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AnimeNYC 2018 Review

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Friday:

Friday started off a little rocky…and in the end, it was a bit of a rough day. I traveled to the convention on the bus and the bus driver did not want to go outside to open up the cargo area underneath the vehicle. So I ended up sitting in a pretty tight seat with my luggage in tow. Though my Grandpa ended up re purposing a lawn chair bag and fitted foam for my prop, so it did make my luggage less bulky and a little more light weight, while both on and off the bus. Plus, while walking, I could carry it on my shoulder. All of my belongings, though were packed in to the suitcase to capacity–and I don’t really recommend walking around the city like this, especially after what happened to me next.

So, on my way to the hotel and while leaving the station, I heard a loud thump from behind me. About a few minutes later, a zipper on my suitcase broke and there was a gaping hole in my luggage. Luckily, nothing important was lost and I was only a block or so from the hotel. I sat on the ground for about five minutes or so to fix it.The day ended up being a little rough and it became harder to find a  silver lining from Friday in general.

There were bigger crowds than last year’s event and disorganization by the entrance fat one point. Attendees were inconsiderate and shoved through, some pushing me from behind.

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I briefly wore Weiss from RWBY and lost an important accessory for the character shortly after I arrived. I did a test of the cosplay before the convention, but it was a little big for me and due to my inability to sew, I had to safety pin it to keep it up. I was a little frustrated at this point. The attendees though, loved my cosplay and were happy to see me. I found that many of them  were really encouraging and kind.

Though I was still a little irritable at this point. However, I  saw one of my favorite artists, Mintandapple and purchased an adorable rabbit sweater from her. Although she did not have my size in stock, I bought a size up for an oversized look. She was very kind and made my day so much better. The sweater was great quality and kept me warm throughout the cold first day. I love supporting this artist. Her artwork has a way of making people smile.

Saturday:

I was unable to really write much on Saturday and am putting this down by memory. Saturday was a bit of a blur and the crowding issues from the days before still went on. It was frustrating to get from point A to point B. However, I met up with a friend from college and we wandered around the artist’s alley and dealer’s room for most of the day. I even got to get a quick look at the RWBY photo shoot! Although the shoot was smaller than expected, I love seeing fans get together.

I had some breakfast with my mom at a nearby diner and I liked being able to spend some time with her and chat. I enjoyed a delicious cheese omelette and some along with great coffee!

Back at the con, one slight concern of mine I  came across was security, but not really in terms of interactions. It was more so in the rushed way they did bag check, not really carefully looking through contents in people’s bags. I know some conventions in certain areas such as cities have tighter security –I have heard some even have metal detectors– and considering that  some cons feel that they are needed, as well as bag checks, I found the rushed bag check process to be a little bit of a safety issue. More on the standpoint of when it comes to having peace of mind at the event.

But with that aside, I remember really enjoying the artist’s alley and finding a lot of inspiration with my own creative works, art included, just by looking at the wide variety of styles and talent.

There was also a pool at the Crunchyroll booth filled with Bananya plushies, which I of course, went right in. I did struggle a little getting out, and a White Blood Cell cosplayer was super sweet and helped me.

Sunday:

Usually I leave early on Sundays for conventions if I go solo. I packed up and got ready to leave. But not before grabbing some breakfast!

My mom is familiar with some great locations in the city. I had a yummy but simple meal at Pret A Manger, some oatmeal with a latte, and went back home.

Overall Thoughts:

This convention…was alright. I am not sure if I am disappointed, or feel that this may have been just an off convention for me. Either way, I am likely going next year, mainly because there will be more space for attendees in the convention center. I did reserve a hotel for next year’s event and whether I go all depends on if a few friends tag along! 😉

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