Anime Boston 2007

A Totoro Cosplayer

I went to Anime Boston on Saturday and thus passed a day dodging Narutards, Bleachtards and Hagarentards. Last year I got there much later than I’d wanted, so I had to stand in line for something like two hours. When I got there this year it wasn’t even 10 am yet, so I sailed through registration amazingly quickly (yes, this year I didn’t pre-reg. either!) So here’s what I did, what I bought, and my measly two cosplay pictures!

After registering, I went to the re-showing of the AMV contest and I was there for the whole thing! They seemed like a solid bunch of videos. There was one that used My Neighbor Totoro and got a good reaction from the audience. It used very clever editing/manipulation of the scenes from the original movie to create a very different impression! Looks like it won Best in Show. Three of the videos were amusing adaptations of movie trailers–I wonder if that’s a current trend? I once thought of doing an AMV, but I don’t have the equipment and anyway, these things get more and more sophisticated every year! It feels like you’d need professional level video editing skills.

After the AMVs, I had lunch at Legal Seafoods and came back at 1:00 to check out the Dealers Room. Its a lot easier to get in and navigate around since they moved to a big convention center a few years ago. I was a little disappointed, but not very surprised, that there wasn’t much stuff from recent shows. There weren’t many Haruhi related goods, but I did see a few. I was hoping that show at least would have an effect on what I’d find. There were a few odds and ends (I got two chibi Haruhi Gashapon), but it was mostly a flood of the usual Naruto, Bleach, and Fullmetal Alchemist stuff. I even saw a sign that said “Authentic Naruto Headbands.” Does that mean they were actually made in the Hidden Leaf Village? In any event, maybe I’m not as in to buying stuff at cons, because I spent less money than ever before. But it may just be the lack of stuff I wanted to buy; maybe only a trip to Akiba (or Singapore?) would satisfy me?

After that I checked out a little of the ADV panel, the Artist’s Alley, took another break, and saw most of the AnimeonDVD panel. Long before that started, the line was already forming for the Masquerade, but I hadn’t really planned on going to that this year. (Actually, I didn’t go last year either, and the year before I went on a Friday!) A good Thai meal and an earlier start home seemed preferable to sticking around a lot longer (and waiting in line!), particularly on less than three hours sleep! So That just leaves my remaining pictures! I took the one of the Totoro cosplayer early on, but as I was too lazy to take anymore, I eventually left my camera in the car. But as I was leaving I spotted a Eureka cosplayer I’d noticed earlier but hadn’t taken a picture of and decided that here was my chance, although I had to use the cellphone camera!

An Eyeshield 21 Artbook and a Saber Mouse pad

Megami Deluxe Vol. 8 and some Shana stationary

I also got some souvenirs of Boston in the Pru Mall B&N!

4 Responses to “Anime Boston 2007”

  • I was there on Sat., too, but somehow managed to spend most of the morning watching the Haruhi English dubs… they’ve got nothing on the original version, but weren’t half bad. I attended the Bandai Entertainment and Manga Ent. panels (the Manga guy, who was a riot, let slip some hints about Macross Zero getting licensed). Phat Loot included the Planetes DVD set and the My Hime special box (and the gigantic Haruhi poster that came “free” with more than $50 of Bandai stuff), some artbooks, and a couple of Lucky Star trading figures (released a year or two back, based on the manga, and not available online anymore as far as I can see. Damn, should have bought the whole box.) I ate lunch at Mentei, the noodle joint across the street from the Convention Center (great food), and then had sushi for dinner in the fancy-schmancy mall in the Prudential Center (craptacular… who would have thought, from a fine establishment like Sakkio Japan?). A fun day, but it’s too bad our paths didn’t cross.

  • I’ve yet to go to a con. :/

    It does look like if you know what you’re looking for/doing, going to cons can be a blast though. :3

  • @Matt: Sorry I missed you! I already got the My Hime box with the last volume at Best Buy a few days before, and I didn

  • I went on saturday as well and was extremely disappointed in 2006 they had a large plushy selection but i guess by the time i got there on saturday 2007 anything worth buying had already been sold. if it wasn’t for the cosplay last year, or the amazing haruhi dance breakout in the dealers room i probably wouldn’t be going for the 3rd time this year in 2008 worked really hard on this years outfit. if you see a girl in a pink kimono cosplaying as hazumu from kashimashi be sure to say hello.

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