Long Beach Journals

Anime Expo 2001

A travel journal to Long Beach by Kun-chan

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Quote: Anime Expo is the biggest Japanese animation convention in America, and this year was their 10th Anniversary! Come and join me as I take you through the 4 fun-filled (and tiring) days at Long Beach, California! Take a peek into the world of anime!

Anime Expo 2001

Overview

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The parties were pretty much great highlights of the convention (and I'll share the experience with you!)...But this year I went to more panels than ever before! As a few side trips, I missed out on seeing the Queen Mary, but I did get to see my first Hooters eating establishment (gyah!) and the Yard House!Quick Tips: If you're interested in anime - or just interested in finding out what anime is, turn up for a day and wander through the panels and dealers room. Have a look around at all the people in costume - guys and girls - as well as finding rooms where you can relax and catch some Japanese animation (in either English or Japanese with English subtitles)! It's...Read More

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

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Hotel | "Hyatt Regency"

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The hotel was a nice, bright hotel with a good sized lobby and a nice bar, where we hung out quite often. (I didn''t like the chocolate martini, though. I had much better in Canada. But they did learn how to make me a Fruit Tingle...) We stayed in a room on the 15th floor, with two double beds and a nice bathroom. There wasn''t a balcony, and the windows didn''t open, unfortunately. There wasn''t a fridge, either. They did have: TV with remote control Telephone with voice mail An iron and ironing board AM/FM alarm clock Hair dryer There was an outdoor swimming pool and spa, which were quite good, too. All in all, it was qu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2001

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 491-1234

Yard House

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Restaurant | "The Yard House"

Yard House Photo, Long Beach, California
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Well, the Yard House was an experience. The wait we had was about two hours! But at least while we waited, we could drink from their wide selection of alcoholic beverages - from beer to cocktails!

The dinners were huge, but delicious... and even after the wait, I couldn't eat my meal! We all enjoyed ourselves, and our dinner!

I recommend the Yard House, despite the long wait that you might have. If you're planning on going, turn up early!

(But we did notice the distinct lack of decent Australian beer - they only had Fosters. That's stuff we don't want. That's why we export it! I'm no beer drinker, but even I know that!!)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2001

Yard House
401 Shoreline Village Drive, Shoreline Village
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 628-0455

Hooters

Restaurant

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Hmm... let's just say that if you go to Hooters, do NOT go for the food.

I had a toasted cheese sandwich (I asked for ham on it), and ... well... I can make better at home.

If you're going to go to this place, as it says, it's "Delightfully Tacky, Yet Unrefined". I'm sure that the girls hardly ever get looked in the eye when people are ordering food there. It must take a lot of guts (or a desperate need for money) to work there. I don't think that I'd be up to the task...

Anyway, if you're out to stare at girls in tight, tight tops and itty bitty shorts, then this is the place for you. If you're after edible food, then avoid this place!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 4, 2001

Hooters
130 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California 90802
562-983-1010

Ed Debevic's

Restaurant

Ed Debevic's Photo, Beverly Hills, California
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Now this was a fun place to eat! Similar to Johnny Rocket's, which used to be around in Australia a few years ago, this seems to be a 50s or 60s style American diner. It really was fun, with the old fashioned music playing, where you can pick the rock 'n roll you want to listen to at the little juke box on the table...and where the waiter(s) get up and dance to certain songs! There was only one waiter (he was rather cheeky, but it was all in good fun!) when we went - it was a rather late lunch - and he got to dance to YMCA! *grin* ^_^ The food? It was quite nice, though all of it was fattening, but hey! That's the sort of stuff they served back then in diners, wasn'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2001

Ed Debevic's
134 N. La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, California
(310) 659-1952

LA from the Plane Photo, Long Beach, California
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4th July 2001 Today involved waking up early enough to get ready and pack for my flight from Seattle to LA. (I'd been on a holiday to Canada and ended up in Seattle... so I was already mostly packed. I just needed to finish shoving my toiletries and whatnot into my suitcase... then check out of my not-very-good motel-like inn - it didn't even have a clock nor a light - just some lamps near my bed that could not be turned on from the door! Bleh!!!) The taxi was a fixed price to the airport ($25 if I recall correctly), and amazingly enough I got a limo. It was comfortable, but not one of the long ones with a bar and television and whatnot in the back - oh, well! T...Read More

Anime Expo 2001 - Day One

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Scott and Three of His Angels Photo, Long Beach, California
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5th July 2001 The first day of Anime Expo! We woke up way too early and dressed in our Chinese dresses and went to meet Scott, Nickey and Heidi down at their room. The two girls, Trisha and I were going to be 'Scott's Angels'! After waiting around and finishing getting ready and putting on makeup and getting our new badges, we all escorted this year's Guest of Honour - Scott Frazier - from the Hyatt to the Convention Centre. I swear there was some moron telling us and Scott that we had to walk all the way around to the front (rather than getting in the glass door near the eatery and dealers' room) because they didn't accept the 'Guest of Honour' badge that Scott had! I...Read More
Viz Panel Photo, Long Beach, California
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6th July 2001 This was my day for the most panels that I've ever been to at AX! I went to two today!!! First it was the Viz panel (after something of a sleep-in due to the party the night before)... Another panel where Toshi wore his sunglasses! Bill didn't, though. I guess he went to bed early! *grin* The big news was that Viz is going to be releasing the English version of the Inuyasha anime. We got to see Toshi's trailer of the English dub... though the voice actors and whatnot haven't been figured out yet, but it was great for a two week job. Except for the advertising at the end. That was just silly. But Toshi didn't write that, thank goodness. Blame the advertisi...Read More
Us and the Lamborghini Diablo Photo, Long Beach, California
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7th July 2001 Yet another sleep in (AX is good for sleeping in! ^_^ ) before Trisha and I headed out to the New Generation Pictures panel (wow, I did well with attending panels this year!)... afterwards I found Meri, Talisen, Alex and Amanda for brunch. I can't say that I was thrilled with the hotel's menu, but I did end up eating a little something. (An expensive little something!) Afterwards Trisha and I headed upstairs to get dressed up in our Chinese dresses - Scott wanted us for a photo op! I did tell Heidi about it, but she thought that I was joking and so went off with the boys to some American sporting event or other...the poor girl. It was a rather hot day. I ...Read More
Bob and Dave Photo, Long Beach, California
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8th July 2001 Sadly, today was the fourth and final day of Anime Expo for this year. (It was too short!!) It's so sad when all your friends start leaving for home or to go back to work...and I was leaving the next day, which was pretty bad, too!! But despite it being the last day, it wasn't until afternoon that I actually got up. I had plans to go with Trisha (and anyone else interested) to see the Queen Mary today... but she'd been called in to go to work!! Even though she'd asked for the day off, her work still told her that she had to come in! How unfair of the jerks there... So instead of some sight seeing, I ended up wandering the dealers' room and seeing i...Read More
View from Scott's Room Photo, Long Beach, California
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9th July 2001 Due to checkout at midday, Trisha and I both woke at 11am. I got up and got ready, and started packing while she called downstairs and asked for a late checkout. (Damn, why didn't I think of that the night before!?) Sometime in the afternoon, after checking out and putting my bags in Trisha's car, the few of us who were left met up in Scott's room. Trisha, Jono, Scott, Matt, Heidi, Marco, Toshi and myself, and we all decided to head out for lunch at Hollywood! Some other guy ended up going, but I've no idea who he was or why he ended up with us. (I just asked to get a name for the web page, and most people had no idea who he was - I finally found one pers...Read More