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Anime Los Angeles 2014

General Cosplays and Pictures of the Venue

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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!

The Venue

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?!

Overall Impressions

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 ;__;

Random Thoughts

  • 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.

January 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm
  • January 13, 2014 at 10:28 pmpocarisweat88

    “League of Legends Cosplays Galore <3. Ten points if you know my three favorite champs :p"

    Lulu, Sona, Ahri.

    Reason: Because just about every anime fan I know loves them.

    • January 13, 2014 at 10:29 pmTakaii

      I like all of them very much, but they aren’t them ):

      • January 13, 2014 at 10:42 pmpocarisweat88

        Is taric one of them? Particularily pink skin fab taric :p

      • January 14, 2014 at 5:30 amJhacks

        It’s been quite some time since i take a peek on your stream, morgana, lee, kat? ….i guess? xD

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:21 amStilts

      Funny thing, those are probably three of my favorites. Especially Sona and Ahri…I’ve kind of fallen out of love with Lulu a bit. They all play second fiddle to Lux and Ezreal though. And Archer Illya <3

    • January 16, 2014 at 2:28 pmKaka

      Is it me or the LOL cosplays are generally better than the others? Fate Zero team is pretty good too though

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:32 pmNitro

    Homestuck is a ridiculously long and (apparently) good webcomic (mostly) drawn in mspaint. And people go batshit insane for it. It’s also not made in japan which leaves me about as baffled as you.

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:35 pmHelvetica Standard

    • January 13, 2014 at 10:36 pmTakaii

      It was so surprising just how good all the Kill-La-Kill cosplays were.

      But yeah, that Satsuki. Nailed it.

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:51 pmMagoiichi

    I only managed to get 63 pics with my cellphone at my first anime convention, your wall puts mine to shame OxO.

    Is there always a Yugi and Kaiba pairing at these things? There was one at Katsucon lol.

    The bad guy from Jumanji! Wow, the best random cosplay pic I got at Katsucon was a Ghostbuster. Why must you make us all jelly Takaii?!

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:54 pmAggron

  • January 13, 2014 at 10:58 pmKrainsan

    Archer illya <3 and dat Mirai ^.^
    Those Kill la Kill cosplays are great, i really like that Inumuta. And RWBY cosplayers FTW!!. Also… Dat Samumenco.
    I wish i had money and lived in the U.S. lol. Thanks for the post, Takaii.

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:03 pmTakaii

      If you ever come visit the US, I’m sure it’ll be fun :D

      But you’re welcome! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment <3

  • January 13, 2014 at 11:12 pmMagoiichi

    The Mirai Cosplayer, the Kill la Kill cosplayers, the Jumanji bad guy, and the Samurai Flamenco cosplayer are my favs.

  • January 13, 2014 at 11:14 pminfo600

    Dat first assassin picture, THAT’s good…

    …and the TF2 Sniper…nailed it.

  • January 13, 2014 at 11:33 pmSolace

    No events or panels?

    • January 14, 2014 at 12:15 amTakaii

      Nothing in particular interested me :/

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:43 amRygartz

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:08 amSpinarakk

    So League of Legends Best Anime NA?

  • January 14, 2014 at 4:13 amMocha

    Nice to see a Samumenco cosplay there :D
    Also, that Sora cosplay is seriously legit. You could mistake him for the real thing.

    • January 14, 2014 at 6:56 amThe Shizard

      Him? Are you sure…? And I agree, seriously legit.

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:21 pmAltasia

      I was gonna say, its the best Sora Cosplay I’ve seen outside Japan.

  • January 14, 2014 at 5:20 amJhacks

    That GilxSaber look so adorable. ><
    That first jinx pic is pretty spot-on too, and talked about getting charmed by that pop star ahri cosplay. All that cool looking league cosplay almost tempted me to log-in my account and go back and play the game again.
    This kind of convention related post is always fun to view, keep it up!

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:39 amTakaii

      Funny story about that picture actually — there was some random photographer guy taking a ton of shots of them and literally eating up all their time. He also untied a balloon that the convention used to mark something and made whoever he wasn’t shooting hold it. So after about 3 minutes, I got fed up (because it wasn’t a shoot, just a random guy asking to take a photo) and asked the Gilgamesh and Saber to take their photo.

      The Gilgamesh was kind of awkwardly holding the balloon and I was like, this is a perfect opportunity to take a cute photo.

      And there you have it!

  • January 14, 2014 at 6:53 amThe Shizard

    I live in the wrong country. Screw legal weed, I want this! :(

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:27 amAtalla Wanderer

      If you move to Colorado, you can get this and keep your legal weed.

  • January 14, 2014 at 9:17 amStilts

    I’m going with Jinx (easy pick), Ahri, and Ashe. I also (because I’m a bastard and am going to cheat) had Jax, Nidalee, and Ezreal as possibilities. That’s just based on the pics though…from playing with you I’m pretty sure you can play whoever, for which I am jelly

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:42 amTakaii

      Close, close but not those either xD.

      So my favorite two champs would be Annie and Morgana — I have most of all my games on the two. If I were to pick a third, it would be probably from whoever I’m currently playing which in this case would be Kat!

      Close fourth is a tie between Ahri, Vi, and Jinx haha.

      • January 14, 2014 at 8:03 pmAnnyms

        Nice champ pool. My first main was Annie, then I only played Ahri and Morgana for a long time before playing a lot of Zyra (when she still was played mid in S2) and Kat. Lately I’ve mostly played Orianna and Riven though.


      • January 14, 2014 at 8:11 pmFreddeh

        Kat was the first one I thought of, I might have gotten Annie, but I never would have figured you for a Morg guy XD. I should watch you stream more it seems!

    • January 14, 2014 at 9:50 amStilts

      Pardon me while I edit my comment to have all the right answers… XD

      Annie was actually one of the other ones I was thinkin’. Annie so stronk :X But I guess you really do love your AP carries, eh? Not that I’m not partial to them myself, though since I mainly play TT it gets hard to play someone squishy in a map full of think bruisers. So much Darius…

      P.S. Kinda surprised at all the Draven and no Darius cosplay. And that Swain was pretty bitchin’!

  • January 14, 2014 at 12:34 pmGoXDS

    as much anime as I watch, it saddens me how small my experiences are sometimes. I don’t recognize most of these cosplays, more so than some of the other conventions shown on RC before )=. but great work nonetheless!

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:28 pmKeranu

    Oh man, if you think ALA night parties are crazy, then you haven’t seen Conji parties XD

  • January 14, 2014 at 6:31 pmiion42

    When I saw the pictures, the first thing that came to mind was a second live-action movie of Arakwawa under the Bridge. XD

  • January 14, 2014 at 9:52 pmklaynne14