This is an account of what my friends and I did this year at Anime Boston. To me, this is serving as a journal of sorts and a one stop place to find everything if I need it and for those of you who are reading this that hope to go to Anime Boston someday and want a guide to whats it’s like, then you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy!
Friday (March 21st)
This day was a terribly long day! My friends and I left on an early train and we were able to arrive at the convention by 11-ish. We hadn’t gotten our badges yet but, like every year, it’s a very quick process of picking them up if you’ve preregistered. Even if you haven’t preregistered for the convention, it’s still a very quick and easy process! My first year of going to Anime Boston was in 2008 and getting badges was a completely different story. We had to wait about three hours in line to get them and that was just the preregistered line! There hasn’t been any problem with this line since then so I definitely applaud Anime Boston for being able to figure it out.
BUT actually getting into the con was a different story. They’ve set up bag checks for the past couple years and what this causes is a huge line to just get in. I can understand that it might be necessary to have these bag checks, but they haven’t been able to figure out the best way possible to deal with the huge line that it causes and it’s pretty frustrating. I think my friends and I waited in this line for about an hour this year and it was pretty annoying.
We went to three panels this day: two were of the creation and maintenance of web comics (Guest speakers of the panel include the creators of Spinnerette, Rival Angels, The Dreamer, The Hues, and The Paul Reveres). I also went to a panel about Cosplay photography (hosted by foreverCTY). As a photographer myself, I learned a TON about how much can go into making a photo and how to center around the character the cosplayer is portraying.
Saturday (March 22nd)
So I didn’t do much on this day… My friend and I cosplayed as the female titan and Annie from Attack on Titan and we literally couldn’t take one step without getting our photo taken. It was so much fun though and it’s so rewarding when we finally located where all of these photos have gone to.
Even though we didn’t go to any panels, we did go to the Masquerade. It’s one of our favorite parts of the convention, but I honestly didn’t pay attention to it this year. It didn’t have to do with the quality or anything (everyone did great!), it was just that it was 6 pm, I had been awake since 7 am and I hadn’t eaten or drank anything all day. I lasted long enough to watch the AMV Contest Winners which is my favorite part of the whole thing!
I apologize for most of them being of videos taken of the AMV’s, but I’ll be looking out for the ones in better quality! (P.S. I don’t own any of these videos!! Credit goes to the creators!!)
Later on in the night, I took all the body makeup that I had on for my female titan and put on my Yuno cosplay. We went to get dinner (which was the first food I had eaten that day and it was much needed! – we had gone to Wagamama (an amazing Japanese restaurant) and I definitely splurged on my food!)
After putting on my Gasai Yuno cosplay, I went with my friends to my first late night/whatever goes kind of panel about Yandere which is my favorite character type. It was even more fun because Gasai Yuno is a yandere and some of the other people freaked out when I walked in.
It was 2 am by this point and we were so exhausted that we went straight back to our hotel room!
Sunday (March 23rd)
This was our relaxing day to do some shopping that we hadn’t done yet. There is the Dealer’s Room with all of the anime merchandise you could ever need and the Artist Alley where people sell their fan art and their own creations. I tried going to a panel about analyzing anime but I was so burnt from this weekend that I couldn’t sit through it (I really wanted to though because I felt it would help a lot with how I write on this blog, but I was just so tired!)
I got my photo taken a ton on this day also since I was wearing my Yuno cosplay, but I added fake blood all over my arms and hand prints on my face. It was kind of sticky but it was so much fun!
We didn’t really do much else after but go home. This weekend was so tiring but it was so much fun!! I can’t wait to post more!
And as a random thing I do ever year is collect business cards. I want to post them here to help promote these amazing people and so I can go back to look at them.
Lizbeth R. Jimenez (I’ll be doing a review of her manga Sacred next week!)