-The Fanime website promised no more
"line-con," which is standing in line for hours on end. With
construction at the convention center finally completed, there was a new
spot for registration where fans weren't standing out in the hot sun for
hours. The way to purchase tickets was done really well this year because people weren't
waiting in line for hours to get tickets. I was with a ticket buyers on
Saturday and Sunday
and they were just able to walk right in to get a ticket and walk out. It
was pretty good. However, while there wasn't line-con for tickets, there
was line-con at other events.
It's time for the yearly
photo of Strikers 1945 III.
I don't think many sold,
but it was great to see all these Zoids models.
The best price tag at
-The Swap Meet was in a new place again this
year, but it was not a good location and resulted in line-con. Last year it was in a huge
there was tons of room for people to move around and browse the
stuff others were selling on the floor. This year the Swap Meet was in the
Civic Auditorium, a separate building, but it was a pretty small room
for the number of people wanting to get in. There was not enough
space for everyone to go into the hall, so everyone had to wait in line
for hours until previous attendees exited. I waited in line for two hours just to get into
the Swap Meet. There was still some decent things left, but it
was not fun. Hopefully next year the Swap Meet will be in a better area. I
would even be okay with the Swap Meet being in the big blue tent. At least
there would be enough room for everyone.
--The construction to the convention center
was completed which gave lots of extra room. The Artist Alley was in the new
hall and while it felt a little cramped at times, it was a much better
location than the big blue tent from last year.
-As always, you could walk around the hallways
to see the awesome cosplayers without a badge. You just needed a badge to enter the Dealers
Hall, Gaming Hall, Artist Alley, and Swap Meet.
-It seemed like there were more Zoids models
in the Dealers Hall than previous years, which is good.
-There were deals to be had even on the first
day of the convention. A booth had some figures and statues for 80% off. The
boxes weren't in the best condition, but the figures looked perfectly fine.
This guy was understandably sold out of those figures and statues by the next day.
-There were a few cool things at the Viz
Media Panel. Princess Mononoke: The First Story features early watercolor
concepts for Princess Mononoke a shows us Miyazaki's early ideas for what
eventually became a part of other movies. There wasn't any new announcements
regarding Ranma 1/2 Blu-rays or Sailor Moon; they just repeated what was
just announced at an earlier anime convention.
Two upcoming Princess
Some early concepts in
Princess Mononoke: The First Story. Hey, that looks like Totoro.
With these Blu-ray sets,
I've been watching Ranma 1/2 for the first time ever.
This is going to turn into
a lot of Sailor Moon box sets.
-There was a bouncy castle with a shark on it
and another with dolphins. I never saw anyone in them, but they were there.
-I wish other conventions had the almighty Pocket
Guide. It lists the panels, autographs, locations for some events, and all sorts of stuff.
And it fits in your pocket.
-I watched a few people try their hand at the
machines where they had to get a key exactly through a slot to push out a
voucher for a Nintendo 3DS or Xbox One. One guy was always just a hair off
and eventually gave up. I think he spent over $20 just trying, though.
-I was going to go to more panels, but the
lines were already super long by the time I got to the rooms. This year the
panels were being held in hotel meeting rooms. and some of them looked
pretty small. I looked into a panel room and noticed it was small. walked
down the line for it which went all the way down the hallway and around the
corner. There was no way all those people were going to fit into that room.
-There was a DeLorean parked outside one of
the hotels after I came out of not attending a panel. It belonged to brony.
Bronies can have cool things, too.
-The Steampunk convention, Clockwork Alchemy
was in a different location this year. Previous years it was happening right
alongside Fanime in the convention center and surrounding hotels, so there
would also be lots of Steampunk cosplayers at the show. This year, however,
Clockwork Alchemy was in a completely separate location, not really within
walking distance either. I guess with Fanime getting so much bigger some
sacrifices have to be made to accommodate its expansion.
-I met a guy for whom those "How to Handle
Creepers" cosplay panels are made for. Super creepy.