General Show Floor + Cosplay:
Abbreviated Impressions: They say time flies when you’re having fun, and this year’s NYCC was no different. There were some minor disappointments throughout—including Square Enix’s having no demo for Lightning Returns, the general lack of game demos in general, less poster SWAG than the last few years, and missing out on GSC’s poster giveaway by a few minutes—but they were countered somewhat by the increased space (due to construction at Javits finishing) and the decreased foot traffic (no doubt due to the new embedded chips to fight off counterfeiters). Generally not as strong as an NYCC compared to the last few years in terms of show floor and panel offerings—especially in regards to a large anime/Japan Foundation presence (these were mostly scattered throughout)—but still enough there by far to make the trip worth it.
Good Smile Company:
Good Smile was back again this year as well, and in place of their epic nendoroid display from last year were a bunch of figures from a variety of series. To say the least, they really expanded their sales inventory this year, and went as far as including artbooks and animation cels from Kara no Kyoukai. You’ll find a picture of those cels (I snagged a set) and their corresponding scenes from the second Kara no Kyoukai movie in the last three screenshots above. Overall, a truly impressive showing by GSC this time around, and they were arguably one of the biggest highlights for me this time around. Oh yeah, also, these guys always make the best tote bags.
Basically, I spent way more than I ever expected, but that just goes to show the large amount of exclusives/unique things for sale this time.
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And that’s about it I guess. Nice and quick. Pictures tell a thousand words after all. Like last year though, feel free to leave comments/questions on things you want elaborated upon, as I’ll gladly supplement this post with extra commentary if requested