|Bicycle cosplay? The design look familiar, but not sure where it's from.|
To be honest, my excitement level for this years's Anime Evolution wasn't so high. Perhaps because I was exposed to the much bigger Anime Expo. Anyhoo, I tried to enjoy it as it is. Pardon the length of this post, I like to keep all my thoughts in one place ^^;
On the first day, I actually stayed up really late watching some anime, so I woke up really later than I'd hope. I didn't really have any panels I really wanted to see. So after getting my pre-registered badge, which had no lineup, I went straight to the dealers room, which did had a lineup. It wasn't a long line thankfully, but I think I realize why it wasn't that long. It was the first time I was actually underwhelmed by it. I mean, it was small before, but I at least had something I wanted every time. This year felt so bland. Maybe because I had everything already? LOL!
After I was done with that, suddenly I saw my crack dealer... I mean... Manga seller and friend who just lined up for 2 hours for the registration. She didn't pre-registered this year ^^;
We decided to go the Studio Ghibli panel. It was crowded due to the room being very, very small and there was no air conditioning. Really now? On a summer day filled with people in cosplay and they put us in a room called the "Fireplace Lounge" with no air conditioning... Plus there's no audio system, so we can't hear the guy talked. It may have been interesting, but I couldn't hear him. The only saving grace was the Chage & Aska music video that he showed. I was only mildly interested when that was on, the other time I talked to my friend or fanning myself.
The second panel was a bit interesting. It was cosplaying on a budget. I learned quite a bit of new stuff I can use for my next one. After this panel, my friend and I parted ways for the day and I went to the Vocaloid 101 panel which had only 30 minutes left, which is good because I thought it was over already. The guy demonstrated the Miku software along with other Vocaloids and even played the song that he made. Very cool.
|She's not used to painting in public, but this was an exception.|
|A few people asked her questions as she tried to paint a zebra shark.|
I already planned on watching Inception when I first saw the rolling buildings in the trailer. Unfortunately I've never gotten around to it. Why am I talking about this? Because there wasn't much I wanted to see on the first day of AE and went to see Inception at night :P Great movie! On to the second day!
On the second day I made an offer to Sayoko to pick her up and give her a ride to UBC to make it less... embarrassing in cosplay. It mostly worked, but because of red lights on the way... ^^; We got there around noon. Thankfully the lineup for registration was down to... no line!
I still had some time before the first panel I wanted to go to started at 2 PM, so we checked out the dealer's room. Still nothing interesting. I was pretty much Sayoko's bag holder since there were a lot of people asking for a photo of her XD I was quite amused by this ^^ One of the photographer was actually someone from Figure.FM, Narmi. I was just commenting on his post the night before, lol.
After meeting Sayoko's staff friend, Jenny, we were going to check the Cosplay Cafe, but its line was too long so we went to the Cosplay Contest instead. I usually don't go to those because I like to avoid corny skits...
Chun and Taiga for the BJD Doll Meet. She didn't buy a pass, so she was stranded outside, lol. So I took photos of Taiga for a while before I went into the panel room.
|Strictly no ecchi shot because the owner said so... *sigh*|
|Taiga holding my strawberry... No that's not suppose to sound dirty at all. It's my cosplay prop.|
|From inside the Doll Meet room. I had to take a photo of Lum!|
|Tiny and uber cute dolls!|
|Had to take a picture of Luka too :P|
|Anyone need a doll?|
|Her outfit reminds me of Saber's ^^;|
|Interesting looking doll...|
|The one on the right is Chris' other doll.|
|Somebody with her trademark ":P" and Mokotan|
|Cutie wootie Mokotan in yukata|
|"It looks like she's humping him", is not what I said, but someone else. I thought about it, but I made it clear to Chun that I was NOT the one who said it.|
|Group photo! The small one in the green is Elizabeth's and it cost as much as my Azone Saber 0.o|
Next up is the main event I've been waiting for... The swimsuit competition! Last year I missed it, but there was a really, really good Taiga in her sukumizu and hair buns (like this one here). After I killed some time in the games room with Sayoko (played Split Second, COD: Modern Warfare 2 and other things) and saw some Starcraft 2 action, I went to lineup for it. The line was long already at 30 minutes beforehand. If I had a gold pass I might've gotten to the front row without lining up... But that's all it was good for, lol.
Ty Lee's performance was hard to capture on photo, but I could imagine she looks good doing it in a swimsuit. She's a contortionist! Man, I wished I sat up front...
|Ranka looks hawt btw ^^;|
Afterwards I met up with Sayoko and her friends, whose names escape me at the moment. I'm really bad with names... I only remembered Sasha. We went for a late night dinner at Pho Hoa. Good noodle soup. I haven't had one for a while. I finally got home at around 1:30 AM after dropping off Sayoko.
He went through many ways to get Wings of Honneamise shown to public somehow. Rejection letters, return to sender packages, etc. but eventually Bandai was already planning to release it anyway and he got into the anime industry that way. Eventually he became the manga editor that he is today.
I did ask him what he thought of the fansubs these days. He wasn't impressed with just wanting to sub the show. He thought that taking a step beyond it to make it official work would be the better way. Kinda like the way Crunchyroll is doing now, I guess. Indeed the fansubs of yesterdecades had a different point to make across than what it is now. Everything was very different then.
After his panel, my friend got to talk to him personally for about an hour. They talked about manga, anime, Evangelion, etc. It was quite interesting to hear from someone who's in the business. I spoke a little giving my opinions, but I was also talking to that Kanbaru Suruga cosplayer and her male companion. It was quite interesting to hear more about the business side of anime and manga. It inspired me to get into the industry, I'm just not sure how, yet.
After another quick (1.5 hour) stroll at the dealers room, I drove my friends to their house and went manga shopping; and then went home myself.
Overall, I was not too pleased with this year's AE. Perhaps I'm just jaded after attending so many better AE's in the past. Or perhaps I was so impressed at the grand scale of AX that it was hard for me to enjoy the smaller convention. OR maybe it was because it was a downgrade after having it at the Vancouver Convention Centre, an impressive looking facility which easily housed all of AE under one building! There were many things this year that really ticked me off. They didn't have a building large enough to do everything so a lot of people had to move around from building to building and the panel rooms were scattered all over the place that it was hard to get to one panel to the next. Not to mention the overheated rooms which had no air conditioning in one of the hottest weekends this year in Vancouver! The dealers room was a bit bland this year, probably because another anime convention was also going on in Montreal. Even though there are a lot of guests, it just doesn't add up to quality like any big Japanese stars they could've gotten. I could rant some more, but I gotta put some positives here...
Since my dad works at UBC, I got to borrow his pass and got to park for free and possibly cheaper parking for everyone else. I met a lot of new friends and the panels that I did go to was enjoyable (despite the sauna-like rooms). And... And... I'm out of positives here... I almost didn't feel like going actually, but I wanted to keep supporting the local con so it gets better. So hopefully next year will be better.