I'm really never one to back down from a challenge or admit exhaustion, but let me tell you... the mega-event that the NY Anime Festival has flowed into had to be the most overwhelming convention I've ever been to, and I've been going to these things for half a decade. It's the result of some combination of high attendance and small convention hall space, but trying to travel through any of the alleys was honestly akin to swiming through cement encrusted salmon. Just walking 40 feet took so much effort, you really just wanted to crawl into a ball when you finally reached a booth. Put that on my signing schedule and I really didn't get to check out much of anything beyond my publisher's booth.
I did get to check out the Funimation booth and pass along the sentiment many of you have (one I share) about them putting together superior packages. Maybe I'll be getting some new material from them? Square Enix's booth was adjacent to mine and I'll say that the new FINAL FANTASY sure looks pretty. I did also get a chance to meet few Whiskey Media users on the floor and at the pizza party we put on. As I always say, getting the chance to make any of you at these shows is a true pleasure.
In general, I felt grateful, once again, for the way anime's opened my mind. Had I gone to this show last year, I surely wouldn't have recognized, nor appreciated, many of the characters people were dressed as. Instead, I felt almost like I spoke an additional language as I truly got to enjoy the spectacle of every aspect of the show, not simply one camp or the other.
How about some ocular proof; some cosplay phtotos?
I was particularly pleased to see the shows I've been watching represented in these kids' choices. As you'll see above, I made a point to photograph attendees dressed as Simon, Mustang, Yoko and Near. Speaking of DEATH NOTE, even though there were Narutos, Shinigami and Poke-trainers a plenty, Misa was definitely choice for girls (even though, once again, she was also the hardest to get a picture of.) I had to throw Pedobear in, too, even though I still don't quite get the joke.
Anyway, here's to another endlessly-fun, if exhausting, anime convention experience. Hopefully the next one I go will be a little more low-key... for my sake!