Earlier this month, Anime Los Angeles happened, a smaller anime convention that is held in a hotel close to the Los Angeles international airport. When it comes to anime conventions, I rarely ever make plans for them anymore, except for when I drop in for a “surprise” visit. This year, I had half a day to spend at the convention. The bigger reason I wanted to go was to reunite with a friend, known as MissTea in the cosplay world, who was also part of the ‘old days’ of my convention going world.
I’ve always like ALA and I’ve never had a problem with this convention. I love how small it was and the way it felt so cozy to just hang out and watch people walk around in their costumes. It didn’t have that annoying attitude that a lot of anime conventions seem to picking up these days. I spent 4 to 5 hours with MissTea, walking around and finding people we knew to talk to. Fortune Cookie (a rare Defectivegeeker) was there to cosplay with her friends.
I didn’t attend any panels but we checked out the dealer’s hall and artist alley. Both were small, but were full of different booths and merchandise. The artist alley was particularly impressive, though the artists we spoke to claimed sales was pretty low compared to previous years. This seems to be a prevailing theme each year for these convention artists. Hopefully, the future of artist alley sales will improve eventually.
The cosplay, on the other hand, was quite impressive. People went all out for this small convention, bringing and wearing their best– skin showed despite the chilly weather, but these guys posed in the cold like pros! Admittedly, when I walked into the hotel, I was quite overwhelmed at first. I would not be able to identify more than half of the costumes people are wearing nowadays. I am such an old timer! Still, I can appreciate a well-crafted costume despite my lack of which anime or manga they had come from.
Before we left, MissTea and I couldn’t resist striking a pose and tried to channel our old cosplaying ways! I’m confident that we’ve ‘still got it!’ What do you guys think? We’re still kinda hot despite for being oldies, right?….Right?…Guys…?
Yes, I did actually almost win a cosplay hall ribbon award because a certain photographer who goes by the alias, Agentsakur9, spread rumors that I was dressed like Nana Oosaki. Sigh… it’s like a stigma!
Fortune Cookie may or may not do an actual and more detailed report on Anime Los Angeles, so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, check out the rest of my photos on my flickr gallery or play the slideshow below.