Official Otaku Review SakuraCon Preview!

Oh yeah Seattle, can you feel it? Once a year and for one weekend, I get to return to my home turf and do nothing but revel in complete otaku geekery. SakuraCon has got some great programming lined up this year including the world premiere of the new Trigun movie and some interesting guests including Haruhi Suzumiya character designer Noizi Ito. For dub fans the lineup is packed with Luci Christian, Brina Palencia, Chris Patton, Todd Haberkorn and more. Though they also have a few glaring scheduling flaws; who the hell thought it would be a good idea to hold the shibari panel at the same time as the ‘Ask Me Anything’ panel?!? Grr!

Regardless, I’m going to be running around this convention covering as much as I possibly can and wanted to fill you in on everything coming up over the next three days:

Friday:

4pm: Funimation Sneak Peek: While not normally a place to scoop a lot of news, look for me to speak up around this time on Twitter if anything of note is announced. Last year, the equipment malfunctioned in this panel and the impromptu Q&A session gleamed some interesting insights from Adam Sheehan (though he will be in Boston this year).

5pm: Trigun World Premiere: Naturally I’m not going to live blog the movie. Following the movie however, a Q&A session will be held with director Satoshi Nishimura and character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu which I will liveblog (the interesting bits at least).

Saturday:

2pm: Funimation Industry Panel: Always a hot bed of information, will Funimation save a license announcement or two for Seattle or will it all be announced in Boston?

Interviews:

So technically I do not have any one on one interviews lined up at the moment but I will be attempting to get some time with Brina Palencia, Chris Patton, Satoshi Nishimura and others. If you have any questions for the guests or industry reps in particular, leave them in a comment here and I will do my best to track down an answer for you.

Secret Project:

Yeah, so not actually telling you what it is here. While planning out my weekend though, I discovered that my Saturday is actually unexpectedly mostly free. Look for something special to come out of this next week after I get back to Oregon.

Are any of you going to be attending SakuraCon this year? If you happen to see me, feel free to say hi! It’s pretty hard to miss me, as my friends from back home used to say ‘just look for the L.B. shaped blur.’

See you in Seattle!

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