9/29/2008

New York Anime Festival- June 27, 2008

I first found out about this one day at work when a friend felt that this would be something that would be right up my alley. I totally forgot about it until i was reminded on myspace. But, I ended up going this past Saturday. And, ! had a fun time.

Now, I like Anime, but not as once I was did. I don't like cute stuff too much, but I have to admit to watching Pokemon. Yeah, I know, I know, this probably shocks you, but I pride my blogs on being honest, so...

Anywho, it took place at the Jacob Javits Center. As, soon as I walked in, I saw cosplay, galore.

I have to hand it to these dudes and dudettes, they put a lot of care and love into their costumes, and I think that is easily seen. Just looking at the costumes was fun, for me.

Of course, one of the major appeals is the amount of pretty girls that were there. Moreso, than say, a comic-con, of course. I think this is cause Anime, well at least some of it, is really girl-friendly. This girl was one of the prettiest, I think .

More from the hottie in this couple later!

This chick was cute, too.

There was lots of sword swinging action. None of, the swords were really, of course! Shit, even Ronald McDonald went Anime, into what was one of the days most original costumes .

This guy gets mad props because he was doing a beautiful, huge Vampire Hunter D painting on the floor. Look at his comic-book work. Truly gorgeous, amazing work!

Hey remember how I promised more of that hottie? Well, here she is a with a whole group of cosplaying people . And, here is a solo close-up .

This next one is definitely one of the coolest costumes.

As, I said before there were lots of pretty girls . Ariel was smoking hot ! This amazing hottie was getting interviewed. She told the reporter dude, that her character is NOT a slut! Good to know! Actually, she was very friendly and loved to pose for pics. Here she is with, yours truly. These two were especially amazing!

Of course, famous characters were everywhere: By the way, maybe, it's cause I don't know that much about Anime, per say, but shouldn't Swear Bear, I don't know, curse! Ignore me, if this some character everyone else knows, but I don't. But, hey he hangs with people who love V for Vendetta! I LOVE Robot Chicken and this costume!

I really liked this Jigglypuff costume too. The guy had to crouch down for pics and stuff, but he gets points for wearing this! I love Nightmare before Christmas. Shit, even Kiss was there , OK. not really! But, Lord Vader was there! The power of the Dark Side, bitches!!! I even learned that Jesus loves Anime! Who would have thunk it? But, since I am such a HUGE Transformers fan, then I have to say that my fav was Wheeljack.

Getting back to Vader, the New York Jedis were there. They did some light saber battles. There was also some live music on hand.

Speaking of music, lots of the kids there were dancing and having fun. Clearly, the Anime crowd are a happy one, and I am glad that they take such love and joy out of their preferred form of geekdom and rejoice in it. But, I have to say my day was made when Blanka from Street Fighter II (one of my all time fav video games) busted a move! Fuck yeah! Bust a move, Blanka!!!

There was lots of press, there. Now, I read that G4 was suppose to be there, but I did not see anyone. Which is fine, cause unless it is Kristen Holt, Olivia Munn, Alison Haislip, or Layla Kayleigh, I don't wanna see ANY of the jackasses from that channel! Anyways, this hottie interviewed this dude, whoever the hell he was! If someone knows who she works for, please pass the info, to me!

This con was filled with hugs and kisses. Well, at least lots of little girls who had free hug signs, and at least one group of dudes, who added NO GUYS to there hug sign. Funny if you ask me. But, hey this ghost gave kisses to all the girls, so you get the drift. People just wanted to have fun and be noticed Which is fine and all. But, this cow really got A LOT of attention , and he totally ruled! To boot, my friend Alan told me he designed that face. Cool!

Finally, an animatronic chick drew even more attention. She was really creepy and could "react" to your touch and stuff. Really freaky, but here she is with her creator being interviewed.

In all I had nice time and some nice memories. I bought some Asian horror films (Eko Eko Azarak 3 pack, Sukeban Boy, and Suicide Club) and a greeting card that this really pretty girl made (hey, I'm a sucker for a pretty face!). So, I'm glad I went. Who knows. Maybe I will be back next year. Special thanks to those who told me and/or directly or indirectly reminded me about this con!


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