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Monday, June 26, 2017

Anime Expo 2017 Update: Funimation Bowling, Evangelion Merch & More

 AX's web-site still manages to be terrible this year. It doesn't properly show when the main hall is open, but we got you covered.

Main Hall Hours
  • Day 1 (July 1) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 2 (July 2) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 3 (July 3) : 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Day 4 (July 4) : 10 AM – 3 PM
 -Sadly, Artist Alley is down below again in Kentia Hall, dubbed the "parking lot', as it is an extra parking lot for the convention center when not used as a hall. Last year, there was a huge controversy over AX not turning the air conditioning up as fans and artists sweated it out down below, melting into a fine Otaku soup.

Also not fixed is sharing the room with table-top gaming. The LA Convention Center has more than enough room and there's enough places nearby that it could have been put elsewhere. It seems odd it's not with the video game section of the show anyway.

So once again artist alley looks like it'll be cramped and hot, unless AX's gets wise and cranks the AC.

-Don't forget while in town that there's a Studio Ghibli Pop-Up store at Japan LA on Melrose.

Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Shop at JapanLA
Now through July 24
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
-Here's the full schedule of Funimation at Anime Expo this year. This year they have a non-stop bowling party over the weekend. Destination : Funimation @ Lucky Strike 800 West Olympic Boulevard is what they're calling it and they're inviting you to go bowling and hang with them.

Destination : Funimation @ Lucky Strike 800 West Olympic Boulevard, an all-day lounge where you can see clips of what’s up & coming from Funimation! While at the lounge enjoy free bowling and refreshments, take pictures with Goku & Vegeta in our photobooth, meet some of your favorite anime YouTubers, cosplayers, and internet personalities.
We will have special guests throughout the day for meet and greets, Q&A sessions and autograph signings. (Full schedule of events coming soon.) Register* to win one of 5 anime prize packs (valued over $500) to be given away every hour, on the hour. No badge required!

The Evangelion Store is going to have special limited edition merch at AX as part of their World Tour! The special merch will be at Booths # 3700-Kinokuniya & Animate!! Evangelion Store sells merch based on the long-time fan favorite of needy problem children and robots, Evangelion with some strange and fun products. It's like a Disney store that keeps updating Mickey Mouse shirts to be relevant to the time or just products that make little sense with some plain bad Engrish.