Round Rock, Texas - For all of you late bloomers and "afterwhilers" within the anime fandom; we were treated to something special this past weekend at Anime CTX. At 7:00pm, Saturday evening, the critically acclaimed film, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) originally released in 2017 (In US) played in the screening room.
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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
Easily one of the most, picture-esque animated films I've seen to date. Not a surprise to see that Shinkai was the director on this one; but I was still blown away by the level of complexity and detail. It's like the famed-director took things to a whole new level and delivered a timeless, instant-classic with 'Your Name'. The Funimation English track for the film was also done very well, and although you could tell there were a few workarounds, the overall product was polished. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Round Rock, Texas - This year's con, for better or worse, felt like more of the same. Familiar friendly faces all laughing, sweating, eating, shouting, and mingling. The communal feel of the convention is still here and the bonds that have already been formed are growing stronger still. From opening ceremonies to the Idol festival to the guest panels, AnimeCTX is what all conventions, big or small, constantly strive to be. Safe, communal, and consistent, yet flexible.
Only thing missing was a beautiful, sweet sounding, Zelda-themed violin tune swelling throughout. The cozy, comfy con is easily one of The Nexcrew's favorites to date. Until next time AnimeCTX!
Round Rock, Texas - The 2nd year convention has a strong list of guests for this year's event. Voice actors such as Chris Patton, Emily Neves, Morgan Berry, and Sarah Wiedenheft. Cosplayers like Sledgehammer Cosplay, Katfish Cosplay, and Mika Nicole. Bundle of energy hosts, Vitamin H are returning from last year as is the troupe of entertainers, Take Zero.
Cosplay contests, anime screenings, a maid cafe, and the Texas Summer Idol fest are among the heavy hitting activities during the convention. There's also going to be the dealers room, artist alley, and panels hosted by various interest groups. The website doesn't make it immediately clear as to whether or not there will be a gaming room at the convention, although there typically is.
The following link is to the convention's ticket sales page--Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass (June 29th-July 1st) and the sale ends July 1st. As of this post, AnimeCTX's eventbright page did not give an option for 'Day Passes'. For more information on the matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
***The Nexcrew will be on site, covering specific aspects of the convention as well