Welcome to Anime NoOOOOOOOOHHHH GODDDD VELOCIPRAPTORSSS!!!!
|I dropped off the face of the planet from Friday to Sunday this week in order to attend Anime North all weekend long. I took time off work, I abandoned 600 chemistry questions waiting for me to finish, and I spent all my time (and money) blitzing through the con. I had a great time, as per usual, and I’m here to share more of those amazing moments with you. That, and cosplay photos. Lots and lots of cosplay photos.|
Anime North is a big convention. How big? Over 20, 000 people spread out in a huge congress centre, at least 2 hotels, and a parking lot big enough to fit quite a few football fields in. Despite this, I’ve never had a problem getting my ticket. This year I had to wait over 2 hours in line, which was probably due to the new attendance cap that was set in place. Day 1 was mostly tiring and uneventful, so I just posed for pictures most of the time.
Luckily, I had the Moonlight Ball in the evening to make up for everything. Krizzlybear, owner of the aniblog Baka Laureate, invited me to go so I decided WHY NOT?! It was a gamble since I’d never met anyone from online in real life, I hadn’t even talked to Kriz very much beforehand, I was going to be trapped in an enclosed area with no excuse to leave early, and I’d never been to the ball before. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it turned out being an incredibly fun-filled evening. Krizzlybear didn’t kill me, and we got along like we were secretly old friends in some past life. The ball had an 8-bit video game theme going on, and they had little games for you to play. If you won a game, they’d give you tickets to enter a raffle for various video game controllers, games, and the grand prize of an SNES with a bunch of games. Pretty sweet, eh? Did I mention everyone had to dress FANCY? We were all quite dashing that evening. (NOTE: THERE WAS FREE CANDY)
It was only on day 2 that I actually went INSIDE the convention centre. There are 3 basic sections (minus the rave room, which I don’t care about) that include a showroom, artist’s alley and the dealer’s room. The showroom has a bunch of booths and tables for people to play card games and such, the artist’s alley sells art-related things, and the dealer’s room is where you empty your wallet for expensive anime merchandise. The manga is super cheap at AN, since they sell it at US cover price, so I bought 6 manga all in one go. Now I’m finally done Nora, which is impossible to find in real life! I also bought a lot of accessories because…not gonna lie…my favourite part of the con is buying cute earrings and frilly chokers…<_<
The inside of the convention centre is hectic enough with people selling real swords, huge crowds, live wrestling events and human chess. Stepping foot outside into the massive parking lot is just as insane. There are concerts, raves, games (such as tag or weird fighting things…) and above all – tons of cosplayers. This is where you’ll find the bulk of cosplayers just standing around and waiting for you to take a snapshot of them. People without tickets will often loiter around just to take photos, because they don’t have to pay and yet they still get to see the glory of AN’s planned photoshoots. I was actually asked to be in quite a few photos! I was flattered! It’s a shame I missed the Fate/Zero photoshoot though. They didn’t put it in the photoshoot listings so I must have been buying stuff when it was going on D:
I apologize for the blurry picture, but I couldn’t let you guys miss out on Elmo’s newfound pro wrestling career…
I ended the day with free ice cream from a friend and a panel/anime watch in the Doubletree Hotel. It was called “Totally Lame Anime” and it was the best thing I’ve ever seen in that building, oh my gosh. I don’t feel bad attending zero panels because most of them suck, especially if it means watching gloriously bad anime with a huge group of people instead. It’s like SCCSAV’s Terribad viewings, I would imagine, but on a larger scale. That, and the guy running it had only cut out the best parts from a selection of bad anime to keep the laughs constant. The guy hosting it did official translations for most of the stuff he showed, and he added his own commentary to make it even more hilarious. Garzey’s Wing, Machine Robo, Call of the Wild…it was all there and it was all PURE GOLD.
The most sugoii people in Swiss Chalet
I met up with Starburst and Orange from the adorable aniblog Daifuuku! for lunch! There were even other people too, like a kind of surprise bonus toy you never knew was included with your meal. They were really nice (and cute! so cute!) and listened carefully as I went overboard voicing my pain about how strict my university is. They seemed fairly unfazed by my horror stories of 40% class averages though, so that’s good! We parted ways because they were going to watch Haruhi and I don’t like watching things twice, but I would definitely force them to hang out with me again for another AN! I was starting to get tired by then so I just bought some more kawaii junk to wear and then left after making a final lazy circuit of the convention area to take photos.
Now let me shove all the merch I bought in your face to flaunt my material belongings.
A complete album of all my con photos can be found on my Facebook page or on Photobucket if you click here!!!
SO CUTE, SO PERFECT!
Potentially my favourite cosplay at the con this year. He LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT.
Jrow…this is for you.
Then I found a One Piece photoshoot, and life was good.
Just a few of the hardcore people from the BRS photoshoot
After I stopped these two, like 5 people came out from the bushes and asked them for photos as well
And Bass…this is for you!
Last but not least, me posing (and forgetting how to show my gems to the camera) with a rather fetching Gilgamesh
Thanks for reading (or picture-viewing?) my AN coverage post! There will be more con posts coming up soon from Jrow and Karakuri, so stay tuned! Your retinas will be treated to more cosplay photos than your occpital lobe will be able to handle. It will cause permanent blindness. If that glowing recommendation hasn’t convinced you, then you’re stuck waiting until my 2013 post of AN. Trust me, I’m not going to stop doing this anytime soon. See you then!