Yesterday afternoon I came home from Anime Midwest. I am able to write this after a night of good rest! It was a crazy weekend~ but I did have a lot of fun!
We got somewhat of a late start, but this didn’t hold us back too much. With this being my little brother’s first convention, I was worried about how he would react to seeing the big crowds for the first time, but he was very calm, though uncomfortable. We had to wait about an hour in line to pick up our pre-ordered and pre-paid badges due to a mix up with e-mail with resulted in us not having them sent in the mail. Still, the long line and the wait allowed my group to see a ton of really cool cosplayers who were also just arriving. Although we missed the first panel I wanted to go to, we were able to do a ton of shopping and meet a lot of really nice cosplayers. I even commissioned some art in the artist alley! I also got to meet Chuck Huber once again. The third time I have met him, his friendly and energetic disposition was like a shot of caffeine to me. I got to take pictures with him, as well as have him autograph some of my DVDs. Retiring late, we returned to our room in the Hyatt and ordered deep dish pizza, my favorite! Dressed as Kululu (Kururu) from Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsou), I had a pretty good day despite the hot and humid weather.
After getting up extra early this day, I was dressed as Seto Kaiba. After wondering around a little bit, as well as getting the few items I had debated buying the day before, my group and I explored the con and checked out everything we were able to. We seemed to get stopped every few minutes for photos, which was really cool! I sweat it must have been more than a few dozen people who stopped us. My brother spent the whole day in the game room and was able to enjoy the day. We eventually went to the Yu-Gi-Oh! photo shoot, which turned out to be a lot of fun! I hadn’t expected to meet so many nice cosplayers! After that we decided to wind down somewhat. After a somewhat rough night, we made it to the next day.
After yet another early morning, we packed up, cleaned up the hotel room, and packed the car. After checking out we headed out of Rosemont to Arlington Heights and to Mitsuwa Marketplace for lunch. I had udon with pork! It was super yummy (^w^). Taking my usual rounds in the grocery store and the book store there, we finally started the journey home (with a detour for ice cream!).
All in all, I think the con went very well. I have to compliment the staff on how they handled the long lines for badges. The lines actually moved rather quickly and the staff was very kind and attentive. Also gotta appreciate the free food, variety of activities, and the overall fun and easy set up at the con. Although there was some issues with scheduling for panels on Saturday night, there wasn't too much other than that I can complain about. Fun time!
はいさい! My name is Mariko (真理子）, and yes that is my real name. I love to draw (though I am not very good ;n; ), and I love writing (again not so good). I am a college student who hopes to teach Japanese in America or teach English in my Grandmother's home town of Naha, Okinawa. School takes up lots of my time because I study very hard so I apologize in advance for seeming lazy ^_^' My favorite anime characters are Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Dr. Jizabel (Cain saga/Godchild), Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho), Kio Kaidou (Loveless), Lloyd Asplund (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), Sargent Major Kululu (Kururu) (Sgt. Frog/ Keroro Gunsou), and Alfred F.Jones/America (Hetalia: Axis Powers). If you want my MSN or Skype name you need only ask.
I DO like things that are not anime and manga. If you would like to know, ask. Otherwise I don't think anyone has heard of them/ would be interested. ^-^;
Link to my fanfiction.net account: www.fanfiction.net/u/2389044/M…
Link to my Tumblr (I am still trying to figure out how to use it! >.>;;; ) aliefred.tumblr.com/
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