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For the very first time, the stars and planets aligned and I was able to attend on Sunday. Now, whether or not it was really worth the extra day is debatable, but I will treat it like a mini victory anyway.

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(Left to right: CPK with Shironuri, Karkat, Classic Lolita)

(RANT ALERT: VERY LITTLE INFORMATIVE CONTENT) These are the days when this really is a PERSONAL blog first and foremost.
I will say, however, that this post isn’t going to be as informative as I usually like to be. My con experience has evolved a lot with time: it used to be that I conquered alone, shopping and stopping to take lots of photos. Now, the biggest portion of time is spent chilling with friends (who quite often aren’t in cosplay and leave the con early) and following group plans. I have few pictures beyond of myself. And honestly, I’m getting burned out. This was my 17th convention (all in the span of 4ish years!) and I know what to expect. I’ve never been a panel person and I’m past the “must buy EVERYTHING” stage.

Thus, my weekend was dictated by when my friends were arriving (and my parking situation). I drove myself all three days, a first, and managed to get myself lost once or twice. I learned from my mistakes and found creative detours when crowds and accidents blocked my way.
My panel was on Friday. It was…disappointing. My friends said I did great, but I feel bad anyway. A random guy, identified only as “Steven,” crashed my panel to talk about sushi and boobs :/ I do believe that will be the end of my paneling days. (This is tied in with the gyaru thing) Saturday’s Lolita panel was huge, with 108 in attendance. It was disgusting. She is a terrible public speaker and they are so uppity and I have so few loli friends (gee, with my wonderful personality) and the way they hypocritically were falling over each other to praise Bodyline, when they turned up their nose at it last year…ugh UGH. (My underage friends all avoided Mr. Yan like the plague. I don’t care if he’s behaved thus far this weekend, he still gives us the creeps and I would like people to respect that his track record may be intimidating.)
Sunday wasn’t that great. It was crowded and annoyingly loud and I was done with the con scene but I wasn’t about to abandon the kismesis.

(END RANT)

There wasn’t any one fandom represented the most, cosplay-wise, like in previous years. There was barely any hetalia, what felt like minimal Homestuck (although the meetup was decently large. Where were you hiding?), and a handful of SNK. Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure, that one basketball anime, Free!, and comic characters were common. I saw a surge in kids’ cartoons, such as Disney princess groups and that one fab Danny Phantom group.

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A big change was the con configuration. You can feel how much attendance has grown- there will even be a 4th day next year! The vendor room was moved into the larger ballroom upstairs, flip-flopping with special events/autograph track. (It was nice not having autograph lines near the vendors) There were a number of tables in the back of the room, which became out favorite meeting spot. What Pumpkin was in the vendor room, so I bought a Knight of Blood pin. I also bought sea salt ice cream lollipops, a Patlabor CD (dakeshimeta midNIGHT BLUUEEEE), and a necklace. There were two booths selling proper Lolita, but I abstained for the good of my wallet (the weekend’s parking fees probably could have bought a dress argh).

Overall, it was a good con. More organized than, say, Khaotic. Consistent, entertaining, the best hometown con.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m just too tired to write this right now, but it’s my only chance until a week from now so hey! I’ll try to remain mostly coherent.

The vendor room seemed lackluster this year. Nothing Lolita really, and I didn’t even bother looking at mangas. For once, I hardly spent any money at all. I bought one OreImo blind box and got Kuroneko on my first try!! That and a ring from a local loli and two sea salt icecream lollipops were my total loot the first day.

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(Ain’t we cute?)

Now, onto cosplay.

This year saw a rise in Black Butler, with a slight decline in Homestuck. I saw some Off and a bit more Dangan Ronpa, but not in overwhelming amounts (like how Hetalia or Homestuck once were). I saw 2(!!!!!) people cosplaying the protag from Pokémon Coliseum and 2 girls doing Amulet Spade. My favorite was a girl dressed as Rea from Sankarea, however. The majority seemed to be doing comic book characters or general fandom cosplays (the usual, like Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, One Piece….) Notable exceptions being the various Attack On Titan cosplayers and the three in artist alley doing Les Mis characters. Naturally, I was the only gyaru.

I hosted my second panel ever on Saturday. At 12, the local Lolita group held a Lolita 101 panel, which ran 45 minutes too long, and had planned on a swap meet. So the swap meet didn’t really happen….but I STILL managed to snag 2 pairs of Metamorphose socks. Omg! My first brand items.

My panel ran smoothly, with a few super-attentive audience members. The room was mostly full when I started, and didn’t empty out too much. It was nearly triple what I had at Shadocon- since this time I was running it at 2 on a Saturday. Overall, I think I’ve improved. I covered Gyaru, Mori Girl, and Shironuri in my slide show, but we also discussed Cult Party Kei, Fairy Kei, and Dolly Kei. (Thank goodness Chapman in CPK was there to help me out with the Dolly explanation)

On Friday I was dressed at Ciel Phantomhive.  I ran into Ellie and Robyn from Anime America Podcast. Holy shit!! Sadly, my friends started getting really immature at that moment, not realizing that she wasn’t just “a” Robyn but “THE” Robyn. Whoopsies.

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On Saturday I was dressed in Manba? My aim was Yamamba, but most people asked me if I was a ganguro, which really is a catch-all term these days. I thought I looked cute~ I danced para para a little bit after the panel, out in a hallway. At first only this one ((creepy)) guy came to watch, but then some moms with young daughters came up and encouraged them to dance with me. I got lots of cute videos and blurry photos.

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Many of my friends went fencing this year (yknow, where there’s a balloon on your helmet that your opponent is trying to pop- not legit fencing) which was cool. I went to an animal crossing panel (more info about that at newleafshibuya.tumblr.com) and my friends’ gaming panel.

Guess what? I’m hosting another panel!

Japanese Street Fashion 101

When: Metrocon!! Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2pm

Where: Panel room 19

This panel will provide an overview of popular Japanese street fashion, including a brief look at a few styles quite unique and separate from Lolita fashion. Learn about gyaru (aka the ultimate teenage rebellion), mori girl, shironuri, and other lesser-known fashion movements. Plenty of exciting pictures and tips & tricks for making a style all your own.

Starting at 12pm, there will be a Lolita panel and swap meet in panel room 19. At 2pm, following the end of the meetup, my panel, which focuses on fashion styles beyond Lolita, begins.

I’ll be wearing yamamba, so it’ll be easy to locate me at the convention.

*****I WILL BE DANCING PARA PARA OCCASIONALLY IN VARIOUS SPOTS OF THE CONVENTION CENTER. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME AND DANCE A WHILE :D*******

I have mixed feelings about yesterday. I arrived at 9am, and from then until noon everything went fine. I went with a friend (he was dressed as Dave Strider), and we had a lot of fun just exploring. I stopped by and watched a few minutes of a Vocaloid panel, and the bjd social. I even ran into another friend who I don’t get to see very often!

My Karkat costume looked pretty good, imo.

By 1pm, however, I was a total mess. I quickly changed into my Matryoshka costume (bad idea! It was way too many layers, and I overheated quickly) and ran over to the Cantown meetup area.

Well, a Hetalia photo shoot had apparently shown up unannounced and taken the spot. Homestuck fans milled around, waiting for 2. The Cantown did not officially have a meetup, per say, but I did collect a bunch of cans. The HS photo shoot went from 2 to 4, and emptied out pretty much the second it ended, so nobody was left to build the Cantown with me. One awesome girl came around with a bag of cans, and I got a few shots before leaving the area. (I was giving my friend a ride home, so I had to leave)

The thing that got to me the most was the crowds. The area was way too small to contain the HS meetup. Security was getting annoyed at us for blocking a staircase (even though it was way out-of-the-way, and not actively used for anything except getting to the meetup. Bleh fire code), and the crowds were so large, I just didn’t see any use in trying to fight through them to join in photos. I knew I’d never get a good shot standing down there, and I was overheating at that point, so I just left. I was so overwhelmed and stressed out. I didn’t want to abandon the Cantown (nononono!) but I knew that if I hung around the meetup any longer, I’d become a complete mess. I changed out of my costume, and wandered the vendor room one last time. I came just in time to grab the cans, and left.

I feel guilty, you know? I’ve had two bad experiences with HS photo shoots now, and I really don’t want to put myself through that again. I love Homestuck, and I love cosplaying Homestuck characters, but I just don’t want to be at the meetups anymore. This is a hard realization for me because up to this point, my focus had always been “try to get attention for your cosplay.” I suffered through my Matryoshka costume, even when the weather was too hot to wear it, just because I knew people liked it and would take pictures. It was so self-centered and desperate. It worked, too. At Megacon, I received a lot of attention, since it was a less common cosplay. At Metro, the environment is very different, however. People are less likely to take pictures, and seem less into that whole experience. (I don’t understand it)

I don’t know if I’ll volunteer to host a Cantown again, if it means being present at a photo shoot. Maybe if I get a whole team of people to do it together, like a panel. I dunno. At the moment, I just feel awkward about the whole thing. I know the Hetalia photo shoot was way out of my control, but I still feel like I failed everyone.

 

I’m sorry this got so personal, but this is a serious thing for me. I’ve gone to eight conventions now, and in a few weeks I’ll be packing my bags for Connecticon, and I need to figure out whether or not I still want to be active in Homestuck events.

The one comment that made me feel like any part of it was worth it was when a Vriska cosplayer came up to me and told me that she recognized me from Shadocon (in the Matryoshka costume). I don’t care about being the best HS cosplayer anymore, but I’m glad that I at least got to know some local fans, and are recognized by them.

(today’s Homestuck meetup. Also posted on the metrocon cantown tumblr)

Today I attended Metrocon 2012! This is my third year going to Metrocon, and I really do recognize a lot of the usual congoers at this point. Today was no exception, but this year’s batch of popular cosplays surprised me.

In past years, Death Note has reigned as the main casual costume, but this year I saw many more Kingdom Hearts cosplays. Hetalia became more present than in past months, and ATLA and LOK jumped on the scene as well. Quite obviously, the costumes I saw the most of were Homestuck, but I ran into quite a few Shions as well! My personal favorite cosplays of the day included Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew (http://butts-isnt-an-emotion-asshat.tumblr.com/) and Rufio.

(Me in costume, right before driving to the convention center)

I went to a panel on Para Para dancing. We ended up learning how to dance to “Love and Joy.” (spoiler: it’s hard) I stayed at the con all day and raked in sweet loot like a KERA magazine, an f(x) coffee mug, an alpaca key chain, and a lolita skirt from Princess Pearl Designs! I fell in love with the skirt the minute I saw it on their etsy. The waistband was too big, however, so I’ll pick it up tomorrow after they custom alter it for me.

Overall, it was a great day. My highlight was buying more Sea salt icecream lollipops (what a mouthful). They sold out so quickly last year!

The vendors had a great selection, and I can’t wait to check out a Vocaloid cosplay performance at 10 tomorrow. I hope people like my Matryoshka costume, because I want to retire it after this weekend.

I  just wish everything regarding the meetup and the Cantown project run smoothly! Eeeks!

I probably should be posting this on tumblr, but I don’t know how to use it as well. I feel so bad for anyone that’s been reading my whiny posts on tumblr regarding this con. I should delete them soon.

Friday- Shion from No.6

Saturday- Karkat from Homestuck 

For part of the day, I’ll be wearing his basic outfit, and then I want to change into an updated version of my Matryoshka!Karkat costume (This will be its last con before I retire it)

(photo from Megacon. I foolishly did not take any photos outside of 1 from the photoshoot. There is hardly any evidence that I attended at all.)

REMEMBER:

On Saturday I will be running the Metrocon Cantown Project

for for information, check out the official tumblr!!!

metrocon-cantown.tumblr.com


matryoshkaRose~ (the former lillymelody)
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