Because we were such fat ponies during Fanime I had to split my post into two parts. This is part 2. Part 1 is here.
The Fanime forums have a feedback thread where everyone is welcome to post their pros/cons/suggestions for improvements. Most of them make sense, but this one had me completely confused:
“Con: The lack of close-by food – My mother insists on real food when we go to conventions, which meant that this time we were constantly spending way too much time trying to find food, time which could have been better spent actually seeing stuff at the con. ^.^;;”
… Really? One of the things I look forward to most when going to Fanime is all the food that San Jose has to offer in that area. There are a TON of affordable restaurants in that area. We didn’t use our car once, except to get to and from the airport. Heck, if you are on a budget and walk around a corner, there is a Subway right there (it had a huge ass line all the time, but still). Maybe if one actually left the convention center…
Anyway, as a service to Fanime goers, and just because I like food (and drinking), I recapped the food we ate.
(This, btw, is poison, as learned from Fanime 2006. Bad times. Bad, bad times.)
Basically what going to a convention feels like. Nerd flu abounds!
I don’t think I got nerd flu this con. *knock on wood* However, one of my friends did! It’s pretty much inevitable, when you’re surrounded by people where washing hands and taking baths is optional, and people will glomp you (i.e., violently hug you, frequently without your permission).
I did get much cooler stuff though, although not nearly as much as I usually do. I was somewhat hampered by the knowledge I was flying back, so nothing that I wouldn’t be able to fit in my already crowded suitcase.
I love cosplay. Haven’t done it for a long time though, since my main cosplay buddy first moved across the country for several years, and now that she’s back, she had that absolute gall to get pregnant right in time for con season. Oh well. Maybe next year. She said her baby will be cosplaying as Gir from Invader Zim. This was as much as I cosplayed, with the Utena Rose Seal from Right Stuf for ordering all three Utena DVD sets through them.
I went and posted the cosplayers I managed to get pics of, along with an image of the actual characters, for my less geeky readers.
(I am bad at the computer language and I actually had this done earlier, and then when I hit save, it reformatted everything and made a HUGE JUMBLED MESS. The only way to make it look like it originally did was to use a bunch of code, which I am not good at. So I had to MS Paint everything and hopefully it’s not horrid.)
Fanime 2012 has come and gone, and what a wonderful time it was. Well, most of it.
WARNING: RANT INCOMING. (Skip to the cut if you want to see what I watched)
Registration was a nightmare, and that seriously needs to be fixed. My friends and I missed out on all of Friday because we flew in at 1, checked in, had a drink, and then proceeded to stand in an over 2 hour preregistration line just to pick up our prepaid badges. There were perhaps 5 people checking in thousands of people. The line snaked Disneyland-style inside AND outside, proceeding down Market Street. It wasn’t helped by there being a major power outage on Thursday night, which interrupted pre-reg badge pickup there, too. Fanime seriously needs to get more volunteers or hire someone to handle registration. They’ve gotten too big.
On top of that, they lost my badge, so I got a stupid ugly badge.
Schedules were also delayed until the day before the convention, which is absurd and inexcusable. We can’t make plans until we know the schedule. Getting the schedule the day before the con does not leave us enough time to organize anything. In my group, the rest are less anime-knowledgeable, so I am in charge of doing the research. I had to stay up past midnight to put together our tentative schedule.
Sometimes I want to kick the attendees in the teeth. Get them away from normal life for a weekend, and they turn into ravaging animals. One guy whined about some “butthurt woman” who wouldn’t let him push every single button on the elevator. We kept finding juice and water bottles of pee everywhere in the hotel–elevators, under tables, in corners. Garbage was just thrown everywhere in the street. My five year old nephew knows how to throw away trash better than these people.
And as much as I love the cosplay, people really have to learn how to take pictures. Do not block the aisles/hallways. Don’t take pictures in front of the stairs. Don’t sit there and pose people while traffic clogs up. Just aim, snap, move on. Learn to take pictures vertically in hallways || instead of horizontally |=|, lessening traffic congestion.
Anyway, enough ranting. You’d think I had a horrible time, but I really didn’t. It was a great vacation with my friends.
I broke down my posts by activity: What I Watched (anime/panels), What I Saw (cosplay), What I Got (dealer’s room/artist’s alley), and What I Ate/Drank (because I like food, as evidenced from the Foodie Manga of which I just posted a ton).
Up first: What I Watched!