One of the final panels Animetion attended was the Anime In Europe panel, which had to be the most interesting panel of the weekend. Presented by teacher Ivan, he stated at the beginning the panel was actually about Anime In France rather then Europe as a whole. This was not a disappointment though since France was the first country to import anime and still remains one of the largest. Ivan had a real passion for the subject and took the audience through the history of anime in France, plus its decline and rebirth. Its roots were surprising to say the least, as it was basically a group of French guys who got hold of some VHS, dubbed them and them stuck them on air.
As the TV companies treated anime thought anime was just family
cartoons, this meant that
Ranma 1/2, City Hunter and even
Fist Of The North Star all got shown uncut at prime time!
Ivan also shown us clips of such as classics as
Nicky Larson (the French name for City Hunter), in order
to show us how hilariously bad the French dub was (he translated it
as it was playing). The voice actors were saying any old
nonsense in some case, since the only did one take and TV networks
never checked as they thought 'its just a cartoon'. Eventually
the shows got taken off the air, when parents actually saw what
their kids were seeing, but they were on for years despite that.
Anime suffered a bit of a slump, but came back in a huge way when
that generation grew up and bought those series on DVD.
Sadly, after the Anime In France panel, Animetion had to leave due to work commitments. A real shame as there was still plenty left to do! As well as a BJD (Ball Jointed Doll) panel, there was also the charity auction, more anime screenings and the closing party. There was also 'The J-Factor', basically an event where people perform omake (skits) and the Fan Choice Awards. These awards allowed people to represent the winner of a category (be anime, manga, etc.) and collect a rather snazzy award on its behalf. It was a good bit of fun since the winner were voted, and collected, by con-goers.
In conclusion, Kitacon was hugely impressive for a first-time
con. Animetion saw very little in way of delays and
technical issues, plus the staff were also around, friendly and
helpful. The venue was excellent and, being spacious, all the
events were on a single floor. The Park Inn staff were
also helpful and polite every time Animetion dealt with them.