Sunday, September 04, 2005
On Saturday, Amy and I attended the first day of Pacific Media Expo at the Long Beach convention center. PMX bills itself as a festival celebrating Asian popular culture, but it is essentially an anime convention with a few add-on events concerning other Asian countries. It comes a mere two months after Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in the US, was held in Anaheim; it was therefore much more sparsely attended than AX (which had 33,000 attendees). It also has far fewer attendees, exhibitors and events.
The top photos show the work of Masaki Asai, a modeler who sculpts many of the anime figurines and model kits sold in Japan. A couple more photos show the exhibit hall. The final one is of me getting an autograph from Seiji Mizushima, the director of the anime TV series Shaman King (shown here on Fox) and Fullmetal Alchemist (shown here on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim).