SacAnime kicked off the New Year with yet another amazing convention! Tons of panels and events keep the attendees waiting for the next time SacAnime rolls around. Whether you're a video game, anime, idol fan, or just a casual attendee, this event offers plenty of fun! For a brief recap of some events, continue reading, but for more full coverage of some panels, click HERE.
Con+Alt+Delete, an anime convention based in Rosemont IL, will be featuring idol group DEADLIFT LOLITA, singer Kanako Ito, and Japanese lolita fashion brand Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, on December 15-17 just in time for Christmas!
Thousands of anime, pop culture, gaming fans, and more gathered for this year’s SacAnime Summer convention, making it one of California’s largest anime conventions this year. The event garnered big celebrities, such as Zach Callison, the voice of Steven from Steven Universe, John Ratzenberger, a voice actor from every pixar movie, notably “Cheers,” and other actors to participate in photo ops and signings for all excited fans! The convention also offered a wide array of events covering near all interests of convention fans. The event features two versions of gaming, tabletop gaming and video gaming. Dance battles, lessons, an Electronic Dance, and the Starlight Ball. Don’t worry about going alone either: the convention offers speed dating to those who seek a partner with similar interests.
SacAnime Summer 2017 is here! Join us at the Sacramento Convention Center & Sheraton Grand Sacramento, September 1st - 3rd to celebrate “Pop Culture with an Anime Twist!”
Anime Expo 2017 was this past weekend, making it their 26th yearly event, and it definitely was the place to be!
Anime Expo 2017 left us at A-to-J with sweet memories and the hope of attending fro many years to come!
Date: Sunday January 29, 2017
Time: 12:30-2:00 AM
Location: Ballroom B (CCP 2) Ontario Convention Center
Hosts: Tiffany, Angie, Justin, Manuel
Everyone knows J-Pop idols as cute, positive role models with music that matches their bubble-gum image, but the world of idols isn't always that simple! A-To-J Connections continues its popular "IDOL" series of panels with this look at the dark underside of the idol industry! Besides genre-breaking groups like BiS, Kamen Joshi, and Deep Girl, we will also cover topics such as highly talked about scandals, the controversial nature of gravure, the dark side of the fandom, and the tragic fate of Okada Yukiko. Also be prepared to see some of the craziest videos in the world of Japanese pop idols! Fan and curious newcomer alike, this panel will have something for everyone! Everyone who is over 18 of course!
IDOL 18+: The Dark Side of J-Pop Idols (ALA 2017)
Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
Time: 8:15-9:45 PM
Location: Lecture Hall (RP 2) Ontario Radisson
Hosts: Molly, Tiffany, Angie, Garwye, Manuel
Are you a fan of shows like Love Live!, IDOLM@STER, PriPara, or Aikatsu? Then we have the panel for you! A-To-J Connections has spent hundreds of hours watching and absorbing nearly every idol anime out there to bring you this panel that features only the best of 2D idols! From the beginnings of Macross to the success of shows like Kirarin Revolution and AKB0048, we will cover it all and also discuss topics such as idols as voice actors, voice actors who evolve into idols, and the future of the genre! Expect information, videos, giveaways and lots of fun! Fan and curious newcomer alike, this panel will have something for everyone!
IDOL 2D: Idol Anime From Macross To Love Live! (ALA 2017)
Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom 3&4 (RP 1) Ontario Radisson
Hosts: Eunice, Paloma, Kaz
When X JAPAN burst onto the scene in the 80s, Visual Kei was born and it has entranced fans the world over since then. In this new panel from A-To-J Connections, we will take a look at the Visual Kei scene after its initial rise and fall and how it has evolved in the new millennium. We will delve into the evolution of bands like Dir en grey and MALICE MIZER as well as look into the scene's current big stars such as DIAURA, Pentagon, and Mejibray. This panel will cover topics such as the fandom, the fashion trends, and tie-ins with other popular media such as anime! We will also take a look at the the impact Visual Kei has had on the music scene around the world and discuss what the future holds for this hard-to-define "genre". Expect information, videos, giveaways and lots of fun! This panel will have something for everyone, fan and newcomer alike!
VKEI Today: Visual Kei In The New Millenium (ALA 2017)
Date: Friday January 27, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room 203 C (CCP 5) Ontario Convention Center
Hosts: Tiffany, Angie, Manuel
Are you a fan of Morning Musume '16, C-ute, Juice=Juice or ANGERME? Or were you a fan of Berryz Kobo, Aya Matsuura, Mini Moni, or W many years ago? Join A-To-J Connections as they examine one of the most popular collections of idols in Japan, Hello! Project! From the formation to the wildly successful Morning Musume, the establishment of their cross media empire, their various overseas endeavors, to the formation of recent groups like ANGERME and Juice=Juice, we will cover it all! Besides the music, we will also take a look at some other aspects of Hello! Project like their appearances in other media as well as their impact on pop music and culture in Japan! Expect an opening performance, lots of fun and information, and more than a few surprises and prizes! Perfect for both fans and curious newcomers alike!