Just got back from AnimeNext '14, my home con! Wow, I can't believe i've been going for about 9 years in a row, since back in 2006! I was such a shy and timid little high schooler then haha. It's honestly just friendship-con/back-and-forth con (because of the bridge outside, constantly walking back and forth lol) at this point haha. My group of friends, both close and those i've made through cosplay, make it worthwhile. It may not be the best con, but I don't mind. And it's cost effective, because I live like an hour away!
I got there Friday morning, changed into Kiki until it was time to check-in to our hotel, and changed into Ryuko for the rest of the day. That night we missed the burlesque we usually attend every year because of partying at my friends hotel and losing track of time XD It was too much fun <3
Saturday, I changed into Ryuko again for the Kill la Kill meet-up at 2pm, but ended up missing it ;___; *weeps* I was a bit mislead, because it was supposed to be at the Red Dock, but when I got there all I saw were One Piece peeps, so I got confused and left. As I saw some KLK people trickling from the Double Tree, I took pics and selfie'd with them, and found out the KLK shoot had been moved away from the Red Dock and into the farther, more grassy area. *sigh* I also later found out Studio Trigger (makers of KLK) was there and missed them as well ;_____; *gross weeping* After that I met up with a few peoples, took more pics and posed for pics. Got to meet and selfie'd with Luvnatsu
! Then went back to my hotel to change into Einheria from Bravely Default, but that didn't end up happening until like 7pm, because of waiting on people and food runs lol;;; My friend Beh-Bear
was cosplaying with me as Artemia, and she and my bf helped me into the armor, which is a complete menace to maneuver in (I cannot bend my knees to walk, so I waddle, sometimes sideways if theirs people, like a hermit crab. I can't sit, and can basically only turn my neck and move my arms XD). It's also a safety hazard as I have several spears sticking out of my armor skirt that could trip or poke you XD Which is why I decided not to wear it around the con! We had a quick shoot in front of the convention center, by the pond, before the sun went down. It was a pretty funny shoot actually XD My skirt-spears kept falling off XD Earlier a friend of mine had talked about going down to our hotel's pool, and after that shoot and the day's heat, that was all I could think about, so my bf and I headed there to cool off for a bit. We also got to try out the jacuzzi, which was super relaxing!! After that, we again went to drink and party in my friend's hotel room
Several shots later, we went over to check out the rave and that was awesome tooooo, especially if you're already inebriated! I ended up bumping into a former coworker of mine there too, haha.
Sunday. HANGOVER DAY. My body felt like crap all over, from running around at the con, walking like a hermit crap in Einheria armor, dancing at the rave, and lots of shots/dranks XD Check-out was at 11pm, and I literally just threw stuff into my bag, wigs, shampoo, shoes, whatever, because I felt so lightheaded and like I was gonna hurl at any minute XD We left our luggage and things at my other friends hotel and just hung out there basically for the rest of the day, because my body needed to recover. I ended up having to cancel a shoot I had scheduled for 1pm because I couldn't even keep myself upright, but the photographer was really nice about it and I hope to work with her soon <3 I asked my friends to get me KLK pins at the Artists Alley and they brought me back really cute ones <3333333 Artists Alley is one of my favorite things to go to at a con, but this year was one of those that I just didn't want to carry anything, probably because of all my props XD. So yeah, we just chilled at the hotel until 6pm, and then headed home!
It was nice to see KADU-OUT naminepanda ohmonah KingAkatsuki13
, even if it was only for a little while! Special thanks to my bud bud, KawaiiOverdose
for making my Kiki bow and dress! <3 And Jared, for making my cray Einheria armor!
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