Yes, it's finally up here and
running! Whew, what a trip. Though it seemed more quiet than last
year, 'twas still fun. Plus, I had a stress relief once it started
because I had moved about two days beforehand. And the start of my
summer school class (which I dropped afterwards due to lack of time).
*coughs* Here were my cosplays
for this year:
Well, this day was, of course,
the day before AX started. After some personal issues taken care of,
I arrived at the Clarion Hotel where I met the rest of my gang (will
be known as Torch, Maulie, Kupochan, Swedmex, J, Sephy, Seras, Walter
and his brother) to check in. After figuring out what to do with the
food that was brought up (as well as settling in), we just chilled
for a while. Well, chilled out before we could meet Sephy's friends
Pip and Walter#2....AND Torch's boyfriend (whom I will call...er...Torch's
Didn't get into registration
line until about 9:30 at night, assuming that the line would be less
and faster. Unfortunately, it was really long, and we were told before
on our way there by some informants walking back from registration
that it was closed and wouldn't accept any more people. Well, we went
in anyway out of curiosity ^^. After some minutes of boredom, Maulie
finally found someone on her walkie-talkie that she brought with her.
That was fun entertainment but
the dude we were talking to didn't want to tell where he was at in
line. Towards the end, though, he finally let us know where he was.
Poor guy and his group was waiting in the unpaid-unregistered line.
Came back at around 11:30pm,
told Sephy, Pip, and Seras about the lines (as they didn't come with
us) and then hit the lights out at around 12:30am, setting the alarm
to wake up early to get to opening ceremonies.
This was perhaps my favorite
day out of all days. Maybe it was because I was the only Kurenai that
I could find ^^. Somehow, the alarm clock in our hotel room rang at
1am, but none of us except for Torch heard it and she had to turn
it off ^^; Waited in line for AMV tickets (which was fun...cuz I got
to find my Team 8 ^_^....and Kupochan, in her Rinoa costume, got to
glomp a very cute and tall Squall) before heading out to the Gaia
Panel with Kupochan, Maulie, and Swedmex.
Gaia panel was fun. Unfortunately,
they chose a bad time to set the panel because 1) people heading in
line for Dealer's Room to open, and 2) people just getting out of
opening ceremonies. But gosh, poor lOcke....he got hammered by whacking
noodles (you know, the ones you throw in the pool) by so many people,
especially his g/f Ling. [If you're not quite sure what I'm talking
about, head on over to http://gaiaonline.com and you'll see]. We saw
lots of previews of new features coming up (including some really
random pictures that were set in there....like Lanzer an lOcke's piccy
of just arriving the night before with bottles of beer...and lOcke
in a chicken suit) as well as a sort of outline of what's going to
happen when the beta version of GaiaOnline will be coming. Which was
We tried to do the social afterwards,
but there wasn't much except for drinks and a huge ass cookie to eat.
So, we just headed off to the Dealer's Room.
That was when I lost my camera
*coughs* Camera-lostness aside,
Kurenai was perhaps my most famous costume as of yet. I've never had
so many pictures taken before now O_o.
Got some nifty free stuff from
the console gaming rooms and the dealer's room before heading back
to the hotel to rest and head off for the seating to the Anime Music
Video Contest (aka the AMV Contest). We had to wait about 45 minutes
after it was supposed to start, but it was pretty cool since
they were showing all the nominees and winners from last year's AMV
(much shouting for "Leaves of Happaness" and "Stop
the Rock" ^__^).
AMV's this year was...okay. The
drama category was pretty good, as well as the action category and
some few select comedy sections, but overall, I thought last year's
contest was much better. The poor guy who organized the contest was
saying what had happened to his computer with the AMVs on there (it
was totalled, to get to the point) and unfortunately, one of the vids
for the AMtv category couldn't be voted on because it couldn't be
shown (the DVD was replaying the video previous of it again). I hope
that dude got a consolation prize...because that totally sucks.
Some highlights from the AMV
--- Whenever the screen would
go to the next vid --
(cuz it was either a blue or orange curtain blowing against the wind
MC dude: *with strange accent*
--- When the 1st Kingdom Hearts
vid in the Drama Category went up ---
Audience: Awwwww... (so kyoote!!
--- When "Disney in D"
(comedy category, and I believe the winner in comedy) came up --
Audience: *shouts of joy since
it was a "Naruto" vid*
--- When "FOOTBALL!"
arrived (last one in comedy) ---
Audience: *bursts of laughter*
[and this is how "dancing
robots, dancing robots....ROBOTS" came up]
--- When ANY Naruto music vid
came up (I believe there were only 2) ---
Audience: *shouts of joy*
Crashed back at the hotel room
at around midnight, but didn't head off to sleep until one or two
something (I don't remember...I was the one who crashed first).
Ah...hell day. I had four gatherings
to go to (which, I will tell you now, is NOT POSSIBLE when 3 of them
are all within a one hour timespan), and random wanderings afoot.
I woke up early to wake up Walter#2 and give some ideas of what to
do with his Reno costume, borrowed Sephy's digital camera (cuz he
wanted pictures), and then headed off to the Final Fantasy Gathering.
One word from it: chaos.
Some highlights that I remember
(I got me a Cloud! XD):
~Some person: Everyone, attack
the Cactuar! (Yes, there was a Cactuar cosplayer out there)
~Midvalley the Horned Freak from
Trigun playing the Chocobo theme music when a Chocobo cosplayer arrived,
on his back a Reno cosplayer
~in the midst of the FF7 pictures,
a Tifa cosplayer's cell phone rang, her ringtone that of the Final
Fantasy victory music
Well, it was a bit more organized
than last year, but still it was disorganized. FFVII gathering was
set at the same time as the FF:Complete gathering, so we had to go
back and forth. Fortunately, there were some people who tried to tell
us what to do and eventually the pictures for each Final Fantasy began.
It started off with FFVII, since we were the ones shouting the most,
and then re-arranged from FF 1-6, FF8, FF9, and FF 10 and FFX-2. After
that, I headed back to change back into Kurenai (after getting some
rest, handing my brother and his g/f their registration stuff, and
some semi-organizing things) and headed off to the Naruto gathering.
One word from Naruto gathering:
insanity and chaos combined.
First off, we (meaning me and
Sephy who was in Kakashi costume) were late so there was this HUGE
crowd. Then once Sephy came in to join the other Kakashis, more
people came. The stairs were packed with people taking pictures, the
balconies were packed with people taking pictures, the floor in front
of the dealer's room were packed with people taking pictures, there
were a LOT of people there crowding around to take pictures.
I left early to change into my
Kagura outfit (complete with a Kyo hat and Kyo plushie), but here's
some highlights from what I remember:
~Some person: All the sannins
get over here! *much cheer from group*
~Another person: All the Jiraiya's
do your legendary dance!
~A Shino climbed up a palm tree
~A Kakashi did his "Thousand
Years of Pain" on a Naruto
Then, Fruits Baskets gathering.
That was a bit more organized (though I was late again) than the last
two I went to, but the Naruto gathering was still going on
when I changed, so again I arrived late for that gathering. I was
probably the only Kagura in a dark green dress (instead of her light
green one due to time constraints that I had to make it) and Torch,
Maulie, Swedmex, and J eventually found me asking for the key to the
hotel room. I headed back with them, telling Kupochan that I would
be there for the Rurouni Kenshin gathering after I changed into Misao,
and eventually just stayed at my hotel room the rest of the night.
We showed Walter, his brother, and Torch's b/f to Naruto and was close
to finishing the first arc before going to bed at around 2:30 am.
My Misao day ^^. Headed off to
the Masquerade line to get tickets. Here, we ran into a cosplayer
dressed as Sadako from the original "Ring" (or it's said
as "Ringu" here) who scared the crap out of Torch. Literally.
She had gone to the floor and started crawling like Sadako
coming out of the TV set...which was rather creepy.
I met this dude behind me and
tagged along with him before heading off to the Seki panel. He was
really fun, but I couldn't catch his name (or rather, I couldn't pronounce
his name and he didn't tell me how to pronounce it). We were in dealer's
room for a good part afterwards (him telling me about the Naruto game:
Naruto - Narutimite Hero [sp?] and how awesome it was) and played
some of the games that were there. Viz had the Ulitmate Muscle thing
(in which I could barely hit, but my new friend almost hit the bell...twice)
and the telephone money booth. Ah, the telephone money booth. I had
gotten $28 from that and was only $2 shy of getting the next prize
in line, which was a button and an Inuyasha magnetic sticky thing.
The guy at the Viz booth handing me the prize asked me which one I
wanted (after my new friend dealed with him that I was only $2 shy
of the next prize), and being the indecisive me, I couldn't decide.
So, the guy gave me both prizes
instead ^^; I honestly don't know what I did...maybe it was the look
on my face or something.
Then Kupochan and I took a picture
together at the Animerica booth [me as Misao, her as Kaoru] before
heading off to the Seki panel. Which was a LONG and crowded panel.
Seki Tomokazu is cool ^^. (For
those who don't know who he is, he's a voice actor who's done over
50 roles and spans from many different anime. Van from Escaflowne,
Chichiri and Kouji from Fushigi Yuugi, Ken from Weiss Kreuz, Hiromu
Shinbo from Chobits, Alexander Howell from Ayashi no Ceres, a random
dude shouting "Oh no, it's a Gundam!" and dies, Kamui from
X/199 the movie, and Souma Kyo from Fruits Basket to name a few from
his list) When he had entered, we all screamed (of course) and he
was so nice.
Random moments from the panel:
Seki: *after entering and after
screams died* Hi! *pause*...How are you?
Audience: *much shouts of joy
at seeing him*
[showing the current series
he is voice-acting on, and his character shows up]
Audience: *shouts again*
Some dude from the back:
I love you!!
Seki: I love you too!
Some girl from the front: [speaking in Japanese, but I could understand
what she was saying, ironically] Will you marry me?
Seki: Yes! I will marry all of
Like I said, the Seki panel was
fun ^_^. He even did a snidbit of a Chichiri voice from Fushigi Yuugi
(when asked to do "Itai, na no da!"). After that, I headed
back to the hotel room to eat some lunch and just rest. Sephy came
over about an hour or so afterwards and wanted to watch the rest of
the Naruto series that he left off on (I believe that he's only on
episode 33 as of now) before the small group of us that waited in
line for Masquerade headed off for Masquerade.
The MC was much better than last
year, but this year's Masquerade there were more walk-ups and dances
than skits. Not many made us laugh, but we did shout out for our friend
cosplaying as Shuichi from Gravitation and his group who was #4 on
the Masqerade entries.
I liked the Shinsengumi popping
out of the box and fainting from the guy dressed up as a girl, though
The Gundam Astray, the last entry,
was really cool. I mean, damn, why do Japanese cosplayers have to
be sooo good??!? T_T
If you missed him, the Optimus
Prime, and the transforming glow-in-the-dark car/Gundam, then check
out the pictures of them on various cosplay websites (A Fan's view
is the one that comes to my mind right now).
Crashed back at the hotel room
at around 1ish, but had to wait until 2 something for Sephy, Pip,
and Seras to come back from wherever they were because Walter#2 couldn't
get into the other room.
We also have ideas to get a Naruto
skit together (since we were so disappointed for there being a lack
of one, considering all of the Naruto cosplayers out there this year)
for Masquerade next year, so hey, maybe next year, you'll see us!
Final day, and extremely tired.
We had to clean up our rooms (literally), bring down all the food
brought to put in the car, pack, repack, and I waited for my brother
down in the lobby. After we set my stuff away, headed off to Dealer's
Room for one final look.
I won a DVD set of my choice
on Saturday, without me knowing it O_o. 'Twas at the Funimation booth.
Unfortunately, their sample set to choose from wasn't that much in
variety (the majority was Fruits Basket, which I already had), so
I eventually got Blue Gender vol. 1 just to see what it really was
about, since I don't know what other anime Funimation publishes here.
Then got me Saiyuki vol 2, and
the current 4 volumes of Please Save My Earth before heading back
Only I had to come back about
2 hours later to pick up my NERV bag that I accidentally left in the
hotel lobby ^^;;;;;
Well, that's my con report and
hope to see you next year! Pictures will be coming as soon as I can
burn them off of my friends' digital cameras and what few I have from
my disposable cameras that were bought on the 2nd day to replace my