I got back from California a couple days ago and have a lot to catch up on.
There was a lot of stress going on throughout the weekend, but overall Fanime was a lot of fun.
We got there Wednesday afternoon and settled in. The friends I was staying with lived about an hour away from the convention, so there was a bit of a commute every day. It saved money on hotel, but I feel it caused a lot of stress.
I hadn't had a full night of sleep for over a week because I had been trying to get ready for the trip, preparing our skit, and helping my husband with his costumes. At the con I still wasn't getting a whole lot of sleep since we had a lot going on plus the commute, and it caused me to get a bad migraine on Saturday at the worst of times (during the masquerade). That on top of the nerves
I'm glad I didn't pass out on stage or something.
Thursday before the con we got to see a bit of San Francisco and take a few pictures of Yusei in the city. Hung out with friends in the later part of the day before going back and working on some skit related things.
Friday started off with a long pre-reg line. The YGO gathering got delayed, but even though we did manage to make it just 8 minutes late at the later time, they were pretty much done by the time we got there, which kinda sucked. After that I changed into Guy and met up with
for some Tales of the Abyss fun. It was the highlight of Friday for me :3. They're both huge sweethearts and really easy to talk to and get along with. Afterwards we had a group dinner at Johnny Rockets, which had apparently had a smaller menu and bumped up their prices for Fanime. Boo on them. But we had fun hanging out with everyone at least. After returning to the convention center we did some choreography practice before retiring for the evening.
Saturday was crazy busy. We spent a lot of time in the morning with craftsmanship judging and finalizing skit details. Afterwards I changed into Kaito so I could do Zexal pictures with
. The photographer we were working with was HUGE FUN. I had a hard time keeping a straight face, he was so hilarious. I was in a bit of a slump in the earlier part of the day from a bunch of things, but he pretty much turned all that around. We had to cut things short because we wanted to attend the Shonen Jump Alpha panel. Slifer and I doodled "high tech" Alpha-kuns and got first place and runner up prizes in the art contest during the panel, and Kyle won the SJ cosplay contest as Kuwabara. It was another fun highlight of Saturday :3. After dinner we went to the YGO fan panel, which I was one of the panelists for. There was a huge turnout, and I wish the panel went longer than an hour; I feel like we didn't have enough time! XD Our skit cast met up again for more choreography practice before we left.
Sunday was also a bit hectic. We had brunch with friends but then there wasn't a whole lot of time to get things together for masquerade rehearsal. It was a bit of a frenzy to transport everything, get our PVC rigs together, work out lighting, and then have everyone there at the same time to practice with our backdrops/lighting/etc on stage. The Zelda gathering was in the middle of the big rehearsal block, so I stepped out briefly to attend it. I was greatly impressed with the variety and quality of the cosplayers there (they even had a Byrne from Spirit Tracks)! Though, the photoshoot was overly crowded for the area it was held in, and the lady that was trying to move people around was a bit rude. I just stayed on the sidelines after a while and chatted with people instead before we had to head back to the theater and finally rehearse on stage. I had a little bit of time to change into Yusei and then we were back at the theater for lineup and then the masquerade itself. It was around this time that my headache was starting to get worse. At first it was just making me really drowsy, but by the end of the night I was in a lot of pain. I feel being in the moment on stage and then hearing the audience response really helped distract me from it all though; it was mostly just while we were waiting our turn and then after the contest was officially over that I wasn't feeling at my best. Thank you everyone that came and supported us; there have been a few instances in the past couple years when I just about gave up on the YGO fandom, but being able to perform and then getting a ton of positive feedback with this skit gave me more hope again. We got best comedic skit, and a standing ovation.
You can watch it here, as well as download the MP3 via the link in the description: [link]
Big thanks to the cosplay cast
, the stage ninja setup crew, LK, and Shady for making this happen.
Last day of the con felt rather short. Kyle and I met up with
to do some Zelda pics together since we didn't have much time at the gathering. Then I did another change into Guy for some Tales goodness again, this time with
as Peony! >
It was in the afternoon when everyone was starting to leave, and saying our goodbyes to everyone was really depressing; I hope I can come back next year.
We had one more full day being in California after the con, which we spent again in San Francisco. It's a beautiful city, despite the crazy traffic and scary hills XD. We went to Ghirardelli Square and didn't want to leave (so much delicious chocolate)! Made some silly pictures at a Pika Pika booth and then tried on fluffy dresses at Baby the Star Shine Bright. Last thing we did was get some pizza, stop by a game shop to play on the duel terminals, and then headed back to the house to pack for our flight the following morning.
Thank you California friends for giving us this opportunity to finally travel to the west coast and have a great time. I know there's still a lot of post-con stress and issues that haven't been fully resolved, but I'm praying for the best and hope things will calm down eventually.
Last convention of the year I have planned is Animefest in Dallas. My goal is to get Skyward Sword (green tunic) Link done for that, and if I have time I might do some other smaller costumes, though with some other things keeping me busy this summer I'm not entirely sure how much time I have.
There is a cosplay event going on this month (June 23rd) in Jefferson City, MO called "Capital City Cosplay." If you're in the area please come check it out! We got the capital lawn reserved, and there are a lot of beautiful areas in historical downtown JC for pictures. I'm planning on attending as Aqua :3. Here's the event page on Facebook: [link]
(if for some reason the link doesn't work, just search on facebook "Capital City Cosplay")
I'll probably make another post about this pretty soon.
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