|Next time, pre-register, dumbass.|
Instead, let me tell you about my con. Last summer I wrote about attending AnimeIowa, the anime convention closest to my permanent address. In April I found myself seriously considering whether or not I could be a professional nerd. The positives are that I would be awesome at it - I have tons of ideas, and am enthusiastic, particularly (at the moment) about anime. I don't have much street cred (at least, not outside of Mongolia), but when I arrived at our moms' Peeps Bunco Night,* Baby Chicken Wing (my aforementioned high school rival) exclaimed, "Oh good, now I'm not the only weird person here!"** On the negative side, I'd be getting a late start and...oh yeah. I hate people.
But, you know, it takes all types. Right?
This event started last year, and was one of the things I most enjoyed about AnimeIowa. If you are one of those people that finds dolls creepy, you'll probably want to skip it. There's a lot of lore in Japanese culture about dolls, and if you want to learn more, this video will tell you all about it, but the TL;DR version is this: dolls have souls, which may explain why so many people think they are creepy. But the Mini-Festival involves more than just dolls. Gundam model kits are also a pretty big part of Japanese culture, and are also a part of the contest. Last year, there was just one category, with awards given for first, second, and third place.
This year there were four categories, and with probably three times as many entries, mostly in the doll costume and doll customization categories. There was also a category for plushies - my specialty. If you haven't been following my descent into madness, I started sewing because nobody was making the things I wanted to buy...and then it got fun. But since last year's con, I've also had the goal to create a plushie that was capable of competing with the OP level of some of the entries from last year, while still retaining my kawaii aesthetic.
It was a huge pain in the ass...but guess who won the plushie category? And when they announced my win, the judge who was the most supportive a year ago said, "You've really upped your game." All the prizes were fantastic***, but I think that meant even more - she's next level.
...yes, my mom took me to an anime convention. Negative one million adult points.
Anyway, seeing that their haunted house was about to start back up, I decided to wait in line and check it out - I mean, who doesn't love a haunted house? After an hour I'd made it to the front of the line, and was ushered in. And was a little disappointed, but I'm still trying to sort out why. AnimeIowa is a family-friendly con, and I'm sure that they could have made it scarier, but it was okay. I guess it just wasn't enough, and I think that's my problem more than theirs. I think my expectation is that a convention should be the most amazing thing ever, but after traveling around Japan, I have pretty high expectations for "the most amazing thing ever." To make me happy, it would probably take an art show by Akane Yano, special guest seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi, and an exhibition hall reminiscent of at least Denden Town (although I wouldn't give up all the crafty goods, it would be nice if they at least focused on anime).
*Bunco = some kind of fast-paced dice game. For the Peeps, it's a monthly excuse to one-up each other, showing off their culinary skills and homes.
** Babysis was offended by that statement, as she had been talking to Baby Chicken Wing when I walked in, but she and I have spoken before about where she falls on the acceptable range of normality, and that is firmly in the middle.
***I came home with a new Nendoroid, a Fullmetal Alchemist cup, a Charizard plushie, and a figurine from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, plus a medal for me and a little one for Sesshoumaru-sama