Anime Expo 2008 started a day early for me this year. I woke up early and took the train down to LA to attend Day Zero of Anime Expo 2008. Day Zero was for pre-registered attendees to pick up their badges, but for the press it was the day the press junket was held. I got to the convention center a bit early so I waited around the Nokia Theater where the press junket was to be held. I met and chatted with some people from Henshin TV while waiting around for the press check in to open. The press check in finally opened and after I checked in I was escorted to a room somewhere inside the theater where the press were being held. I put my name down for the guests I wanted to interview and sat down and waited around till they called me to interviews the guests.
Shortly after my name was called for my first interview of the day with Jyukai.
I was the first in line to interview Jyukai and they seemed to be very happy about it. They were so happy that they personally gave me their newest CD/DVD that I also got them to sign at their signing during the con. I thought it was awesome that they personally handed me their CD. I gave them both Anime Genesis T-shirts in return. I would like to thank Geneon and Jyukai for letting me interview them and for being so incredibly kind and nice. After interviewing Jyukai I went back to wait in the press room till I was called for the next guest I was in line for. After interviewing Jyukai I ran into Stephanie Yanez in the press room and next thing you know I was being filmed for her show Anime Pop. Later my name was called again for the next guest I was to interview. That was none other then the legend Mr. David Hayter.
David Hayter was also an incredibly nice and down to earth guy. It was a bit nerve-wracking to interview him one on one like I did to be honest. The interview went really well though and it was fun. Thanks to Mr. Hayter for the interview and being a really cool guy. After that I hung out with Mike and crew from Anime Diet while waiting to be called for the last and final interview of the day. I was also interview by Mike which you can see the video here. The interview I was waiting for was the big one. It was the interview with the lovely, one and only, Miss Shoko Nakagawa.
This was the big interview I was really excited about. I could hardly believe I got the chance to interview and meet Shokotan. I even gave her an Anime Genesis T-shirt and I shook her hand. A picture of her holding up the Anime Genesis T-shirt showed up on her blog later that night which totally shocked and blew me away. Thank you giza much Shokotan! I must have thanked her like a million times when I talked with her again during her signing. I also ran into Dale and Tim From Japanator. After that I headed to pick up my press badge and met up with Dancing Queen and Jenag on my way over to registration. After picking up my press badge I headed back home on the train. So much happened and the con really had not even started yet. What would Day 1 hold in store for me? You have to wait for the Day 1 post to find out.