16th July 1999
Anime Expo - also known as AX, AX99, Anime Expo '99, AnimeExpo 99, Anime Expo 99, AnimeExpo '99, and many other variations - the anime convention held in Anaheim, LA, California, USA! ^_^
I caught a taxi with two others, who were moving hotels closer to Disneyland, and ended up at the Marriot, late in the afternoon.
After checking in (ooh, a nice, huge room, compared to what I'd been staying in ... this was so upmarket!) and putting down my bags, I headed over to the Hilton (across the road) to get my badge for AX... and then looked around!
Lots of anime people were everywhere! I managed to sort out where things were, and headed over to the dealer's room at 6pm, just before it shut, and said 'hi' to the Viz people who I'd met last year.
Then I had some dinner, and afterwards found out about Toshi Yoshida's party, which was to be held that night, the Friday night, as it had been last year.
I went back to my room, and got ready for the AX Dance!
I met Kakizaki, Bors and Shige-chan from AnimeMUCK at the dance, but it was already 20m after it should have started, and nothing had happened. So I went off to the party. (Later I heard that the dance was American techno lame crap anyway, so I'm glad that I left! Who'd want to stay for that - that's not a dance, that's a night club! Bleh!)
The party, on the other hand, was a whole lot of fun. I met people there who I'd met last year, and we all had a good time, talking and everything. I think it went on till 3am, and then some of us went out, down on the pool level, for the smokers to smoke. That lasted about an hour, so by the time I got walked (by Besh, Toshi and Kit) back to my room, it was 4am!!
But I had a lot of fun. ^_^
Here's a list of the images - select the link or the thumbnails (they have been cropped, so the largest images are shown in full) to view them!
|Kakizaki, me and Shige-chan at the dance, before it started.|
|Toshi - without whom, no parties would ever take place! ^_~|
|Kit dressed up as Lupan 3rd, and did assistant bar tendering while Besh wasn't there.|
|Matt Beschta (Besh!) actually tuned up - yay!!|
|Party - the party room.|
|Party people - Jerome and James (twins), Amanda and Tommy Yune.|
|The Bar Tenders - Kit, Toshi and Besh.|
|Me and Besh - may as well get photos while at a party. ^_^|
|Meri and Shin - Actually, Shin wasn't there. It must be Meri by herself... Shin would never turn up at parties like this - he's a good boy!|
|Outside - one of those out door events for the smokers in the party. I tagged along to talk, not to smoke. Eww!|
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