Re: Anime screenings at AVCON
Canaan was Siren, my mistake.
However...shall we take a look at Siren's complete catalogue, when the series was aired in Japan then factor in what has been played at recent AVCONs?
Siren's list of licenses: (may be missing a few of the most recent ones)
Angel Beats (2010)
Bunny Drop (2011)
Casshern Sins (2009)
Clannad After Story (2008-2009)
Genius Party (2008)
Ghost Hound (2008)
House of Five Leaves (2010)
Ichi the Killer (2002)
Legends of the Dark King: Fist of the North Star story (2008)
Now And Then, Here and There (1999-2000)
Perfect Blue (1998)
Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne (2008)
The Tatami Galaxy (2010)
Tears to Tiara (2009)
Tiger and Bunny (2011)
Tower of Druaga (2008 and 2009)
Welcome to Irabu's Office (2010)
Welcome to the NHK (2006)
When They Cry (aka Higurashi) (2006)
In terms of the lighter side of being able to use retro, which is somewhat defined as pre-2000 these days, that only leves X, Perfect Blue and Now and Then, Here and There. If you include 2000 you can add Vandread.
Perfect Blue - Good movie but probably too intense for this kind of event, even if some MA15+ titles. Canaan is lighter MA, Ga-Rei-Zero is medium. Perfect Blue might push the bar too much.
Now and Then, Here And There - Would have wanted it if it hadn't been played recently. Titles tend to get backlash if they're screened at the same convention too often.
X - Perhaps should have been, but CLAMP is horses for courses. And I seem to recall X being played not too long ago.
Vandread - Yeah, this one should have been.
Either way, they still don't have much that you could really classify as 'old'.
The point being - Madman had far more capability to adhere to the theme. They didn't. They regularly ignore the theme. Which makes one wonder why there is a theme if a sponsor throws it aside?
I'm still surprised K-ON and Angel Beats aren't being screened since they're fairly fresh licenses for Madman and Siren.