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Anime Boston 2012

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I know it’s been almost two months since the convention, but I’ve had part of this post sitting in my drafts since mid-April, and thought I would finally finish and post it.

My thoughts about this year’s Anime Boston are mixed. On one hand, it is my hometown convention and I always look forward to it. On the other hand, I think the novelty has worn off since I first began attending four years ago.

The Good:
1. I met a lot of really lovely people, and got to see some lovely old friends. There were TONS of people cosplaying from Final Fantasy IX, so I was really excited to see them, of course! It was surprising that an older game would get so much love from so many different people. In addition to the large Final Fantasy IX group there were a spattering of other FFIX characters, which was awesome. Of course half of them I never saw while in Garnet/did not get their contact information, which is lame.
2. Meeting/shooting with some really great photographers. This year I was determined to get some nice photos of my costumes. I have been slowing uploading some of the shots to my DeviantArt account (link in the sidebar). I got to work with some really incredible people: Stephen Tang, Henrickson, ChezPhoto, and C@t Photography. All four of them were friendly, welcoming, hands-on, helpful, and extremely talented. I did not have any bad experiences with them, and I hope to work with all four of them in the future. Many thanks to them for the wonderful work they did.
3. Being in a con environment. I love cons because I get to be around like minded people. Over the years, I have felt more comfortable being open and candid with family and acquaintances about cosplay, but nothing beats the convention atmosphere.
4. The location. I love the Prudential Center and the Hynes. I was also pleased to see that the Prudential Center courtyard had been opened (I was in the area about two days before the con, and it was still closed then).

The Bad:
1. It was very crowded. I was in a very large costume that was hard to maneuver in because of the train, especially when I didn’t have someone holding it for me. Getting around was a hassle, and was really difficult. The main hallway and the Prudential Entrance were especially bad. People would stop to talk in the center of the main hallway, and stop suddenly and just stand there.  I really think there needs to be a “no standing” rule in that area, at least not in the center of it. And the Pru entrance was AWFUL, also filled with groups of people just standing there lurking around the entrance and chatting, preventing people from getting into the convention. I have never seen it so crowded, and it’s not because of a lack of space.
2. Personal discomfort. Which is my costume’s fault, but I was extremely sore and tired by the end of day one. Fixed by not trying to stay in one costume for so many hours, or just making more comfortable costumes in general.
3. I’m getting old. As I get older, the median age of Anime Boston seems to get younger. I found myself getting pretty irritated with the crowd. I abhor the shouting of memes in the hallways (that gets old fast) and the more popular fandoms seem to have… younger fans that think that a con is a place where manners go out the window and it’s okay to be as obnoxious as possible. I can’t talk about this much without seeming bitter or sounding like I’m stepping on people’s toes, but it is what it is.
4. It was COLD. Cold and windy and sometimes unpleasant to sit outside, which was unfortunate. This will most likely be remedied next year, since Anime Boston is in late May 2013.
5. It was a little cramped in the Dealer’s Room and Artist’s Alley, but that’s to be expected. I went in costume once, and decided that it was not worth my time to try and navigate in my dress. Going in normal clothes was fine, though, just a little cramped. Nothing can be helped there.

That being said, I’ll always enjoy and continue to attend Anime Boston for as long as I live in the area. I just find that my priorities have changed from spending time at the events in the convention center to wanting to show off my cosplays, attend photoshoots, and cosplay with my friends.

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