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Anime Expo 2010 Con Report!

Took me long enough to get this up, huh? XD; I was just so exhausted and then I got distracted and stuff but... here it is! Looooong con was long and yet somehow too short at the same time. Overall though, I think this was my best AX to date! I had a blast, and thank you to all my wonderful, wonderful friends for making this con so amazing! I love you all~ ♥♥♥

Day 0: This was my first con going to Day 0, which was probably why AX seemed so amazingly long. I drove out to sani_caranza 's house in the morning, packed up my stuff in her parent's van, was fed delicious breakfast burritos, and then her parents drove us to the Westin Bonaventure, where we stayed the first night. (Many thanks to kikyouluver , by the way, for being so great and organizing all the hotel stays! ♥) It was really nice getting there when there were less people and Sani and I were the first to arrive, so we relaxed in the room for a little bit and then helped Stef and konishii with their luggage when they got there.

Day 0 was mostly for working on costumes since a lot of people had things to finish. I only had to make my bowtie and sew on some buttons, but that left me free to help out Sani on her Maka wig and Konishii on her Azula armor (both of which turned out wonderfully, you two~) so I still felt useful yay! In the evening, I took a stroll with Stef and Scott to go check out the hotel we were to be moving to the next day, the JW Marriott, and to get our badges. The line was atrocious. I heard later that people waited upwards of 4 hours! Thankfully, our amazing friends itsuka and amandier agreed to let us join them in line halfway through it so we didn't have to wait quite as long and finally emerged victorious with our badges! The rest of the evening was spent working on costumes, mostly out in the lobby and other places in the hotel because that single room in the Westin was home to eleven people that night lol. I think we were quite productive (though there wasn't much sleep to be had, but that's not really a surprise). I also met up briefly with a friend from college who was staffing at the peacebonding booth and that was nice~

Day 1: We moved to the JW Marriott! Well, some stuff probably happened before that but I was asleep. Or trying to be. :| Anyway, we moved into--thankfully--two rooms of the JW Marriott and all was lovely. That hotel was amazing. The rooms were huge, the beds were comfy, we had a couch, and the staff were all very polite and friendly. I'm definitely trying to get us rooms there again. It was a very good hotel experience and it was practically across the street from the convention center! Best location we've stayed at AX to date.

After moving and SQUEE!ing over the room and it's hugeness for a while, I changed into Sailor Mercury to meet up with gaarasyami in her Neptune and Sani accompanied me in her amazing Maka cosplay. It actually took forever to meet up with Yami because we kept getting stopped for pictures--more than I thought we would be, actually. It was nice... and it was actually when I first started feeling I was at a con, since the previous day had been so hectic.

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We met up, took some photos, hung out, all that jazz, and after a while I went back to the room to change into Death the Kid. lyceeangel joined Sani and me in her Patti and we wandered the (disturbingly empty after about 7pm) convention center for a bit just chilling. Later, themarchingoboe 's wonderful boyfriend took us out to Taco Bell because the area was retarded and nothing (cheap) was open past like 10pm. And then we worked on stuff a while more because cons are also for last-minute cosplay finishing!

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Day 2: evanae cosplayed Heiwajima Kasuka from Durarara!! and was amazing~ I joined her in the late morning/early afternoon as Shizuo and we took some pictures and wandered the Dealer's Hall a little bit. Her Kasuka was adorable~ X3

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After that, I changed into Kid again for the Soul Eater gathering with Sani, Lycee, and themarchingoboe and, after being beset by scary fangirls and overly enthusiastic Kid cosplayers, I sort of opted out of the gathering and we all took pictures in the sidelines with some acquaintances.

About 4pm, I went back to the room to change into Zuko. Lycee taught me a new way to add texture to my scar with cotton balls, which took a lot less time than the wax and latex layering I'd been doing before, and it worked really well! I went back to the con center and met up with a friend of mine from online. She plays Merry at Polychromatic, and I was super excited to meet her! She's a sweetheart too, and lives in Carlsbad/Irvine depending on if school's in, so I hope to meet up with her more often~

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A bit later, Sani, Lycee, and Allison joined me in their Avatar cosplay too and we found Konishii, Stef, and Erica in their amazing Hetalia costumes! ...then we did battle. XD; By then, I'd been in binding FOREVER and I think my ribs were caving in, so I headed back to the room to unbind.

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We all changed out of costume and, at 9:50pm, I went with Lycee, her brother, Allison, Drew, Itsuka and a bunch of others to watch The Last Airbender movie.

It was awful.

I'm not going to get into how awful it was because it would take up more than the con report to rant about it, but IT WAS AWFUL. DO NOT PAY MONEY TO SEE THAT CRAP. I would have enjoyed Eclipse more; that's how bad it was. Not only did it butcher the TV show, it was just the worst movie I've ever seen. The acting was terrible, the cinematography was bad, the pacing of the movie was dreadful, and even the special effects looked choppy and not at all up to what one would expect of a movie with the budget it got. And they pronounced characters' names wrong. That's right. They pronounced the names of established characters in an American TV show whose names are almost impossible to screw up wrong. Then they made up a bunch of crap about the world of Avatar which was also plain wrong. Anyway, long story short, don't see it. It sucks. A lot.

When we came back, we ranted forever about how awful it was, worked on costumes a little more and I helped Konishii finish her Azula armor, and then went to sleep.

Day 3: Pandora Hearts day!! I only made one costume for AX this year since I was so limited on time between the end of school and the con, and this was it! Stef, Aya, and I debuted costumes from the Pandora Hearts artbook, Odds and Ends, while Lycee, Erica, and Itsuka joined us in canon PH cosplay. It was amazing. We were mobbed for pictures and then we asked the ever-amazing Sojian to do a little photoshoot of us.

The only drawback was that I wasn't able to make my Oz boots so I borrowed Lycee's... which were about a size or two too small for me and really hurt. I couldn't stand it by the end of the few hours we spent in the costume and ended up trudging back to the hotel in my socks. Still, I don't think I've ever been that happy and that in pain at the same time lol. I'm really, really pleased with my artbook!Oz outfit. :D And my group!! You guys all looked incredible! ♥♥♥

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Once I hobbled back to our hotel, Lycee and I changed into Zuko and Suki, and Konishii joined us in her amazing debut Azula! We wandered around the con center a bit being awesome and getting pictures taken and ran into Chris the Amazing Sokka, whom we kidnapped to take pictures with us and Sojian. It was pretty epic~

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Later that night, we ordered pizza and wings (twice! lol) and had something of a party in the hotel with lots of awesome people. It was really fun~ Then we packed up a bit and stuff... sob. Up until then, the con had seemed super long but then suddenly it seemed really short lol. Go figure.

Day 4: I didn't bother cosplaying but I wore my red lolita dress, then went to the dealer hall with Aya and Sani (in her random casual!Maka). There we split up, I hung out a bit with Scott and then Ryoko and Yami, my phone died, I bought some art, and then I met back up with Sani to go back to our hotel. Yeah, Day 4 wasn't too eventful. We basically just checked out and left, and then I spent some time at Sani's house. We ate dinner together and watched a bit of TV before I managed to drag myself off the couch and drive home. I was sore and exhausted but super pleased with AX for once. The organization was kind of annoying as usual, but the Marriott was great and I had a wonderful time with wonderful people. Thanks for being so amazing, everyone! ♥

Oh, oh, and pleaaase if you have pictures, can you send them to me? :3? I did bring my camera but I didn't carry it around much because I was in costume and I had nowhere to put it (and I hate carrying bags in costume hnngh) so if you have pics of me/us/awesomeness, please please let me know! I can even send you a CD to put them on there or get them off Photobucket or something. Thanks sooo much! <3333

Comments

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lyceeangel
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
I LOVE YOU!
Your Oz is freaking amazing
and I love you like whoa!
<3
I love cosplaying with you and can't wait to be your Kida and have you be my SISTER!!!
I already have picture ideas
lol
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I LOVE YOU TOO RAWR!

I can't wait either~ You're amazing to cosplay with, bb ♥♥♥
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fullmetal_tora
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Aaah I juuuust added you! <3 Thanks~
roxyryoko
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
I feel like I shoo-ed you away on the last day. I'm sorry. I was really tired and out of it. : (

Glad you had a good con.
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Aaah no, no! I didn't feel shoo'd at all! <333 It's okayyyy /hugs forever. I felt kinda bad suddenly appearing out of nowhere being like LAWL CAN I BORROW YOUR PHONE. Thanks for letting me~ ^^;;

Did you have a good con? :3?
roxyryoko
Jul. 9th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
My con was okay. I don't like the location though.
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 12th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
The location's not good... there are very few spots for good photos, for one. And it's kind of... uh, shady.
konishii
Jul. 9th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Why are you so amazing. DX You look so good in your cosplays (as always ♥). I'm so jealous. XDD
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Ffff you look great in your cosplays too!! Don't be jealous XD ♥♥
konishii
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
We can be fabulous together? 8D
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
But of course~ 8DD
mutant_cucumber
Jul. 9th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
Oh my goooddddd.

I hadn't seen your Mercury yet before, you are absolutely ADORABLE! ♥ And I love your Zuko as always, and Kidd, and Shizuo~ and oh my god your Oz turned out amazing. Amazing! ♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for posting so many pictures~ 8D
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 12th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Awwww thank you!! <333

I can show you more pics come schooltime~ Or Tahoe? ;DD
gaarasyami
Jul. 9th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
It was great seeing you! But AX is too big and I didn't run into you guys much! : < Plus I didn't have any of the same costumes as you really... One day I will finish Katara...Konishi looks great as Azula!
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Aww yeahhh it's okay though! <3

Sailor Moon was fun! XD
kikyouluver
Jul. 10th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
TOOOOORRRAAA~ where did you get that second photo of us?!!!!!! whhhheeerrreee?!??


XP <3 LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! THANK YOU SO MUCH...GAHHHH I was so sad it ended.
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
LOL STEF. It says acparadise.com right there on the photo! lmao I love you <333
kikyouluver
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
0w0....i knew that.
evanae
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so not used to seeing you cosplay a girl, but *___* <3 @ your in Mercury. But actually *____* @ all of your costumess. I love you guys' Pandora Hearts!

Thank you for being my nii-san~~ It was fun! We need to cosplay more together, haha.

Also, pics of you and me, Aya and you being nom'd are here -> Click meee.
fullmetal_tora
Jul. 12th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Aaah thank you! ♥♥♥ It was super fun cosplaying together XD We'll do it again sometime ;D Soul Eater! And other stuffffff. You should joing the Eureka 7 group!

Ooooh thanks for the pics! Awesome~
evanae
Jul. 13th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Idk who I'd do from Eureka 7. :O (I also...need to finish watching that lol)

No prob!
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