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SideQuests

June 2, 2016

Join the Otaku Squad Network as we venture out into the world and cover a variety pop culture events.



Nisei Week Festival:
Every year the Otaku Squad Network heads out the Nisei Festival to embrace some of the Japanese culture that is held Little Tokyo located in Los Angeles.


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Every year the festival held, many Kazari (decorations) are hung from the pillars Japanese American Museum.  

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Walking past these beautiful decorations you can also find a hidden gem of traditional Japanese food.  Food delicacies such as Grilled Squid, Unagi bowls, and Takoyaki.

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This shrine is a monument of a representation of what a slice of Japan feels like.  This can be seen on 1st street.

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Traditional Japanese Dancing can be seen through out the parade.  Throughout Japan, the culture is exquisite where different parts of the country have unique dances they feature during the parade.

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The trolley carriages the previous Nisei queens from previous years.

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The festival featured vintage Japanese classic cars that were in pristine condition.

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To wrap up the festival, they march with the Tanabata float which is a sight to see.  This is one of the main features of the parade that many come and stay to see.

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The Kizari at night looks just as amazing as it does in the day.

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Wonder Con Coverage:


On today's Side Quest, the OSN crew goes to WonderCon 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


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Day 1

On the first day of the convention we got to see the opening ceremony which featured the mayor of Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa who was very excited to be hosting WonderCon in the city of LA. He spoke a little bit about his love for comic books as well as future plans for hotel development near the convention center to help attract large scale conventions to Los Angeles. Let's keep our fingers crossed for LA Comic-Con in the future.


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Once the opening ceremonies were done, we made our way over to the exhibit hall to check out the exhibitors and vendors. There were so many booths to check out you don't have time to see them all, but the one that caught my eye was the Nintendo booth where they had demos of some of the upcoming and recently released games such as Pokken TournamentHyrule Warriors LegendsMetroid Prime Federation Force and Star Fox Zero where you got to play the demo in an Arwing Cockpit which was pretty awesome.

















After the test flight for Star Fox Zero, I got to see the Valiant Comics panel:Valiant 101. To be completely honest, I did not know what to expect from the Valiant Comics universe, but I was very pleased to find out that I fell in love with it. The panel not only gave you the 1 on 1 time with the staff and creators to answer any questions, but also introduced you to this wonderful universe and the characters that inhabit it. From what I saw at the panel, I would recommend Archer & ArmstrongImperium and Faith if your looking to read something interesting.

The last panel of the day was the Spotlight on Jim Lee panel where he drew some sketches and spoke on his creative process of drawing backgrounds and faces which was very informative. As he was drawing, Jim Lee took questions from the fans in the audience which ranged from art related questions to personal ones such as "What is your biggest inspiration?" The panel was very light and funny, giving you a little insight on Jim Lee as not only a professional in the comic book industry, but him as a person.



















Even though we did not get to do everything on the first day on WonderCon, it was still tons of fun and gave us a better understanding on how the comic book industry works.  

Day 2


The next day of WonderCon began with the DC:Universe Rebirth event which was live streamed here for those who have missed it. The room was packed to full capacity with excited DC fans waiting for the next chapter for our beloved DCU characters. I have to say I was not disappointed in the least. From the way that everyone spoke about each and every rebirth title with excitement and passion, to the concept and design with amazing art to the gift to the fans of lowering the price of every rebirth title to $2.99 everything was amazing. I may have walked into the panel tired and sleepy, but afterwards I walked out excited and full of hope for the upcoming Rebirth titles slated for May and June.

Day 3

On the last day of WonderCon, before I left the convention center I got to catch the encore screening of Justice League vs. Teen Titans at the Microsoft Theater. The movie was in my eyes well done and very entertaining if crowds cheers and laughter were anything to go by.