By Jason S. Yadao
Last Thursday, when nemu*nemu artist Audra Furuichi, Kawaii Kon senior administrator Roy Bann and I were looking at the entries for the 2012 Liliha Library Anime Art Contest, young adult librarian Linda Mediati, let us know that ... well ... that was it. After this third go-round of getting to evaluate some of the best anime-inspired student art in the state (well, okay, mostly on Oahu, with a few glorious exceptions), our services would no longer be needed. This edition of the contest would be its swan song.
"Well, it was a good run," Audra said. Indeed, it was. Sure, the number of entries received was down from previous years -- 55 total. But at least it was much better than the number I had heard when I posted my appeal for more entries a few weeks ago -- 12.
Thus, while the tables weren't completely covered in entries as in the past, it still looked pretty darned impressive.
It took 2-1/2 hours for us to choose what ended up being 13 winners. Once again, the quality of entries made it difficult for us to pick. This post, in fact, highlights all the entries that didn't win, yet still deserve to be seen.
But before we get to the by-now-standard Flickr photo gallery, I should mention that this year's contest ended up being a bit more ... personal for me.
It's because of this picture.
It was a bit personal for all of us, really. I believe the exact words spoken were, "Look, they're trying to butter us up!" Indeed, that picture was the only one out of all the entries to prominently feature Audra's creations, plush pups Anpan and Nemu. So as I had all afternoon, I dutifully troddled over to take a picture, then flipped it over to record the name and grade of the artist.
That picture was done by eighth grader Sieri Kuranishi. Sieri loves drawing, lovebirds, her black yowling scratchy kitty, Choco Babies candy, Vocaloids and playing Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PlayStation Vita. And I know all of these intricate details about her because I'm her cousin.
Now, before anyone cries foul, full disclosure: I did reveal my conflict of interest to the others, and I pretty much let them decide the fates of that picture and the other two that she entered. Well, OK, this was actually her formal second entry:
But I couldn't help but notice that this was on the back as well.
So you could say that fandom now officially runs into another generation in my family. Of course, if you ever asked her if she'd take over writing Otaku Ohana for me down the line, she'd probably just roll her eyes and walk away. Because, you know, I'm old and weird and like to have all of my anime and manga on physical media instead of just downloading everything off the Internet and all that. (Also, she's totally tsundere. Still adore her, though.)
But enough of my rambling; let's get to the other highlights from the non-winning entries in this year's contest, presented in handy Flickr gallery form.
Next time in Otaku Ohana: The winners! Also, a reminder: If you want to come meet the winners and see their winning entries in person, stop by Liliha Library, 1515 Liliha St., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. We'll be there handing out the prizes, too!