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Anime Los Angeles 2015


「Anime Los Angeles 2015」

Anime Los Angeles 2014

Seeing how this is my second time to this convention, let me just jump straight into some general impressions since not much has changed in a year — and that’s a good thing!

Overall Impressions

Being somewhat experienced at the art of attending Anime Conventions, hands down Anime Los Angeles or ALA is still one of my favorite conventions to attend. With the focus on keeping things down to earth, both the attendees and staff do a great job at making the convention as a whole just plain fun — for the most part.

I tend to talk about this point a lot but I think ALA strikes a nice balance between being a big or small convention. Taking the route of being a medium sized con, it’s a nice feeling to know that the venue is large enough to accommodate everyone (probably in part since you couldn’t purchase badges on site) without having too much empty space that it feels empty. Toss in the fact that there are tons of places to relax and/or take photos of your favorite cosplays and the place just feels perfect. Then again, we are talking about a true Marriott hotel here so I guess it’d be strange if the place wasn’t fancy enough to live up to its name.

Compared to last year though, it was kind of strange seeing all of the landscaping blocked by fences. If you’ve read my post about last year’s con, one of the best things of the venue was the Pool Deck and Patio that offered fabulous spots to take photos. Specifically the Pool Deck, there were literally five to six places that all had their own feel to it! This year though, you could definitely feel a change in the atmosphere with construction-esque fencing covering everything. That said, this year’s con was the last to be held at this venue so I doubt it’ll be a recurring problem.

Besides that, not much has changed in the past year. The general setup of the con was the same (everything con related it downstairs and the lobby was basically a general gathering place) and I still had some slight disappointment with how small the Artist Alley and Dealer’s Hall was — but I’m not crazy enough to think that’s what you come to this kind of con for.

That said, I would usually start this final paragraph with “While it isn’t Anime-Expo..” but honestly I’ve become super fond of this kind of tight knit convention. While it might be partly because I’ve attended so many of these now, there’s no arguing that the atmosphere at ALA is a lot more pleasant than other conventions. There’s less stress and feeling like you “need” to do things and instead you’re able to go with the flow and do whatever happens to be available.

P.S. For anyone who was there, wasn’t that surprise rainstorm crazy? I expected the weather to be nice and sunny =__=

 

 

Convention Info

  • Date: January 9 thru 11
  • Location: LAX Marriott /
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Website: animelosangeles.org/ala/


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    “… but honestly I’ve become super fond of this kind of tight knit convention.”

     

    “That said, this year’s con was the last to be held at this venue so I doubt it’ll be a recurring problem.”

     

    “one of the best things of the venue was the Pool Deck and Patio”

     

    “Besides that, not much has changed in the past year.”
January 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm
19 comments »
  • January 14, 2015 at 11:12 pmchromenova

    Someone cosplayed as vella from vindictus! Oh my gah, that is super awesome. Did not expect to see a cosplay from the game, and she pulled it off well.

    Looks fun, I’ve been to anime expo last year but I never got the chance to go to ALA. I’ve been to several smaller cons, and I actually like smaller ones sometimes too because people there are more relaxed and chill since there isn’t much to do, and I get to take cool pictures with fellow cosplayers. Hopefully I get a chance to go to ALA next year.

  • January 14, 2015 at 11:30 pmAjaxRTO

    someone cosplayed kim jong un and he passed!

  • January 14, 2015 at 11:40 pmArcad

    The ones in the pool was that characters from Conception 2?

  • January 14, 2015 at 11:46 pmDafuq

    • January 15, 2015 at 12:43 pmBlahto Blahtoto

      LOL poor Chiyo- I mean Paras xD

  • January 15, 2015 at 7:28 amBob

    Bravo on the Quail-Man!

  • January 15, 2015 at 7:58 amShirocat

    The guys in pool, what serie are they cosplaying?

  • January 15, 2015 at 3:05 pmAwesomeGuy

    Great video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBfWKmRFTjM

    • January 15, 2015 at 7:10 pmTakaii

      While I do love FilthyFrank, #ALA ain’t like that :3

    • January 16, 2015 at 3:04 pmlebleu

      haha. probably not a fully representative picture of the visitors to these conventions, but pretty sure some of them would be present

  • January 15, 2015 at 3:10 pmSeikou

    http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/ALA15/ALA15%20-%20Large%2035.jpg

    Okay, this schoolgirl Majora’s mask and moon just killed me. XD

  • January 15, 2015 at 7:24 pmRukia

    Ugh, why would anyone want to be in the same room with all of those crazy people?

  • January 15, 2015 at 7:25 pmDafuq

    • January 16, 2015 at 1:41 amBROOKLYN otaku

      yeah nice quaff!!
      but on another note, thats gotta be the first time ibuki has ever shown her pantys……………….Whoa?!…..wait, did that sound Creepy????

    • January 16, 2015 at 3:08 amAndré

      Go home Dandy guy, you’re drunk.

  • January 16, 2015 at 7:56 amKentaiyoshimi

    IT’S CANON
    http://randomc.net/image/Miscellaneous/ALA15/ALA15%20-%20Large%2065.jpg

    That was a good addition to the cosplay.

  • January 16, 2015 at 8:21 amNice Tea

  • January 17, 2015 at 10:22 amFlappy

    The quality of the cosplay is pretty impressive.