One of the first articles I wrote on Kinja was my annual write up of my local anime convention, Izumicon. So to mark roughly my one year anniversary of writing stuff on Kinja, I'm yet again doing an article over Izumicon. And I am going above and beyond this year with a crap load of cosplay pictures for you to feast your eyeballs on. But before we get to pics, I'm gonna talk about the event itself, more specifically the things I did. First up, this year's guests were Chris Sabat(whose voice credits are too numerous to list, to put it another way, if you've listened to FUNimation dubs, you've heard him at least once), Quinton Flynn(probably best known for Axel in the Kingdom Hearts series and Raiden in the Metal Gear series), Dante Basco(Rufio in Hook, Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender), Janet Varney(Korra in The Legend of Korra), and Jinn(Japanese band probably best known to anime fans for doing OPs for Blood+ and Code Geass, this con was their first performance outside of Japan). Now for what I did when I wasn't buying stuff or taking pictures.
On the first day I didn't go to that many panels. I went to a panel on making props where I learned some new tips and tricks that I didn't think of before. Then I went to the opening ceremonies. I didn't attend any other panels until the late afternoon where I first went to a panel about cosplay bullying(ie belittling people for not getting their costumes exactly right, or having the exact same body as the character(be it gender, race, weight, physical condition, what have you)).
Then I went to a panel over the history of Shonen Jump. Or so I thought, turned out it was primarily a panel about Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, with a flavoring of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Ah well, at least I walked away from the panel with a pretty alright Naruto keychain locket for answering a JoJo's trivia question correctly.
I finished the day off, panel wise, with back to back horror panels. The first was about the amazingly twisted and talented mangaka Junji Ito, the second was an all purpose horror anime panel. Had a good time at booth.
I started off the second day by attending a Vocaloid concert, complete with a projection screen and everything. It was 11 songs long, though aside from a single Rin solo song and Gumi singing alongside Miku in another song, it was pretty much a Hatsune Miku concert. Which is fine, because I like Miku, I just would have liked at least one Luka song. That being said, I still loved the concert, especially because two of the songs played were some of my favorite songs from the game Project Diva F. The concert ended on a weird note, though, as the last two songs were Miku singing in Spanish, with the final song being a cover of "La Bamba".
I yet again did nothing panel/event wise until the late afternoon when I stood in line with my mom and sister for Chris Sabat's autograph. Because of the long time it took us to get the autographs I ended up missing a few panels I was slightly interested in, but no big deal. Chris Sabat actually ended up making my sister's day, because by the time she got up to him she was in great pain from standing around for so long and was a little down in the dumps because few people recognized her costume, which was Alex from the classic film A Clockwork Orange. Well, thankfully, at least one person recognized her, and it was none other than Chris Sabat himself. The moment she got up to him, he started speaking in an English accent and started quoting lines from the film, even going as far as saying the film was one of his five favorite films. And that made the waiting in line and missing a few panels all worth it.
The next panel I went to was a Dragon Ball Z Abridged fandom one, which was rather short, but still pretty fun. Then I went to a Resident Evil fandom panel where there was a roundtable discussion between the panelists and audience, some challenges with the various games' extra modes, and finally some Resident Evil trivia where correct answers allowed you to pick a Resident Evil game to keep. I got one right and grabbed a PS1 copy of Resident Evil: Director's Cut.
I ended the day with a panel about hilarious hentai dubs, which was pretty much an hour and a half long video of various choice clips of incredibly bad lines. To top it off, some of the lines were said by relatively well known anime dub voices from the late 90's/early 2000's, such as the first voice of Ash Ketchum, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Asuka from EVA as well as some people doing more modern roles, such as the voice actress for Hanji Zoe in the Attack on Titan dub. It was freaking hilarious.
Panel/event wise, I only did three things on the third day. The first was I learned how to play
Waifu: The Card Game Weiss Schwarz, and it was pretty fun. The second thing I did was I sat in the con's cafe and drank various teas while eating snacks. And the last thing I did was attend the closing ceremony, and that's about it.
But enough of all that stuff. I know y'all want pics, so, here are the pics!
But that's not all! What con experience would be complete without buying some stuff? Not a damn one, that's what! So of course I bought quite a few things. And now I'm gonna show what I bought!
And of course, I bought figures. You put me in a dealers room at an anime convention, I'm walking away with a figure. Or three figures, as was the case this year. No fancy gallery for these pictures, as I need to do some explaining with them.
The first is a scale figure of Nico from Love Live.
The second is a scale figure of Super Sonico. For awhile now I've been wanting a figure of her, even before I saw the anime for her, which I surprisingly liked. I just really liked her design. So now I have a figure of her, and thus checked off one of my most wanted additions to my collection.
Now my last figure, I have to give some history. You see, this figure actually trumps the Sonico figure, because while adding a Sonico figure to my collection was something I wanted to do, adding this figure to my collection was what I wanted to do above all else. Without this figure, my collection never really felt "whole" so to speak. I've been wanting a figure of this character for years now, and now my search is over. So what is it? Well...
It's a scale figure of Holo from Spice & Wolf. I've been wanting a Holo figure for years, ever since I first saw the show. Holo is probably my most favorite anime character of all time. I didn't care which Holo figure I got, just that I got a Holo figure. The problem is most of them are long out of print and now cost hundreds of dollars, easily putting them out of my budget. But a glimmer of hope came earlier this year when Kotobukiya announced that they would be reprinting one of their Holo figures and for an extremely affordable price(for a 1/8 scale Kotobukiya figure). But alas, I didn't have the money at the time to pre-order the figure when pre-orders opened. By the time I had the money, the pre-orders had sold out. And like before, the figure's price quickly shot up out of my budget range. But as luck would have it, a vendor in the dealers room was selling it way below the price online, so I was finally able to afford a Holo figure!
And for the last picture, the three figures in their unboxed glory.
And that's Izumicon 2014! I had a lot of fun, especially given the size of the con. Though, admittedly, it was slightly aimed at the more casual/mainstream anime fans, and that's alright. There was more than enough things to do and see that fitted my tastes to make things worthwhile, and I can't wait for next year!