[Kawaii Kon 2010] Day 3: Twin billing

April 19th, 2010

Dear Otaku Ohana readers: Your friendly neighborhood anime/manga columnist has a twin.

Yeah, I know, it came as a surprise to me, too. All my life, I was raised to believe that I was an only child. But until this, the third and final day of Kawaii Kon, I had no idea that anyone could look like me.

And then nemu*nemu co-creator Audra Furuichi introduced me to this guy.

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That’s Jason Nishi on the left. He’s a southern California native, computer programmer by day, cosplay photographer in his spare time … and uncanny doppleganger. Furuichi knew him from when she lived in California some years back. I had to laugh when I saw him. He did, too. As did the other nemu-nemu co-creator, Scott Yoshinaga. We spent several minutes chatting about our respective jobs, chuckling about our similarities and passing cameras around to capture the moment, and it was all incredibly fun.

A few other highlights and photos from the final day:

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Daisuke Kishio’s panel was rather informal. So informal, in fact, that a good chunk of it was discussing which loco moco is Hawaii’s best. (Kishio expressed a desire to eat loco moco during a panel on Friday and did get a chance to do so over the weekend.)

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Oh, yes, and they also drank water. (A significant development, especially if you were at Saturday’s panel.)

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Shinji Aramaki, accompanied by Pali Kaaihue and Sachi Uchida of Doko Ga TV, showed off the Space Pirate Captain Harlock “test film” for a second time this weekend, a trailer-like proof of concept for the upcoming film that looked absolutely gorgeous, like it could hit a movie theater screen tomorrow. (The truth is the actual film will probably take at least two more years.)

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At the end of Aramaki’s panel, Kaaihue and Uchida gave away some cool swag they got from visiting anime studios as part of Doko Ga TV. This person won a black Roy Focker jacket. But wait a minute … this winner also looks awfully familiar …

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Yes, that would be tag-team partner in fandom Wilma Jandoc who won that jacket. I forgot to ask her what she’s going to do with it, but I’m sure I can get an answer from her somewhat soon. (We chat often.)

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Meanwhile, outside of the panel rooms, the annual Zombie March brought together a large number of cosplayers for a good old-fashioned shambling along, with a valiant group of survivors trying to fight it. Say it with me now: “Only at an anime convention.”

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Art teacher and MidWeek cartoonist Roy Chang was back for another year, offering his art tutorials and advice once again. Here he is drawing a sketch and adding his autograph for someone who asked for one.

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And here’s the final product. The character is one that will be appearing in Chang’s upcoming book.

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Alas, all good things must come to an end, and another Kawaii Kon goes into the history books. Some attendees may feel like Johnny Yong Bosch may have felt here in this picture, trying to linger and sign just one more autograph yesterday morning even as convention founder Stan Dahlin was waiting for him so he could take him to the airport for his flight home.

But for those people sad that another Kawaii Kon has come and gone, there was a sign that went up on the registration booths sometime late in the day that ought to offer encouraging words:

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Panel write-ups will be coming up later … for now, I’m going to enjoy something I haven’t had much of a chance to do over Kawaii Kon weekend: sleep.

4 Responses to “[Kawaii Kon 2010] Day 3: Twin billing”

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  2. Couz808:

    I see me in the zombie picture. The only guy with the saiyan armor and golden hair.

  3. Jason S. Yadao:

    Hey, cool costume! Hope you had fun at the convention!

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