For those who don’t already know, I’ll be attending my very first anime convention next weekend, Anime Midwest. I’m still a little nervous, but expect to have three-day, ramen-filled blast.
Way back in march, I wrote a post voicing some fears I had about the convention given my gender. I didn’t expect it to become the most popular post on my blog, but there it is. At the month’s end, I tally up the six most popular posts and list them on the left side of the blog. Feminism and Fear of Being Called a ‘Fake Nerd’ was largely based on online comments from social media and the tales some women had to tell about their own nerdom being questioned. I even read a story about a female comic book writer who had a booth set up at a convention. Some of her encounters were astounding, including one man who looked at her sitting behind a booth full of HER COMICS who remarked, “you probably don’t even read comics.”
I’ve avoided these horror stories since March and accepted that they are nothing more than that. The people who will question my nerdom based solely on my gender will be in the great minority, if it happens at all. I’m just going to enjoy myself, dressed in all my Tifa glory ^_^
The anti-dandruff shampoo seems to be doing it’s job, so I will have no problem dressing up. I just made some last-minute purchases to show off my love of Distant Worlds in one outfit and Bleach in another. So, I’ll be Final Fantasy themed on Friday, Tifa Lockhart on Saturday, and Bleach themed on Sunday.
Being Bleach themed on Sunday is important because I’m going to the panel with Johnny Yong Bosch. Do you guys realize how awesome it is that the Black Power Ranger is the voice actor for Ichigo Kurosaki, the main character in Bleach? I think I’m more excited for that event than anything else.
To top it off, he’s also the voice actor for Firion (the hero of Final Fantasy II) in the Final Fantasy Dissidia games. I never played those games due to the absence of a PSP in my home, but I can still freak out about this. I’d like to think I would have noticed if I did, though. Can you tell that both Firion and Ichigo have the same voice actor using these clips?
Oh man, am I excited! I just hope I can get my blog posts all pre-written for the weekend. There’s no way I’ll be online. I’ve gone through the list of events, and here are the ones I’m most looking forward to.
- Critiquing Criticism
- The Opening Ceremony
- How Video Games Saved Us
- Equality in Anime
- Cosplay 101
- The Way of the Sword
- Gangs of Japan: The Yakuza Panel
- Whose Rebellion is it Anyway?
- Samurai Swordsmanship Class
- We Are Not Gamer Girls
- Anime Captions Against Humanity
- The Ghibli Panel
- Whose Line is it Anime
- Basic Japanese Conversation
- Moon Prism Power, Make up! 20 Years of Sailor Moon
- America: Objection! The Great Anime Debate
- FMA: Through the Eyes of Maes Hughes
- Japanese Culture: Myths and Reality
- Cards Against Humanity with Samurai Dan and Jillian
- Mighty Morphin Bleach Ranger…with Johnny Yong Bosch
- Video Games and Psychology
- Ultimate Anime Midwest Guest Q&A
- Closing Ceremonies
That’s just what I’m aiming to do. There is easily three times as many events actually going on at Anime Midwest. There’s so much, I’m going to have to plan and prioritize. I’ve bolded the events that I most want to go to, but I’m not even sure I’ll make it to all of them. Many are very close to each other and certain events (from what I hear) may have a line waiting for them.
I’ll have to carry a note book with me, or maybe a recorder, and take notes. This event is sure to birth many more Nerdy Sunday posts. Some of the other topics, such as equality and the Yakuza may spawn non-nerdy posts for weeks to come.
Have you ever been to a convention? What was it like? Have you ever cosplayed and, if so, who do you most like to dress up as? What do you think of the events I’m going to? Are those the kinds of things you expected to see at an anime convention?