Anime Expo was so much fun! I had a great time going in cosplay. I met up with friends, saw too many great cosplays to count, bought some cool stuff, and just overall enjoyed myself. It's a little sad that it's over, since my summer is a little boring at the moment. Yet, at the same time I'm so tired and sore I just want to relax.
Day 1: Thursday was a pretty hot day, so we wandered around and avoided the preregistration line for a while. It was incredibly long, and mostly in the sun. So, we waited until four to get my badge, and still had to wait about an hour and a half. That's the worst part about this convention is the lines. But as we wandered around we saw a lot of great costumes. That day I went as Victorian Robin and my sister went as Victorian Harley Quinn. She had a fun time trying to convince the staff that her croquet mallet could be peace-bonded. We also checked out the superhero meet (both Marvel and DC together). That wasn't all that great. It was in a bad location and poorly organized. So we left and continued wandering until we finally all got our badges. By then the exhibit hall was closed, so we went to the area where they had the photography sets. They had some pretty nice ones this year. That was also the place where they had League of Legends' cosplay lounge. It was really nice. There was a lot of material with which you could repair damaged cosplays, and places to sit down and rest. Even an area to change into a different cosplay. That was about it for Thursday.
Day 2: I went as Teto Kasane. Again, we did a lot of wandering, a lot of picture taking, and got some pictures taken of us. There weren't a whole lot of other Vocaloid cosplayers that I saw, which was a bit disappointing. A lot of our time was spent at the sets as well. This time we had some of our photographer friends with their nice fancy cameras that took beautiful pictures (puts our little baby camera to shame). After that, we spent about an hour in the exhibit hall before it closed. There, we bought some stuff, and looked around. I actually saw an old Tomy Liger Zero, but I didn't take a look at what it was going for. I figured it would be way overpriced anyways. I also ran into my friends there, which was great, and totally unexpected XD I just saw her walking around in her Blade Liger cosplay (which is pretty hard to miss).
Day 3: I was really excited for Saturday, when I went as Melia Antiqua. It was great! 3 people actually recognized me, which was amazing. First, we went to the League of Legends meet. It was incredibly hot outside. I felt bad for my sister who went in her Thresh costume. The day was spent a lot like the other days, more wandering, doing a photoshoot at the sets, and spending a little bit of time in the exhibit hall.
Day 4: I went as my improved Liger Zero cosplay. I am very happy with how it looks, though it is twice as bulky, and still not actually complete. There are some modifications that need to be made to it, but it held up surprisingly well. I walked around in the exhibit hall in it, and was completely surprised by how many people actually know what I am. A lot of people got really excited when they saw me. One instance in particular was the group of people dressed up as the Evas. They got really excited when they saw me, and I had no clue what to do. It was only later that I realized that they probably mistook me for my friend who dresses up as Liger Zero too. Then, I went to a little Zoids meet comprised of me and two of my friends, who went as the Blade Liger (
)and Bit cloud (
). Many, many photos were taken, so many so that it was hard to get away so I could change out of it and run back to the exhibit hall an hour and a half before it closed. We didn't wander around the exhibit hall as much as we had previous years, so I wanted to spend as much time as I could. There were a lot of cool things in the exhibit hall, and so many things I as tempted to buy (but I was good and held back). I even saw quite a few HMM Zoids, some at fairly decent prices compared to buying online. Maybe some year I will bring more spending money with me.
Overall, It was a very enjoyable Anime Expo. look forward to next year, and already have a new cosplay in mind. Let's see if I can pull it off! I'll slowly be uploading pictures here and to tumblr, but if you want to see them now they are up on my cosplay page Amsterdoodle Cosplay
, courtesy of Frekki Cosplay