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Anime Expo 2016 - Part 2/2
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This is part 2/2 of my Anime Expo 2016 blog post. See here for part 1.

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Anime Expo (AX) is a four-day anime convention held annually in Los Angeles, California. It is the largest anime convention in North America, with AX2016 attracting over 100,000 attendees (more than four times the attendance we had at Sakura-con 2016). I hadn't attended Anime Expo since AX2011 (Mikunopolis LA), but this time it was announced that there would be a huge concert called Anisong World Matsuri featuring many popular Japanese anime music artists performing (such as JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, etc.) as well as TeddyLoid, so it was a definite must-go for me. I had also made a second batch of hand-made Fate/Grand Order cards that I was going to be handing out while cosplayed as Gudao, so I was looking forward to the Fate photoshoot and meeting fellow TYPE-MOON fans as well. I had also made a few new Dollfie Dream friends at Dolpa LA 2015 last year and would get another chance to hang out with them again. Last but not least, I going to be attending the con with a couple of friends that I hadn't met up with in a long time plus the lovely cosplayer Bridget and a few of my MMO guildies who I had never met before, so it was bound to be a fun time.

Because this was a four-day convention, there were a LOT of things to do and I took a LOT of photos, resulting in quite a long blog post which I've broken up into non-sequential sections:

Part 1:
* #General
* #Merchant's Hall
* #Anisong World Matsuri
* #TeddyLoid
* #Fakku Party
* #Kill la Kill Photoshoot

Part 2:
* #Fate Photoshoot
* #Handing out FGO Cards
* #Dollfie Meet
* #Cosplayers
* #Loot
* #Videos

If you don't want to scroll through all the photos, either click on the above anchor links (only works on keripo.com) or just search the page for the section name (including the "#") and start reading from there.

#Fate Photoshoot
The other photoshoot we attended was the Fate cause most of us are Fate fans. I was a bit sad that at the largest anime convention in North America they would organize it as the "Fate" photoshoot rather than the "TYPE-MOON" photoshoot. No love for Tsukihime/MELTY BLOOD cosplayers (one Sion did show up though!). I guess CANAAN and Zveda Plot weren't too popular either. One of these days I'll meet an Arcueid cosplayer, one day...

One thing I have to mention is that whoever chose the photoshoot spot did not choose well :( Far more cosplayers showed up than there were space so we actually had to relocate to the stairs area beside our designated area. Unfortunately the stairs area also made for a terrible backdrop and lighting due to the building's shadows. Getting a group photo was also impossible. Here's some photos of the gathered crowd.
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Oh well. Have some Sabers.
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With Gilgamesh of course
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Kirigitsus vs the lone Kirei
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Fate/Zero cast
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Oops, we forgot about Lancer. Oh Lancer.
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The various forms of Shirou. Was a bit disappointed no one did Miyu's version, would have added in a bit of variety.
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Nine Lives Blade Works
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Unlimited Rin Works?
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Fate/stay night cast
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Sisters
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EMIYAs
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Team Red
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Team Blue
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Shirou x Rin
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Sneaking a quick one in the corner
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I'm you, but stronger
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Senpai?
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#BestAssassinCosplayNA
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Full Fate/stay night cast now that more people have arrived
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Prisma Illya version of Illya
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I'm actually at a loss here. Prisma Illya's version of kid Gilgamesh dual-wielding the Kaleidosticks? Am I missing the reference?
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Fate/Extra - Tamamo no Mae, Nero Claudius, Gilgamesh, Nero Claudius (dress outfit)
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Fate/hollow ataraxia I guess?
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Fate/Apocrypha - Achilles (Rider of Red) and Mordred (Saber of Red). Expect to see wayyy more F/A cosplayers in 2017 now that they've announced an anime adaptation. And by more I mean a bunch of Mordreds, Jeannes and Shirou Kotomine. If we're lucky, there might be a Siegfried or two. A Frankenwaifu would be nice too.
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Fate/Grand Order. I'm the Gudao in the middle in the standard white outfit.
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Kiritigus and Irisviel
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Don't forget Illya. Just in time for some quality family bonding time.
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Diarmuid x Kayneth
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Lancelot x Kariya
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Artoria vs Gilgamesh
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Diarmuid x Artoria
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Jeanne D'Arc Alters. Cosplayer LennethXVII is the one on the right (wish I could have gotten more photos of her but she left pretty early, apparently frustrated at the bad photoshoot setup and organization)
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Banquet of Kings
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Fate/Prototype - Prototype Cu (Lancer), Hyde (Berserker), and three King Arthurs (Saber)
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Enkidu x Gilgamesh
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Being Lancer is Suffering
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FGO's Limited/Zero Over version of Shirou
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FGO's Heroine X
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Saber-faces - Okita, Arturia Alter, Heroine X, Mordred, Arturia
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More Saber-faces (+Jeanne D'Arc and Nero Claudius)
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That's a lot of Saber-faces (just like in reality!)
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The Archer class really is made up of archers!
(lets just pretend Billy The Kid isn't there)
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Assassins - Heroine X, Hundred-Faced Hassan (on floor), Kirigitsu, Sasaki Kojirou, Jekyll
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Berserkers - Kiyohime (1st Ascension), Hyde, Kiyohime (3rd Ascension) (I think the only time I've seen anyone cosplay as Heracles was at Comiket)
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Riders - Young Alexander, Alexander the Great, Achilles
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Enough with the Sabers, please @_@
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Iskandar vs Gilgamesh was probably my favourite scene of Fate/Zero
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Not exactly sure what's going on here...
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Tamamo no Bae
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Quality father-and-son time
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A wild Sion Eltnam Atlasia appears! Non-Fate TYPE-MOON works have not been forgotten!
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Lets all do the Carnival Phantasm dance!
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#Handing out FGO Cards
In the weeks before AX2016, Tsukikira and I spend a good amount of time putting together a few decks of hand-made FGO cards to hand out at Anime Expo. Most of the cards were handed out right after the Fate photoshoot, but a few of them went to cosplayers that I ran into/took photos of and a few to FGO players who saw my reddit post and managed hunted me down during the con (sonicxsam got a one-off Lancelot mailed to him for sharing his awesome Lancelot cosplay, JakLegendd got a one-off Rin dango CE for his help with collecting the ascension artwork screenshots, and Tsukikira got a custom Archer Rin for his help making the cards). Here's the photodump of all the happy gold card owners, may your rolls be just as good!

Here's the individual shots
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Here's me and Tsukikira being swamped by Gudako/Gudaos
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Seeing all these happy faces of fellow TYPE-MOON fans was well worth the effort!
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#Dollfie Meet
There were two BJD meets listed on the schedule (one on Friday and one on Sunday) but I was only able to attend the first one due to schedule conflicts. Volks USA actually had an official booth at Anime Expo so two of their staff (Volks USA's general manager Hideyoshi Shigeta and someone from the Volks JP branch who was head of product development, forgot his name) actually sat down with us at the DD meet and talked with us. I'm 90% sure my talk with Product-Development-Head-san lead to the recent Saber Alter Santa DD as one of the topics that I discussed with him at length was the popularity of Saber in the DD community and the business opportunity for Volks to do a new TYPE-MOON collab given the recent success of Fate/Grand Order. One of the other topics we talked about was the need for a Megurine Luka DD and that she should be an M-bust, so if Volks does introduce a Luka DD in the future, you're welcome xD

Here's the group shots. I later heard the Sunday one had more people, oh well, this is still plenty big.
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My favourite natural photo of Arc. Next time I'll probably also bring Rem as well. Lily, on the other hand, will probably never leave the house due to her fragile ponytail that I really need to buy an official replacement for.
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This was also Tsukikira's Rin's public debut and first time with other Dollfies other than my Arc and Lily. Yes, I managed to convince Tsukikira to join the dark side, mufufufufu~
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Not sure what's going on here...
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Here's some close-ups of each individual Dollfie. A lot of custom creativity here.
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Product-Development-Head-san taking pictures of the group, including a zoomed in shot of my Arcueid. His pictures would later get posted on the official Volks DD Twitter. Look Arc, you're famous!
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Afterwards a few of us hung out at Wolfheinrich's apartment and had a mini shoot
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#Cosplayers
Ever since seeing the best of the best at Comiket 86, it's become harder and harder to get impressed by cosplayers at anime conventions in North America. Nevertheless, I still do end up taking a handful of photos of cosplayers that I find impressive, unique, or just happen to conveniently be standing still while I'm walking around. Here's the photo dump

Elizabeth Bathory (Lancer) from Fate/Grand Order (3rd Ascension ver)
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Xerneas (Gijinka ver) from Pokemon X
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"Mad Scientist" Okabe, "Tuturu~" Mayuri and "Kristina" Kurisu from Steins;Gate
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Mimi from Digimon tri
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Megumin "Explosion" from KonoSuba
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Genos from One Punch Man
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Ahri from League of Legends
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Aqua and Kazuma from KonoSuba
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Saitama from One Punch man
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Juvia Lockser from Fairy Tail
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Mumen Rider from One Punch Man (being photo-bombed by gender-bended Izaya and Shizuo from Durarara!)
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Guts (I think?) from Berserk
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Two Reapers from Overwatch
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Ikoma from Kabaneri
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Mugen from Samurai Champloo
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Another Genos from One Punch man. This one's armour had glowing LEDs in them.
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Robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
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Isaac from The Binding of Isaac
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Genderbended Junkrat from Overwatch
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Gwen from Odin's Sphere
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D.Va from Overwatch
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Mega forms of various Digimon. WarGreymon, Alphamon, Omnimon, Magnamon, and MetalGarurumon. I'm actually surprised I can still remember the names of all of these.
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Jeanne D'Arc from Fate/Apocrypha
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DJ Sona (Kinetic) from League of Legends
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Shirahoshi from One Piece
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Admirals from KanColle - yes, that Shimakaze dakimakura was actually torn up :(
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RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam
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Lancelot (Berserker) from Fate/Zero
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D.Va in mech suit from Overwatch
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Rikku from Final Fantasy X
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Diarmuid (Lancer) from Fate/Zero
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Genderbended Avengers? I'm not too familiar with comic book heroes but I'm pretty sure that's Captain America on the far left and Falcon on the far right
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Spiderman doing a standing backflip
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Genderbended Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D Wolfwood from Trigun.
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That's a lot of Spiderman/Venoms. Don't know enough about Marvel comics to be able to identify which versions each are.
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Storm from X-Men
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Not sure, but I think the one on the right is a civilian :P
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Gilgamesh and Nero Claudius (Saber Bride) from Fate/Extra CCC
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Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
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Mumei from Kabaneri
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Kyouma from Dimension W
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Officer Ahri and Officer Caitlyn from League of Legends
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Rin (Archer Costume ver) from Fate/stay night
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Purple Heart (Neptune) and White Heart (Noire) from Hyperdimension Neptunia
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Nono from Gunbuter 2/Diebuster/Aim for the Top 2! (so happy people haven't forgotten about this series)
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Haruka from FLCL (the other series that I will always photograph cosplayers from if I ever meet any)
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Squirtle Squad (and a mother Pikachu???)
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#Loot
Loot! I wasn't originally planning on buying anything but still ended up going home with a bunch of random stuff. Here's the group shot of all the SFW stuffhttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8296/28645031385_7dc4547ac2_c.jpg

Signed posters of SPCat members Tasha and Doremi. I don't play nor plan to ever play Dungeon Fighters Online, but the fact that I got to meet the two and get their signatures is enough for me.
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They were also handing out DFO cards with redeemable codes. By the time you've read this they would have all expired, oh well :P
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Touhou stuff! Danmaku!! card game box, Yukari poster, and a copy of Touhou 8 (Imperishable Night) and Touhou 9 (Phantasmagoria of Flower View). Originally wanted to get a second copy of Touhou 7 (Perfect Cherry Blossom) and have ZUN sign it for me but ended up missing both the Zun panel AND not getting tickets for his autograph sessions. So I guess it worked out fine cause now I have a copy of Touhou 7, 8 and 9.
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Anime Expo 2016 souvenir booklet plus shot glass. I realized later that I didn't actually have any shot glasses at home, so it actually gets used now when one of my friends comes over and makes mixed drinks.
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Shiro (No Game No Life) mini pillow cover and Oshino Shinobu (Bakemonogatari) dakimakura
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The Shiro pillow cover came with an inner pillow. Its really nice and fluffy (but too small to use as anything more than a throw pillow on the couch)
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And here's the 18+ NSFW loot:

View spoilerHide spoilerA short free doujinshi from J-List x ToyHeart collab featuring onaholes who transform into girls and try to convince their master to "use" them in a hilarious manner. Pretty much an elaborate product advertisement.
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Fakku's dance party flier. Pretty much just kept this for the Napata artwork (still a bit sad I missed both the Napata and saitom panels)
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Saitom box on left, the translated doujinshis on the right, a 7-day Fakku! pass that I'll probably never use, and a neck strap that I'll also probably never use. Picture was taken after the Saitom box had arrived in mail (see #Merchant's Hall section above for the story)
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The Saitom box set included Uniform Sisters 1, Uniform Sisters 2, Uniform Sisters 2.1, Uniform Sisters 3, Wrapping and Wrapping 2
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Not sure if it's the same for the original versions, but I noticed the covers for these doujinshis had special textures (not sure what the correct terminology is), so at least they look more fancy than most doujinshis
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Random sample page of the English translation from UnisiS2
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Random sample artwork from Unwrapping 2
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The limited edition box
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#Videos
If pictures say a thousand words, then videos must be encyclopedias! Unfortunately most of these are pretty shaky videos taken from my hand-held camera. You can probably find better videos on YouTube but in either case, here's the ones that I have and uploaded. Click on the thumbnails to view the videos on Flickr.

Maids from the Akihabara branch of maid cafe chain maidreamin doing a cute dance
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Lia performing "Bravely You" (Charlotte OP) for the half-time show for the Masquerade
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Hilarious Rick and Morty x Super Smash Bros skit during the Masquerade
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Snow Miku (2014 ver) dancing to "shake it!"
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Minami Kuribayashi and Yoko Ishida performing a duet cover of "God Knows" (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) while I jump up and down like crazy
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TM Revolution performing "HEART OF SWORD" (Rurouni Kenshin ED3). I actually tried hard to keep my hand steady for this one.
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TeddyLoid playing a remixed version of "D City Rock" (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt)
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TeddyLoid playing a remixed version of "Scanty & Kneesocks Theme" (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt)
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TeddyLoid playing a remixed version of "ME!ME!ME!"
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DJ I-have-no-idea-who playing "Rewrite" (Full Metal Alchemist OP4) while a NSFW gif plays on screen
View spoilerHide spoilerThe gif in the background is fanart of "The Amazing World of Gumball" Mike Inel if you're curious :P
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And that's it for the long blog post. I was originally thinking about splitting it into multiple parts but I realized the longer I'd spend trying to think of how to write it, the higher the chance I would just procrastinate again, so I just went ahead and wrote it all. And by "write" I just mean "add contextual comments to the photo dump :P Since Anisong World Matsuri is coming back again to Anime Expo 2017, there's a fair chance I will attend again this year as well (but might not since I'm also planning another Japan Trip, probably in August for Comiket 92).

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~Keripo

Comments (9)

04 months agoHalcioneHalcione
I died at the cheeky assassin "cosplay". Loved that goof in carnival, still love it in real life.
04 months agotreblecraftstreblecrafts
It was great reading the article! The FGO cards were really cool, was glad I was able to make it to the fate meet at AX! (I was the Gudako there with the violin)
04 months agolavalunarlavalunar
Looks like you had an awesome time at AX this year! AX is the one yearly con I always try to go to -- I had a great time this past year as well, though I didn't see nearly as many things as you did! I'm glad you took so many pictures of the cosplayers! Did you go into Artist Alley at all? I thought it was crazy good this year. :)
04 months agorubyserpent_720rubyserpent_720
Thanks for all the photos! The cosplay are really impressive

And it's really cool of you handing out all the FGO cards I want one ( ;∀;)
04 months agodiamondburst19diamondburst19
I appreciate the effort for creating this article. It is a very fun post! I do not even want to ask how the Shimakaze Dakimakura got those holes. lol.
04 months agoAkibaMelonAkibaMelon
Super amazing blog posts! (seriously, who rated this 'uninteresting'?? O_o) I decided to comment on the second entry but both parts are awesome! ^^ Must've been a lot of effort posting so many pictures and getting everything together, so thank you very much! Looks like you had a blast and I must say, I'm liking a lot of these cosplays - even though I'm not usually into cosplay but damn.. some people are really nailing it :D I've never been to an Anime convention (only gaming conventions where you happen to see some Anime cosplay here and there) but all of those huge overseas Anime convention look seriously cool since there are quite some big name company booths and great cosplay talents and all that jazz ^__^
04 months agosnufkinsnufkin
Such a fun post to read! I've never been to a "real" convention before (My experience starts and ends with my local book convention, much of which doesn't interest me.) so this is very interesting.
04 months agoRajkeRajke
Really awesome blog(s). Great cosplay photo's and a really nice Trueno Sprinter Panda EA86.

KeripoI'm actually at a loss here. Prisma Illya's version of kid Gilgamesh dual-wielding the Kaleidosticks? Am I missing the reference?
Don't forget that Gilgamesh own's anything in the world (as he claims) even if there is only one of them. The two Kaleido sticks together could be a reference to the battle of Illya against Gilgamesh when she used both Ruby and Sapphire to rescue Miyu.
04 months agoMedzevilMedzevil
Awesome post! AX is so much fun and I can't wait for this year's to arrive andI had a grand time in Ax2016 The second cosplayer you mentioned was a gijinka Xerneas from pokemon.

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