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: