Hey Faz! Good to hear from you.
And good to hear from you my friend!
Well I'm back from SMASH2019, tired, and little sore, but I had a great time.
The best panels I saw at the event this year were with Mizushima Seiji, anime director for shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Gundam 00, and episode director of episode 9 of Evangelion. He gave great insight into anime production, as well as a brief discussion on what it was like working on Evangelion and working under Anno. He described feeling great pressure, not so much from Anno himself, but more so to work well under a director he admired. He also said that working under Anno was a formative experience for him as an anime director, and that he learnt many things about the way Anno directs an anime and attempted to adapt them to his own anime direction after that experience, later realising it was unfeasible to work like Anno does and instead chose to focus on his own strengths as a director. Super cool, super interesting!
I didn't go as crazy this year with merch and stuff, but did grab some beautiful Berserk prints, as well as some really nice Eva pins, among other things (love me some Krabby art). Check them out here.
There was also HEAPS of cosplay, and plenty of Asukas floating around. Here's a small selection of some I managed to photograph.
I think Jeremiah Gottwald (Orange-kun) was my favourite.
Anyway, that's my wrap for SMASH this year. I'll be heading back again for next year's of course, so here's hoping for more Eva guests.