AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 3

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AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 3, a set on Flickr.

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AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 2

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AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 2, a set on Flickr.

AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 1

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AnimeNEXT 2012 Day 1, a set on Flickr.

I wouldn’t say that the events were great, but AnimeNEXT 2012 was one of the most memorable conventions, behind Anime Expo 2011 (and way ahead of NYAF 2011, my worst convention). I met many people, made friends, and had fun. I wouldn’t say that the Lone Cosplayers/Con-Goers meetup that I planned went as planned, but nevertheless, I was able to meet new people. It’s nice to know that there are people that can counter my timidness and approach timid cosplayers like me. There needs to be more people like those people.

On Day 0, I cosplayed as Kagamine Len (normal). On Day 1, I cosplayed as Kagamine Len (Japanese-style, http://piapro.jp/t/ocQM). On Day 2, I cosplayed Shinku Izumi (DOG DAYS) in the morning and Kagamine Len (normal) in the afternoon/night. On the last day, I cosplayed as Kagamine Len (Love Is War). Yup, I was Len all four days. I was only planning to be Len during Days 0 and 1, but various circumstances eventually decided that that would not happen.

After going to the Senbonzakura panel on Sunday, I decided that I will cosplay as Senbonzakura Len, maybe during Otakon, but more likely during NYCC.

Anime Cons 2012 Plans

 My chances of going to:

MangaNEXT: 70% (It really depends on if I can get No Cosplayer Left Behind up and running by then, max 1 day)

AnimeNEXT: 99% (I should be able to go. Whether or not I can go Day 0 or Day 1 depends on whether or not I have a job and if I can get out of that job for that Friday)

Anime Expo: 80% (I should have the money, but again, it depends on my working situation)

Possible cosplays for 2012:

Genis Sage: I’ll consider it depending on when Tales of photo shoots occur

Ciel Phantomhive: I enjoyed being Ciel during NYAF. I think I was the only guy cosplaying as him during NYAF (of maybe a dozen Ciels). Most likely cosplay him during AnimeNEXT and Anime Expo.

Kagamine Len original costume: Of course I’ll cosplay him (original costume). I’m even upgrading it so it’s better than before.

Kagamine Len Hitobashira Alice costume: It’s a little bit short of me, but it’s fine. Probably during Anime Expo, maybe during AnimeNEXT.

Kagamine Len Servant of Evil costume: If I go to MangaNEXT, I’ll use this costume. Don’t know about AnimeNEXT or Anime Expo yet because of the hotter weather.

Mukuro Rokudo: I already mentioned in the Cosplay.com forums (I need to start using that more often…) that I might cosplay him. The exact costume I’ll use will depend on my money situation. I don’t like Mukuro, but it’s for the sake of Chrome. Also means I’m looking for a girl to cosplay as Chrome.

Kagamine Len Pretty Fundoshi Aku-malen costume: I’m thinking about getting this costume. Again, it depends on my money situation.

Wondering Len: AnimeNEXT 2011 (Day 2)

So, another good day at AnimeNEXT. I went early cosplaying as an alternative version of Kagamine Len (I was kind surprised when one person knew who I was), got a drawing of Yuki-nyan (Kore wa Zombie desu ka?) that I commissioned an artist to draw yesterday (which I’m really happy about), and took lots of pictures. One costume I liked was the creeper from Minecraft. Some people even hugged it because as we all know, you should hug a creeper whenever you see one. Luckily, it didn’t explode. One regret that I have is that I wish I was able to take a picture of Chrome-nyan that I saw in an alternative costume. I should have just taken that picture when I saw her in the Reborn panel.

Waiting in the masquerade line was ridiculous. The line was extremely long, even an hour (or actually much longer than that from where I was) before they started seating. I was standing outside, next to Orimura Ichika (IS <Infinite Stratos>). I was planning to cosplay him in several months during NYAF and I was a little surprised that someone actually cosplayed him, especially since I rarely see anyone cosplaying characters from anime of the previous season. For example, I didn’t see anyone cosplaying as someone from Angel Beats! during NYAF/NYCC 2010, despite the fact that it had been over for several months and was really popular. Other characters from the previous anime season that I saw were Kaname Madoka  and Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and Haruna (Zombie).

The masquerade wasn’t very great, but the day was still great. I saw more people this year then I did last year, I think. I don’t know yet if I’ll be returning tomorrow, but these past two days were great. Seeing how good AnimeNEXT was, I think Anime Expo is going to be EPIC!

Tales of the Wondering Half-Elf: AnimeNEXT 2011 (Tales of Photo Shoot)

When I headed to AnimeNEXT today, I planned to just walk around, take pictures, etc. I had no idea that there would be a “Tales of” photo shoot. Keep in mind that I don’t go on the AnimeNEXT forums (maybe I should, considering that I go on the Anime Expo forums). So, after embarrassing myself (not really) in karaoke, I was walking and was told by someone that recognized me that where was a “Tales of” photo shoot, so I went to the Red Dock. Well, here are some pictures from that:

Yep, I’m Genis Sage (nekomimi mode). That was a good surprise, but next time, I’ll make sure to look at the forums to make sure I don’t miss something.

Tales of the Wondering Half-Elf: AnimeNEXT 2011 (Day 1)

After many months of nothingness, the first anime convention in my calendar (and also the closest one from my house) is here! It also marks the start of my month (and a week) of awesomeness which will take me to one (or two) more conventions and Japan. I got a figure, a small nendoroid, and some other things, making sure to wait until I get to Japan to do my real spending. I kind of embarrassed myself in karaoke singing Sexy Sexy (Ghost Stories ED), watched some anime, and went to a panel. I also managed to take some pictures while cosplaying Genis Sage.  I was also cosplaying Genis yesterday while getting my pass. The weirdest thing: I got more recognition as Genis Sage here than I did during NYAF/NYCC last year. I also managed to get into a Tales of group photo shoot, which I will talk about in the next post. So for now, here are some pics from Day 1: