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Convention Report!

Posted April 8th, 2014 at 09:41 PM by donavannj

Okay, so this is just going to be briefly about my past weekend. Probably.

I went to an anime convention called Anime Detour over the weekend. Largest one in the State of Minnesota, and it is probably the largest one for 400 miles in any direction (which, coincidentally, is the approximate distance from Minneapolis to Chicago). You have to purchase your passes at least 4 months early because their 3000 weekend pass limit is basically the max number of people they can have at the event at the hotel it is at, which is also the largest convention-friendly hotel for 400 miles.

Anyway, I attended the fewest panels I've attended at any anime convention for this one, primarily because I didn't get there until 8 PM Friday night. I did do quite a bit of shopping and lazing about hotel rooms, though.

Anyway, Friday night I got in about 8 into my hotel room and drove over to the con, caught up with my circle at some Utau no Prince-sama comedy panel, made a run to Target for Wii remotes and other things, then we went to back to their hotel room and played Super Mario Bros Wii U for a while, before heading to an "introductory" panel on hentai (btw, if you ever see an "introductory" panel on the stuff, it's probably not an introductory panel - your sensibilities will be offended - it will probably be some very ridiculous and offensive material that's not exactly in the mainstream for tastes in the slightest) late in the night, and then lazed about their hotel room until 3 AM before I went back to my own awesome 2 room suite. Mine was infinitely superior to their "suite", which was a single room with a single TV (my brother booked that room) and a pull out couch for the second bed.

We woke up around 10 the next morning and went to the dealer's room. We browsed for quite a while, and I'll cover what I got later in a huge photo rush at the end of the blog. Anyway, back ot the day. Myself and the girl from the group caught a Pokemon Adventures panel, then the guy from our group sought us out after the panel and ditched my brother because my brother was playing Magic. We proceeded to the room where this "make anime eyes glasses" panel was going on, but it was packed for its small size, so the 3 of us went to get lunch and ditched my brother since he was probably still playing Magic. If any of you have heard of it, we went to Culver's, which is a better fast food burger place than pretty much all the major national chains that's basically spread across the midsection of the country from Texas all the way up to Minnesota. I had their bacon deluxe burger and a root beer float, because those foods of theirs are amazing.

We then returned to the hotel to play more Super Mario Bros Wii U, while my brother was probably still playing Magic, and he did not join us until sometime later. We then proceeded to laze about before finally getting some energy and initiative to go somewhere at about 8 from my craving for Chili's. We spent about 2 hours there (I had the spicy shrimp tacos) and just barely made the cut for Horrors of Anime: The Movie, a panel basically poking fun at the mainstream media's opinions and coverage of anime and its fans over the years as well as poking fun at anime fans. The second half of the panel basically turned into a clip show where they showed very offensive and violent anime clips. We then went to the PG-13 panel of the Horrors of Anime panel afterward and listened to them talk about the weird convention stories from years past and all that. After that was lazing around their hotel room until 3 AM again before going to bed.

Sunday morning we actually woke up early enough to get the continental breakfast from the hotel and check out. We went over to the convention and then spent most of the day shopping, which is actually the day I spent most of my money. Some of the group caught a panel on the lolita style, which I sat in on for the last 10 minutes of because I was tired of shopping. We wanted to make some more panels afterward, but 1/2 of the group was too preoccupied playing Magic (my brother and the other guy in the group) while the other half was too lazy to make any panels (myself and the girl in the group). We left early because we were starting to really get burned out. Most of my free time since has been spent unpacking, assessing everything I bought this weekend, and lazing about in recovery because I was also away for the whole 5 days before the convention on a business trip in another state.

I managed to street pass about 140 additional people at this convention, which is more than the previous 2 conventions I went to combined. Those had me at about 100.

Oh, uh, my Favorite Set Poll thing is still going on, too. It's in Week 8, and the final poll will be posted up in about 24 hours. The final will run for two weeks and will determine what set is PC's favorite! Be sure to check out the Pokemon Trading Card Game section to vote in these! Actually a pretty accessible poll. Provide your vote and post your reason for it, even if it's a simple reason! /obligatory section plug

And now for the thing you were all waiting for - the pictures of my goodies!

Saturday Booth 1:
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Ah! My Goddess Complete Season DVD from Media Blasters
Mikuru Asahina Character CD (pretty sure this was the only Haruhi character CD I was missing - I have Haruhi, Kyon, Kyon's Sister, I think Koizumi had one (which I might have), and I had the Aya Hirano CD).
Genshiken Guidebook (basically a character guide - probably contains some tidbits I wouldn't have picked up from the main manga story)
Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Volume 7.
Not pictured; large Ramune and multipack of strawberry Pocky. Didn't keep those packages.


Saturday Booth 2:
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Lucky Star Konata Shoulder Bag (wore this all weekend after buying it)
Red Genesect Figurine
Normal Genesect Figurine (2 for $20 when full price was $15 each since they were having a hard time moving the two of them).


Saturday Booth 3:
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Sailor Moon Blind Box
Sailor Moon Keychains
Grab bag contents of the second pic:
Figurine of that princess lady from Gundam 00.
A Nanoha blind bag mini figurine/keychain
Some blind bag figurine from some anime
and apparently some dude/girl from Tiger & Bunny on a keychain


Sunday Booth 1:
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Meloetta Pirouette forme, Mewtwo, and CC keychains


Sunday Booth 2 Trip 1:
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Kokoro Connect TV Series and OVA DVDs


Sunday Booth 3:
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Love Hina Trading Card Poster (I was not even aware they made one for the series, haha)
Grab bag (second pic) contents:
Sakura Wars CharaDoll
Manhwa series named Aspirin (Vol 1)
Mew Super Bouncy Ball
coaster/door hanger thing from unknown anime


Sunday Booth 4:
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Sailor Moon Figurine (English Packaging)
Grab Bag Items (4 smaller items in first picture):
Capsule with mini Meloetta Aria forme keychain
capsule with keychan of some anime dude i don't recognize
blind box figurine thing from anime i don't recognize
blind box mystery thing from anime i don't recognize

And Pikachu in a green top hat with a cane from the bottom picture.


Sunday Booth 5:
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Sealed Limited Edition of Deathsmiles Game for Xbox 360
Damaged but still with original contents "Really Naughty" Limited Edition of Record of Agarest War for Xbox 360 (complete with boob mousepad and risque body pillow that won't leave the box and the soundtrack as well)


Sunday Booth 6:
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Avatar the Last Airbender things


Sunday Booth 2 (final trip since the horde of people at their booth cleared out so I could browse more easily):
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Gacha Gacha Vols 1 & 2
A-Channel complete series (per recommendation of someone who saw my Lucky Star bag while I was standing in front of Booth 6 buying the posters).


Freebie from friend:
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Chibi Moon figurine - the girl in the group got two because each of the other guys got one in their grab bag and had no interest in sailor moon, so they gave it to her before i arrived, then she gave one to me when I arrived because she didn't want more than one


The Convention's Official Shirt they sold for 2014:
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Bonus - Some things I spotted at Target and bought:
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mario and luigi wind up racers
also blind bag mario figurine - though I know with certainty that Bullet Bill is inside that one


Bonus 2 - Some Xbox 360 Controllers I bought on my way out to the Con:
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Okay, that was more than "brief", whoops. Oh well. It was oodles of fun even with being too lazy to make panels. I highly recommend giving going to conventions a try with your friends.

I'd also like to note that despite all of what I bought at the con, I was on the verge of buying even more things, such as a wall clock and several more character figurines. I may have a bit of an impulse spending problem, haha.
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  1. Old Comment
    Elite Overlord LeSabre™'s Avatar
    I WANT THOSE SAILOR MOON KEYCHAINS!

    Also, I have the individual DVD volumes of Ah My Goddess, back when selling volumes of 4-5 episodes at $30 a pop actually worked for the publishers/distributors

    But actually, when I attend a convention, I'm usually more focused on photographing cosplayers than buying stuff in the Dealer's Room (though I do sometimes go crazy in there lol). I've actually got a convention coming up in a week and a half; I've got $125 budgeted for Dealer's Room/Artist's Alley spending; but also a whole bunch of Energizer Lithium batteries for my camera. I actually have a "bucket list" of cosplays that I want to see and photograph; so far I can cross off three of my favorite trainers and all of the inner Sailor Senshi from that list.

    I usually travel solo to conventions and meet up with friends there; however in June I'll be carpooling with a group of us to attend a con up in Ohio. That should be a unique experience.
    Posted April 9th, 2014 at 02:19 AM by Elite Overlord LeSabre™ Elite Overlord LeSabre™ is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Elite Overlord LeSabre™ View Comment
    I WANT THOSE SAILOR MOON KEYCHAINS!

    Also, I have the individual DVD volumes of Ah My Goddess, back when selling volumes of 4-5 episodes at $30 a pop actually worked for the publishers/distributors :P

    But actually, when I attend a convention, I'm usually more focused on photographing cosplayers than buying stuff in the Dealer's Room (though I do sometimes go crazy in there lol). I've actually got a convention coming up in a week and a half; I've got $125 budgeted for Dealer's Room/Artist's Alley spending; but also a whole bunch of Energizer Lithium batteries for my camera. I actually have a "bucket list" of cosplays that I want to see and photograph; so far I can cross off three of my favorite trainers and all of the inner Sailor Senshi from that list.

    I usually travel solo to conventions and meet up with friends there; however in June I'll be carpooling with a group of us to attend a con up in Ohio. That should be a unique experience.
    I bought them from the Toyslogic booth, but I saw some of them at other booths, too. You could probably find them online somewhere.

    It's been a pain trying to find a way to watch the series, so as soon as I saw it, I grabbed it with no regard for the price tag on it. Completely didn't realize it was at $150, haha. The OVA was at $125, so that certainly wasn't cheap, either. I probably would've scoped out limited editions on Amazon if they weren't so expensive, haha. I kinda like amassing those.

    I tend to not go to the photoshoots, since I'm not even a hobbyist photographer and I never cosplay because I'm too busy/lazy to put the effort into getting a costume ready and being able to wear it all day. I think I spent $500-$600 in this convention's dealer room, but I'm not 100% sure, whoops.

    I usually plan to drive out with a group, but the last two I had to drive out later by myself because of work and whatnot. Though most of my conventions are only about an hour away.

    My brother, cousin, and I are already talking about going to another one this summer because my cousin couldn't make this one. I'm also exploring going to ACen in Chicago next year.
    Posted April 9th, 2014 at 07:37 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
 

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