After opening ceremonies on the first day of Anime Expo 2010, pop singer May Nakabayashi, known by her stage name as May'n, took questions from her American fans. May'n is best known for her debut work as the singing vocals for Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier. See her answers in our transcription of her panel.
One of Japan's most proliferic voice actress, Yui Horie was in attendance with her fellow voice actress Eri Kitamura at Anime Expo 2010. Apart from their individual panels and autograph sessions, a press conference was held behind closed doors for them and we have provided a transcription of the event.
In 2008, Macross Frontier shook the anime community with it's action packed mecha action and muscial performances. The show's lead singers, May'n (May Nakabayashi) and Megumi Nakajima rose to stardom touring Japan leading to a grand finale at the prestigous Budokan Arena. Almost a year and a half later, both singers were invited to perform live at Anime Expo 2010 in Los Angeles. See what both singers had to say about their experience and performance in front of their American fans in our full press conference transcription.
This year at Anime Expo 2010, voice actor Eri Kitamura came over to Los Angeles, California as a Guest of Honor, marking this anime convention her first event overseas. Her focus panel was on July 2, 2010 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the LACC Petree Hall. Kitamura is a 22 year old voice actor in Japan. She is known for her works as Saya Otonashi from Blood+, Rin Kokonoe from Kodomo no Jikan, Yui from Angel Beats! and Ami Kawashima from Toradora!.
For three years running, Anime Expo has taken place in the Los Angeles Convention Center. It would seem that AX would get in the groove of things and host the most successful convention yet. Instead, this year was marred by changes in management, hikes in fees for merchants, and almost an overload of guests. The result was disorganization and inconsistency in almost every possible event, an exhibit hall that was only about half the size of Anime Expo 2008’s, and problematic scheduling that forced attendees to choose between different guests they wanted to see.
There were still positives to this year’s Anime Expo, though. While many directors and character designers appeared last year, the theme this year was certainly idols and voice actors. From the idol group AKB48 to Macross Frontier stars Megumi Nakajima and May’n to veteran voice actor Yui Horie and Eri Kitamura, AX 2010 had something to satisfy every fanboy.
From panel coverage to exclusive interviews, read on for The-O Network’s coverage of Anime Expo 2010!
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