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The Anime Boston Experience (2014)

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!

This Years winners of the contest were: Best In Show, Best EditingBest Action, Best Other, Best Fun/Upbeat, Best Drama/Judge’s Choice .

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.

Here is some of the music that was used in the panel to describe what yandere are: here and here. (Both are vocaloid songs).

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!

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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.

Clothing

Punch Brand

Kyoko’s Closet

Ophanim

Hikari wo Sagasu: Etsy & Store Envy

Accessories

Kawaii Gifts

Artists

Lizbeth R. Jimenez (I’ll be doing a review of her manga Sacred next week!)

Stephanie Kao

Photographers

Daniel Sjolund

Anthony Chodor

ForeverCTY Photography

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My blog~

So I started up my blog again that I had from last year (on wordpress)~ I’ve started reviewing anime so far and I’m so excited to be doing this again!

I’ve only done two anime series reviews and I’m working on a review of the animated film 言の葉の庭 (The Garden of Words).

If you would like to check out my blog, you can find it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/

If you would like to read my first review of the anime Pupa, you can read it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/pupa/

Or if you’d like to read my review of the anime Noragami, you can check it out here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/noragami/

Next Book of the 2013 Challenge

So far I’ve only gotten through three books of the hundred that I want to read this year. My next book was originally going to be Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto, but I’m not really feeling like reading it just yet.

Therefore my next book is going to be Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m kind of excited for it and I think I’ll like it. It’s also pretty big so I hope I can get through it quick and won’t take me the whole semester.

I have a Modern British Fiction and an East Asian Literature class and I’m really excited to take them. I just got one of my books, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, in the mail today and I can’t wait for the rest!

My 2013 Challenge

When I signed up to have a goodreads account, I noticed they had a challenge for 2013. It’s a challenge to set a goal for the amount of books you want to read this year and the challenge is to see if you can finish the amount that you set.

My challenge: To read 100 books this year.

It’s a daunting task and I’ve only finished two so far, OUT and HALO, which I’ve already written reviews about. My next book is called Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa and I can’t wait to read it.

I’m nervous that once school starts again, I won’t have any time to read anything besides what I have to read for class and I won’t be able to finish the challenge.

I’m up for the challenge though and I hope I can finish!

Any book suggestions? I’m up for reading anything!

HALO

HALO

Alexandra Adornetto

2010 (United States)

This book is the U.S. debut of the Australian author, Alexandra Adornetto with the book being published when she was at the age of 18.

The story focuses on three angels, Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany. Sent down to Earth by Heaven, they were sent to get rid of the evil forces of Hell that plague the small town of Venus Cove.

OVERALL, I generally liked this book. It was ok. It was an easy read for me and I got through it quickly.

I feel that it could have been better though. It’s a 484 paged book that took 300 pages to actually get to the actual ‘fighting against the dark forces.’ The book is in the view of Bethany and there were so many clues given to her about the evil going on, but it seemed like it went in one ear and out the other.

Another thing is that Bethany falls in love with a human. It’s typical and their relationship is mostly “I can’t live without you” or “My very existence aches when I can’t be with you.” It’s kind of cheesy and that’s all that’s talked about whenever they’re together.

I feel like I should give the opinions of others so that whoever might read this doesn’t go by my opinion alone. Compared to others, I gave this book a good rating.

From reading the other reviews that were given of this book (on goodreads.com), generally summed up, call this book the “Catholic version of Twilight.” The characters are shallow and what I wrote about with it taking so long to get to the action. And I can see where they’re coming from.

If you’re a Twilight fan, this might be the book for you.

Even with all of this, though, I gave this book a rating of 3. It’s an ok book and I generally liked it. It wasn’t the -worst- book ever, but there is room for improvement like there is for a lot of books.

My rating:

3

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