Saturday morning I returned to the con a little before 8 AM. There was, of course, already a line, but nothing like the line that discouraged me yesterday. By 10:15 I had my badge. I had some friends coming from Connecticut too. I should have called them the night before to warn them about the lines (sorry guys!). As it was, I called them after I got in line and they’d only just left home! (Oooops!) I think they had about a four hour wait when they finally got there! So how was my one real day at Anime Boston?
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My only picture from Day 1 of Anime Boston.
What a day! So I left home waaaaaay later than I’d wanted to (due to various circumstances). This was bad, because I knew from Anime Boston 2006 that getting there too late = a looooong wait in line! That’s why I got to Anime Boston 2007 so much earlier and had almost NO wait! Well, guess what … for Anime Boston 2008, I arrived even later than for 2006! After I took a look at the long line and confusion, I realized I just couldn’t face it. But unlike the last two years, when I went for just one day, this year I’ll be around for two days! And there’s plenty to do in Boston, so I thought, “I’ll try later, much later…” lol.
I did manage to walk through the convention center, though, and had no problems wandering the Artist’s Alley without a badge! So I saw Hinano there, but I couldn’t buy her doujinshi yet because I only had money she couldn’t make change for. I’ll buy it tomorrow (and some of her very popular prints, I wonder if there will be any left when I get there, XD). So, after checking into my hotel (which is way out in Cambridge near MIT, haha — cheaper than the convention hotel), I had a fun time time exploring Beacon Hill and taking pictures for a Historic Buildings of Massachusetts blog I’m thinking of doing (to go with my Historic Buildings of Connecticut blog!).
I got back to the con before 7 PM, but the security guards (not con staff but the convention center’s own uniformed people!) were now checking every single person’s badge and not letting anyone not yet registered in because REGISTRATION WAS CLOSED! But waitaminute, registration was supposed to go until 10 PM!!! Well, some guy told me, they had so many people (I guess it didn’t let off a bit!) that they could not even get through all those already in line inside in the next three hours! wtf. Well, now I’ll only hafta pay for one day at least. So Hinano and jp had finished with their table for the day and had changed out of their costumes (and I didn’t get a picture of their cosplay!), so I went to Au Bon Pain with them before they went to the AMV showing. There was a suggestion of my sneaking in again, but with the guards keeping careful watch, I don’t think that would have worked. Anyway, the AMV contest is repeated Saturday and will probably SUCK because they did not choose to show the GREATEST AMV of all their submissions this year, so f**k it anyway. >:(
So, I’m going very early Saturday to get in and maybe this time I’ll get to meet the legendary wildarmsheero!
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!
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