Home / Dollfie Dream / Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014

Last weekend was Sakura-Con 2014, the biggest anime convention in the north-west. The convention is pretty big with over 25,000 attendees this year and was the biggest I’ve ever been to since Anime Expo 2011.

DSC03610

It was also the first time I was attending an anime con with friends also interested in anime (including OhnoRaptors and Tsukikira), which made it a lot more fun since I wasn’t always the only person excited to see stuff. Attended a few of panels, including “A Helpful Guide to Anime Figure Collecting”, “Are We Live? The iDOLMA$TER!”, “Cosplay Skit Contest”, and “Lesbian-Themed Anime”. Spent a bunch of time in the merchant’s hall but didn’t end up buying much (see loot section). Ran around taking a lot of photos/getting pictures taken of as I was cosplayed as Houko Inumuta from KILL la KILL. Attended the KILL la KILL on Saturday (in costume) and TYPE-MOON on Sunday (just photographer). Met up with a few other Dollfie Dream owners on Sunday and had a mini DD photoshoot. Relaxed a bunch in the console gaming room that was being run by a bunch of my friends who were staff. Then finally ended off the weekend with helping some staff cleanup before arriving home Sunday after midnight. Definitely an exhausting and active con, but it was tons of fun and I got to meet and make a number of new friends ^_^

Here’s the abbreviated photo-dump. You can see all my Sakura-Con-related photos on Flickr or browse by the albums linked in each section below. I unfortunately forgot to take any pics of myself individually so if you happen to have attended the con and have pics of this Inumuta, please letme know ^_^

~Keripo

General Con Photos
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644269963505/

Here’s a bunch of general photos of the con, crowd, merchant’s hall, etc.

Waiting for the merchant’s hall to open
DSC03577
DSC03580
DSC03582

Inside the merchant’s hall
DSC03623

Some table-top game being demo’d
DSC03622

Cirno is strongest!
DSC03624

So much hugging~ I bought the bottom right one on impulse xD
DSC03625

GSC’s company booth – they were selling Nendos and figmas, as well as displaying some scaled PVC figures (nothing on display was for sale)
DSC03807
DSC03808
DSC03809
DSC03806
DSC03805
DSC03804

Outside it would occasionally rain, but the band kept playing on
DSC03986

After a solid three days of good work, staff from the console gaming room and the Majong room got together for some dinner (I tagged along as a friend of staff)
DSC04348

Cosplayers
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644311433883/

Saber (Fate/stay night): The first Saber spotted! (she didn’t attend the TYPE-MOON gathering on Sunday though)
DSC03584

Deadpool (Marvel Comics) with Satsuki-sama and Nonon (KILL la KILL): Deadpool was screaming “yes! yes!” the entire time
DSC03589

Sakura (Card Captor Sakura): She gave us her Cloww cards ^_^
DSC03575

Sonico (Super Sonico): The lovely Mitsuki ^_^ (she tagged along with us after the figure panel and also cosplayed as Ryouko later on)
DSC03602

Patchouli Knowledge (Touhou): We found him like this, absorbed in his books…
DSC03606

Best cosplay 2014
DSC03613

???: No idea who this is but looked really cool
DSC03619

Tohsaka Rin (Fate/stay night): So amazing, really wished I took more pics of her >_<
DSC03629

Rider (Fate/zero) and Saber (Fate/stay night): There’ll be more of these two in the TYPE-MOON photoshoot section
DSC03638

Haruka (FLCL): Best character of all time
DSC03652
Forgot what series they’re from, but they looked dead serious~
DSC03663

Fire Emblem gathering (I think?)
DSC03677

Litchi, Rachel and Taokaka (BlazBlue): Was hoping to see more BlazBlue characters (WTB moar Noellll) but unfortunately didn’t)
DSC03681

I’m going to assume this is some LoL character. Pretty cool foam sword
DSC03694

Ryouko (KILL la KILL): Mitsuki again, pulling a neat Ryouko ^_^
DSC03723

Rider (Fate/zero): IT’S A GENDER-BENDED RIDER! HAIL!
DSC03733

I have no clue who these are, but this old couple was awesome!
DSC03742

Kyaa~
DSC03740

Remilia Scarlet and Ran Yakumo (Touhou): Can never say no to moar Touhou (was surprised there wasn’t any Touhou panels)
DSC03743

Chii~ <3 (Chobits)
DSC03754

Dandy (Space Dandy): All I can say is “YEAH BABY!”
DSC03764

Shinku (Rozen Maiden): Good to see Rozen Maiden hasn’t been forgotten ^_^
DSC03778

Yoshino (Date A Live): The only reason I watched Date A Live. Seriously, how can you say no to Yoshino?
DSC03780

Survey Corps (Attack on Titan): There was actually a huge Shingeki no Kyoujin (Attack on Titan) photoshoot but it was at the same time as the KILL la KILL one so I got no photos
DSC03781

Saber (Fate/Prototype): Major props on this one, really well done (too bad he didn’t make it to Sunday’s TYPE-MOON photoshoot)
DSC03783

Two LoL characters I don’t know cause I don’t play the game, but the guy was classy as hell xD
DSC03785

Zidane (Final Fantasy IX): FFIX was my very first Final Fantasy and still favourite ^_^
DSC03790

Inumuta and Gamagori (KILL la KILL): I’m the Inumuta on the right (I look like a complete dork compared to the much-more-awesome crossplaying Inumuta on the left)
DSC03798

OhnoRaptors in pretty white lolita ^_^
DSC03801

Some Pretty Cure character – OhnoRaptors went crazy when she saw her
DSC03803

Gyokuen Ren, Sinbad, and Jafar (Magi): These three were hanging outside the Aniplex booth
DSC03811

???, Vivi and Freya (Final Fantasy IX): Moar FFIX, my two favourite characters too! <3
DSC03813

Bunch of Ahri’s (League of Legends), the only character I know because Miyuko cosplayed her before
DSC03946

The Death Note, featuring lots and lots of Kyuubey ^_^
DSC03960

Mr. Braun (Steins;Gate): Cause everyone loves CRTs ^_^
DSC03967

Trololololols dancing to Turn Down For What
DSC03971

Shinobu Oshino (Bakemonogatari): I REALLY REALLY WANTED TO TAKE HER HOME WITH ME!!!! xD
DSC03974

Death-sama (Soul Eater): Awww yeahhh!
DSC03981
Neptune (Hyperdimension Neptunia): More like Hyperdimension Bro-tunia
DSC03983

The flowery girl in Blade & Soul (no English name yet): Was surprised someone actually cosplayed her
DSC03994

Mikasa (Attack on Titans): Serious face.
DSC03998

Levi (Attack on Titan): Cleaner-version! Actually one of my friends, who also happened to be part of the gaming console room staff
DSC04007

Ash Ketchum and Diglet (Pokemon): I was slightly disappointed it wasn’t macho-Diglet, but it was still pretty awesome
DSC04012

Sasami-san (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai) and Kurousagi (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?)
DSC04330

Shiroe (Log Horizon): I was originally planning on cosplaying as Shiroe this con, but the anime ended up not as interesting as I hoped…
DSC04332

Shimakaze (Kantai Collection): Friend of a friend of mine actually made the outfit for her
DSC04345

KILL la KILL Photoshoot
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644257113482/

Saturday KILL la KILL gathering. There was one on Friday too but there were some location confusion and I missed most of it. Too many photos to comment on, but if you’re unfamiliar with the series, I’d highly recommend checking it out. Pictures were taken by one of my friends cause I took part in the photoshoot¬† – I’m the most boring-looking Houko Inumuta with the crappy wig (first time using a wig, completely failed at stylizing and getting the right length).
DSC03820
DSC03823
DSC03825
DSC03827
DSC03828
DSC03830
DSC03833
DSC03836
DSC03840
DSC03841
DSC03844
DSC03847
DSC03848
DSC03852
DSC03853
DSC03861
DSC03865
DSC03866
DSC03869
DSC03870
DSC03893
DSC03895
DSC03897
DSC03903
DSC03905
DSC03906
DSC03910
DSC03919
DSC03920
DSC03926
DSC03933
DSC03941

TYPE-MOON Photoshoot
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644271207914/

Sunday TYPE-MOON gathering. Mostly Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night cosplayers (as expected) but there was one Saber Lily (Fate/Unlimited Codes) and Tohno Shiki (Tsukihime), whom I let hold my Arcueid DD for pictures.
Next year I’ll probably be running a TYPE-MOON panel and digging up my old Tohno Shiki cosplay.
DSC04214
DSC04221
DSC04229
DSC04231
DSC04249
DSC04256
DSC04263
DSC04275
DSC04278
DSC04283
DSC04292
DSC04311
DSC04320
DSC04327
DSC04321

Dollfie Dream Mini-Meetup
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644216505136/

We had a mini meetup of Dollfie Dreams on Sunday. Featuring (from left to right): OhnoRaptor’s Airy, Keripo’s custom DDH-07 (Arcueid), thebobness’s Melty, jadepixel’s Rise, perfect34’s custom DDH-04, and perfect34’s custom DDH-05.
DSC04032
DSC04118
DSC04128
DSC04132
DSC04145
DSC04155
DSC04156
DSC04160
DSC04182
DSC04202
DSC04201
DSC04199
DSC04208
DSC04211

Loot
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644258758621/

I didn’t buy any figures at the con but I did buy a bunch of other random stuff

Combined loot (except the Arcueid artwork commission, which I kept in my office)
DSC04364
DSC04361

Wallscroll of an amazing, mesmerizing original artwork drawn and signed by Centimetre Art
DSC04371

Here’s her posing beside the poster ^_^
DSC03738

Another poster also by the same artist, signed too! This one is on her pixiv
DSC04372

All three volumes of the Fate/Apocrypha light novel.
DSC04374

Some random old Tsukihime doujinshi that I bought for $5… will have to look up the circle later
DSC04375

Fate/EXTRA material, also with the bonus Rco Wada art book.
DSC04376

Some lovely full-coloured 18+ doujinshis from the circle KAROMIX

Spoiler:
* [KAROMIX (karory)] KARORFUL MIX EX3 (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
* [KAROMIX (karory)] KAROFUL MIX EX8 (Sword Art Online)
* [KAROMIX (karory)] Karorful mixEX11 (Shingeki no Kyoujin) + clear folder
DSC04383

A random cleaner cloth of maid-version Biribiri (Misaka) from To Aru Kagetsu no Railgun that my friend got for free and gave to me (probably would have bought it too had I seen it for sale)
DSC04354

Adorable, huggable cat plush/pillow that I bought on impulse ;3
DSC04355
DSC04358

The Sakura (Card Captor Sakura) cosplayer gave us some Cloww cards after we took her picture and I ended up keeping them ^_^
DSC04363

I really loved Centimetre Arts’ art-style and ended up going back and commissioning an artwork of Arcueid based on this figure. Turned out pretty nice ^_^
DSC04341
DSC04335

Currently have the artwork up in my office to the right of my monitors so I can admire it at work ;3
0423141459e

And that’s all for this convention! It was definitely a long and exhausting anime convention but I had tons of fun and made a number of new friends. If you plan on attending Sakura-Con next year, make sure to drop by the TYPE-MOON panel and say hi ^_^

~Keripo

Flickr – All: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/tags/sakuracon
Flickr – General: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644269963505/
Flickr – Cosplayers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644311433883/
Flickr – KILL la KILL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644257113482/
Flickr – TYPE-MOON: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644271207914/
Flickr – Dollfie Dream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644216505136/
Flickr – Loot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644258758621/
MyFigureCollection: http://myfigurecollection.net/blog/14083
Figure.fm: http://www.figure.fm/en/post/53092/Sakura+Con+2014.html
DollfieDreams: http://www.dollfiedreams.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=9801

10,808 total views, 2 views today

Check Also

Re:Zero Rem Custom Dollfie Dream

Protecting the smile of best girl Rem… It’s been almost two and a half years …