So this weekend was one of the most busiest moments of my life. You wonder why?
Well, I got the chance to volunteer for the first time on my first convention. Anime Matsuri is one of the largest growing conventions in the state of Texas and it was my chance to experience it as an attendee and as a volunteer. Last year it was in the top ten of the best anime conventions in the country, though AM is the youngest conventions in the country.
To the main thing about this, AM was full of surprises. Long lines, tech issues, meeting new people, food trucks, the guests, and the main one, lots and lots of cosplayers.
This was the year more people came in cosplays than any other year, according to what one of the few lieutenant volunteers said about it. I don’t say that it’s a good thing, is just that it is a convention in which you can show off how good you can master the cosplaying population. Then there’s the guests. I got a chance to take a signature of Todd Haberkorn, the voice actor of Hikaru from Ouran High School Host Club and Jadeite from Sailor Moon. I got the chance to supervise one of his panels and I’m glad I got a good review from him. He’s just hilarious, especially when he talks about his phone. I’ll update later with the picture of the signature he gave me.
Meeting new people was something I’m experiencing this year. Not only did I befriended with the programming team that I have volunteered with, I befriended some cosplayers that I fell in love with their cosplays. Up to this point, I never meet a really nice population of people from across the country. It felt nice to be called adorable and sweet, up to the extend of flirting (a few guys just had to try to put some moves on me while I was in my Lolita cosplay).
Food trucks were another thing I enjoyed on my first year. I got the change to try good healthy foods they have on their menu, though they pretty much looked unhealthy to the rest of the population. I just didn’t care because I was always hungry throughout the convention.
Then the volunteering part was just amazing. Due to the volunteering I did there, I got the chance to see a few panels I wanted to see so badly, though not all of them got me interested than the speed dating and Todd Haberkorn’s panel. There were a few times that we had some tech issues, but thanks with the tech department that helped us with continuing with the panels and the main events, we managed to go all the way for the attendees, especially seeing Todd Haberkorn play Flappy Birds on his iPhone. I was jsut glad that I enjoyed my shared part while volunteering, but one thing I did learn is that I’m sure not going to use high heels all day long. Half of the day, maybe, but 24 hours of the day, nope. That is due to the fact that I was standing all day long because I was supervising a few of the lines of the panels and of the main events. Other than that, I had a fun time at the convention.
I’ll just end it by saying that I have bought some stuff from the vendors, which one of the stuff I bought was something that got my attention since Day 1 of AM. It was the shirt of the Sailor Scouts with Batman in the middle. When I saw that shirt, I fell in love with it. I’m determined to find it no matter the cost of it. On my last day of the convention, I was roaming around the vendor’s room and it took me about two hours to find that shirt. Currently speaking, I’m wearing the shirt now and not only is it soft, but I’m getting attention from everyone of how adorable and awesome it is.
I was so stressful to an extend that someone lift me up because my right leg just couldn’t handle so much pain from the Lolita shoes i was wearing. I did feel a bit of safety when that person picked me up. My friend was close by when my right leg just broke down on me; I just couldn’t walk well. I kind of wanted to tell him to take me to my hotel room because I was about to fall asleep in his arms. I do have to say that I would of counted on him if anything happens to me, even if I been having trouble with my right leg for a while already.
To rate this convention, I would say the first year as an attendee and as a volunteer who had a bit of good sense of what it was going on, I would rate it a 9 of a scale to 10. Even that AM is still young, I know they can overcome other conventions in the future.
So… Any comments? Keep them short, clear, and to the point. This is Diana saying Anime Matsuri was awesomely, stressful fun! ^_^