Maybe. If it weren’t for the crowds.
This year has been particularly eye-opening to me, both in a cultural and geek-ish way. I went for several conventions such as EOY and STGCC. Last Saturday was my third one. And it also happens to be one of the biggest events in the community, Anime Festival Asia.
There is so much happening this year, according to others anyway. Lots of music, games, art and shopping for merchandise. Plus, there’s a cool Attack on Titan tryout booth.
They even brought in the Oculus Rift for a Sword Art Online VR experience.
The tickets were a little too much though. Well, I could have saved $10. However, I wanted to accompany my dear friend Megan to the main stage to see her one of favourite anime and voice actors being featured. So $23 it is.
There is another stage area that is open to the rest of the crowd where a couple of DJs and different performers did their thing. And I have to say, when it comes to dancing for J-pop, they go extremely hardcore. In the ten minutes or so watching a group called ARSMAGNA on the niconico stage, they were throwing moves all over the place at such speed I was feeling drained just seeing them going all out. Needless to say, the crowd’s energy hit the roof. Enthusiasm is indeed contagious.
It is not an anime fest without the cosplay party! Cosplay is such a fascinating hobby to blur the lines between fantasy and reality. It’s giving a character non-existent in our world the chance to be real.
And the professionals do a darn good job at making this happen.
You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy cosplay. At AFA 2014, I’ve seen many different levels of it. There was a group of four wearing Payday masks, a girl who threw a cardboard box designed to look like Minecraft’s Steve on her head, a strange-looking chicken holding a sign and there was even a man wearing a sick custom-made Ironman suit.
Terrible crowds and costly tickets aside…
Would I go for another convention? Yes, definitely! Such events are haven for people with similar interests to geek out and act ridiculous without getting judged for it. It’s also one of the few places to get high-quality merchandise. I got myself quite a huge haul.
💸 💸 💸 But no regrets, buying the tee was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
On a side note, I finally bought my first camera! It’s a Nikon D3200. Caught it on discount in a nearby mall and grabbed it. My initial aim was to get a Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR but it was out of stock. I didn’t want to get it online either because I don’t feel very comfortable purchasing items above $100.
Nevertheless, thank you Adrian and his lovely followers for helping me out in choosing a camera! I am excited to try it out soon, some time after ‘ hell week’. Maybe I’ll bring it to my next convention, if I can afford the tickets. 😁