So, over this past weekend I attended my very first anime convention. Yup, that’s right, out of the some odd six or seven years I’ve loved and enjoyed anime, I have never been to an anime convention, but all that changed four days ago.
My brother lives in Boston, about twenty or so minutes by train to the Hynes Convention center in Boston. Honestly, I was a bit scared of it, but I finally decided that being an anime fan I needed to attend at least one convention and now that I have I will probably keep coming back.
My brother and I were horribly under dressed for the occasion (meaning we weren’t in costume) and both my brother and I have since decided to go all next year. We’re still not quite sure what we want to do, if nothing else my brother wants to dress as Disney characters, but we’ve got a whole year to plan for the next convention, so we’ll be ready.
Being a bit of a shy person, I didn’t really take as many pictures as I wanted. I was too embarrassed to go up ask, so instead, every time I saw an awesome cosplay, I’d hit my brother a few times on the shoulder and tell him to look. There were some awesome costumes – my favorite was a couple dressed as Anemone and Dominic, who, now that the chance has passed, I wished I had taken a picture of. They were really great. Many though weren’t of anime characters (Assassin’s Creed was incredibly popular, along with Adventure Time).
I ended up buying a lot more manga than I thought I would, but the sales they had going on in the dealers room compelled me to throw caution to the wind (Sand Chronicles is probably my favorite Shojo manga, I plan on doing a post about it sooner or later). The dvd’s were awfully expensive so I didn’t get much of those. I just couldn’t get the thought out of my head that I could find all of them cheaper online (I had contemplated buying the Princess Jellyfish blu-ray, but the twenty dollar difference made me decide otherwise). The two cute key chains were my splurge of the convention. I originally planed to only buy one – Inori was the first – but on the second day they put up Mawaru Penguindrum key chains and I just couldn’t stop myself. I actually got the last Himari they had, so I was incredibly excited. They were expensive little things (Inori was $10 while Himari was $12) but I’m happy I bought them. There was also a Holo PVC statue I really wanted, but I couldn’t justify spending $130 for it.
Overall I had a blast. Next year I’m going to go all out, and I’ll make sure to take better pictures. Look forward to it! Anime Boston 2013, here I come!