Anime Expo 2009 took place on July 2 July 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Downtown Los Angeles has been a sight for major news stories in popular culture in 2009. A month before Anime Expo, the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their win over Orlando in the NBA finals. Michael Jackson also performed for the last time in rehearsal for his This is It tour before his passing. Anime Expo 2009 would take place in the same downtown area these two events took place.

Anime Expo 2009 had its hits and misses. Morning Musume was a notable guest of honor. However, industry guests seemed to be much more interesting to the general otaku fanbase Seth Green (Robot Chicken), a Power Rangers Summer Reunion, several American voice actors (Tony Oliver, Vic Mignogna, etc), and much to our surprise, Kel Mitchell (Good Burger, All That).

The move to Los Angeles still causes uproar within the West Coast fanbase. Did Anime Expo 2009 follow up with their feedback from 2008? How was the controversial wristband policy? Just how convenient were the shuttles? How were the special events at the Westin? All this and more on the Anime Expo 2009 report.

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