Peixes The only day I'm certain of my costume choice is Thursday, when I'll be cosplaying as Dave. After that, however, I am still trying to decide if I want to wear Roxy or the Trolls on either Friday or Saturday. With the way things are going, it'll most likely be a spur of the moment decision while at-con, hahaha. Oh, and of course, I will be accompanied by my awesome sister, who will be cosplaying a character to go along with mine. B) MY COSPLAYING ITINERARY ASIDE, are there any definite plans on any of the Homestuck gatherings yet? I know that my sister went to Otakon and said that they had several individual meetings dedicated to Homestuck, such as a draw meet and an after-hours gathering. I think it'd be great for us to conduct several different gatherings as well, if enough people are interested -- which I'm assuming there would be, considering the colossal size of the Homestuck community's presence at cons (there were 20+ panel submissions for next year so I know you're out there!!)