Final impressions: it really could have been more organized. With the event center hosting a culinary school graduation in the morning, parking was a nightmare. Then we waited in line for an hour to get in. We missed most of the Ouran High School Host Club panel. The panel I was so excited to see was entertaining but not what I expected at all. It was made up of cosplaying teenagers that I think had a lot more fun than the audience.
There were a lot of cosplayers, some of them really putting though and effort into their costumes and makeup. I’m glad there was such a good turnout in that arena.
There were a lot of vendors, which is good to know for next year when maybe we’ll have the funds to splurge on such things. The original art was very impressive but some of the figures and kits were pretty expensive. We are thinking sometime in the future we would be able to sell some of our own product at events to give convention attendees a less expensive alternative. The aisles between vendors needs to be wider because there was major crowd control issues and it was difficult to get from one area to another.
The voice actor panel we attended featuring Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn was the highlight of the expo for us and we wished they had more panels like this one. I think the expo was primarily created for gamers and not for anime, so we were not their target audience and it showed. Next time I think we will skip the Lvl Up expo and save our convention funds for Anime Expo Los Angeles, which is one we’ve really been wanting to attend for a couple years now.