This post was meant to be written shortly after Fanime, but the event itself was right during the time the dorms kicked me out and had to move all my shit, so it’s a little late. From the beginning I wasn’t planning on going to Fanime even though it’s right next to campus, since I was (am) in a limited budget already due to both AnimeExpo and Yaoi-Con. Fortunately, one of my friends (a GREAT friend! :D) was too tired to go on Saturday so they told me I could use their pass the hold which pretty much made me go insane with happiness. So after much hugging and countless thanking, I set myself to Fanime!
That’s the San Jose Convention Center which is just outside campus. While it was so comfortably close I could just walk there and look around without having a pass, it would’ve been painful to the heart. But since that was suddenly not an issue… 😀 There were a lot of nice cosplays, and a lot more casual cosplays.
Since I’m a shopping whore, my first visit was of course the Dealer’s Hall:
The place was surprisingly big, especially for me who is enthused about any convention after going to AX for so many years, but Fanime is certainly on par with bigger cities cons. I even saw some LA based places such as Anime Jungle:
There were also a lot of naughty goodies too of course:
I’m sure a good friend of mine would’ve loved this ^^
And here I saw the LovePlus girls getting sold at shamefully low prices for ronery otaku in need of a warm, feminine embrace:
Shinn‘s waifu getting whored out. Sad times.
…At least Rinko and Nene have the decency of having only their face shown.
While my first visit was the Dealer’s Hall, as I said I didn’t (don’t) have monies to go around shopping at my heart’s content, so mostly it was eye shopping. ….Until I saw the place that always calls me with its siren song…!!! (((( ；ﾟДﾟ)))
What got me in the first cons was always the doujinshi more than anything else, so I’m thankful their selection is the same year after year after year ^^; They aren’t the exception though since all the booths that are here that I’ve seen in AX all have the same stuff, except some of the new items that have been coming out like new figures and such. So in that sense I guess I’m thankful. Nevertheless I didn’t come unscathed from this encounter:
I got a poster of Asami Ryuuichi from “You’re My Love Prize in Viewfinder” or just Viewfinder series, which in my opinion is THE yaoi/BL manga out there and of course the authoress Yamane Ayano is my queen and goddess. The art is superb and the story doesn’t feel forced at all like in many generic BL manga out there. Since I didn’t want to get tempted anymore I decided to get out and visit other places. The next stop was the Game Room; basically I just went wherever a lot of people seemed to go into, so the game room it was!
This room was even bigger than the dealer’s! there were Japanese arcade games, a lot of TVs to play videogames and even a section full of board games you could borrow. Certainly a nice change for the tired otaku. Even so, not even half of the space was occupied by the games, and there was only one of each with few exceptions. There were a lot of lines, so it would’ve been nice to have one more of each game, especially the Japanese ones which were a lot more interesting, for me at least. (besides moar money for the con)
One of the reasons I was so happy to be able to go on Saturday was for the autograph sessions! 😀 most of the Guests of Honor would sign on that one day, at least the ones I knew so it was now or never. I took off to find the place for the autographs.
The autograph sessions where held in a hotel connected to the con, so after asking about it I set myself to take some more pics and see the miscellaneous events. I was also pleasantly surprised when a huge group of meidos walked in strolling on the direction I came from (no pics of that, sorry)
There was a big screen near the entrance showing videos, skits and other things, and while I was never crazy about those kind of things, I had to stop and look when I saw the reason of that meido group:
Yep, all these meido were dancing for I don’t know how long! I left for a while and when I walked past it again they were dancing another choreography, they had a lot of energy and were always smiling. Certainly fit for a cute meido!
Here are some miscellaneous cosplays that I thought were pretty awesome. I couldn’t find them all since half the day I spent it getting autographs though ^^;
The next cosplayers were pretty awesome! It was Scanty and Kneesocks bullying poor Stocking! D:
The Scanty and Kneesocks cosplayers were really into it, saying “rules” in the way only these two characters can and basically having a lot of fun. One of the best cosplayers in the con, including Stocking and Gerterbelt here too of course!
When it came time to go and get some autographs, I was also having into mind the dreadful task that was getting them in AnimeExpo, so I was extra prepared. Turns out I didn’t need to since unlike in AX there weren’t a lot of people getting autographs, so the lines were both neat, short and didn’t need to wait for long (they used the rooms next to the autograph room to make people wait). I basically waited around an hour for the first and just jumped into the next session right afterwards, so I waited maybe half and hour to 40mins for the other ones.
I really wanted to get Tohru Furuya’s one since he’s the voice actor of Pegasus Seiya, but a lot of people knew him as Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. His session was great because you could buy a plastic file of his photo and get it especially signed the next day, plus having a photo taken with him and a handshake. The best was that for people like me who wouldn’t be able to go the next day, he signed them right after the regular session! 😀 he even asked me (in English!) what was my favourite of his works, so I just answered in a stupid voice “Saint Seiya!!!” so he also wrote “Pegasus Seiya” next the to autograph :D. For a long time I never understood the handshake bonus that celebrities offer in Japan, but I guess since skinship is limited there, a handshake of your favourite celebrity is a big deal. I can easily understand why big fans would get worked up over it, even here.
Another great autograph I got was Mamoru Yokota’s, who said would individually draw each and every autograph!!!! That’s pretty awesome since he didn’t just sketch whatever, he went through the whole process of using pencil, then inking and lastly adding a bit of color. He’s an illustrator who worked in many anime series; I think his most recent work was in Macross Frontier, so he got a lot of requests for Sheryl and Ranka. He worked for around 4 hours straight, so he was pretty tired. We were told that he would finish the ones for people who wouldn’t be in the con the next day right then and leave the rest for Sunday. Since I needed to get it right then I asked to get it at that moment. Mine was the last one who got done even though he was super tired (they even put a pain patch on his drawing arm!) so I’m super happy (and grateful!)
I gotta say I’m gonna go to Fanime every year from now on, if only for the great experience that was getting autographs. You don’t need tickets from panels, and the lines are short enough you could get a second autograph if you wanted to. Not to mention organized! Unlike AX we would be told if GoH would be late (a couple of them were, but only for 10-15 mins) and if they were, they extended the hours so everyone could get an autograph. Halko Momoi was 15 minutes late, which she made up by staying an extra 15 mins after her session officially ended. Of course this con is smaller than AX, so I can understand why the ticket is needed and there’s more communication between organizers, but it’d be nice to have that kind of thing in AX this year unlike the mess that was last year.
All in all I stayed until 1am in the morning and had a blast. Definitely gonna make this convention another regular!