Somehow AX has gotten so crappy that there are already thousands of complaints, many of which were made within a 30 minute time period. But I’ve got some other complaints too.
First, the ticket pricing – as in for the convention itself. The price was raised, and yet we are now finding out that we’re getting LESS of the LACC as we did in previous cheaper years, and less content as well. More importantly though, the tickets for EVENTS, these were raised by a LOT. Now the pricing is based on where you sit, the cheapest being $20 (still higher than the previous 15), and the most expensive being $40. This is bullshit, but fine, whatever. Then you find out – AFTER paying for the tickets and selecting your seat from a very clear seating chart of the Nokia Center (specifically made for concerts, great place) that the tickets are for events being held in a shitty (and flat, so all seats are awful, and non acoustically set up so sound is awful) room in the convention center itself. So you just paid 20-40 bucks for a terrible seat for a terrible performance in a terrible room while being lead to believe it was for the actual concert hall. I’m really amazed this doesn’t fall into false advertising or something, but apparently they never ‘claimed’ it was in the nokia center.
AX staff’s given excuse for the pricing on both of these is “so we can make things cheaper for you and give you a better experience!”. Really? A better and more importantly “cheaper” experience is charging higher prices for less content? Last I checked paying 40 dollars for a ticket in a tiny rectangle room was not “better” than paying 15 for a ticket in a pretty new concert hall made specifically for real concerts of all varieties. Hell, they even used some no-name ticketing agency to sell the tickets, which just made people even more angry because their servers went down in about 1 minute.
Aside that, look at the guest list. It’s terrible. Yuki Kajiura is basically the only worthwhile person there that they’ve announced so far. Everyone else is insignificant or some minor person. Someone who worked partially on directing a random episode of some show? A bunch of people who nobody knows who worked on yet another shitty type moon series? Some random cosplaying white american slut? Are you fucking kidding me? Where are the seiyuu? Where are the big name directors and animators? You can say I’m just unhappy with them personally, but even objectively take a look at previous years and then this one – there are literally only one or two names (again, kajiura being one of them) that are actually a big deal, and hell there are literally zero female seiyuu if I recall and none of the big name male ones either. While previous years there’d be so many you’d have to skip out on ones you’d really want to see for higher priority ones you want to see more. This is fucking pathetic.
Where the hell are people worthwhile? Seriously STEVE FUCKING BLUM and LITERALLY some RANDOM WHORE who cosplays oh and some model for a fucking goth lolita store in Japan? THOSE are the guests of honor? Where the FUCK is miyuki sawashiro? Nabeshin? Kugimiya? Kamiya? SUGITA? ANYONE GOOD?
Clearly, all the money they are getting from us is going directly into – yet again like we’ve seen proof of in prior years – buying the staff nicer hats to wear and fancier little vests along with a lot of it probably going into their pockets. CLEARLY the money is NOT going into bettering the con – it’s got less space this year, doesn’t have the nokia center or plaza, has barely any guests of honor and half the ones they do are extremely unimportant (and thus cheaper cost to bring). The only thing ‘good’ i noticed was the stuff they will be airing – all of which is pretty much old and been out even in the US for a long time now.
Already disappointed. AX has always been shitty since they moved out of Anaheim, but then there was one good year at the LACC, but then it’s pretty much declined to the worst it’s ever been this past year and now very likely this year. Yeah – even worse than when it was in Long Beach, at least there was shit to do.
In good news – I probably won’t be there this year anyway, so I’ll get to miss out on the clusterfuck it always ends up being – thanks to the staff not bothering to prepare a single day prior even though they get paid for ‘working’ the entire year.