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Posted 5/6/15 , edited 5/6/15
Hi folks! Thought I'd supply a few notes and reply to some replies since I last posted. Been getting into con mode readying for AN!

-If you still got hotel questions/need help give a look at the Anime North forums at the Teahouse at http://teahousemaplemoon.proboards.com/board/21/hotels-directions Also if you're commuting in there's a handy guide at a post there too at http://teahousemaplemoon.proboards.com/thread/20/anime-north-transit-car-guide

-For those with cameras looking for some places to take photos, why not drop by one of the cosplay photoshoots? People gather at a specific time for a particular anime/video game/theme to have people take free photos of them! For a listing, go to http://teahousemaplemoon.proboards.com/board/51/photoshoots and inside the topic are posts about the mapping for each shoot, the times and types of shoots there will be. And if you're a cosplayer it's a fun way to meet new friends who like a similar show/game/genre like you!

-Yes the Charity Auction's a perfect way to both find some neat items from TVs but also DVDs, manga, plushies, and a whole lot more (some items that will be presented with the voice acting guests who will sign if you ask). For more info on the event and some very interesting items up for grabs, go to:
http://www.animenorth.com/live/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134:apr-4-2011&catid=53:japanese-guests

-Speaking of guests check out all updates via http://www.animenorth.com/live/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=432&Itemid=53 with new additions on the main page too at http://www.animenorth.com/live/ performers like the Improv Comedy Troupe The 404s (who have a Vlog Every Day Before Anime North that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvQF8TMjn456cPOwxfYVcuX83IPg7VRUK with updates also at an event post at https://www.facebook.com/events/1599040957015568/ to follow), the Super Extreme Anime Wrestling shows, Doll North, Gaming, Yaoi North and tons more to do and see! Check back there too for updates on the programming guide with how many ways you can check it during the convention as well.

As noted, I'll be doing my yearly post-convention report too in this thread and hope to get some photos with it too and video possibly as well. It's going to be a blast. And of course Crunchyroll will have their booth in the TCC too so go check them out!
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Posted 5/10/15
Hi folks, back with 3 notes for the 5 amazing 404s Improv Comedy shows coming to Anime North this year!

#1 The VEDBAN now has an easy to follow YouTube playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvQF8TMjn456cPOwxfYVcuX83IPg7VRUK so keep checking back for more fun videos from the cast leading to the convention!

#2 It's back! On Sunday, at Anime North, it's the Fan Made Set List! Where YOU decide what The 404s will be performing! By filling out the following convenient survey, which is open until pretty much the morning of the show (show time is 4PM on Sunday May 24 in the North Building), your suggestions will be a part of the show! And The 404s will be remind you all Anime North, but if you want an early start, the survey is here! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9CB5F6J And find out the EXTRA special treat in store at the end of the survey.

#3 Now posted also in the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1599040957015568/ are the show times! Please note again the new locations.

Friday 5-7 pm - TCC North Building, Hall H

Kick off your Anime North weekend with our classic anime improv show, right after the opening ceremonies! High energy laughs with an otaku twist, and you power the show!

Friday 9-11pm - International Plaza Hotel Hall C

It's the "Big Fat Anime Quiz of the Year" a new game show featuring The 404s and YOU! The pub quiz is redefined with improv and anime trivia. And probably robots.

Saturday 6-8pm - International Plaza Hotel Hall C

We proudly welcome the return of our Anime Improv League deathmatch show, where teams of improvisors battle for your votes and ultimate improv victory!

Saturday 11pm-1AM - TCC North Building, Hall H

The NEVER EVER MISS THIS, late night, Last Pants Standing show! No censors, no holds barred, no way to wash your brains out after this show!

Sunday 4-6pm - TCC North Building, Hall H

Wind Up your weekend with us right before the closing ceremonies. Your suggestions, your ideas, our hilarious grande finale show!

It's a packed weekend so catch any or all of the shows, so check out https://www.facebook.com/the404s for more info on the troupe, and "LIKE" the group to get updates on future shows at other conventions year-round and more. For a video on where the new North Building location is for the shows, and other events at Anime North such as the Skit Contest, Masquerade, Idol shows Music Videos, and more, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AVjoisp8c5o to get directions. As said before, there will be a lot to do and see this year at AN!
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Posted 5/11/15 , edited 5/16/15
ive been going since 2010 i believe
always fun. always with a big group of friends
most of the time im walking around taking photos

lookin forward to this year. like every year.

otakuthon is a really good convention as well. highly recommend people go there.
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Posted 5/11/15 , edited 5/16/15
I'm going as a part of a school trip (it's the anime clubs year end trip but it's open to everybody). This will be first big con and I'm hyped. Too bad I'm not cosplaying though
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Posted 5/16/15 , edited 5/16/15
Will Crunchyroll be there this year? I didn't see anything for panels or on the list of industry tables They were only listed in the video sections where they are providing shows to watch. I hope they will be there!
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Posted 5/17/15
Sounds great folks on your stories of coming to AN! And yes Otakuthon is a great convention I normally attend too in Montreal (Sadly must miss it this year due to home matters, le 'sigh').

Crunchyroll normally have been on site and had their classic online camera. I looked too and as far as I know they'd likely have a table in the TCC with the area set for anime clubs, other conventions, and other industry guests. Check the program book when you get it for info, and if you still want to ask around you can ask on their forums at http://teahousemaplemoon.proboards.com/ or of course ask the Crunchyroll site here at their forums.

Oh one more note, for the Charity Auction they've posted photos of neat items from a big TV to plushies, posters and more up for grabs at https://www.facebook.com/animenorthcharityauction Also the pocket program book is up in PDF form now at http://www.animenorth.com/an15/an2015pocketbook.pdf while a con overview page is also up at http://www.animenorth.com/live/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=135&Itemid=191

Do enjoy the convention whether it be your first or one of many times coming!
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Posted 5/18/15
Went into this thread with the same question as sakitokun; I didn't see Crunchyroll listed with the industry tables in the pocket program. Last year was my first Anime North and my first large convention, and it was really cool seeing the booth for Crunchyroll.
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Posted 5/20/15
Is there a parked waiting page for this rumored "classic online camera"?
Where? Doko da?
Always enjoy watching and chatting.
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Posted 5/20/15
Hi folks, last reply here until back from the convention with my post-convention report.

Tried looking up from this end about Crunchyroll. All I can contribute is to come on site and see if they're present (their booth as noted is very visible at conventions), and keep checking the guides you get in your program book. You can also check online as noted, and now the Guidebook app is up to get on iPhones and more; you can see online how to do that at https://guidebook.com/g/snjyb82f/

Enjoy the convention everyone and get to as much as you can for the maximum convention experience!
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Posted 5/24/15 , edited 5/24/15
For all yall cosplayers!https://youtu.be/CoOHG-DFrB8
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Posted 5/26/15
Nice share of the video! I'm slowly catching up though my con report might be not for a few weeks due to a VERY busy next 3 weeks coming up for me but we shall see. For the moment enjoy on my CR profile my uploaded photos from the con at http://www.crunchyroll.com/showphotoalbum?id=10061028&pg=37

I too got 3 videos from my channel for enjoying and sharing.

Saturday's Walk to the Charity Auction Display Case Site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRyynbgVqXw

Anime Extreme Pro Wrestling Main Event featuring Elmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnF3gvHanSQ

The line up for The 404s Late Night show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRwt8CsmsZI

Enjoy those for now and I hope to work and get up the post-convention report in due time. Thanks to all who came and made the convention simply awesome again this year!
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Finally, here is my yearly post-convention report!

Anime North 2015 in Toronto, Ontario on May 22-24 at http://www.animenorth.com/live/

It was another spectacular weekend at the largest Canadian fan convention that covers so much more than just anime! From Anime-themed pro wrestling where Elmo ruled the roost with help from Sailor Jupiter and the Megazord, to tons of gaming events for video games, card games, board games and everything in between, with of course all sorts of anime events like video rooms, AMV contests, cosplay events and more, it was a nice way to spend a weekend with fellow otaku.

This year’s 404s Improv Comedy Shows occurred at 2 sites: the International Plaza Ballroom’s newly split up panel room C and the newly acquired North Building Main Stage just behind the Toronto Congress Centre (TCC). The shows grew each time, with the Opening Ceremonies post show having about 200 incoming fans, then for the new Big Fat Anime Quiz of the Year game show the Plaza C room got packed with about 300 seated fans. The audience was packed again for the League Show on Saturday, then over 1200 came to the famous Late Night Show this time called Last Pants Standing Against Humanity to incorporate the infamous card game for mature fans. Finally on Sunday another 1000 plus fans came to the Fanmade Setlist Show with another 200-300 coming in before the Closing Ceremonies to watch the additional long format missing episode of the anime Food Wars.

Let me begin saying the Missing Episode show was one of THE best I’ve ever seen. I was happy to aid in the prep since I follow the anime on Crunchyroll at http://www.crunchyroll.com and it was amazing to see the cast, with only 1 having seen some of the show but now interested in viewing what they presented, get the cast down pat and then some. From Soma becoming the best chef ever in competition with his legendary father Joichiro Saiba, to him competing against the villainous Erina, who was slowly falling for him to battling her right hand student Ikumi Mito (who I accidentally named Alice who is another character, but the way ‘Nikumi’ was played Alice worked even better for the show) and somehow fitting French Poodle as the secret ingredient, it was just a laugh riot all the way through!

The other shows had some amazing highlights of course too. The League Format had some fun moments with 4 teams: The Ministry of Silly Hats, Team Hugs, The 10 Year Olds and Team Sex Appeal. Having “El Reffo” in the pink lucha pro wrestling mask was fun. There were a bunch of fun titles for scenes such as “Phone Home” that lead to a complex dating phone call, various scenes involving the Mayan Club who kept trying so hard to get members for human sacrificing to the Sun God, and even a scene to show the world something called “Yaoi”. The new format of the Big Fat Anime Quiz of the year had everything from one team having a fine BBQ meal during the show, to somehow “Lesbian Marriage” being a winning answer while covering all sorts of anime shows in clues, charades and Pictionary.

We had some interesting suggestions from the audience. Some scenes from a hat included the first time meeting your girlfriend’s parents, if Goku became a Jehovah’s Witness, Snorlax the Pokémon at a rave, and if Superman’s new weakness was marshmallows, which meant he could no longer have S’mores at a camping trip. The scenes were aplenty during the shows ranging from puppeteering Dead Bodies to re-enact Sword Art Online with the villain being “Gary”, to having a narration of Hey You Down There to how to make GUNPLA model. There was a party where my Quirk was being Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the episode where she could read minds, and a Slideshow of a couple's vacation that seemed to involve voodoo.

When not at a 404s show there were other fun things to do. Photo shoots happened all over and I was able to once again participate in the Kill La Kill one near the TCC/Harvey’s area this year. It was nice to see old faces of friends I made last year and new ones as well as new characters done too. Being in my Barazo cosplay that day worked out with the cool weather, as well as the day before in my Shinra cosplay from Durarara.

The Charity Auction, my last as a confirmed main auctioneer, ended with over $11,500 raised for the Hospital for Sick Kids. Many of the special guests, especially a nice speech about why to give to the cause even to save 1 child by artist Kurt Lehner, added to the event while many items got auctioned off.

And it was a pleasure to come in for the live on-site Extreme Anime Radio show with NefCanuck at http://animeradio.net/ on Friday. It was nice talking about The 404s shows and the Charity Auction but also casual talk on hockey, anime and more.

BOUNTY LIST!

*I found 1 particularly awesome Legend of Korra Nintendo 3DS holder that is kind of like a larger pencil holder with pockets inside for my games. I got it from Bahamut Dawn Creations who can be found at http://bahamutdawncreations.tumblr.com She had told me had she seen more of the series before making this case she’d have totally added Asami on the other side, but I found it still to be a very nicely done case.

*Found in the new gaming area in the TCC a few new stores including one that was selling American candies and sweets that are hard to find! I got myself some Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstobbers, Star Wars themed Jelly Bellies, and one of my favourite chocolate bars ever, a Whatchamacallit!

*From the Charity Auction I took some time to make a few bids with the fans as well when not auctioneering. I got myself a set that had 3 Haruhi Suzumiya Nendoroids and a hardcover book of The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya. The other set I was in heavy bidding for and got was the Avatar the Last Airbender hardcover art and comic book for The Promise, and 2 plushies of Sokka and Katara!

*The people at GCW at http://www.canadianwrestlingexpo.com/ were the fine pro wrestling folk to have the pink Lucha mask at a fair price seen at The 404s League Show worn by “El Reffo”.

*Finally got around to finding the right shirt for a great price at Chop Shop Goods with a new Kill La Kill Satsuki Junketsu Kamui T-shirt. They’re at http://www.chopshopgoods.com and do appear at various big conventions.

*Also visited friends at Navito World to get a large Satsuki Figure that sits on the desk with the other figurines and other collectibles. They’re at http://www.navitoworld.com/

*A friend who does a store for old and used toys sold me 4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys that I’m giving to a family friend’s daughter for her birthday.

*Other items from various places included getting the Phantom Forces XY Elite Trainer Box that is now very hard to find along with a Mega Gengar card bought separately, and the Street Fighter Deck-Building Game.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s installment of the Anime North post-convention report!

As always, I collect all videos of the Eastside 404s shows that can be found on the current ongoing Video Play Set at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcYrT6RatU-3yzE7cdQuObMY2lv72Shcb on my channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/trigunkwan

Check out this regularly updated public photo album of my convention photos (the newest photos are at the end pages of the album) at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showphotoalbum?id=10061028

The latest events and links to The 404s can be found as well at the main website at http://the404s.com/ as well as their many social media outlets like their Group Page at https://www.facebook.com/the404s and more YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/the404s

Enjoy!
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This event is long over! Look forward to the new one.
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