Winter 2013 anime season has
started finished eons ago*! Of course my number one primo anticipation was Chihayafuru 2. The club is looking to get some new recruits and eyeballing the current crop of first-years, while the ladies of the first-years are eyeballing Taichi. With the first episode I wasn’t sure about the first obvious eventual member, but by the second I could see she would at least be interesting and not as annoying as I feared. The second member is… odd. Anyway, I’m excited to see where this is going to go! (10 month later note: This season was poorly paced and relied heavily on flashbacks. I still greatly enjoyed it, especially the final episodes, but it did get pretty draggy at times. At least there was more Arata in this season eventually, and I got to hear his lovely Fukui accent.)
I would’ve been happy with just Chihayafuru 2, but so far I’ve found maybe a couple of other anime to watch as well, along with continuing Psycho-Pass and Space Brothers from previous seasons.
*NOTE: Okay, I was going through old posts and what not and for some reason this never posted? And of course it’s now fall… -_-; ANYWAY, I just threw it up now as is with some edits about dropping etc.
My Comic-Con haul! (and I didn’t bust the credit card)
Normally not a fan of the giant bags, but c’mon… it’s Adventure Time!!
More after the jump…
This is the first year I cosplayed at SDCC. And a big group cosplay, too! We are cosplaying Adventure Time, with Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, Simon (descending into the madness of the Ice King), Marceline, and Fionna (with a handmade Cake). Peebs lost her crown TWICE somehow. LSP is 80s version (which was super fun). Simon was pretty popular. Everywhere we went, kids loved him and wanted their picture taken with him. And he wasn’t in his full blown Ice King form, but they still would yell, “ICE KING.”
I was also asked if my wig was my real hair, which was weird. I wish. That’d be some rad hair.
Anyway, jump for more cosplay at SDCC!
A series of the awesome displays companies put up for SDCC.
Hit the jump for more!
Ok, I’m almost current now! SDCC took place this year July 18-21 in its usual, overcrowded place. Through the magic of my friend’s computer-fu, he managed to get all of us tickets for my sixth year of attending. Six of us packed into Shaz’s house (MANY THANKS TO HER) and put up with us for five days. This was the most people I went with, although we didn’t all hang out together simultaneously, and would drift together and apart throughout the day. I went for all four days, and we STILL didn’t get to see everything we wanted, and BARELY made it through the dealer’s room, finally finishing it Sunday afternoon. We didn’t get to see a thing offsite, which is unfortunate, as there was a Hello Kitty event that I really wanted to go to. We lost a lot of time doing silly stuff like… eating lunch (horrors). Next year, if we can go, we’re bringing PB&J for at least part of the time.
This time I took enough pictures to split this event up into its old categories. First up: What I Watched (panels).
Anime Expo was pretty fun! Met up with Bamboo Dong from ANN and I coordinated my cosplay with her. She was Super Hime, aka Princess of the Crystal of Penguindrum. I was Penguin #3, or the girl penguin, who has a fondness for knitting. This year, Anime Expo arranged to have a half dozen or so cosplay sets, where people can go and take pictures in premade situations–a pink girl’s bedroom, a graveyard, a classroom, a cherry blossom garden, etc.
AX excels at badge coordination. Long line, but super fast! Unlike say… Fanime. However, their panel lines SUCKED and all panels started late, except for the one that was the first one of the day. It seriously took like half an hour to get us in the room, and they wouldn’t start letting us in until 10 minutes before the panel started… if we were lucky.
Anime Expo was held July 4-7 at the LA Convention Center this year, with no interference of the X Games like last year (thank god).
I was grumpy/stressed during this entire convention. You can tell because I didn’t take a single cosplay photo. That happens sometimes, and I always regret it later. Plus I ended up getting sick. Really sorry about not getting any cosplay though. Boo.
One thing I really really hate about Fanime, which automatically starts the con off on a bad foot is their HORRIBLE badge system. 40K people attend, and they have seriously about FIVE people checking people in. By hand. Very slowly. Lines to get in take 2-3 hours. Standing in the sun. It is AWFUL. I’ve been going for ten years now, and watched it get worse and worse as the con gets more and more popular, and they still do the SAME THING. All of my other cons have switched to barcodes. YES it means you don’t get a nice fancy badge because the badge is printed up on the spot, but hey, if it means waiting in a 20 minute line instead of a frigging three hour line, then BY ALL MEANS, switch to paper badges!!
Anyway, on to the pics.