RP’s First Anime Con

Or how the Biggie-Tupac feud really started.

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So it’s not exactly Anime Expo, which I think is perhaps the most popular anime con in the US. But AnimeNext, the east coast’s answer to Anime Expo (I have no idea if that’s true, but let’s go with it). Either way, this will be my first con. I’m not sure what to expect – did somebody say… WEABOOS!? OTAKUS!? Hmm… maybe I should rethink this.

I kid, I kid.

I don’t have anything in particular I’m looking forward to. I think it’d be pretty cool to see some cosplayers (or rather, good cosplayers). What’s the picture taking etiquette with them? Do you ask for permission, or is that assumed, being that you’re dressing up and all.

I also wouldn’t mind if there were some opportunities to buy some swag… cheaply. But from what I’ve heard, the words: “cheap” and “con” don’t seem to go together often. Otherwise, consider me a blank canvas, tell me what to see, what I should keep a lookout for.

Also, if any other anibloggers are attending A-Next and want to meet up for lunch, dinner, drinks or just cosplayer ogling, tweet me up. I’m already meeting up with Bokutachi no Blog’s blindability, so the more the merrier.

23 Replies to “RP’s First Anime Con”

  1. Cons are good for nothing except meeting people. There is a big risk of the shops selling fakes, as well. At least from my experience. Also, beware, there will be lots of ugly people cosplaying horribly.

      1. Generally as rule, when I go to the Anime Cons in Taiwan or Japan (Yes, I count North American cons separately), I always spend a lot of my savings on merchandise. You can find rare goods that are limited edition and sold out online or stuff that’s exclusive to the con. Also, the deals are incredibly amazing! I’m not sure if that’s the same in the US, but hey, if it looks like it’s good quality and has a reasonable price, then at least you’re buying a good fake.

        Also, looking is just a minor aspect of cons. It is true that there are quite a handful of cosplayers who put in a poor effort in their costume making, but some are just plain out of shape. Not quite eye-catching in the positive sense. However, if cosplay is done right, then it’ll be worth taking a couple of photos. Also, beware of attractive cosplayers. No that the cosplayer is the danger, but as soon as you start snapping away on your camera, expect HORDES of otaku/weeaboos to come and snap photos as well. In that case, you just might be trampled to death or blinded by the flash as you try to turn around and escape.

        Good luck on the hunt

        1. Ah, it’s always the case that the attractive ones are hounded by the hordes isn’t it. 😛

          I’ll keep a lookout for some cool stuff. I’ve never really been big on the whole swag thing actually, just because anime crap is so overpriced. But hopefully there’ll be some cool stuff.

          1. Figures, dakimuras, artwork books, and other collectibles are mostly cheap (not in $$$) junk, but some of them are actually worth spending for. Certainly beware of the expensive overpriced stuff though!

  2. Dang I wish I was on the East coast…then I could meet up with the AniBlogging big-timers!

    Too bad West coast Canada is too bland…the only thing here that resembles an AnimeExpo would be our yearly “Anime Revolution”. Kinda lackluster in comparison to the one that’s going to be in LA or the ones in Asia. As it weren’t bad enough, the tix are about $60 each!

    Anyways, this summer I’ll be attending my first Anime convention as well (Anime Revolution), but I have to say, I don’t think it’ll be nearly as good as the con you’re going to RP!

    Remember to post some photos!

  3. Anime conventions are big fat weeaboo orgies filled with pricey hot dogs and bad panels. You’ll have a blast for just that reason.

    When I went to my first anicon two years ago, I was a virgin and budding aniblogger who didn’t really know any crazy weeaboos in high school. Now, I’m still a virgin and budding aniblogger, but at least I met some crazy weeaboos at AX ’09. In fifty years, I’ll still be a virgin and budding aniblogger, but at least I’ll remember that one aniblogger gathering way back in 2009 where we sat around and talked awkwardly.

    tl;dr Anime conventions are a whole lot of fun. Plus you get to see so many people who are nerdier than you ever dreamed was possible.

    P.S.: If you see any [good] Mikoto cosplayers, snap a few pictures and send them my way.

    1. Ahhh, my dream is to be able to meet other anibloggers and sit around and talk awkwardly >_< I suppose I'm similar in that I haven't know any crazy weeaboos in my lifetime... This is a blessing, I know. But! You gotta see them at least once in your life, right? 😉

      1. Just try to act as creepy as possible. Lower your head and try to look at your eyebrows while smiling with your mouth just barely open. Lean forward and crouch when doing this. Also, wear a dirty white shirt tucked into sweatpants. For the face, wear sunglasses and an allergy mask. Carry around a camera with a two-foot-long lens and hang around in a dark corner of the cosplay area.

        When cosplayers walk by, jump out on the ground, facing up. Then push yourself along the floor with your legs and keep snapping pictures. Try to get at least a few hundred photos before you hear the guards shouting, and then stumble while trying to high-tail it out of the con. Try dropping a couple of doujinshi on the floor when you stumble.

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        1. Oh these sound like great tips, I can’t wait to try them out on Blindability and unsuspecting cosplayers! Maybe I should avoid showering for the next week as well, so it’ll be easier to mark my territory.

  4. Have fun at the con. They can be a lot of fun, but quite tiring too. And expensive, depending on the location, food, and dealers’ room prices. People above have already covered most of it, but a few quick tips from my experience:

    – You can haggle in the dealers’ room. Not insanely, but fairly well. I got a Master Grade Gundam model down from $60 to $45 at Tekkoshocon the year before last by buying a figure in a package deal if the guy would lower the price. I was planning on getting the figure anyway.

    – Unless you’re afraid a particular item will be gone, go and look at/ask questions about it a few times over the course of the con. By the second or last day they may be willing to cut you a deal. Several dealers also have sales going on during the final day or final hours of the con.

    – People take cosplayers’ pictures without asking, but I think it’s kind of rude. Most people usually go up to the cosplayers and ask permission. That way they might pose for the shot too.

    1. Oh right, one more.

      – Cosplaying as a Hetalia character pretty much guarantees you a group that you can join and go around with at the con. I went as America a two years ago and spent most of the con with the big Hetalia group.

    2. Ah, these are great tips. I think probably a little more practical than the mega creepy persona I was thinking of doing. 😛

      What do you usually see on sale? Figures? Doujinshi? Are they generally imports, or also things you can find in regular US stores like DVDs and English manga?

      1. The whole range of stuff, but at the cons I went to it was more import stuff than US DVDs. Though that may vary by con. I also pay no attention to US release DVDs so there may have been some more that I didn’t notice. I’ve mostly bought model kits, manga, figures, charms, that sort of thing. Cons are often a great place to get manga cheap. At all the ones I’ve been to the manga has always been discounted and sold for less than in a store/online, and the manga sellers usually have the best last day/last hours deals. I bought all of Gundam Ecole du Ciel (that was out at the time) for about $3 a volume because I bought all 7 of them.

      2. Yeah, manga is usually cheap at anicons. At AX, some stalls have manga at regular price while others have the same manga for $5 a pop. Some even have 4 for $10, and cheaper. You have to look, though! Don’t go impulse-buying, or you’ll be disappointed on the last day (that is, if you’re going on the last day) when everything is half off and you finally reach the elusive stalls in the back that had really cheap stuff to begin with.

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