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I’ve lost count how many years I’ve been to Anime-Expo, but I think this is the first year that I didn’t attend any panels! Instead through, I replaced that time with walking through the vast aisles of the artist alley and attempting to cosplay for the very first time. Yes you read that right, cosplaying for the first time.

For the most part, this year’s convention was one of the more memorable ones for me. Besides doubling the size of my normal group from three to six, I spent most of my time hanging with the AX-newbies and watching them gawk at all the cool stuff in the main hall. Which you’d think be kind of boring but instead ended up being a lot of fun. Because after spending a few years completely ignoring the merchandise and focusing on the Live Panels because I’m a signature whore, it was nice to see all the cool stuff I could blow my money on.

That said, I was surprised with how little stuff that vendors had for sale! And by little stuff, I literally mean “little” stuff. Instead of seeing huge tables filled with little trinkets that you could fill your table up with, it felt like that all the booths were focusing on those GIGANTIC and EXPENSIVE figures. Like, it wouldn’t matter if you were in aisle 300 or 1200, there was always someone selling figures. Don’t get me wrong, sure it’s great if you were hunting for a specific one but for people like me I was really sad there wasn’t as much variety for the little things.

But what really left a mark on me was definitely cosplaying for the first time. Dressed up in my heavy black coat and black sword in hand, I was walking around the convention center dressed up as everyone’s favorite character from Sword Art Online — Kirito! After getting over the jitters that someone might hate on my outfit, I was pleasantly surprised with how fun it ended up being. Between feeling flattered every time someone asked to take a photo with me and dying from how freaking hot it got wearing a heavy pleather jacket inside a building, I couldn’t get over how cool it was to actually be walking around as an anime character!

While it’d be impossible to sum up everything I did during the convention, let me list a few of things that don’t deserve a full paragraph but were memorable to me:

  • Took a Photo with Danny Choo! And then he took a photo with my group on his camera!
  • Got handmade cookies from Kairi! (Also met up with Xumbra and PockyG)
  • Owned the Taiko Drum game after someone tried to trash talk me.
  • Got the other Kiritos to follow my poses during the photo shoot.
  • Ate Curry House more times than I wanted too.
  • Lost the manga I bought from Kinokuniya ):
  • Recently bought a 3DS, got over 250 people on Street Pass!
  • Saw the cutest little kid cosplays — GOOD PARENTING!
  • Caught up with Mason aka Tachiwani — the amazing artist who draws the awesome pictures that will forever end all my AX posts.
  • Celebrated my Birthday with said friends on the Monday right after AX.
  • tl;dr – Go to Anime-Expo next year! It’ll totally be worth your money I promise :D

    P.S. Can you guess which character I am in that last picture? :3

    July 13, 2013 at 12:24 am
    78 comments »
    • July 13, 2013 at 12:25 amKoroshiyaKi

      Why the fuck do I see a random Sejuani at an anime expo?

      • July 13, 2013 at 12:30 amTakaii

        Because it is boar lady and her boar.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:29 amKairi

      Hope you enjoyed the cookies senpai~ Glad to see you enjoyed yourself so much. :3

      I shall def be going to AX2014, planning to cosplay next time too, and I’ll be going all four days! (yay) We should hang out then.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:41 amTomislol

      HAHAHA Those three Kyojin Cosplayers I KNOW THEM IN REAL LIFE!!!!!!

      • July 13, 2013 at 12:45 amTomislol

        The three doing the salute that is

        • July 13, 2013 at 12:52 amL002

          Did they see themselves in Randomc? They now became immortalized.

        • July 13, 2013 at 1:06 amTakaii

          When I walked over to take the picture they looked tired haha.
          So cool to see that people from RandomC were actually at the Con! :D

      • July 13, 2013 at 2:37 amShoronpo

        I’m trying to remember which day that picture was and from the looks of it, was it Day 1? Looks like the premiere line for Dealer’s Hall. Because if it is, then we were definitely tired running on 4 or so hours of sleep, not to mention the heat from the weather and uniform. That’s actually why we were standing in the shade on not in the line.

        But yea, It was our first year cosplaying too and I have to agree, it really was something. Especially the Shingeki no Kyojin Panel and the Gathering, there was literally a company of SnK cosplayers storming the stage at the end of the panel when Danny Choo called us all up.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:43 amTechim

      A brief glance of the thumbnails (together with a rather recent interest in anime)lets me recognize only a few of the more popular/recent anime (or Japanese related) references.
      I spot Shingeki, Pokemon, Cardcaptor Sakura(?), Mario, Link, Chunyibyou, Hataraku Maou Sama (aww nobody cosplayed Emi?), Cloud frm FF7, Kakashi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hatsune Miku, Asuna & NervGear (didn’t spot a single Kirito though).
      I’m assuming the cow & tanks are referencing Gin no Saji & Girls Und Panzer respectively.

      On a side note, what’s a Creeper doing at the Expo? I hope there weren’t any explosions =D

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:48 amlyncpin

      This people will be slaughter by Titan.90% sure

      http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/AX2013/AX2013%20-%20Large%20027.jpg

      • July 13, 2013 at 2:49 amShoronpo

        We got plenty of “Hey look, moar titan food”,”Don’t Die”,and “They’re Dead” ‘s and actually, we weren’t going as any specific characters too, so essentially, yeah, we’re the guys from episode 5 or 8 or 12, in the background, getting eaten by titans.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:49 amNaYa

      Lots of Shingeki no Kyoujin cosplays as expected! LOL @ potato and bread!

      But… are… are those Pokemon chippendales……??! D:

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:52 amc2710

      FOUL!

      That’s a Panzer III not IV

      Though I’m impressed that they have it

      • July 13, 2013 at 7:33 amRapzo

        Even worse, it’s a chaffee made up to look like a pz3.

      • July 13, 2013 at 9:05 amjohn

        Ahh, a Chaffee! I thought it was a mockup built on a M113 chassis. Especially after looking at the side profile.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:57 amSkins Thunderbomb

      Great review! :D

      Just fyi though – the yugioh cosplayers on the last line of the photos leads to a different image when enlarged :)

      • July 13, 2013 at 1:00 amTakaii

        Thanks! Fixed.

    • July 13, 2013 at 12:58 amClementIV

      Thanks for the pics, but I didn’t one with you cosplaying.

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:09 amMrRei

      I wonder how much moneyz Danny made just from this… -_-

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:12 amtsukioniisan

      I heard there was a Fakku x Danny Choo collab in the Expo – which I kept wondering what it was about. oh well. can’t wait for the plot lol

      • July 13, 2013 at 1:18 amXumbra

        There was indeed a Danny Choo x Fakku panel. It was just a brief introduction to both followed by some QA.

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:17 amShrubbery

      • July 13, 2013 at 1:21 amTechim

        I’d like to disagree on that. Behold the power of visual appeal! =D
        http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/AX2013/AX2013%20-%20Large%20070.jpg

        • July 13, 2013 at 1:41 amGoXDS

          those platform shoes! =D

        • July 13, 2013 at 2:03 amKiseki

          Needs a six pack though.

        • July 13, 2013 at 5:24 amBrook

          She is so cute my eyes are about to pop out…

          Ah, but I don’t have any eyes. Yohohohoho!

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:22 ampetitorenji

      There were some serious back-end issues this year… back-stabbing, lying, stealing, etc. etc. Politics were off the charts: Volunteers were working 14-hr shifts; coordinators were not eating and had to take money from their own pockets; people were getting fired after doing multiple all-nighters… the Masquerade process was more complicated than it needed to be… attendance was down 40%…

      • July 13, 2013 at 2:41 amYorden

        Is that why there was no compilation video of all 4 days during the closing ceremony, the prices of the premiere going up to $175 for next year, and premiere passes being sold out already before the con was over?

      • July 13, 2013 at 6:28 amKuntzy

        Well… it’s kind of been confirmed that unique visitors went up by like 12,000 from last year, so…

        That’s kind of not 40% less.

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:36 amahelo

      Dude must of the thumbnails are stretched out (I guess it’s because most of your shots are portraits).

      • July 13, 2013 at 1:40 amTakaii

        Try refreshing, I’m working on them.

        And yeah, portrait photos are a pain for these posts haha.

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:41 amYTKGemini

      It was awesome this year…though I would say I spent 90% of my time taking pictures…

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:59 amNitro

      I’d KILL for all those streetpasses.

    • July 13, 2013 at 2:12 amCrook

    • July 13, 2013 at 2:24 amDomo-kun

      Most of the cosplayers in your pics seem to be of Asian origin. Why is that? I see several options :)

      1. Takaii likes Asian people (Asian girls in particular) and takes pics of them more often :P
      2. Asians look better when cosplaying so they cosplay more than the rest / get photographed more than the rest :P
      3. Many people travelled from Asia to attend this convention.
      4. Asian-American people like anime and attend these conventions more than the rest of the Americans.

      So which one(s) is it? :)

      • July 13, 2013 at 8:20 amfrubam

        Lol, yeah, I thought the same thing as well =03. As far as I can tell, generally cosplayers are spread out rather evenly amongst ethnic groups, though the quality of said cosplayers are always all over the place (>.>)….

      • July 13, 2013 at 9:18 amTakaii

        I just took pictures of whatever was available (;

    • July 13, 2013 at 2:54 amjaakufrost

      Oh man, look at that Villager. It’s really creepy yet so awesome at the same time!

    • July 13, 2013 at 4:21 amTheMoondoggie

      Bravo! GuP is cosplayed. But why are the loli-tankers suddenly not loli?

    • July 13, 2013 at 4:34 amDipper

      Seeing a lot of RWBY in those screenshots!

    • July 13, 2013 at 5:06 amJani

      It looks and sounds like you had a lot of fun!! So jealous!! hahaha but have you seen the video floating around with that Titan cosplayer.. it was hilarious, he seemed to be everywhere during the convention doing all sorts of crazy dances, I couldn’t stop laughing.

    • July 13, 2013 at 5:11 amPocarisweat

      So apparently there was huge participation of League of Legends related cosplay. This is great because I’m a massive fan of the series.

    • July 13, 2013 at 6:34 amClockwerk

      Hooray for RWBY cosplays. now to just wait five more days until the pilot episode.

      • July 14, 2013 at 8:37 amTre

        Something tells me Takaii is eagerly awaiting RWBY as well, seeing as how he made it a point to include a picture of each of the 4 girls.

    • July 13, 2013 at 6:36 amKuntzy

      Sounds like you had tons of fun Takaii. I’d love to go there and I will one day (hopefully…) but I have tons of other events I want to go to as well. Evo to name the most wanted one atm (Fighting game guys know what I’m talking about).

      Side note: holy crap is Evo amazing this year. First day was yesterday and that was hype as hell. Don’t know if anybody else is an FGC fan so I’ll refrain from fangasming further.

      • July 13, 2013 at 9:17 amTakaii

        I was going to go to Evo but I’m busy with work :|

        I don’t like the Paris that much though :/

        • July 13, 2013 at 10:48 amKuntzy

          Having never been there, I have zero input on that topic. Seems like an upgrade over the Caesar’s from what I’ve been seeing though. Way more space and way more people.

          Easily the best part of the weekend so far though

          http://instagram.com/p/br-3t1P3Kt/#

          Possibly the most accurate cosplay ever.

        • July 16, 2013 at 12:05 amWhee

          evo 2013 was amazing.
          and wow dat rufus…

    • July 13, 2013 at 6:42 amcutemi2

      something’s missing, where are the photo’s of Alodia Gosiengfiao?!

    • July 13, 2013 at 8:36 amYanDaMan

      That Maou Sadou.

    • July 13, 2013 at 9:02 amjunglepenguin

      That Hououin Kyouma must have found Steins;Gate to look that happy. Can’t wait to don my own lab coat for the anime con in my region.

    • July 13, 2013 at 9:07 amRasen

      ….Dat Raiden outfit.

      Props yo.

    • July 13, 2013 at 9:35 amNiles

      Who let this guy into a crowded convention? Run for your lives!

      http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/AX2013/AX2013%20-%20Large%20072.jpg

    • July 13, 2013 at 11:06 amkatsudon

      I don’t know about you Takaii, but I mainly go to conventions to buy figures! There’s always some rare ones to be found, just gotta know where to look…

    • July 13, 2013 at 11:23 amsilog

      Ahhh you got a picture with the Pokemen! haha

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:30 pmGermanguy

      Say, if someone would go and use a 3D Printer to make “cosplay” Weapons or Armor Parts. Is this not a way to help other Fans? (and money…)

    • July 13, 2013 at 2:24 pmSilivious

      While you didn’t post your own pictures, it looks like Danny did for you on his site. XD

      http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/26978/Anime+Expo+2013+Day+1.html

    • July 13, 2013 at 3:10 pminfinite

      There are so mant great cosplayers in the pictures. I got to say my favorite is the girl dressed up as Remon from Ano Natsu de Matteru.

    • July 13, 2013 at 10:58 pmjendesuyo

      Didn’t go because I used up a lot on a cosplay from DRAMAtical Murder, Clear. I do not regret it.
      It’s going to be an awesome 2014 Convention!

    • July 14, 2013 at 4:55 ampedobearmatt

      Madoka Sword Art Online and Shingeki no Kyojin covers the whole EXPO.

    • July 14, 2013 at 6:16 amKim Pine

      Did you meet me again this year Takaii?

      Also, great that you had an awesome time, enjoyed all the pictures.

    • July 14, 2013 at 6:29 amPuma Lightning

      OHH~ I might try to go next year. I’ve been meaning to go now for a while!

    • July 14, 2013 at 9:41 amMickeyhawk

      http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/AX2013/AX2013%20-%20Large%20033.jpg

      Anyone know where the cow is from and how to get it? Friend looking to know

    • July 14, 2013 at 8:11 pmGP1234

      Funny question: did anybody manage to catch Adam Savage in disguise?

    • July 14, 2013 at 9:54 pmPonPon

      Hii! My friends and I are the RWBY cosplayers in the photos. Your pictures are amazing! Do you mind if we use them? With proper credit to you, of course. c:

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:22 pmNoshii

      • July 17, 2013 at 5:04 pmTakaii

        I have a different picture of him standing next to a normal sized guy. That titan was HUGE.

    • July 15, 2013 at 5:09 amAnon

      No pic of full armor Gilgamesh =\

    • July 15, 2013 at 10:16 amAni_BEE

      I one these years I’ll make it down to Anime Expo or Otakon.

    • July 25, 2013 at 1:16 pmDis

      Where did you get your posters from?

    • August 6, 2013 at 10:22 amMeganePowa

      In that last picture, you gotta be the one with.. glasses..

    • October 14, 2013 at 1:59 pmgravity

      someone knows the hottest Yoko Littner ? that day