Whose dying to hear me gush about Anime Midwest? No one! I’ve already gushed about it all week and I’m sure everyone is tired of me by now. That doesn’t change the fact that today is Nerdy Sunday. How could I talk about anything other than my first anime convention?
Friday morning, I tried on my Tifa Lockhart cosplay for the first time. Originally, I was only going to wear it Saturday, but I looked so fantastic! I ended up arriving to Anime Midwest already in full cosplay. As we drove towards the hotel and convention center, we could already see people dressed up. I was immediately pleased with my decision while D immediately wished he would have cosplayed so he could join in the fun.
Every other person seemed to know who I was. Walking around, I heard many people say “Look, it’s Tifa.” A bunch of people asked for my picture, a request a happily agreed to. There weren’t a lot of Final Fantasy characters there, but I did see Lightning, Squall, Yuna and Kingdom Hearts Cloud.
There were lunch of Bleach captains there too, probably due to the fact Johnny Yong Bosch was in town. Seeing all them, I’ve officially decided to cosplay Lieutenant Rukia Kuchiki. I’ve got to learn how to sew so I can make my own outfit. There’s no way I can afford to buy something like that.
Friday was enough to convince me these conventions are something I want to do every year. I’m not sure if one a year will do, but one a year at least should be manageable. It surprised me how sure I was of that, considering no one appeared at any of the panels I went to on Friday. The panelist for all four events I went to Friday were no shows. What gives? Luckily the audience for Anime and Equality was more than happy to carry the conversation.
Saturday was equally fun, especially because every panelist showed up to their events. I gushed about Studia Ghibli in one panel and Sailor Moon in another. The new Sailor Moon looks great! It sounds like half the English cast of Bleach will be in the reboot too, with Johnny Yong Bosh (Ichigo Kurosaki) and Michelle Ruff (Rukia Kuchiki) playing Artemis and Luna. Watching the new Sailor Moon, I’m not going to be able to think of anything other than shipping Ichigo and Rukia.
Johnny was honestly the most entertaining of all the events I went to. It was clear to me Ichigo was not his most famous role, either. I’ve got to get my hands of Code Geass now to see what all the fuss is about. At the end of his first event, he welcomed everyone over for an autograph and selfie. His band was there too, so I got a CD of theirs signed by all of them. Last, but not least, I got a hug. ^_^ Yay hugs!
Sunday was left eventful, but the last few events we went to were fantastic. We spent a lot of time at the vendors before finally heading home.
There are no regrets and I cannot wait for my next convention. The three I kept hearing about were Acen, Con-Alt-Delete and Anime Iowa. Maybe I’ll make an appearance at one of those next year ^_^