Anime Los Angeles 2015 Retrospective
For those crying out for the return of the most dashingly handsome anime convention field reporter this side of Walter Cronkite, cry no more! After about 2 weeks in between posts, I now bring you: Days 2 and 3 of my Anime Los Angeles coverage! Which I’ve decided to cram together with more thoughts on my first day and rebrand the whole thing as a “retrospective,” in a vain attempt to make this mess look slightly more professional.
There are several reasons for the delay between the first article and this one, chief of which is I’m a lazy bastard (shocking, I know.) Another hurdle to get through was the fact that traveling and using anything but my home’s Wi-Fi seems to be my laptop’s personal brand of kryptonite. After that, I underestimated just how draining it was for someone who rarely ever even leaves the state to re-acclimatize to a normal schedule following a cross country vacation.
But the biggest thing working against me covering this event was… well, frankly, the laziness.
But coming in at a distant second was the nature of the convention itself, oddly.
I had a small inkling of it on our first day there; with a small con, only a few of the panels on offer interested me, and many of them were timed so far apart from each other. I was beginning to worry that my trip to ALA wouldn’t provide a whole lot of material for decent coverage, but that’s really more of a knock against me than the con itself.
I’ll have to explain what that all means, but first…
Full Disclosure: I didn’t go to Anime Los Angeles to act as Plarko’s official ear to the ground for con coverage. I went so that I could see a bunch of my friends together in the same place at the same time, all while attending my first convention, and then, somehow, if I could fit it in, doing a write up about the whole thing for the website. As I stated in my previous article, this would end up shaping the way I present my findings to you guys, but it also had the side effect of reshaping my work ethic for the weekend too.