Sakuracon 2011 was awesome.
We cosplayed as Howl and Sofie on Saturday. There was an amazing concert by an all female visual kei band called Exist | Trace. The panels were awesome. Roland Kelts was there too. He was promoting his new book Japanamerica. We caught one of his presentations about the apocalytic in anime/manga. It was an honor to see him speak. It was one of his articles about Myazaki's concerns about the hikikomori that sparked my connection between the Kaonashi, gaki, muenbotoke. Unfortunately I was too shy to go introduce myself... >_<
Speaking of panels... I presented my revised Spirited Away research today. It was in the form of a panel called Hidden by Gods: Rediscovering Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It was two hours long! O_O I thought that would be enough time. It wasn't. I easily could've gone on for another hour. I was so honored that people chose to stay the whole time. Participants had great questions. Also, I was sad we couldn't have more of a conversation after the panel. I'll try and post my revised slides, notes, and bibliography ASAP. I have some video I'll try to get up soon as well.
I'm considering going to Aki-con. If I can get the money together I'll try and present there as well.