Hey! So, last weekend (June 6-8) I went to A-Kon, held at The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX. A-Kon is Texas’ largest anime convention, and one of the longest-running conventions in America – this was its 25th year! That’s crazy to think about.
This was my third year (I believe) attending, and by far the best experience. Even with last year’s move to the Anatole, the convention is still super crowded. That was my biggest complaint last year, along with the 5 hour registration/pre-reg line – yes, they were both lumped into one god-awful line last year. However, A-Kon was able to alleviate the long lines this year by better organizing the reg area, and opening reg all day Thursday. Overall, crowd control felt a bit better this year.
But enough of the boring stuff. I’m sure you’re more interested in hearing about cosplay and events, right?
Friday – I was Minori from Toradora! with my friends who came all the way from Canada to visit us, Matt and Alicia, who were Ryuuji and Taiga respectively. Most of the day consisted of wandering the dealer’s room/artist’s alley, though we did make it to Yaya’s “Past, Present & Future of Cosplay” panel.
I changed into Rei Ayanami later for geeklurv’s Cosplay Madmatch panel, where I answered questions in-character as, big surprise, wondergirl herself. 😛
Saturday – I cosplayed Persona 4’s Rise Kujikawa. The Canadians pooped out on me (they were supposed to join me as Yuu/Protag and Chie). 😛 Even so, I got a surprising amount of recognition as Rise.
Later, Christy and I lined up to see the Cosplay Contest, which was impressive to say the least. There were so many well-done costumes with intricate details and big props and armor pieces. I didn’t envy the judges for a minute.
Not surprisingly, there were very few skit entries. Texas, much like Florida, is more of a Walk-on kind of state, though I did enjoy seeing Utena represented, and my god those costumes were beautiful~ And Forever Alone never fails to deliver the lulz.
Next con for me is San Japan in San Antonio!