Fanimecon 2001 Special Report

Events

Mari said a few words at the opening ceremony. She had two concerts, on Saturday and Sunday, with autograph sessions each day. She had a panel on Saturday, and she was on the "Intro to Anime for Parents" panel later that day. She was also at the closing ceremony.

Opening Ceremonies

Mari at opening ceremony

Mari was introduced at the opening ceremony, and told a story about how she had autographed one of her T-shirts for the convention chairman at Fanimecon 2000.


Guest Reception

The guest reception was held Friday night. Tickets were sold earlier during the day, and only 100 tickets were available. Mari was there, and spent about two hours chatting with her fans. Some of the fans came from far away--one was from Peru!

Mari at guest reception Mari at guest reception

Saturday Panel

Mari at her panel

The big news is that Mari has announced several upcoming projects. The most important is her seventeenth original album, Right Now, which will be out in July. The album will have ten songs, five in English and five in Japanese. She will also release a The Making of 'Right Now' video, and another video with footage from her past live performances.

Mari also answered various questions from the audience. Here's a summary:

Intro to Anime for Parents Panel

Mari at Anime for Parents panel

Mari was on the "Intro to Anime for Parents" panel with two other guests, Stan Sakai and Fred Patten. The panel was mostly a discussion of the differences in censorship and what is considered "suitable for children" between the US and Japan.


Mari at Anime for Parents panel Mari at Anime for Parents panel

Saturday Autograph Session

Mari at autograph session

After the panels Mari had an autograph session. She sold CDs and T-shirts, and signed various Macross-related items.


Mari at autograph session Mari at autograph session

Saturday Concert

Mari singing

Mari's concert began just after 6 PM in the theater at the Santa Clara convention center, and the stadium seating ensured that everyone had a good view. In an effort to minimize lines, the Fanime staff had tickets printed which were handed out in the morning. The tickets were all given out long before the concert started, and the lines were still quite long.

Most of the songs Mari performed were from her upcoming album. She performed some of the songs while playing a piano, and the others were accompanied by the partially-completed tracks for the new album. It was sort of a preview of how the songs would sound on the album.


Mari singing

She began with More than yesterday, which had been requested by one of the Fanime staff. Next she sang Endless Summer, a new song in Japanese.

She followed that with Sing for me, a new Japanese song which she had performed once at Genghis Cohen. She then sang If you really want to know, a brand new song in English.


Mari singing

Next she sang Right Now, the title song of her new album. She's performed this one a few times before and it's my favorite of her new songs. After that, she sang Ai Oboeteimasuka.

Finally, Andy and Ryan went up on stage and joined her in singing another new song, Take it easy.

Sunday Concert

Mari singing

Mari's Sunday concert began around 12:30 PM in the convention center theater. There was a good crowd for this one as well. Most of the songs were the same as the Saturday concert, but Mari sang Rained Again instead of More than yesterday. This is another song from her new album, and it's very good.


Mari singing Mari singing

Sunday Autograph Session

Mari at autograph session

After the concert Mari had another autograph session. She sold CDs and T-shirts, and signed various things for her fans.


Mari at autograph session Mari at autograph session

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