Last night, as many of you may know, Danny Choo gave a talk on creative industries in Japan, at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, (where he got his degree in Japanese 🙂 ) And, as many of you may know, I got to go! lol. I will try and keep the fangirly flailing to a minimum ^_^; but this was pretty much on the same level as meeting Misha Collins/seeing David Tennant live. Danny has had such a big impact on my life, consciously or otherwise lol. I still blame him for me wanting to buy loads of figures hehe. And Dannychoo.com is where I first found Chie Yoshioka too… my wallet still cries for its lost brethren… so much lost… but so much gained 😀 (More pics n stuff below the cut.)
Now, cos my camera sucks, (or rather, not my camera, the stand in camera, as I’d stupidly left my other battery and charger in Leicester, so I couldn’t use my own, slightly less lame camera lol) I didn’t take loads of pictures, didn’t take any during the talk cause I was just listening lol. Couldn’t have done much else lol, I planned to write notes, but I just listened. It was awesome. Inspiring is definately the word to describe it. Gets you pumped!! There were some techical differculties during the presentation. Mainly due to the projector I do believe, caused a few laughs lol, must have been frustrating for Danny though. I wish I had my little audio recorder aswell… could have recorded the whole talk, but alas, that was left in Leicester too. I have now learned NEVER to leave my tech behind, and that my parents are WRONG in telling me I only need to bring back the bare minimum during holidays… as all my Figma’s, most of my Nendoroids and all my Gunpla are still in Leicester… all the portable stuff… had PVC’s here obviously… but not so easy to transport. One guy did bring a figure though, from Densha Otoko. I wants her…
I want to fangirl… I want to gush, about how strange/awesome it was to finally meet the guy who’d been writing the stuff I’d been reading for the past coming up on 3 years now(joined DC in late 07). Sooooooooooooooo glad he came back to the UK. Had been hoping he’d come for some reason or another so I’d have a chance to meet him lol, just glad it was at a time I could get there, and didn’t have to pay through the nose for travel 🙂 Oh yeah, that reminds me!!!
There was, in total, including me, like 6 people in the entire carriage. And there were 3 carriages of First Class seats 😄 total overkill since most people wouldn’t bother paying the extra. I only did cos it was £1 extra compared to a normal ticket. Oh-so quiet and oh-so-nice. Seats were a bit odd, but that depends on the train usually doesn’t it?
And finally, the social/meet thing after the talk 🙂 I don’t generally mingle/go to clubs/parties/talk to total strangers, BUT that’s what the evening was about right? Though in actual fact they weren’t total strangers, because I knew alot of them from DannyChoo.com XD.
But I’m a total wuss bout talking to new people anyways lol, was suprised I spoke the number I did lol. Guesstimating bout 14-16 people… Which was cool 🙂 Handed out some business cards. Which was cool 🙂 I did NOT need 100 lol. But that was the minimum order for the place I got em from, and they did it very quick, and well and with no hassle 🙂 So thank you PIP. I wasn’t the only one who got some printed specially for the day hehe. Good to know. I got 5 business cards, though I’m pretty sure I got a few more… there must be somewhere… That 5 included Danny’s 😀 which I got signed. And I got a picture with him and some others I met, but on other peoples camera’s(at this point I was half-panicking in case I was late for my train ^^;), luckily those people are some of the ones I met, so I’m sure I’ll be able to get them to email a copy to me 🙂
Oh yeah, probably the most awesome thing, he knew who I was straight away 😄 wasn’t expecting him too lol, but I spose I was in Otacool 1…. amongst other things… its not like I’ve ever been a lurker on DC lol. Always endevored to be a presence lol. GAH And he asked me when I was gonna adopt a daughter… I said I already had one picked out 🙂 which I do, Mabel, its just a case of aqquiring the funds. Heck, I even have a dress and extra eyes for her… stored away safe and sound for when I finally get me a Dollfie 😀
Oh, and one last thing, business cards 😀 Took photos before I started typing this up 🙂
And finally, my cards. I have waaaaaay too many, but least they’ll last a while, and its not like I’m ever gonna change the username I use haha.
Ok, now I really have to go lol. Going for a sleepover thing in Ipswich with friendlies 🙂 Had an awesome-awesome time at the Danny Choo talk/meetup. Next time I meet him I hope it’ll be when I’m in Japan for some reason 🙂