Ezra informed me a few days ago that Anime Expo 2016 is this weekend, which reminded me that I haven’t gotten around to posting our pictures and vlog from Anime Expo 2015, eek.
When Kurt heard that we would be visiting last summer, he immediately bought us tickets to Anime Expo 2015. This was only my second cosplay event in the US. The first one was Fanime (read blog entry HERE) which was a lot of fun, but I probably wouldn’t do it again because it was too expensive and we spent SIX HOURS waiting in line just to register. Since Kurt bought our tickets for Anime Expo months ahead we got a big discount. He ordered the 4-day pass, but Ezra and I were only able to go on the 2nd and 4th day. Kurt was able to go for all four days but Ezra and I were in San Diego for the first day for a family event, and she wasn’t feeling well on the third day.
On the second day of Anime Expo, my cousin dropped Ezra and I off at the Los Angeles Convention Center where the event was being held.
The movie Minions was being promoted at the time and I saw this wall on our way over there
We met Kurt at the entrance and he took us to the registration booth. It took us about 5 minutes to register. Did you hear that Fanime? FIVE MINUTES! And it wasn’t just because we went on the second day so there were less people – we went on the 2nd day of Fanime too and it still took us 6 hours. (The people who went on Day 1 told us it took them 7 hours)
Check out that crowd! The venue was huge, but there were a lot of people who went so it still got pretty crowded.
Anime Expo 2015 was sponsored by Com2Us, which made me pretty happy because I was obsessed with Summoner’s War at the time.
One of my favorite things about Anime Expo were the cosplay sets. The organizers had a bunch of sets in one room where we were free to take videos/photos
They had all sort sort of sets, including a Japanese garden, bleachers, cherry blossoms, space ship, rooftop and a classroom. We weren’t able to go on all of them because some had really long lines. The photo above was actually taken on Day 4 – we went really early so we could have a better chance getting a turn.
We saw lots of cosplayers and photographers making use of the different sets:
Of course we had our fun too:
My 24th self portrait last year was taken here
We met a lot of friendly people and photographers at Anime Expo who asked to take our photos even though we weren’t wearing costumes 🙂
We met this beautiful Jessica Rabbit cosplayer there
We didn’t stay too late on our second day because Ezra was still recovering from the stomach flu, which is also the reason we decided to skip the third day of the event. That way she would be fully rested for the 4th day
Since we already missed two days, we decided to go really early on the 4th day
Ezra chose my outfit that day, so we ended up looking like twins again
Everything I’m wearing is hers, except for the boots.
She loves it when I let her dress me – and half the time we end up wearing something very similar
Since Com2Us was partnered with the event, there were Summoner’s War posters all over the place
There was even a Summoner’s War photobooth inside the merchandise hall
We wanted to go shopping but we stopped by the cosplay sets to take photos first before the crowd arrived
(Not sure why Kurt is making this expression)
My 26th self portrait was taken at this rooftop set
This was the set that Ezra really liked. We should have brought food props with us 😄
The ball pit set was quite popular and we had to wait in line for our turn:
Another set that was extremely popular was the classroom set. We weren’t able to get in there 😦
After this we headed over to the merchandise hall to shop
Ezra found a huge poster of Haru which made her very happy
I bought this adorable pink monster jacket
The hood has spikes on it! How cute is that!
The man we bought the jacket from was very nice and accommodating. He gave me lots of stickers and buttons as freebies. Ezra said she ran into him again at WonderCon earlier this year and she ended up buying two bags from him.
Ezra found a bishounen
Looks like she’s got competition for his attention though
Shy little Miku Hatsune
There were lots of great cosplayers at the event, which probably made many photographers very happy. Some went all out and brought lighting equipment with them for impromptu shoots
I didn’t really take photos of the cosplayers this time since Kurt was already taking videos. But I did get pretty excited when I saw an Elucia cosplayer (like I said, I was really into Summoner’s War back then).
There was a huge crowd around her, but it turned out that Kurt knew her (Lilli2sily) so we were able to get photos with her.
This was my only photo with a cosplayer the entire event
Ezra got excited when she saw Kuroshitsuji cosplayers
But what really made her day was this photo:
Sandwiched between her beloved Makoto and Rin 😀
Kurt met new and old friends and took videos of them:
At around 6pm we called it a day. Ezra still wasn’t feeling her best and Kurt was exhausted from filming for four days straight. He told us that he usually eats at Zen Buffet as a reward after each cosplay event but we were too tired to have dinner outside. In the end we decided to just go to Yogurtland for some froyo before heading home to crash and get some rest.
Thanks for taking us to Anime Expo Kurt! 🙂 I had a lot of fun and I’m inggit that I won’t be able to join you guys this year.
I didn’t take that many videos during the event, but I did get enough to make a short vlog, which you can watch below:
And if you want to see some amazing cosplays Kurt made four videos for Anime Expo which you can also watch below:
(Sailor Moon fans would probably enjoy this one)