I didn’t actually do much at Fanime for day 2, considering that a good majority of my morning was spent getting ready for my graduation at SJSU, as well as, you know, graduating. I met a couple of good friends while I was waiting for the ceremony, and while the ceremony was a long hour and a half in the sun (I actually got a little bit of a sun tan from wearing the cap), when it was finally over, it felt rather liberating to be all finished with college after 7 long, arduous years.
Originally, my family was planning on taking me out to a sushi buffet called Tomi’s, but the wait times ended up being astronomical (around over 2 hours), mostly because graduating students ate free at the buffet. We opted to eat at a Korean BBQ and hot pot place called Q-Pot, where we ordered a large assortment of Korean BBQ meats and Japanese miso hot pot (or at least I did) for about 2 hours; it’s really hard to fish out udon noodles when they’re so small and deep into a boiling hot pot. Before we finished eating up, my mom gave me $100 spending money as a graduation gift, so poverty con is no more and I can actually afford to buy things from the Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall again 😮
Unfortunately, I got back to my hotel at around 4pm, which left me only a little bit of time to rest before heading over to the US Voice Actors’ Roundtable panel, featuring Erica Mendez (of Kill la Kill and Love Live fame), Lauren Landa (of Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon fame), and Chris Cason (he does a bunch of stuff i guess). I managed to get the second-to-last question in the panel (“What are three anime songs that you guys would sing for karaoke?”), and the other questions asked throughout the roundtable brought a little more insight to the three VA’s interests, as well as breaking into the voice acting industry in general. Near the end, they hosted a little trivia round where they gave out some invitations to something (I didn’t really catch what they were), and while I didn’t know any of the answers to their questions, it was still interesting nonetheless.
I played a bit in the game room, mostly a brief game of Soukyugurentai on the Sega Saturn and a few games of TGM3 again (this time, with a decent rank of 1 on my best run). Afterwards, I went to The Grill as per kinda-sorta tradition with my group (the quirk is that The Grill is one of the most expensive restaurants in the area), ordering the loaded mac & cheese with onion rings (my cousin GraphiteHelix paid for my share as a present for my graduation). Afterwards, I ran briefly into my friends ChunandRice and Salence on the way back to the hotel, where we made a little bit of small talk and shared my social media silence with them (“message me on Facebook Messenger if you wanna let me know about something”). The rest of the night was just sheer shenanigans with a visitor who stopped by after not coming to Fanime since 2015 (:3 」∠ )
Tomorrow, I’ll actually take a closer look at Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall, as well as go to Erica Mendez’s panel and get her autograph on my copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris (she did the voice of Arle). Now that I actually have spending money, I can actually enjoy the rest of the convention like I used to 😮