LA Anime Expo 2016
Anime Expo definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was still extremely fun. When I pictured it in my head, I sort of thought it was just going to be a bunch of nerds huddled in groups inside a big building, and that’s kind of what I got to be honest, but there were so many places to go in the convention center, and so many different people to meet! I went to AX with my friend and her parents. My friend and I were so excited to see the long lines of people waiting to get in the building. Of course, we weren’t excited about getting IN the line, but my friend and I had waited four years to go to AX, since hearing about it in the fourth grade. To a kid, four years is an eternity. Waiting in the lines weren’t as bad as waiting to actually go to Anime Expo. During day one and two of the convention, I dressed up as No Face from Spirited Away. There were so many other No Faces, and when another one would spot me or I would catch sight of another, we would kind of make eye contact and wave at each other. It was kind of like telepathy, the same thing that was running through our heads at the time was always “Oh my diddly darn goodness we are TWINS!” I got so many pictures with other people dressed up as the same character as me, and one even gave me a chocolate coin after we talked a while about our favorite Ghibli movies! It was so cool to see other Studio Ghibli fans all condensed in one area for the scheduled cosplay pictures. There was this one guy who constructed the robot from Castle in the Sky, and was wearing it on his back like a backpack. It was huge; while on his back it reached up to at least 11 feet in the air! There were a lot of Totoros, and an insane amount of Kikis. My friend and I were not shy when it came to asking cosplayers for pictures, and I even accidentally got to meet one of my friends online, since she was dressed up as a character from my favorite cartoon. Speaking of meeting people I know online, I also got to say hi to Commander Holly and Mort3mer, two Youtubers who I really admire and look up to.
During the whole convention, I was constantly on the lookout for my favorite character of all time, or in weaboo terms my waifu, Mako Mankanshoku from Kill La Kill. I took a lot of pictures with cosplayers, all of them sharing the same bubbly and playful nature. It was so fun to do the signature Hallelujah pose with them.
By the time we had to go back home after four days of weaboo shenanigans, both my feet and my wallet were dead. We had so much merch on our backs that I was so glad we came in a minivan. Anything smaller couldn’t have fit all our t-shirts, sweaters, posters, and other things we decided to get. That’s kind of an exaggeration, but what I’m saying is, I’m glad we had leg and elbow room. Anime Expo wasn’t what I pictured when I imagined it in fourth grade, but what my friend and I experienced was way more than anything we could have asked for. It blew our minds.