Category Archives: Fandom
The second annual Anime Blast Chattanooga was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center last November in the heart of the Scenic City. It was another year looked upon after the con’s successful first year in 2011 with an estimated 450 attendees. 2012 was an improvement that it would be required for one to head home from the con by saying that “I had a Blast!”
Since attending the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention in 2010 (also known as the year of SwiMTAC), I have shared my fond memories of the con up until last year’s MTAC Omega; the three-year streak of attending MTAC has been broken this year.
There have been many attempts of a magazine-style video series bringing fans the latest in the world of Japanese Animation and Culture. However, previous attempts fail to extend beyond the usual content such as reviews and reading letters from other fans of what their favorite anime and/or manga is of the moment. Enter Anime Sushi: an upcoming weekly web-based series with a goal of giving fans what they want besides the normal offerings of an Otaku lifestyle series.
After 9 rounds, a winner has been declared in the International Saimoe League’s second year special exhibition tournament featuring male characters (including a few rounds of female characters in preparation for the regular season). It was a very close match during the few final rounds, but it was clear who was to be awarded the Lapis Scepter.
I will be attending Yama-con this weekend, held December 8-9 in Pigeon Forge, TN. It will be the last convention of the year in the state, as well as for myself.
Last year, I wrote about International Saimoe League’s inaugural Male Tournament, which is a first for the league (to myself after learning of this) as the tradition of a Saimoe tournament features female characters (hence the “Moe” suffix). There’s not many female characters I favor to enjoy it. But I’m thankful for the addition of a tournament of male characters as a fangirl. With the success of the first event, with Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass) the victor, the tournament returns for another year.
It’s been several months since it was announced that Bandai Entertainment would cease operations in North America. I would usually have a year-end, or year-beginning–which occurred before the end of the first week of January–post about where the Gundam franchise would head in the next year (for example: U.C. 2011: The Second “One Year War”). It seems that because I was late in praising the company, this happens.
Update from the Kickstarter page: Everyone who worked on this calendar really appreciates the support you showed us. We’re all incredibly sorry we couldn’t raise the funds needed to make the calendar a reality. Maybe we’ll try again next year!
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This past summer, many of us in the Chattanooga put together a cosplay photoshoot of epic proportions. Not only was it to increase our reach to others fans in the area, but it’s also supports our local anime club, Scenic City Anime & More.
It’s time for the awaited recap of ConNooga 2012! The convention had their fifth year in 2012, and with signs of many things to come in 2013. Called Chattanooga’s answer to a late-Winter Dragon*Con, it looks like it’s already becoming the next big attraction for fandom enthusiasts in the South.
As talked about many times in the past on CEN.TAKU.ME, there is one convention that is quickly becoming the must-attend convention in the south besides Anime Weekend Atlanta that kicks off the year’s convention season. That convention is MomoCon, a convention that I’ve been trying to attend since moving to the area a little over 5 years ago. It has finally happened: I was finally able to attend their 8th year, but with a few changes that was rather timely, being a first-time MomoCon attendee.
To break down our review of MomoCon, everything will be categorized under Venue, Guests, Panels, and Events.