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RANT: Going to Anisong World Matsuri

milkycafemilkycafe 1 ano atrásDiary
This is a negative rant post, feel free to escape now before I go off~

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I know you can say, "This is how they can sell Premier Fan badges, you should have gotten one" or something like "All cons are line cons" but it still doesn't mean it's a fun experience and I'd just like to talk about it.

Anisong World Matsuri was an amazing concert that happened during this year's Anime Expo Convention. The concert involved several performances but I will be talking about the one that I attended, Super Japan Live. The Anime Expo website describes it as such: "Eight artists and groups come together for the biggest anime music festival in America! Join Eir Aoi, JAM Project, Luna Haruna, Minami, Sphere, T.M. Revolution, Yoko Ishida, and DJ Kazu for a music event you don’t want to miss!".

Today, I'd like to tell you the mildly-annoying experience I had about my experience to get to this awesome concert, not the concert itself.

Here are the steps it took me to get into my seat at the concert:

1. Order ahead of time
If you want a decent seat, you got to get these tickets ahead of time. Luckily, a friend reminded me to purchase them at least a month in advance.

2. Order your AX Badge
Obviously, you can't get in if you don't have your badge. So get that too.

3. Pick up your AX badge
Luckily, this year was only 1-2 hours wait. I got there right before the doors closed because LAX had crazy traffic on Friday (surprise~). I was glad I was able to get the tickets before the Saturday morning rush.

4. Pick up your will-call concert ticket
There is no choice but to pick them up at the con. They force a huge, slow-moving line in the sun (under a canopy) to process tickets per person. The lines were narrow and even the con volunteers seemed agitated in the hot, summer sun while they were keeping us on the taped lines on the ground. Took us about 50 minutes in the sun to get to the front of the line, and the line was only getting longer... those poor people, especially cosplayers. When we got to the desk, we could see why it was taking so long... apparently the tickets take about 1-2 minutes to obtain from the back. I'm not sure if they're printing it or processing it? I also heard people that bought the tickets at the con also have to go through the same line as mine after to pick them up.

5. Arriving to the concert on-time
Much line-con. Took about 20-30 minutes to get to the door. They had multiple entrances with security check but still took a long time to process everyone.

6. Rejected
Lady at the door immediately ejected me from the line because I had a camera around my neck. She claims the artist's request is to not be photographed or filmed so I'm not allowed to bring it inside. Additionally said I'd have to ask a friend to take it or put it away in a car. Wait, are we serious? I'm at a convention so of course I'd have a camera... I didn't drive there and I was alone so where in the world was I going to put my camera? I had no intention of filming if it's not allowed but probably should have mentioned that ahead of time? What about phones with cameras? I decided to try and sneak it in because the concert had already started by this time, I could hear the singing by the door. I wrapped my camera around my cardigan and put it at the bottom of my bag and lined up at a different line.

6. Rejected, again (sort of)
This time, I was able to get into the building and continue with the security check. The man searching through my bags found my camera and made me assure him that it was not going to be used. Hooray, I will finally get to go inside! I also had Snow Owl Miku Nendo and Figma with me because I had just came from the GSC booth. Since the Figma had a clear window in front, she was ignored. However, the Nendo does not have a clear window... He told me to open the sealed Nendo or leave. if you're anything like me, I like to open all my figurines ceremonially, so this was a huge heartbreaker for me. Obviously we didn't have any sharp tools so we tried to open the three seals at the bottom with a PEN. Did I mention I was also holding up the line? It's pretty embarrassing... then he insisted I should try to open it by slicing it with my badge. In my mind, I was just thinking about the damage it'd do to the box and the amount of time it'd take to hold up the line...In the end, I was able to do it but the whole experience was very traumatizing for me.

7. Seating
By the time I got into my assigned seat in the dark, someone was already in it. The concert hall officer helped me out by checking out everyone's seats in the row. Turns out we had to disturb a bunch of people because there were a few people that were confused in the middle of the row and the rest of us had to be reshuffled so I could get into my seat. Again, the concert had started already at this time and I was causing another scene...

Bonus rant, not a step.
8. Cameras
There were a sea of people around me that were taking pictures and videos with phones and cameras alike. When I mentioned it to an concert hall officer, they just nodded their head in acknowledgement and continue to ignore it. Why do they have such mixed messages at the same venue?

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Rant end.

Is this type of experience acceptable regardless of the event or number of people attending? It was not one party's fault but just a string of terrible events that happened one after the other (My bad luck?!). What would you have done in my situation?

Let me know what you think! :)
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It may be worth giving Anime Expo feedback directly about some of the problems you experienced. www.anime-expo....

The fact that you were forced to open a figure box (at an event that is full of that kind of merchandise) or denied entry blows my mind. I've been to conventions half the size of Anime Expo that have better security and procedures to ensure people can be screened swiftly and efficiently.

I'm sorry you had a rough time getting in, but I hope the concert was enjoyable!
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milkycafe (1 ano atrás) #12604997Yeah, they thought it could have been something dangerous inside. ^^; He stopped me at the entrance, holding up a ton of people behind me until I was able to cut it open with my plastic badge. Still seems really silly to me since it's a part of the anime con... thank you though, I appreciate your sentiment!
...it still stupid for they did that to you.. it really wtf..lol.. orz it not dangerous..it's harmless.. *sigh* They really need check realize because this is anime conv. for god's sake! x.x
You're welcome. c:
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Man that's ridiculous. I also missed a good portion at the beginning due to security I think they should've started letting people in WAY earlier to avoid this and tell people that cameras were not allowed on ticket pick up. I also saw people taking pictures :/ I was like um...okay so much for that.
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angelbott (1 ano atrás) #12567466...... so it like picture/1467433... right?
.......I was re-read this on #6 again... Um.. I mean AX is part of Anime conv... Why we have to open something against our will we like to wait at our belong shopping from anime conv. at hotel or home? this security..is sound like a asshat.. how this blind not have window show box is "HARM WEAPON"? *sigh and groans*..That is really silly.. :T sorry but this really surprise me..he did that to you... ????? What he stopped at you to entered in there band concert? =o I'm sorry for what's happened to you. :c


Yeah, they thought it could have been something dangerous inside. ^^; He stopped me at the entrance, holding up a ton of people behind me until I was able to cut it open with my plastic badge. Still seems really silly to me since it's a part of the anime con... thank you though, I appreciate your sentiment!
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milkycafe (1 ano atrás) #12564872Yeah! Because it doesn't have a clear window on it so they can't see what I could have hidden inside. The front looks like this picture/1569302... and the flap is sealed over the side of the box. :/
...... so it like picture/1467433... right?
.......I was re-read this on #6 again... Um.. I mean AX is part of Anime conv... Why we have to open something against our will we like to wait at our belong shopping from anime conv. at hotel or home? this security..is sound like a asshat.. how this blind not have window show box is "HARM WEAPON"? *sigh and groans*..That is really silly.. :T sorry but this really surprise me..he did that to you... ????? What he stopped at you to entered in there band concert? =o I'm sorry for what's happened to you. :c
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mariijane (1 ano atrás) #12564778i kinda wonder what kind of camera it was.
in my experience there are usually two sets of rules during cons: the convention's policies and the venue's policies. (even if they conflict with each other slightly, venue always wins.)



Shinigamiyoko (1 ano atrás) #12533552Sorry to hear you had such a bad time, I actually went and had a great time ;_;
I did have a hotel (JW Marriott, so it's literally right there) and was able to drop everything off in my room prior to the concert, so I think that's part of why my experience was so smooth? I didn't know they'd be so picky about the figure boxes, so I'll note that for next year's concerts...
They actually did stop me for my (chemical) glowsticks though, they took about 5 minutes to attempt to radio a manager only for the mgr to flippantly say "oh, yeah, those are fine.", so that was a little embarrassing. Another guy in line with the king blade type Anisong official glowstick told me that they'd told him to just "put it away for the concert and don't use it". I think they thought it was a flashlight? lol
I saw someone else a few rows up have the same "double seat" thing happen, but it was pre-concert, so I think it was solved fairly quickly. With my social anxiety though, I dread the day someone's sitting in my seat and I have to get someone to solve the problem >_<;;
I also saw a bunch of people taking videos/photos too, but the ushers in my aisle were stopping them if they saw them. I personally was too busy with my calls and glowsticks to bother with that, haha...
Also, what sort of camera did you have? I know Microsoft Theater itself has a policy against "professional" cameras with detachable lens (although I was allowed to take mine and use it during MomoClo last year), but if you had a regular small 'point and shoot' type, I didn't know they were so strict with those too... I'm sorry you had to go through that ;_;


Ah, it was just a simple point and shoot. Specifically: www.sony.com/el...

But yeah, I didn't have a room nearby and I've had to shuttle or uber my way in and out everyday. Didn't think I'd have to drop my things off! I was pretty nervous about calling someone for help with my seat too but luckily he was attentive and came over to help without me saying a word. ^^

shinhawk (1 ano atrás) #12531491I'm certain there's AX feedback thread, so hit them up or e-mail their PR with this info because they do listen. If they didn't listen to feedback, those canopies to provide shade would not be there now.
The camera bit is really dumb because all smart phones and tablets come with cameras. At the concert door where the first event staff stopped you, did you bring up that all smart phones have cameras?


Aww, I didn't think of it at the time. Just didn't want to cause trouble. :/ I really should have though!

angelbott (1 ano atrás) #12528305on #6 is made me little confused.. o.o; They force you to opened your new nendo box? o.o?

Yeah! Because it doesn't have a clear window on it so they can't see what I could have hidden inside. The front looks like this picture/1569302... and the flap is sealed over the side of the box. :/
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i kinda wonder what kind of camera it was.

in my experience there are usually two sets of rules during cons: the convention's policies and the venue's policies. (even if they conflict with each other slightly, venue always wins.)
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Shinigamiyoko heart reinforce
Sorry to hear you had such a bad time, I actually went and had a great time ;_;

I did have a hotel (JW Marriott, so it's literally right there) and was able to drop everything off in my room prior to the concert, so I think that's part of why my experience was so smooth? I didn't know they'd be so picky about the figure boxes, so I'll note that for next year's concerts...

They actually did stop me for my (chemical) glowsticks though, they took about 5 minutes to attempt to radio a manager only for the mgr to flippantly say "oh, yeah, those are fine.", so that was a little embarrassing. Another guy in line with the king blade type Anisong official glowstick told me that they'd told him to just "put it away for the concert and don't use it". I think they thought it was a flashlight? lol
I saw someone else a few rows up have the same "double seat" thing happen, but it was pre-concert, so I think it was solved fairly quickly. With my social anxiety though, I dread the day someone's sitting in my seat and I have to get someone to solve the problem >_<;;

I also saw a bunch of people taking videos/photos too, but the ushers in my aisle were stopping them if they saw them. I personally was too busy with my calls and glowsticks to bother with that, haha...


Also, what sort of camera did you have? I know Microsoft Theater itself has a policy against "professional" cameras with detachable lens (although I was allowed to take mine and use it during MomoClo last year), but if you had a regular small 'point and shoot' type, I didn't know they were so strict with those too... I'm sorry you had to go through that ;_;
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I'm certain there's AX feedback thread, so hit them up or e-mail their PR with this info because they do listen. If they didn't listen to feedback, those canopies to provide shade would not be there now.

The camera bit is really dumb because all smart phones and tablets come with cameras. At the concert door where the first event staff stopped you, did you bring up that all smart phones have cameras?
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on #6 is made me little confused.. o.o; They force you to opened your new nendo box? o.o?
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laketica (1 ano atrás) #12524661I was at AX also...... the lines are getting worse each year as the con grows and the staff+volunteers all contradict each other (not only at the concert but for all panels and everything going on at the con)... I was stuck into the wrong line for 45 min LOL, waited in it for nothing then I decided to doublecheck with a 2nd volunteer who checked for me and told me I was in the wrong line. -_- sorry to hear it was a terrible experience! I think it's really ridiculous to require you to open the snow owl Miku... I bought that too, so I know what you mean, it isn't a clear front... but omg... come ON... it's... omg.... -_- sobs. sad to hear you had to bust it open. =(

Yeah, there was a bit of confusion in a few events I've seen. ^^; I'm sorry about your 45 minute wait! I also saw someone with a premier fan badge in the same will-call line as me after they've been in it for over 45 minutes, then a volunteer pulled him into the correct line.

I was really sad about Snow Miku! I'm generally a MISB collector with only about 15% of my collection displayed, my goal is to keep my figurines in their boxes until I have a good display spot for each one. Not only that, the box isn't perfect anymore so I'm kind of disappointed...But at least the concert was a real blast! ^^
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