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.
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 ^_^
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.
Flickr set: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157644311433883/
Sonico (Super Sonico): The lovely Mitsuki ^_^ (she tagged along with us after the figure panel and also cosplayed as Ryouko later on)
Bunch of Ahri’s (League of Legends), the only character I know because Miyuko cosplayed her before
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).
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.
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.
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
Wallscroll of an amazing, mesmerizing original artwork drawn and signed by Centimetre Art
Another poster also by the same artist, signed too! This one is on her pixiv
Some lovely full-coloured 18+ doujinshis from the circle KAROMIX
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 ^_^
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 ^_^
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/