Is there room for politics in Anime Fandom?

I’ve been involved in conventions since 2013 and been a fan of anime since the early 90s. I’ve always seen anime fandom as this fun odd mixture of every sort of political , economic and sexual background all gathering together to escape from the hecticness and dread of reality for one weekend.3582lc3

2018 times have changed however as politics has overcome every topic we come to discuss. Even professionals in the industry will not stop speaking about politics .

Whether Right or Left wing or identity politics its anime fandom has becoming less of a community but as site of tribal wars of people picking sides.

But does it really belong in the convention scene? My answer is not really . We take in too much hostility now every day. In America and England there is a growing rise of hate groups . One of the main reasons of this growing isolation we are feeling in the modern world. Things may be changing way to quickly for some of us adapt too.

I know the media and social media can color people’s perception on things. Conservatives are nazis , Liberals are ruining the world, We hear these comments all time even from creators of our favourite creators . Sadly this is just a result of living in a hyper informative , high emotional state in time . Not all republicans or right wing people are evil not all liberals are ruining the world. All of us are just trying to get by one day at a time . So in this ultra political time My advice for people is to sit down and enjoy a drink with your from the other political spectrum and try to understand why they think the way do. Then together we can solve the greatest problem of conquering hate while discussing why your waifu is trash

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Worldcon or Ireland2019 Is it Worth it?

It’s the day after Dublin Comic Con and while I really enjoyed . It also gave me time to consider a personal question. What happens when Politics and Conventions combine?

For the past 2 years I have been hyping for Worldcon through my podcast because I believed this was a way for the convention scene in Ireland to make a legitimate name for itself as pop cultural hub. I spent a good while thinking about meeting the likes of Mur Lafferty and winners of the Hugo awards in my head. cov-centre-475x440

Unfortunately due to constantly changing times of the current climate . Conventions have been becoming more and more political . Attacks on youtubers at Gencon this year marked a sign of the times . World Con themselves have also become more political as American tensions have put pressure on committees to include more Progressive policies. shamrokongroup-638x477

This is where the dilemma comes in Dublin 2019 for panelists asks in when applying for press and panelists for a long list of details from sexual orientation , gender etc which I was quite skeptical about. And recently they have announced a code of conduct which includes rules against using terms like sjws , against microaggressions which confused me and annoyed me on a personal level.

But after speaking with people on both sides of the political spectrum I came at a crossroads. Should I promote or condone this level of rules enforcement in the Irish community?

The answer I came to was let my fans make their own choice by allowing them to decide by showing the pros and cons of this event and maybe offer some alternatives and some advice for the committee of Ireland 2018

Pros

This will bring in much needed convention tourism for Ireland as people from all over the world .

Allows us to set a precedent as the first time Ireland will host a event of this size and history.

More events in this country the better as the conventions in Ireland have closed down over the years

Will make up for the disgraceful performance of Gamercon aka Scamcon

Guests for Ireland 2019 will include Bill and Mary Burns founders of eFanzines.com

Diane Duane –  writer The Door Into Fire , Games Wizards Play and countless Star trek novels

Steve Jackson – game creator

Cons-

Price Gauge – Ticket prices go from 110- 120 euro a ticket for this event as a membership system on top of dublin Hotel prices will possibly drain your account and prevent you from attending other conventions in Ireland and Europe for a while

Selection of Guests – Anime and pop culture has always has been a part of the Science Fiction Scene even from the early days showing bootleg copies of Astroboy but there doesn’t seem to be many guests that would interest us anime fans . From Legend of the Galactic Hero to Darling in the Franxx anime and its fandom has shown we love sci fi as much as any old school fan of the genre.

Rules – Irish Culture and Geek Culture is a unusual beast . The typical saying is our closest friends we insult and most hated enemies we compliment which would break most of the rules at this event.

The standing rule about not using the term SJW is kind of a odd thing . Irish conventions usually involve the pub where we gather around  afterwards debate everything from movies , anime , and politics.

History of the Con- The convention has various dealings with voter blocks of Conservative writers nominating silly titles into their awards. Bringing that kind of bitterness into the country can spell a dangerous situation especially when so many hate groups are located just in the UK that amount of publicity will put Ireland in their crosshairs.

So it’s up to you my audience if this convention is up your alley then go for it .

Alternatively there is Jcon, Dublin Comic Con , Tokonatsu over in the uk,

My advice to the Worldcon committee and other cons is introducing a over intrusive liberal policies would create a greater force against it . But by having standard agreement of rules in place ie , No bullying that conventions have been applying for years would prevent less resistance as everyone knows we need these rules in place.

The convention world is wide and vast so it’s up to the people what makes a good convention for them.

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Unconventional Convention Alcon 2016

Over the years I have attended and gave panels to numerous conventions all over Ireland.

From game and multimedia style conventions . But for the first time since my first time since my first convention I have been left speechless about an event.

 

First Alcon takes place September 1-4 in Leicester, England . Held at De Montfort University. It is probably one of the few only over 18 anime and gaming conventions held in the UK.

At first I really didn’t know what to expect besides the usual array of convention staples such as the cosplay contests,pub quiz etc

What really happened was probably one of the most relaxing and enjoyable events I have ever attended.

First night while I didn’t get to attend much due to flight problems travelling over . I did get to attend the first party of the weekend as I was quickly dragged to the dance floor by a random attendee. Music was a mixture of the pop punk upbeat tracks that kept the majority of the audience on the dance floor until late in the evening.

Friday

Friday probably was one of the high paced days as it Started off strong with Jessica Calvello Get random panel which was light-hearted and humorous. Her ability to connect with people and being immersed with the convention on top of her skill and upbeat energy not only makes her panels one of the biggest highlights of the convention because she made everyone feel so welcome.

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Saturday

Saturday’s events were good for the most part with the major highlights being the Rock party in the evening. Other events include Cards Against Alcon with the Special Guests

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Sunday

Sunday unlike many conventions was a jam-packed day of events including our panel on Weirdest Anime titled Did they really make that? The event was jam packed and the majority of people enjoyed the clips being shown and the humour that was being made throughout the talk. Other events included a yoai vs Yuri showdown that included creative uses of whipcream and Jollyboat live performance of comedy and pirate themed songs.

The final party of the weekend was probably the most epic one as it showcased some of the best anime openings from the past to the recent season.

Overall the convention was one of the most enjoyable events of the season. But the real feature of the convention was the atmosphere. Everyone was very open relaxed and very sociable . It took a little time to get used to such a relaxed convention . Most of the attendees and crew were very helpful and friendly and I would like to personally like to thank the PR crew for helping me over the convention not by helping me register for the convention but willing to talk to me . It shows how very open and welcome the community is. The other thing is lack politically correct filters on some of the attendees . People making jokes not worrying who to offend because we were all their to enjoy the convention. The event had people from various backgrounds,countries , religions all enjoying the events activites. Cosplayers from beginners to advanced to guys walking around in dresses and female cosplays.Straight, Gay, Trans it didn’t matter everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Everyone was treated with the same respect and welcomed none the less.

My only criticism of the convention would be the Bar.

Prices were expensive especially since I was converting euro to pounds and the heat over the weekend was crazy at times but knowing it was an improvised venue due to construction it had nothing to do with the convention organisers.

Regrets

I never had time to arrange an interview with the special guests due to scheduling conflicts . A lot of guests like myself couldn’t attend the VIP event due to our own panels on the Sunday.

Not going to this event sooner.

Would I recommend this convention?

For the first time I feel relaxed coming back from a convention. Everyone was very welcoming and major thanks to the nightcrew for helping intoxicated attendees get back safe to their rooms into the late hours of the morning.

Fantastic Guests , Great Environment and Great Crew and Attendees 10/10 Ducks

We hope we get invited again next year

Geek Eire podcast : Prison Creepers

In this week’s episode we discuss Suicide Squad , Free : Eternal Summer new medium, Batman’s Killing Joke along with a Review on Prison School

This episode was recorded prior to the event that took place over the weekend.

A update will follow some time today

 

Geek Eire Belfast Film and Comic Con , Naruto , and Death Threats against Venus Angelic

This week we talk highlights of Belfast Film and Comic Convention we recently did a panel at.

Naruto Finale whether we hate or love him the franchise in hindsight.

And Youtuber Venus Angelic has been made guest at Eirtakon and some people hate her showing up at it

Along with some news we talk about.

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Belfast Film and Comic Con 2014

Belfast Film and Comic Convention (not to be mistaken for MCM Belfast) has come and gone. And we had a taste of the Big time and our first international convention after Eurocon 2014.

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Our Experience

From Celebrities to cosplayers mingling with one another. The event was magical from Saturday . As the air itself was alight with excitement. It was a great environment as it felt like you were automatically accepted no matter what background you came from.

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The Guests

Dealing with a wide range of Guests from Star Wars to Professional Comic Artists were friendly and most of all patient. It is amazing how so many of these people can spend an entire weekend being happy to greet their fan base . It puts a smile on anyone’s face just shows how great these people are.

Best Layout

While major trader had a presence at this convention . A few stood out the best . One of note was Replay Games . A convention veteran as traders go . I have never seen how good there professional display can be. We were amazed every form of game and anime merchandise was available . We only wished we had more money to spend.

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Now for the negatives of the weekend

For all the good things lets talk about things that could of improved. Our two panels which were on the Sunday were different but due to some technical problems and lacking a projector for the weekend . Our panels were a little more chaotic than approaching panels with anime and niche conventions . But even with so we felt that we made best of a awkward  situation and the audience was entertained . But it still felt from a speakers side of things that you failed in someway and showed that your were unprofessional with your prep regardless of whether the audience enjoyed it or even if Showmasters themselves liked it . Maybe it shows that we are becoming the our own worst Critics. Overall the event for all attendees was abolsutely amazing. We will be talking about our experiences and highlights in our next episode . So stay tuned in the week

Daganronpa Anime

Before I begin I havens played the game as I don’t own a PlayStation portable or Vita.

This anime created in the Summer of 2013 based on the visual novel/murder mystery game sharing the title or Trigger Happy Havoc was created by Lerche who worked on such famous titles as Persona 4 and Devil Survivor 2.

The story is about a school called Hopes Peak Academy where 13 top students and 1 other , 13 highly skilled or talented in their fields ranging from baseball to being a thug and 1 student who gets in through sheer luck through a lottery draw. The lucky student is Makoto Naegi a average student who upon stepping on the school grounds passes out . When he awakes in the school with no knowledge of how he got there . When he finds the other students. A announcement is made by a remote controlled demonic looking teddy bear referring to himself as Monobear and declaring himself the principal of the school . The students are given two choices . Live out their lives within the school for their entire life or go through graduation where they have to commit a murder and not get caught. If the murderer is caught they go through a special punishment and if the student doesn’t get caught everyone else is killed and the murderer is set free.

As the students explore the school the stakes begin to get higher as they learn this school has become the ultimate trap of despair for them.

That is all of the story I can give as they story from episode 2 onwards goes into major spoiler country. But what is refreshing about this show compared to similar anime titles its sheer honesty of portraying its made just like the game even when people are solving crimes it feels like your playing the game yourself. The soundtrack is completely infectious and hauntingly catchy .

The only problem I have with the series is its way to short of a show I would felt if they spent an extra episode developing the characters to get a sense of whether you want a character to survive or not

Overall score 4.3/5 special punishments

News and Updates

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2014 at Galway’s annual animation convention Akumakon . Will be host for Geek Eire very first podcast panel . Where Geek Eire and our friends we love to threaten and make fun of Ani4serz will attempt a Review off 2 sides tackle the 1983 and 2004 anime oav and movie of Appleseed the manga that was a basis for Ghost in a Shell . In a space of a couple of years Ireland has gone from no podcasts covering anime ,videogames,comics etc to well there is more than one as Youtubers vs Podcasters clash in this Spectacle . Dates for the Convention are January 17-19.

 In other new we will be recording a Xmas themed episode soon covering the highlights of 2013 in the geek world along with some conventions coming up in the new year