Anime Banzai 2015
Day Three, Sunday October 18th 2015
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Banzai on Broadway kicked off the third and final day of Anime Banzai. It is another event that you have to see to fully understand, but the name explains it decently.
Thanks to everybody that attended our panel, Studio Ghibli: Need I Say More. We had a great time in the panel, discussing various parts of Studio Ghibli, from the history to the directors. We then discussed our favorites from favorite music to animals. Thanks to everybody that participated in the discussion, we appreciated hearing your thoughts. I always love Studio Ghibli panels because so many people love the films and it’s wonderful to talk about it.
The Speed Cosplay Finals took place in the main expo hall. Teams had 90 minutes to create a Studio Ghibli themed cosplay from materials that were provided to them.
Anime Banzai hosted a Charity Raffle this weekend, raffling off some high quality geek quilts with the proceeds going to a local charity.
I have been attending Anime Banzai for several years. It’s a good convention that it always pleasant to attend. I personally wish they would work on the convention and accommodate growth by adding additional vendors, artists, larger panel rooms, and more content. This would mean finding a new venue since the Davis Conference Center is pretty much maxxed out. However, if the organizers are comfortable with the convention remaining at about the same size each year, they have the formula memorized.
If the convention is going to remain at the Davis Conference Center, I have a few ideas for the organizers of Anime Banzai. As a disclaimer, these ideas are not to criticize the con, they are simply suggestions that I think could make the convention even more enjoyable for the attendees. For panels, there needs to be some larger rooms. Popular panels fill up quickly and a lot of attendees are turned away. My first suggestion is to combine two smaller panel rooms to make one large room to accommodate popular panels. I know this is done on Sunday, but it would be nice to have a large panel room for the whole weekend. Another idea to make a larger panel room is to move the card gaming area to another location and combine that room with the connecting panel room, making a larger room.
My other suggestion is to make more time for AMVs in the viewing rooms. The AMV contest is arguably the most popular event of the convention. If there were AMVs being shown in the viewing rooms throughout the weekend, I know I’d pop in to watch them. A nice benefit of AMVs being shown in the viewing room is that you can stop by at any time and not have to worry about it being the second or third episode of a series and having no idea what’s going on. If you stop by the room during AMVs, you can stick around for two minutes and a new AMV will start, so you can just sit back and enjoy it. Those are my ideas, take it or leave it. Now here’s the rest of my photos from day three! I hope to see you all again next year!
Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to use, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com for taking the photo.