On October 29th 2010 at 4:03 AM (JST), precisely 7 years ago, it was announced that Takeshi Shudo had passed away. He was the screenwriter of franchises such as GoShogun, Minky Momo, and some obscure little thing called Pokémon among others. A remembrance event was held at the Shin Bungeiza movie theater in Ikebukuro on June 25th 2011. This is a translation of a fan's write-up of this event.
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017 marks my second out of state convention ever and like Otakon, this is a convention I had wanted to go to for probably 5+ years or so after having heard great things about it from the Anime World Order podcast.
Otakon 2017 happened smack dab in the middle of a bunch of non-anime stuff competing for my time (particularly watching the yearly gigantic DotA 2 tournament and playing the new Ace Attorney game that dropped in Japan both of which started about 10 days prior to the convention) so the timing was somewhat inconvenient for me.