This year’s Fanime was a livelier experience than usual, mostly because half of the convention center wasn’t
destroyed under construction for once and also because this year was the con’s 20th anniversary. The line to pick up badges went abnormally fast this year – going by almost instantly. We got kind of screwed because we picked up our badges at the Clockwork Alchemy line, which is usually the faster line, but got delayed for a few hours this year in comparison to the Fanime line (the line wasn’t long, but it took a while for the registration to actually start up). Nevertheless, we still got our badges faster than usual so we actually got to do things during Day Zero, so it was all cool.
There weren’t many bad things that happened this year. I met some pretty cool people, there were so many awesome cosplayers, and I had loads of fun with my friends this year. I became completely drunk at the hotel during the last night, which was pretty much the highlight strangely enough (I have never gotten that drunk before). You’d think the highlight would be having a ramen dinner at Ramen Tenma with friggin’ LilyPichu (a friend of Mr. Lex), but I don’t really give two shits about League of Legends and barely watch her channel, so.
So, let’s go over the things I bought at Fanime this year (which isn’t much compared to last year – Cardcaptor Sakura drained my wallet) and also the token weird experience.
I’ll get an actual camera someday.
Artist Alley managed to get a purchase from me this year: from the wonderful yuumei/Wenqing Yan (this print in particular)! Mr. Lex introduced me to her corner of the Artist Alley. Her art was literally love at first sight – every one of her drawings are a blend of amazing techniques and ideas, and there’s so much meaning behind all of them. It’s all just so breathtaking, and as a student trying my hand at getting a BFA and pursuing a living by being a creative and expressive human being, she’s become my hero. She’s generally a warm and adorable person as well – I saw a handicapped person buying her prints and she was helping him secure his bags onto his wheelchair. HNNNNNNNNG. Exchanged a few words with her during my purchase, telling her how much I loved her drawings – seems very soft-spoken, but her art has a very commanding voice. She’s (hands-down) an amazing and inspirational artist. Definitely one of my favorite people as of the moment.
All I got this year at the Dealer’s Hall were: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie The Rebellion Story Official Guidebook “Only You” and a bunch of THE iDOLM@STER clear files (and a Puella Magi Madoka Magica one) at Kinokuniya’s booth in the Dealer’s Hall. I regret not picking up that Rebellion Blu-Ray (which included an awesome wallscroll) and some more “clearance” items, but I still had a pretty bad hangover from the night before (hence the hasty/rushed decision), and ended up leaving the con an hour early.
The road bumps whilst riding on the DoubleTree shuttle did not help me keep my food down.
Anyways, there was one strange experience I had during this Fanime year. Dunno if it beats 2013’s Yaoi Bingo, but…
STORY TIME: BOOBS AND PIZZA
The 18+ swimsuit contest… what I expected to be a bunch of awkward amateurs in lewd clothing, which was mostly a correct assumption. And then all of a sudden, towards the end: cue Mario music, Princess Peach comes onto the stage, takes off her robe, and starts doing some professional stripper shit. I’m usually a pettanko and ass man, so it was really strange that I was actually getting excited. Hooooly shiiit, those moves. It was actually really funny in hindset, everyone else were a bunch of awkward amatuers as expected, but then that happened.. We all joked about the swimsuit contest being staged and that the amateurs had no chance of winning to begin with. A professional model/strip dancer is surely a worthy investment (she’s not a stripper, but that’s what we were thinking when we were watching her move on stage!).
But here’s the thing – later that night, my friends and I split up on our way to the hotel, with one group taking a car and another group taking a shuttle to the hotel, which we unfortunately missed the moment we got there (what really pissed us off was that there were people taking the shuttle to get to the Fairmount – a five minute walk, really guys?!). At that time, the shuttle was limited to one, and thus the wait turned out to be killer. We met a couple of pretty friendly guys at the shuttle line, which helped pass the time a bit.
That’s when Princess Peach came up to one of those guys and puts her arm around him (now, we were just talking about our experience at the swimsuit contest, so it was a mildly amusing coincidence – everyone else tried not to laugh). See, the guy was holding a box of pizza. At this point, she has her robe opened up, showing her frontal regions in all their scantily clad glory (she had a nice pair of boobs, but her face was that of the “street trash/bar” variety of Vietnamese girl, which personally isn’t my thing), and was pretty much soliciting him for a slice of pizza. Honestly, we all knew he wasn’t going to get anything out of it besides a pat on a back and one large chunk of missing pizza – if it were me, I would honestly told her to screw off because 1) damn, what a sleazy move and 2) one slice of Pizza My Heart pizza is a really huge slice off of a regular pizza. Not worth just giving it away. But, of course, it depended on how well these guys could handle being put in this type of awkward situation.
“I dunno, my friend over there bought the pizza, so…”
“lol dude, she asked you.”
Wasn’t my place to butt in, but I was really hoping those guys would have at least politely told her to get food elsewhere considering how classy she was about asking for a slice. Fun guys to be around, but damn, no backbone when put into an awkward situation and the results really show. Girl was an ass, pulled a sleazy move on some unsuspecting nerd and took his food. lol
Overall, best Fanime weekend I’ve had so far since attending became a tradition three years ago. There were way too many Kill la Kill and Shingeki no Kyojin cosplayers, which got very monotonous to see, but there was this really cute Codename: Sailor V cosplayer…