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Anime Expo 2013 schedules are now live! (Updated)

AX 2013 scheduleUpdated 07/01/13: Guess what, my wishes have come true! The AX schedule is now available in the free Guidebook app!

Updated 06/29/13: New version of the schedule has been released. See the end of this post for a summary of the changes.

Good news if you’re planning on attending this year’s Anime Expo: the program schedule is now up! Go grab it now (in PDF format) and plan away! With a huge guest roster, not to mention the myriad of traditional (and even quite a few not-so-traditional) events that you typically find at anime cons, there’ll be lots to do and see.

And now for my yearly “Why the hell aren’t more cons using smartphone/tablet scheduling apps?!” rant. More and more people have ’em these days, and they make excellent companions while you’re at con. So why aren’t more cons putting out their schedules as smartphone/tablet apps?! Sure, you can load up the PDF schedule in a PDF reader, but that’s clunky compared to an actual schedule app. You can do so much more in an app — searching and marking favorite/want-to-watch events (and setting reminder alarms to automatically notify you X minutes before said events) being the two most important benefits of app-based schedules. In years past AX has put out an iOS schedule app which, while quirky and non-standard, still worked reasonably well. More recently, they’ve gone with a web app (an “app” that runs within your device’s web browser.) Not only does this require a data connection (expensive, and doesn’t work too well (if at all) in most convention centers, aka giant steel and concrete structures that eat radio signals for breakfast), it was also slow, buggy and a pain to work with. Why oh why can’t they go with a well-established scheduling app that well over 9,000 other anime conventions (not to mention a lot of other conventions) have used, such as our favorites, Guidebook? OK, end of rant. (disclaimer: we have no connection with Guidebook, nor do we benefit in any way, financial or otherwise, by mentioning them. We just really love their app.) Guess what, the schedule is now available in the Guidebook app too!

By the way, pre-registration is still open (and is highly recommended; it really helps cut down on linecon) and will run you $70 for a full 4-day adult pass, $60 for a 2-day pass, $40 for a single day pass, and $20 for an expo hall only pass; child (6-12) passes are $25. And if you haven’t made your hotel arrangements yet (shame on you!) as of the time I am writing this, there are still rooms available at the Sheraton LA Downtown and the Millennium Biltmore; better book ’em now (Danno) while they’re still available.

Updated 06/29/13: New version of the schedule has been released. Here is a summary of the changes:

  • Red Carpet Removed (Now Press Only Event)
  • Open Ceremonies Moved to 10:00 AM
  • Wolf Children Changed from Dubbed to Subbed
  • Crunchyroll Presents: Wandering Son 1-3 Added to Day 2 @ 9:15 AM
  • Buso Renkin Removed from Day 2
  • The Everyday Tales of a Cat God 1-3 added to day 2 @ 9:45 AM
  • Crunchyroll Presents: Saint Seiya Omega 1-3 Added to Day 2 @ 9:00 AM
  • Gosick 1 added to Day 2 @ 11:30 PM
  • Dark Horse: Celebrating 25 Years of Manga moved to 10:00 AM
  • Gintama: The Movie removed from Day 3
  • Starchild Special Premiere and Trailers! added to Day 3 @ 10:30 PM
  • NISA Exclusive Anime Movie Premiere! added to Day 3 @ 12:30 AM
  • Nyarko-san 1-2 [S/16+] Added to Day 3 @ 9:00 AM
  • Hellsing Ultimate OAV 1-3 extended to 12:30 PM on Day 3
  • SPJA Charity Auction moved to 12:30 PM on Day 4
  • Crypton Future Media Inc Presents: Hatsune Miku added to Day 4 at 3:30 PM
  • Crunchyroll Presents: Muromi-san 1-2 [S/13+] added to Day 4 @ 9:15 AM
  • Crunchyroll Presents: Arata the Legend 1-2 [S/13+] Added to Day 4 @ 9:00 AM
  • Crunchyroll Presents: Nichijou 1-2 [S/13+] Added to Day 4 @ 9:00 AM
  • GIRLS und PANZER 1-2 [S/14+] Added to Day 4 @ 9:00 AM

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