Last weekend, we attended FanimeCon 2009 in San Jose, California (and have been physically recovering since then). As mentioned in our pre-convention post, our focus this time was on Halko Momoi. Outside of her two panels, two autograph sessions, and concert, she spent some time taking pictures with cosplayers, attending other events, signtseeing, and all the while posting pictures on her blog. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure an interview as with Anime North.
Since our last interview with her she’s taken on several more roles such as reprising Anise in the ongoing anime adaptation 2005 game Tales of the Abyss, who she cosplayed as on the second day. She has also founded her own label, AkihabaLove Records, with its first CD release at the end of April and two more coming this month. The new label was probably the reason she had a very open photography and videography policy at FanimeCon — she said it was okay to upload videos of her events and her agency even gave permission to broadcast the events live. In fact, on her blog she has linked to several concert videos that people have uploaded to Youtube.
There were some very interesting questions asked at her panels, that can only be described with the phrase “too much freedom”, as Momoi did in her post about the first panel. Perhaps most relevant to this website were two such questions. At the first panel, in response to an earlier question about adult doujinshi (amateur comic) featuring characters that Momoi has voiced, someone asked Momoi if she would be interested in voicing the role of a heroine of an adult game. She said that she’s never been asked to do one, but that an adult scene would be embarassing to do. Then, at the following day’s panel someone else asked what kind of character she would like to voice if she was actually asked to be in an adult game. This time she responded that the panel isn’t restricted to only people 18 and older, so she wouldn’t answer. The questioner changed his question and asked what kind of character Momoi would like to play if it were just a normal anime. Her response was that she would like to play a character that looks like a girl, but actually is a boy. She also mentioned wanting to voice a male character at the first panel.
Her concert and other events were all just as fun as the panels. There was a call workshop after her second panel teaching people how to dance at Momoi’s concerts, led by a fan who came from Japan (a total of four fans flew from Japan to cheer on Momoi). Also on that day she attended the Fanimaid cafe’s performance at Stage Zero, cheering the maids on with calls and wotagei from her seat, the stage, and with her fans on the sidelines. At the concert, she performed her usual “LOVE.EXE” from the PS2 version of Baldr Force EXE, as well as “Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie” (天罰！エンジェルラビィ) from Magical Twirler Angel Rabbie (まじかるトワラー・エンジェルラビィ☆). The audience was very enthusiastic through the entire concert as Momoi performed with her live band.
We would like to thank Momoi, her crew, and the FanimeCon staff who had to manage this all. And of course all of the fans (staff included) who made the events more exciting, putting the “fan” in FanimeCon.
As a side note, zalas was asked along with the other panelist to autograph a Lucky Star DVD box at the visual novel panel…
Photo credit: tenton