Anime Los Angeles 2014
General Cosplays and Pictures of the Venue
League of Legends Gathering
After being spoiled with Anime-Expo for the past four years, I thought it would be cool to go check out some of the other conventions that were somewhat close to where I live. So after a spur of events that introduced Anime Los Angeles or ALA to me, I applied to get a press badge — and I actually got it. Review of the Con and tons more pictures after the break!
Held inside the Marriott LAX which coincidentally is smack-dab next to LAX airport, ALA’s choice of hotel is pretty nice. It’s a decent sized place that keeps everything insanely clean for the amount of traffic going through it each day. And if you were smart and used their coupon code, the room prices are an affordable $116 a night when you travel with buddies.
What I liked the most was probably the Pool Deck and Patio which held most of the cosplay gatherings. Besides providing various types of backgrounds and lighting for the photographers, it was nice knowing that there were two main places that people would congregate at. Unlike larger conventions that have everyone running around everywhere, I enjoyed knowing that if I wanted to find a certain cosplayer (or person), I could.
At the same time, the size of the venue also became a negative for my buddies since they quickly ran out of things to do. With a lack of diverse panels and a super tiny Artist’s Alley, people who didn’t want to go and take pictures of cosplayers could find themselves getting bored quickly.
Photographers and Cosplays
If you’ve seen my previous Anime-Expo posts, you’ll know that I focused mostly on the cosplays with all the pictures I’ve snapped. Since then, I’ve attempted to become more knowledgeable with photography and less of a noob with DSLRs. Something that was nice about this con for all the camera enthusiasts like me, is that you really have to get intimate with your camera to snap some good pictures. With the sun beating down at the Pool Area and tons of shade at the Patio, it was a blast learning how to get the most out of my camera.
Getting back on point though, I was happily surprised with the amount and quality of the cosplays at ALA. Ranging from high-average to completely stunning, there was a diverse range of shows and games getting that cosplay love. But what came as a surprise to me was just how popular FREE!, Kill-La-Kill, and Kyoukai no Kanata were at this con. Seeing how they’re all relatively new shows, I never expected to see things like Ryuuko in her jammies or a pool full of Rins and Makotos. At the same time, can someone enlighten me just what the heck is Homestuck about?!
While it isn’t Anime-Expo, Anime Los Angeles had this charm to it that made it really enjoyable. From the smaller size to the friendly atmosphere that everyone was giving off, it became clear that ALA is definitely one of those more relaxed conventions. However, relaxing doesn’t have to mean not fun or not worth going. If anything, it’s a nice change of pace versus the hectic atmosphere larger conventions bring. I just wished they had a larger Artist Alley ;__;
- I can’t believe how insane things get at night. What was an attempt to snap some nice nighttime photos turned into watching a ton of people puking into trashcans. Explains why the hotel smelled like Pine-SOl in the morning.
- Smaller Convention = Nicer People and Staff.
- Seeing how big some of the gatherings got, I should probably make it an effort to figure out where gatherings during AX happen.
- League of Legends Cosplays Galore <3. Ten points if you know my three favorite champs :p
- Again, just what is Homestuck? It’s apparently super popular and involves MSPAINT.
- If you find the Assassin picture, notice how he’s holding the gate. THAT’S DEDICATION.
- For any camera guys wondering, I stuck with a 50mm f/1.8 the whole time. Can’t be lazy out in the field!
TL;dr — ALA is a chill convention that packs a lot of awesome into a little space. And even though its size is noticeable at times, it’s still super enjoyable.