Anime Expo is the event this nerd has been looking forward to. It’s my Gold Star on the calendar. And this AX didn’t disappoint at all. There was a lot of shakiness this year because a new and competing AMSquared. It was scheduled the same time as AX and was priced at FREE for all who attended, which looked good compared to the $40-60 price tag of AX. But contrary to popular idea, AX had record attendance, in a time of depression, which not only squashed rumors of the convention moving, but also brought up conversation of an extended Los Angeles Convention Center contract. They are currently finishing a 10 year contract. The convention was full of keynote speakers and a digital celeb concert thrown by Miku of Project Diva, a breakthrough game on the (supposedly) dieing PSP. But for true anime fans, the guests are just a plus. The real excitement is in the interaction. There’s something about AX that makes a usually reclusive group become social. Otakus all over gather and discuss over a shared love. This AX was no different. There were plenty of Crowd Central events such as AMV contests, Cosplay contests, Cosplay Theme Meet-Ups, and Peer to Peer debates, which even I was a part of. The friendships made there are instant and there’s a judge-free feel to the event in total. And for the Otaku looking to party, there’s a rave every night from Day 0 to Day 3. Most of all AX tries to make itself accessible. There’s a shuttle that runs 24 hours a day and events during 22 hours of the day, with a break from 6 am to 8 am. The expo is a definite Go-To for any anime lover, and with the widening acceptance of anime, it looks like things will only get better.