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Of course, the fact that I had only gotten about 2-3 hours of sleep the night before made it that Friday… so I was starting to find it incredibly difficult focusing on panels. Instead, we decided to hit the dealer’s room. I hadn’t a chance to see it on Thursday, so why not check it out on Friday.

This guy was impressively still and did this for the whole con. It's a pretty impressive cosplay.

This guy was impressively still and did this for the whole con. It’s a pretty impressive cosplay.

And as prior years, it was a madhouse.

For some reason this year it felt more hectic. It seemed that anyone who was filming at Comic Con was filming in the dealers’ room. So, getting around was… interesting. This year we made the rounds from Artists’ Alley to the video game section (if you haven’t seen a map of the dealers’ room, this is it). It really is as massive as the map looks.

And, of course, I have an amusing (or not so amusing but ultimately frustrating) story.

We were walking around the video game section of the dealers’ room. Of course there was plenty of neat con stuff available for sale… and some places were giving away free stuff. So, we were walking by the Ubisoft both and they were pushing people buying Assassin’s Creed 5. They were giving away swanky shirts for anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game. And they had guys outside the booth trying to get people in to order a copy.

Of course, Ubisoft had just put their foot in their mouth at E3 when they were asked about the lack of playable female characters. Their reasoning, that it’s too difficult to animate the female avatars. Yet

April O'Neil and Casey Jones

April O’Neil and Casey Jones

they also said that there were going to be a lot more women in Dead Island… just not Assassin’s Creed.

Of course, I remembered that… and I was very disappointed by this. After all, how is it too hard for a game franchise that makes more money than Dead Island can’t manage to have playable female characters… or any other female characters..

Needless to say, it’s something that annoyed many female gamers.

So, I mentioned my concern and the guy trying to get people in had told me that I needed to have a thick skin. That this sort of stuff happens all the time and I shouldn’t let that stop me from playing Assassin’s Creed.

I’m probably making it sound a bit less patronizing than it actually was. I felt like he was talking down to me because I was a woman.

The interesting problem was that he was also trying to convince 2 other women to buy the game. After he had said that to me, he asked if I was going to buy it and I said I would have to think about it. He

This is just a small potion of the dealers' room. There were some areas where you could walk or barely move...

This is just a small potion of the dealers’ room. There were some areas where you could walk or barely move…

then asked the other girls and they said no and walked off.

After spending a lot of time wandering the dealers’ room, we decided to call it day, go back to the hotel and get some drinks at the swanky tiki bar that is next to the pool of our hotel.

Later in the evening, while we were out in the rather large lobby of our hotel, near the restaurant and bar, Kevin Smith made a speedy beeline as though he were meeting someone and running a little late. I didn’t try to stop him to say hello because I could tell he was on his way somewhere. It’s a shame, because if there is one person I would love to have a conversation with, Kevin Smith is one of them. I have a lot of respect for him as a writer/director. It wasn’t meant to be though. perhaps one of these days I’ll actually get to meet Kevin Smith.

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On the stage at the J-Pop Summit Festival

On the stage at the J-Pop Summit Festival

This past weekend was packed with a great deal of things. First of all, it w the last weekend of prep before Comic Con. That means doing all the shopping for what you need. That also meant that fitting anything in became… well, tricky.

Saturday morning, we headed out to the Ferry Buildinng in San Francisco. We were headed there to pick me up some super-tasty gluten-free baguettes from Mariposa Bakery. There is one type of bread that I have missed since I’ve had to go gluten-free and that is sourdough. The flavor and texture… it makes my mouth water. The smell of sourdough bread is enough to make me hungry. Mariposa Barkey’s baguettes are the closest in texture to sourdough. They are super-tasty and worth getting. They also make other wonderful gluten-free foods. I’ve tried their quiche and their cakes. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I suggest picking some up.

We also went by the Cowgirl Creamery stall and picked up some local cheese. Also very tasty. Both stores were super-busy. Of course, it was also the Farmer’s Market, so that would explain the large influx of people. It was difficult to get around, but it’s worth it for all the tasty artisan and local food stuffs in one location.

One of the sales girl. She was quite cute.

One of the sales girl. She was quite cute.

After going to the Ferry Building, we made our way to the J-Pop Summit Festival. Getting there Saturday

was a total nightmare. The garage was packed and people were lined-up on the street waiting to park in the garage. After we saw that line, we decided to go to the festival on Sunday instead. The traffic was just awful.

So we headed home and took care of 90% of the shopping we needed to do. We managed to make the most out of a day. I think we did that with flying colors. We bought all our food provisions and other things we’ve needed for the next week.

We woke up semi-early on Sunday morning to head out to the festival. However, the festival wasn’t just about going to the festival. I still had some things that needed to be taken care of for Comic Con both for home and for the trip.

A cute cosplayer

A cute cosplayer

Getting in to the garage was a bit sluggish when we got there just before the festival was really starting. Once we were parked, it was time to go and check out the rest of the festival. This year the festival wasn’t just about the music. They had sake tasting again this year (they had sake tasting last year). I really enjoyed it last year. I should have done it this year, but I had left my ID at home which meant no drinking for me. They also had a ramen festival this year. I belive this was probably the largest draw.

The music was fun. It’s pop, so of course it was fun. The music was great. It’s always a part of the J-Pop Summit Festival that I’ve enjoyed. The crowds were huge. I don’t think pictures or words can even begin to cover the way the crowd felt this year. It was packed.

The food trucks had a pretty great selection. Of course they were largely Asian food, but there was other food available. The very popular San Francisco food truck/restaurant Bacon Bacon was also there. Onigilly had an upgraded spot this year. Last year they had their food cart. They have great onigiri (stuffed rice balls). They also had these incredibly tasty rice bowls. If you happen to not be able to eat

Naruto cosplay

Naruto cosplay

gluten, they are accomidating and have food that you can eat. They were very knowledgable last year. I would have gotten another one of their bowls, but the line was so long. I missed out on tasty food.

There were some interesting things that you could buy there too. Artists, small clothing companies, artisan food… there were so many things for one to buy. I felt bad because we couldn’t buy as much. Between this being before Comic Con and during a period where we’re prepping for a big trip, it means spending needs to be a little tight. That’s a shame too, because there was so much awesome there.

I was a little sad that I couldn’t volunteer this year. I had a lot of fun volunteering the one year I did. It was something I had enjoyed immensely. It was a great experience. I’m hoping that next year the festival will be at a time where volunteering will definitely be a

The ramen line-up

The ramen line-up

feasible option.

I had a great time again this year. I enjoy the festival and love that it’s exposing more people to music that they would never otherwise listen to. It’s a great time.

As for the rest of this week…

I’m leaving for Comic Con tomorrow morning, bright and early. Ack!

So, that means this is, unfortunately, my only real post for the week here. Does that mean you can’t see what’s going on or what I’m doing at Comic Con including impromptu pics from my phone? Nope. I have a solution to tie you over until I start my posts about Comic Con this year. I will be live-tweeting and posting pictures to Instagram. If you want to see what’s going on while I’m out and about experiencing San Diego Comic Con, feel free to follow me.

Another cute cosplay.

Another cute cosplay.

If you have Twitter and interested in seeing my tweets, you can follow me @ph03n1x13.
If you want to see some pictures prior to my post, follow me on Instagram also at ph03n1x13.

I will have a quickie post the Tuesday after Comic Con. I might try to make it before I leave San Diego on Monday. I’ll let you all know what the plan for that week is.

Until then!

My start for Sunday was a rocky one. That’s not entirely surprising as I went drink for drink with someone drinking beer. I woke up at about 5 or 6 in the morning and eased my way back in to being human, one sip of water at a time. I wrapped myself in my blanket and sat in my chair and sipped a

Ryu fighting in the light of day

Ryu fighting in the light of day

glass of water while occasionally dosing in my chair.

I decided to take it easy dressing wise, after all, I was nursing an initially brutal hangover that managed to tune down to a headache.

We had to get an early start on the day as I wanted to hit a panel at 9 AM. So, its bright and early back down to San José for another fun-filled day at Fanime. Of course, I was still feeling a bit dehydrated and had a headache from drinking too much.

But I managed to make it there a little late to see a panel on how to make your own props.

I must say, the panel on how to fabricate your own props was incredibly enlightening. They talk about the time it takes to create something entirely from scratch, largely using MDF.

The props they made had an amazing amount of detail. It was interesting to finally have some idea on how to make props. It’s something that everyone who cosplays will need to do more than likely.

After that, I headed over to a panel called Sewing Lolita. I was hoping that the panel could give me more information on how to do tailoring as a lot of Lolita clothing, while designed for multiple body types, still requires a bit of tailoring in design.

Zelda, Groose and Ganon  from Skyward Sword

Zelda, Groose and Ganon from Skyward Sword

Boy, did it give me a lot of information. I learned a lot of places to go and find patterns for Lolita clothing that I had never thought of. It even talked about tips with taking care of finer details and trims which can be more complicated if you’re not used to sewing.

They also covered things that I had never thought of… like irons. They also talked about something that I’ve always wanted to do, drafting your own patterns. I’ve always wanted to draft my own patterns for designs that I have thought about making. It was a great class to go to and I kind of wish it was longer than the period it was. That’s OK, because I truly enjoyed it.

After the sewing panel, I met up with Craig and we headed out for brunch. The goal of brunch was to try to get rid of the headache that I had leftover from drinking the night before. We hit a local café that has some amazing gluten-free baguettes. I had a great breakfast sandwich. La Lune Sucre is a very good café that has gluten-free options for those of us who can not eat it. They have gluten-free quiches and a wonderful gluten-free baguette that rivals Mariposa Bakery’s baguette. They also make a fabulous hollandaise sauce.

After a wonderful brunch on a warm Sunday morning/afternoon we headed back to con. We wandered

Everybody was Gundam fighting... Picture by Jeanie Butera

Everybody was Gundam fighting…
Picture by Jeanie Butera

around Artists’ Alley and picked up some awesome art pieces. A large piece that shows the seven sages from Ocarina of Time, a Persona 3 piece and a piece that puts Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist as Rosie the Riveter. There was another piece that I saw that had Mikasa as Rosie and said I can do it. There was also a picture in the same scheme as the Obama Hope poster, but it had Shibe Doge and it said Wow. We also ran in to someone who does commissions of Final Fantasy XIV pictures. I e-mailed them, but I have yet to hear back.

After Artists’ Alley, I made my way to my next panel. It was also a sewing panel. This time it was a panel about reading patterns. I was hoping to get some more enlightenment about patterns that I hadn’t learned about before, but alas it was largely everything that I had known from having sewn. It was a great panel and addressed a lot of questions that people had. It was nice to see patterns torn down to the nuts and bolts explained like my grandmother had taught me.

Right after that panel, there was another panel that was about Japanese history. This one was called the Badasses of Japanese History, It was an interesting panel that talked about some amazing people in

Morrigan from Darkstalkers Picture by Brit Cossel

Morrigan from Darkstalkers
Picture by Brit Cossel

Japanese history. Many of them were shoguns. Some of them did other things. All of them were considered incredibly badass. Some of the badasses were Oda Nobunaga, Miyamoto Musashi, Fukuda Keiko, Uesugi Kenshin and more. It was a thoroughly entertaining panel.

I would like to start by thanking two people who are allowing me to use their Fanime pictures, Jeanie Butera and Brit Cossel. Thank you so much for allowing me to use some of your pictures. I truly appreciate you helping show what Fanime was like this year.
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Every year, we make a trek southward to go to Fanime, the local anime convention. It’s a time to gather together with other people with similar interests and spend our weekend geeking out, having fun, spending money on geeky things and staying up as late as possible watching anime. While that may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea… it is, in all actuality a ridiculous amount of fun. It’s something I enjoy doing every year. This year was no exception.

He's a dandy guy... *insert finger gun here* in space. Yay for Space Dandy cosplay!

He’s a dandy guy… *insert finger gun here* in space.
Yay for Space Dandy cosplay!

Every year does have its drawbacks… and last year it was the registration lines. They were all sorts of fail. For people picking up their badges on Thursday night, we had to wait a whole of 6 hours. Getting us home at one in the morning. Maybe it was because they opened up registration at 3 PM instead of 7 this year… Maybe they finally got better organized. Whatever they did, it worked. We were in and out picking up our badges in 8 minutes. It was painless. This is what it used to be to pick-up badges if you pre-registered. I’m glad they found something that seems to work well.

There was one thing that I was surprised to see, and that’s the prevalence of panels I wanted to see earlier in the convention. Because of that, instead of skipping Friday entirely or heading there later in the evening… I had to be there earlier in the day. It wasn’t something I was happy about. I wasn’t allowed the time to decompress from work. I like my little buffer times.

So, I left home early on Friday, being dropped off at the Redwood City CalTrain station at 10 AM. Going the whole way on public transportation, the commute time took me 2.5 hours, that includes picking up some medication.

So, that means trying to find stuff to do until the convention officially opens. I made a beeline to the Hilton to sit at their bar and get a bite to eat. It was there that I had a nice 3 hour conversation with another con goer who was dressed as Squall from Final Fantasy VIII. It was a fun conversation were talked about a bit of everything. In that time we both had a bit to eat and a couple of drinks. It’s been sometime since I just sat somewhere and had a great conversation. It was nice to do.

At about 2:30 or so, we parted ways to head in to the now open convention. I wish I had seen the opening ceremony. I’ve never been in San José to see it, and I wound up missing it again this year in lieu of good conversation (it’s a weakness, I swear).

Nightwing Picture by Brit Cossel

Nightwing
Picture by Brit Cossel

The first thing I saw was the dealer’s room. They had a good assortment of costuming goods, otaku collectibles and other sundry items. I noticed that they opened up the dealer’s room more. While it wasn’t full, I think that they may be toying with having a larger dealers room. I would like to see that. See more stuff available. Who knows, maybe they might get to start being Comic Con big. OK, that would be difficult at best. The Comic Con dealers room takes up the entire bottom floor of the San Diego Convention Center. I wouldn’t be surprised if that room is 2 miles across.

After making my way through the dealer’s room, I made my way to my first panel, the Viz Media panel. This year they moved the panel rooms from their normal spot of the Marriott to the Fairmont. It made getting there from what is essentially the base of operations a bit more problematic. It meant factoring in the travel time between two points. They’re not too far apart, but when you need to walk back and forth between the two several times over a day… it gets to be a bit tiring. I didn’t have a hotel at Fanime this year, so I didn’t even have a place to rest during the lulls in the day. I did miss that fact. Having a place to kick back and relax would have been better with all the walking I did this year. I believe that the rooms might be a bit larger… and there are certainly more of them. I’m not sure there’s a good solution to this… it also seemed like there were more panel rooms available than previous years.

SNAFU

I know I said there will be a Fanime post… and there will.

However, I’ve run in to a big problem.The camera that has dutifully served us for the last 10 years has recently given up the ghost. The shutter will no longer open on the camera. We discovered this on Saturday at Fanime.

So, what does that mean?

There will not be the dearth of cosplay pictures that I have brought you in previous years. That doesn’t mean that there are none. We did manage to capture some on our phones’ cameras. It’s just a matter of shifting them.

What does that mean?

That means the Fanime post won’t be up until next week whilst we figure out the pictures.

Will this be a problem in the future… more specifically for Comic Con?

Nope. We are narrowing down choices for a DSLR. We hope to have come to that decision soon enough that both of us will have started learning how best to use a new camera.

So, there you have it. We’ll work out the picture issue and continue with the posting.

Until then!

So… I was planning on being able to get more writing done this week, possibly get in a review…

Then I looked at the schedule for Fanime. They are getting a much earlier start on the panels that I want to see. That means I’m going to be heading down to San José to catch panels a day early too. I still need to set up my schedule for this weekend, but my first panel is tomorrow at 3 PM. Looks like I’m heading down tomorrow morning and going to the convention all day tomorrow.

This is unprecedented. I usually go to one panel on Friday night, usually about 7 or 9 PM.

I wound doing the bulk of my sleeping earlier in the night and had a good three hours of pure thinking time. At that point, I came up with 3 panels that I would like to do. One tongue-in-cheek, one informative and more than like not to theme and the third would be perfect… I might actually pitch them next year and see if any of them stick. Of course, if I do, I would need to make sure that I did my research and put together something regardless.

So, this is it, until Tuesday.

I hope to bring you the beginning of my Fanime round-up starting Tuesday.

Until then!

You know you’re curious… so here it is. Nothing but pictures from this years Comic Con. Enjoy!
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An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

An amazing elf (possibly dark elf) from WoW cosplay

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I saw quite a few Links this year… I think I’m going to start making this a game called Link hunting.

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A panelist from Insights for Independents

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The moderator for both Insights for Independents and Writer’s Journey

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Panelist from the Writer’s Journey

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Starfire

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Another lnflatable from Teen Titans, Cyborg

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Lego Robin

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Detail of Lego Batman… it’s really impressive

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Lego Joker

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Detail of Lego Bag End

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This montley crewa was waiting to get on the Assassin’s Creed IV ship

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Assassin’s Creed III group

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Love this satellite cosplay.

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Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan

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Sergio Argones

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Awesome Captain Hook cosplay

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I’m not sure what this is… but not only is my interest piqued, but the pumpkin one looks awesome.

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For some reason this still amuses me as much as when I saw this happen.

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Cross-gendered Thor cosplay? Yes please!

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A roving Riddler

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Very cute Riku cosplay

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Nami handing out drinks on a sultry San Diego day

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Usop is thinking of something.

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Cute How to Train Your Dragon cosplay

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An incredibly accurate Loki

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Go, go gadget arms!

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Steampunk, cross-gendered Darth Vader > lingerie Darth Vader

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Two voice actors from Ben 10

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Here, have another Neil Gaiman shot

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And another for science

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I’m not sure what this knight is from, but it always reminded me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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A pretty good Riker cosplay

 

This was an amazing crossplay of the Riddler.

This was an amazing crossplay of the Riddler.

After the Titan panel, I stayed for the Neon Alley panel. There were some techinical difficulties that started during the Titan panel and persisted into the Neon Alley panel, forcing a late start. So, instead of just getting into the programming, they started off with some Q&A.

A lot of the news that they shared wasn’t much different from the information I heard about at the Viz Media Panel at San Diego Comic Con and at the Viz panel at Fanime.

Things that weren’t talked about at those panels were that Set 2 for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan was to be released on August 2, Set 18 for Bleach was released on September 10 and Set 2 for La Grange will be available this winter.

I did have quite a bit of downtime between the Neon Alley panel and the panel I was eagerly awating, 35 Years of Elf Quest.

In that time I did another turn around the dealers’ room. I visited the Viz booth. This year they were

A fabulous Chun Li.

A fabulous Chun Li.

doing this neat scavanger hunt through the dealers’ room. I also got to play a demo of the next Phoenix Wright game. This might be the game that makes me want to get a Nintendo 3Ds. It was fun to play and I loved playing it as much as the previous installments.

When it came to be about time to go to the Elf Quest panel we went in early enough to sit in on the panel before it. The panel was about Pongo. I had heard of Pongo, but I had never read them. It was neat to hear people talk about. It piqued my interest in the Pongo comics.

I was thrilled to see that there was an Elf Quest panel. It made so incredibly happy to hear about all things Elf Quest… because, yes, I’m that kinda nerd. I started reading Elf Quest back when I was in middle school. I fell in love with the story when I first read it. It was amazing for me to get the chance to meet Richard and Wendy Pini last year. They had

Cutter, Leetah and Pike.. oh my!

Cutter, Leetah and Pike.. oh my!

written a story that was more formative of my than I had realized.

The panel started out talking about Wendy Pini’s personal history. They talked about Elf Quest had started in Fantasy Quarterly. They formed their own company, Warp Graphics. She then moved to Hollywood for an Elf Quest movie. They still hope an Elf Quest movie will happen, to this day. I think that Elf Quest would make for a great series of movies. It also turns out that Johnny Galecki (of Roseanne and Big Bang Theory fame) is a huge fan of Elf Quest.

There is currently a 5 minute Elf Quest short movie online, you can watch it here. However, their information about their being an Elf Quest movie in development is outdated… unfortunately.

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Kokiri Link, FTW!

We Love Fine is also selling a line of Elf Quest t-shirts… They are really cute and I would love to have them all, except price woud preclude me from doing so. They are really neat looking shirts and perfect if your the same kind of nerd as I am when it comes to Elf Quest. Wendy’s personal artwork will be kept at Columbia University as well.

There are 2 artbooks coming out as well by Flesk. One will be an art of Elf Quest book and the other will be a book of Wendy’s art and may not necessarily be Elf Quest oriented. They both should be out in 2014.

The most exiciting and saddening part is that there is new Elf Quest. They will be released through Dark Horse. The first book will be starting something called Elf Quest: the Final Quest. And that’s where it’s sad. I hate to think that Elf Quest is ending. The series had meant so much to me. In many ways it was something that gave me the push to be a writer. While I’m glad there’s new Elf Quest (yay), I’m also sad that that’s it. I don’t know if they’re going to re-release the earlier editions of Elf Quest.

This is going to be a largely picture post… hope you enjoy. And this time there will be no pictures of you’re writer.

Another look from the h.naoto panel.

Another look from the h.naoto panel.

It's Vash the Stampede

It’s Vash the Stampede

A cute loli outfit.

A cute loli outfit.

Yay! Mega Man

Yay! Mega Man

A character from Sword Art Online... a series I still need to watch.

A character from Sword Art Online… a series I still need to watch.

Yaoi, because Yaoi.

Yaoi, because Yaoi.

I love that people are still cosplaying from the Alice game.

I love that people are still cosplaying from the Alice game.

Midna, in all her normal glory

Midna, in all her normal glory

Love this Yuna cosplay

Love this Yuna cosplay

You can never go wrong with Ryu... Except for when you do.

You can never go wrong with Ryu… Except for when you do.

It's a wonderful Princess Mononoke cosplay.

It’s a wonderful Princess Mononoke cosplay.

Super Saiyan Goku, Bills (I think, if I'm remembering right) and Bulma

Super Saiyan Goku, Bills (I think, if I’m remembering right) and Bulma

Vincent Valentine

Vincent Valentine

Ruby Rhod with one of the 5,6,7's and O-Ren Ishii

Ruby Rhod with one of the 5,6,7’s and O-Ren Ishii

Sora and heartless Sora crossbreed

Sora and heartless Sora crossbreed

Skullbot

Skullbot

Goku (I think) and Vegeta, just hanging out.

Goku (I think) and Vegeta, just hanging out.

Vincent and a wandering Moogle (I've forgotten the name of the wandering moogle from FFIX).

Vincent and a wandering Moogle (I’ve forgotten the name of the wandering moogle from FFIX).

Louise from Bob's Burgers. The one cosplay I wish I had a picture of, Consuelo from Family Guy.

Louise from Bob’s Burgers. The one cosplay I wish I had a picture of, Consuelo from Family Guy.

Bilbo Baggins (*insert Leonard Nimoy song here*)

Bilbo Baggins (*insert Leonard Nimoy song here*)

Pretty sweet and accurate Sazh cosplay

Pretty sweet and accurate Sazh cosplay

Epic Tiger and Bunny suit cosplay.

Epic Tiger and Bunny suit cosplay.

The amount of detail in these is amazing.

The amount of detail in these is amazing.

Rilakuma cosplay

Rilakuma cosplay

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Beautiful TARDIS dress

Beautiful TARDIS dress

This massive group for the Avatar/Korra cosplay gathering

This massive group for the Avatar/Korra cosplay gathering

Love this lonely lolita picture

Love this lonely lolita picture

Sesshoumaru from Inu Yasha

Sesshoumaru from Inu Yasha

Yaya Han in Evangelion cosplay

Yaya Han in Evangelion cosplay

I have no idea who this is, but does it look awesome.

I have no idea who this is, but does it look awesome.

Asuka from Evangelion

Asuka from Evangelion

Shinji from Evangelion

Shinji from Evangelion

Wonderfully friendly woman and he equally friendly pup.

Wonderfully friendly woman and he equally friendly pup.

Tiger and Bunny (Barnaby Brooks, Jr.) gathering.

Tiger and Bunny (Barnaby Brooks, Jr.) gathering.

Wild Tiger and Baranaby

Wild Tiger and Baranaby

More of the gathering

More of the gathering

Final Fantasy (I believe 4) character

Final Fantasy (I believe 4) character

"Lana! Lana! Lana! Lana!" "What Archer?!?"

“Lana! Lana! Lana! Lana!”
“What Archer?!?”

Cute lolita characters (not sure where from)

Cute lolita characters (not sure where from)

Sweet Psy cosplay

Sweet Psy cosplay

I seriously love the sparkliness of that jacket

I seriously love the sparkliness of that jacket

I believe this is Angela and Ash from Kuroshitsuji. Please comment and let me know who they are from Kuroshitsuji.

I believe this is Angela and Ash from Kuroshitsuji. Please comment and let me know who they are from Kuroshitsuji.

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Random bunny girl cosplay (not sure where it's from)

Random bunny girl cosplay (not sure where it’s from)

A couple of Ronald Knoxs... also from Kuroshitsuji

A couple of Ronald Knoxs… also from Kuroshitsuji

Meirin

Meirin

Pluto

Pluto

Meirin and another Pluto

Meirin and another Pluto

Lao and Ran Mao

Lao and Ran Mao

Drossel Keinz

Drossel Keinz

Minor characters (well, more minor) from Kuroshitsuji

Minor characters (well, more minor) from Kuroshitsuji

Lao, Ran Mao, Drossel, Snake and Undertaker

Lao, Ran Mao, Drossel, Snake and Undertaker

Really intricate Ciel cosplay

Really intricate Ciel cosplay

Girl Ciel

Girl Ciel

Another Ciel

Another Ciel

Ciel and Sebastian

Ciel and Sebastian

Ceil and Sebastian, again

Ceil and Sebastian, again

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Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny

Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny

I was quite impressed with this costume

I was quite impressed with this costume

Sweet giant knight costume

Sweet giant knight costume

Navi... and we all should know the response to Navi

Navi… and we all should know the response to Navi

Another Wild Tiger suit cosplay

Another Wild Tiger suit cosplay

Card Captor Sakura cosplay.

Card Captor Sakura cosplay.

Not sure where this is from, but it's awesome

Not sure where this is from, but it’s awesome

It's moments like these that make Fanime awesome

It’s moments like these that make Fanime awesome

This kid was awesome and so was their conveyance

This kid was awesome and so was their conveyance

Probably the most awesome Iron Man cosplay I've seen

Probably the most awesome Iron Man cosplay I’ve seen

The Ocarina Band

The Ocarina Band

Skull Kid playing guitar

Skull Kid playing guitar

Midna

Midna

Once again, I wish I knew.

Once again, I wish I knew.

Next verse, same as the first

Next verse, same as the first

Red tunic Link

Red tunic Link

Link and Shiek

Link and Shiek

Quail Man (I miss Doug)

Quail Man (I miss Doug)

More Hard Gay

More Hard Gay

Sailor Scouts a roaming

Sailor Scouts a roaming

Awesome Indy cosplay

Awesome Indy cosplay

Ganondorf

Ganondorf

Attack on Titan cosplay

Attack on Titan cosplay

Rogue talking about philosophy in the morning

Rogue talking about philosophy in the morning

Awesome Mad Hatter cosplay

Awesome Mad Hatter cosplay

A pretty decent Undertaker cosplay

A pretty decent Undertaker cosplayano

Crochet (or knitted) Sailor Moon is awesome

Crochet (or knitted) Sailor Moon is awesome

After the end of the panel, it was time to get dinner with another couple of friends. For me, it’s always fun to get some good downtime

Korra blowing off a beau

Korra blowing off a beau

in the middle of a convention. After all, conventions are still work for me. Getting to chill with friends and have a good time with food and talking is almost always worth it. Sunday night was also a good example of that.

After dinner we decided that it might be better to call it an early night instead of going to watch yaoi again. Of course, that night’s movie fair was largely stuff that I have seen/own. It would be fun to go and see the corn scene again in a room full of like-minded people. Alas, the social stimulation was starting to wear on me and forced me to take that downtime that I desperately needed.

After getting a decent amount of sleep and starting to get our stuff together (as we were checking out of the hotel). I decided to catch one last panel. That panel was “Philosophy in Anime”.

I must say, this was possibly the most enlightening panel I saw the entire weekend. I love how it would use anime as specific examples of philosophy. Even better was the philosophical conversation that I had prior to the panel, talking about deism in both Fullmetal Alchemist and Madoka Magica. Going through the panel and listening to their examples followed by the conversation that happened afterwards… I was in nerd heaven. There were so much discussion about different forms of philosophy and how they were represented. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t talking about nihilism. However, that might be a bit too heady for the last morning of a con.

Meirin rubbing Pluto's belly while being grabbed by Pluto.

Meirin rubbing Pluto’s belly while being grabbed by Pluto.

After a thoroughly enjoyable panel, I figured I would make one last sweep of the dealers’ room. After all, that’s the day you really want to go. Many dealers want to make deep discounts and get rid of the rest of their merch so they don’t have to lug it back home.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to score any decent discounts. I did, however, manage to score a Team Edward t-shirt (Edward from Cowboy Bebop) and an awesome book that was illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. I do so love his illustration style.

After the final sweep it was time to be off back to home.

I must say, this Fanime was the best I had been to in some time. I think that being in a hotel room helped immensely. There was no worrying about making it home before falling asleep. We could be out later and enjoy more things. It was a bit more expensive, but considering how many meals I ate in the room because we could bring our own food, I think it was probably for the best. It certainly made eating gluten-free so much more easy. After all, there aren’t a lot of gluten-free options near the convention center. All in all, it was incredibly enjoyable. Now I’m all excited for next year.