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RANT: Going to Anisong World MatsuriComments • RANT: Going to Anisong World Matsuri

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    mickeydeerho (2 years ago) #12523014I went to this amazing concert and had the opposite experience as you. I purchased my tickets the second it went on sale and got great seating for me and my friends. I got my ax badge on day zero so there was no line there. I picked up my will call tickets as soon as it opened on day two, so it was an easy line. I dropped all of my purchases at the hotel so I wouldn't have to haul my loot into the venue and risked the security rejecting my shopping bags. and I arrived at the door as soon as the venue started letting people in an hour before the concert started.
    I prepped ahead for this concert and it went smoothly.


    Ahh, you're so lucky! That's good to hear. I'm afraid a lot of it was luck I didn't have when it came to the lines~ Still, I think it's silly to hope people coming from a convention wouldn't have cameras and sealed items... I'm glad you were prepped but I think some the problems simply shouldn't have been problems.
    2 years ago
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    maron-makaron (2 years ago) #12515670It may be worth giving Anime Expo feedback directly about some of the problems you experienced. www.anime-expo....
    The fact that you were forced to open a figure box (at an event that is full of that kind of merchandise) or denied entry blows my mind. I've been to conventions half the size of Anime Expo that have better security and procedures to ensure people can be screened swiftly and efficiently.
    I'm sorry you had a rough time getting in, but I hope the concert was enjoyable!


    Oh yes, I will have to make a feedback! Thanks for reminding me ^^ Though I think a lot of the problems have to do with working along with Microsoft Theatre, I should at least let them know how I felt about the whole thing. Thank you!
    2 years ago
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    I was at AX also...... the lines are getting worse each year as the con grows and the staff+volunteers all contradict each other (not only at the concert but for all panels and everything going on at the con)... I was stuck into the wrong line for 45 min LOL, waited in it for nothing then I decided to doublecheck with a 2nd volunteer who checked for me and told me I was in the wrong line. -_- sorry to hear it was a terrible experience! I think it's really ridiculous to require you to open the snow owl Miku... I bought that too, so I know what you mean, it isn't a clear front... but omg... come ON... it's... omg.... -_- sobs. sad to hear you had to bust it open. =(
    2 years ago
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    I went to this amazing concert and had the opposite experience as you. I purchased my tickets the second it went on sale and got great seating for me and my friends. I got my ax badge on day zero so there was no line there. I picked up my will call tickets as soon as it opened on day two, so it was an easy line. I dropped all of my purchases at the hotel so I wouldn't have to haul my loot into the venue and risked the security rejecting my shopping bags. and I arrived at the door as soon as the venue started letting people in an hour before the concert started.

    I prepped ahead for this concert and it went smoothly.
    2 years ago
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    It may be worth giving Anime Expo feedback directly about some of the problems you experienced. www.anime-expo....

    The fact that you were forced to open a figure box (at an event that is full of that kind of merchandise) or denied entry blows my mind. I've been to conventions half the size of Anime Expo that have better security and procedures to ensure people can be screened swiftly and efficiently.

    I'm sorry you had a rough time getting in, but I hope the concert was enjoyable!
    2 years ago
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    theyasminshow (2 years ago) #12512629It's not really acceptable at all, it's just how things happen. I also think conventions constantly underestimate how long it takes to move a large line. I've yet to find/hear of a convention that has fully mastered handling lines and being consistent with guidelines. Even for small scale panels I find goofs, hiccups and other nonsense.
    The funny thing I learned last year is disobedience pays off. A number of times this happened:
    Staff: Excuse me everyone, you cannot line up here! We need to keep this area clear so please disperse until the designated time!
    People: (stay put)
    And these are the people who end up at the front of the line, getting what they want without penalty.
    I thought Snow Owl box had a flap that reveals the blister inside?


    Ah! That's hilarious. I can't wait till we can figure out a system to make conventions a smooth operation. In fact, I think Blizzcon does a pretty awesome job at this. They have a very handy app that tells you when, where, how to attend each panel/event with little questions left to answer. Sure, there will still be people lining up ahead of time so they can get a better seat but that is their choice and not because the convention is ran poorly. I can't wait until anime conventions can get to this caliber, even though they are obviously cheaper and have more people to worry about... ^^;

    Snow Own nendo does have a flap to show the blister but it is sealed over the side of the box so you can't actually open that flap until you cut those stickers. :(
    2 years ago
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    theyasminshow Militant Missionary
    It's not really acceptable at all, it's just how things happen. I also think conventions constantly underestimate how long it takes to move a large line. I've yet to find/hear of a convention that has fully mastered handling lines and being consistent with guidelines. Even for small scale panels I find goofs, hiccups and other nonsense.
    The funny thing I learned last year is disobedience pays off. A number of times this happened:
    Staff: Excuse me everyone, you cannot line up here! We need to keep this area clear so please disperse until the designated time!
    People: (stay put)
    And these are the people who end up at the front of the line, getting what they want without penalty.

    I thought Snow Owl box had a flap that reveals the blister inside?
    2 years ago
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    HobbyCentric (2 years ago) #12512324Frank Sinatra has a very famous song about it all...."That's Life"...
    Not trying to be unsympathetic about it at all but these are the types of things one can learn to expect at all kinds of events and various venues. It can suck.
    This next week I'll be going to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio which will be the first time since 2008 or so. I'll, of course, be taking my camera. Last time, I didn't have a functional digital camera in any form. In '08, I had a few very specific aircraft I really wanted to get pics of ( on traditional film ) that I had lost pics of from my last trip back in 1995 or so. Much to my chagrin, they had moved them out of the modern flight hangar and across the runway into the "annex" location where some of the former president's aircraft are kept. They were preparing to start construction of a new display hangar to allow for expansion. Some of those aircraft I was wanting pictures of included the legendary YF-12 and XB-70. Both machines of incredible engineering, altitude and speed achievement. The YF-12 was the combat variant of the SR-71. The thing about the annex is that 1.) You have to pay to go over ( no big deal ). 2.) They only do so many trips a day and it's a guided group tour as I recall. 3.) No photographs allowed since you are on Wright-Patterson A.F.B. proper.
    Hopefully the new hangar is complete now and the aircraft are moved back over to the museum.


    No, I understand what you're saying. It's hard to expect everything to go perfectly and even money can buy you only so much. But like I said, it's not a fun experience and just wanted to share. Perhaps it's my job as an Experience Designer that makes me a little more sensitive about things like this but I can't help to think all the ways the organizers could have tried to make every step just a little better. I don't want to disregard what they tried to do already but there's always room to make improvements because it was still a pretty stressful experience overall. I think the moment we accept the way things are is when they don't improve. That's why I want us to think beyond the bounds that are presented in front of us.

    I hope you'll definitely be able to take photos this time! I'm sure it was a great experience regardless of what happened, similar to my experience for the concert. I'm very impressed with your dedication towards your hobby to wait years and years for a new opportunity, very admirable~ Let me know if it all works out! :)
    2 years ago
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    Frank Sinatra has a very famous song about it all...."That's Life"...

    Not trying to be unsympathetic about it at all but these are the types of things one can learn to expect at all kinds of events and various venues. It can suck.

    This next week I'll be going to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio which will be the first time since 2008 or so. I'll, of course, be taking my camera. Last time, I didn't have a functional digital camera in any form. In '08, I had a few very specific aircraft I really wanted to get pics of ( on traditional film ) that I had lost pics of from my last trip back in 1995 or so. Much to my chagrin, they had moved them out of the modern flight hangar and across the runway into the "annex" location where some of the former president's aircraft are kept. They were preparing to start construction of a new display hangar to allow for expansion. Some of those aircraft I was wanting pictures of included the legendary YF-12 and XB-70. Both machines of incredible engineering, altitude and speed achievement. The YF-12 was the combat variant of the SR-71. The thing about the annex is that 1.) You have to pay to go over ( no big deal ). 2.) They only do so many trips a day and it's a guided group tour as I recall. 3.) No photographs allowed since you are on Wright-Patterson A.F.B. proper.

    Hopefully the new hangar is complete now and the aircraft are moved back over to the museum.
    2 years ago
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    Bioburn (2 years ago) #12512319I had attended that too, though I was premier so my will call line was short and I got mine on day 0 so idk what to say about that. I went just under an hour early, just after 6 so it only took me about 15 minutes to get through security. I didn't have a camera but I knew they couldn't stop everyone from using their phones. Seating wasn't much of an issue when you arrive early,and the online diagram shows the stage at the bottom. My back hurts after walking or standing for a while so I had to sit down for some songs =<

    I wonder if getting Premier is the only way to go since the lines would be so much more bearable. ^^; I sat down the whole time, I bought a seat in the loge area in the second floor. Not sure if seating would have been a issue or not either way (not that I could have been early anyway cause security issues) since I can't stop people from sitting in the wrong place. <<;
    2 years ago
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