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:
tl;dr – Go to Anime-Expo next year! It’ll totally be worth your money I promise 😀
P.S. Can you guess which character I am in that last picture? :3