AnimeFest 2014

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Praise the sun!

Time sure flies fast, can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer already, gotta make sure to make the best of it.

I sure have been by dropping by a local con AnimeFest, this past Saturday.

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I’m not really much of a con goer. Mostly because there really wasn’t all that many cons where I lived and never really tried to go to the bigger cons. Except for Otakon, twice I was planning on going but abrupt changes in my financial situation prevented me. May be next year, may be… right Chag, HamsterCorp?

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I’m not a fan of large crowds, so I usually skip out on big cons or events to begin with.

AnimeFest though, was what I would call cozy, the con brings in a few thousand people over its duration so it’s not super small but it’s not seas of people either. There was a great crowd of attendees, vendors, artists, and guests at just the right size for me.

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AnimeFest also brings in some nice big names like FLOW, who apparently had their first overseas concert at this con a few year’s back. As well as interesting guests from the animation industry such as the staff from Space Dandy or Gundam Unicorn’s director Kazuhiro Furuhashi.

Speaking of Kazuhiro Furuhashi, I’m sad I did not go to the con on the day he did autographs. I would have loved for him to sign my AGP Gundam Unicorn MS Girl.

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The con was great for me, even if I was only able to go on one day.

I was able to spend a few hours taking photos of all the nice cosplays on and about the con, got to go a panel and watch some nice shows, check out the vendors and artists.

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I was so impressed by the variety of characters being cosplayed.

Not only were there cute cosplays like the above pictured Kobato and Menma but there was a nice slew of more unusual picks like Athena from Ace Attorney or good ol’ Sunbro Solaire.

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My favorite of the day really has to be the The Stig and Producer combo from Top Gear. The Stig got carted in through the door in a loading cart in true Top Gear fashion, so good.

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My prize for most surprising cosplay of the day goes to these two fellows who did Shiroe and the Chief from Log Horizon.

This show is now my favorite stuck in an MMO show and I’m looking forward to the upcoming second season later this year.

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I was so happy how all these guys and gals were good sports about getting photos taken and I was able to finally put my Panasonic 20mm lens through the paces. Just do remember kids, don’t forget to ask first and always be mindful if they are occupied with something else.

I took a few more photos and you can check them out on my flickr album for AnimeFest.

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The biggest reason I attended this con was to meet the lovely Stereometric who reached out to me and invited me to check out the con and her panel on figure collecting.

She has made her presentation available online if you want to check it out. If you are a veteran like me it’s nothing new but for people who know nothing about it and want to buy their first figure it was a good panel to attend.

It’s always great meeting fellow figure collectors in person something I wish I could do more of. This would be the second time I meet another collector after meeting Chag from HobbyHovel a few years back.

If you happen to be on the DFW area, let’s hangout alright?

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As far as goodies I only bought these two pieces.

On the left there is this super cool Lucina poster from Fire Emblem Awakening by artist Finni Chang. He had a lot of nice illustrations and you can buy them online as well so check him out.

On the right we have this hand drawn and inked Reimu that I commissioned from the super nice Hannah Chung from Pineapplebananacurry Studio. She made this for me on the floor, it feels great to have a one of a kind illustration of my favorite Reimu.


Overall I had a great time at AnimeFest 2014, I will probably go back next year and plan to attend on more days if I’m still living in the area.

I do hope I will less socially inept and actually have someone to go with next time though.

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  1. Yes, come to Otakon finally. Although…if you’re not a fan of crowds, Otakon may not be the best choice…

    Every I tried going to the rather small con that’s local to me, I ended up not really liking it. Not knowing anyone and being an introvert feels worse for me when it’s a smaller group where everyone seems to know everyone else. Also, they always had shitty grunge/death metal bands for some reason.

    That Stig is cool. I don’t remember seeing any at Otakon, even though it’s a pretty easy cosplay to do.

    We ended up not sticking around for the figure panel that was held at Otakon. It was kinda rough, didn’t seem that well planned and the guys were hard to hear for some reason.

    • Yeah, when I saw all those people on the photos you and Chag posted I wasn’t thrilled. It’s ok though, when I have the eventual panic attack I can count on you and Chag to save me right?

      One thing I liked is how focused this con was, only anime culture goodness not periphery stuff as token bands I also seen before or more western geek culture stuff. I do agree though, not knowing people does put a bit of damper on it and made me a bit lonely.

      The Stig is awesome, I would like to meet the Stig but I don’t think Top Gear has ever done any events near me.

      The figure panel was great, both hosts were organized and had a clear outline to follow which was actually posted online for feedback beforehand.

    • This is the first time I seen a Stig, then again I can count the number of cons I been to with one hand. Still it was great, I loved their entrance to the con and I’m happy I was able to take their photo.

  2. Glad you had a great time and thanks for stopping by the panel!

    Animefest has always been one of my favorite cons for the reasons you’ve stated: good size, good variety of cosplayers and they always seem to be bringing some good Japanese guests. Hopefully you can stick around and come to the next one!

    • Yes, pretty fun, nice mix of everything in my opinion.

      I call it cozy but I was reading yesterday that the con brought in about 10K, amazing.

      Hopefully next year I can go for the whole duration rather than just one day and now that I know about it I can buy the badge early. The at the door prices was one of the reasons I only went one day.

      If my job prospects keep me in the area I will attend again.

  3. Praise the sun!
    Man, I somewhat miss the days when I went to cons as a congoer rather than an exhibitor hahaha, Iguess it has it’s ups and downs. Glad you could go to conventions even if you aren’t a fan of big crowds XD

    • Oh man, I can’t imagine going as a participant rather than an attendee, it was only the second day but some of these people looked beat. I do suppose it would be an interesting experience.

  4. I’ve never been to a convention, even though there are quite a number of Events in Germany. It is nice when people enjoy their hobby of dressing up as anime character but, I just don’t like most cosplay, sometimes the gap between person and character is just too big, literally. I wanna run AWAY !!! Of course even I get all happy when seing a pretty girl in anime fashion. Are there more anime friends that have problems with cosplay, I wonder?

    What I would enjoy there would probably be buying stuff and commissions of talented illustrators at such a convention.
    I guess meeting people with partially the same hobby in person must be a lot of fun as well. “Annoying” Miette in real life for example would be cool ^^

    • Conventions can be a fun experience, it’s always a great reminder that there is a bunch of other people share the same interests. I think it’s something that everyone should try and experience at least once.

      Oh god tell me about, all I bought was the one day badge and those two illustrations and it was pretty pricy. That was about the only thing holding me back from taking more stuff home.

      Alright, next year August, Afest 2015 let’s go.