I actually don’t have too much material on cosplay and panels from last month’s AnimeFEST (it was so disorienting to not having on Labor Day as usual) because I focused on the FLOW concert and interview. When I wasn’t doing that, I was catching up with some friends. A few of them were promoting the Ladies of Power charity calendar project, to which you can still donate during the next three days.
The two panels I went were “Shades of Cosplay” and “Disney Comes to Life”. Hosted by Samurai Pizza Kitten Cosplay and Moco Latte Cosplay, two cosplayers of color, “Shades of Cosplay” discussed the problem of racism in the community. The ladies had some excellent advice for newcomers and frustrated veterans alike on dealing with hate and figuring out what works with your skin tone. The Disney panel featured a cast of cosplayers acting like their character and conducting sing-a-longs. Watching Solid Snake sing “Let It Go” with a little girl made my day. While the panel was very entertaining, the lack of microphones and large crowd caused the back of the room get a bit left out. It was also twice as long as other panels. However, it was worth staying until the end because the group created a tribute to honor the late Robin Williams.
As I browsed through the Bizarre Bazaar, my ears were treated to the delightful sounds of Otaku Acoustic. I thought it was great that the con put them out in the open so that everybody could enjoy their favorite anime tunes and check out this band. On the other hand, placing FLOW on the second floor was a huge mistake considering how loud the band got. I heard that panels got canceled because you couldn’t hear anything, and I know the semi-formal ball got evacuated from the fire alarm as well.
That brings me to another issue. Between pulling the fire alarm and stealing light bulbs in the elevator, the behavior of some irresponsible con-goers is really ruining the experience of all other AnimeFEST attendees. It also jeopardizes the con’s relationship with its guests (particularly the ones from overseas) and the hotel. So PLEASE don’t be that person who thinks pranks like that are funny.
Now onto the cosplay. With Sailor Moon Crystal out, there was a large number of Scouts and I’m sad I missed the giant photoshoot. Attack on Titan is still everywhere. As seen in the panel, Disney was a huge hit. We even had a hipster Ariel’s equally hipster family.
There were less comic book characters, but it’s not too surprising since the focus in on anime, which means I can see cosplays I normally don’t encounter like Eureka 7 and Tiger and Bunny. However, I did see several Game of Thrones cosplays, which is pretty impressive considering the Texas heat. Winter will come soon enough though.
Listening to: “The Real Thing” by FEMM