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KeripoKeripo4 years agoDiary
Akicon 2013
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A few weeks ago (Oct 25-27th), I attended Akicon 2013 as my first big anime convention since moving to Washington last year. In the northwest, there are two large anime conventions, Sakura-con and Akicon. I somehow managed to miss both last year, but made sure to attend this year (and plan on attending Sakura-con 2014).

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Overall, the con was alright. I was quite surprised to see over half of the participants in cosplay. Normally, I spend most of my time at anime cons taking photos of outstanding cosplayers, but at Akicon, it was such an overwhelming majority that I ironically ended up almost taking none (i.e. so many cosplayers I couldn't bring myself to go up and ask individuals for photos >_<). There was also an overwhelming number of Shingeki no Kyoujin cosplayers (as expected), most of which were female (poor Erens) and actually no titans at all (you'll see this below in the SnK group photoshoot). The merchant hall was alright (I only bought a small Kirito plush) though I did bust one stall for trying to sell bootlegged nendos. The panels overall were quite boring, but that probably had to do with the fact that I wandered the con alone this year (WTB more anime friends, QQ). Actually only stayed for Saturday in the end even though I also bought Sunday tickets.

I cosplayed as Kirito from Sword Art Online. I was originally planning to use it last year but since I missed both cons, I figured I'd use it for Akicon at least. Completely forgot to take pics at the con, but you can see a few older at-home photos on my CureCos profile. There were also a small handful of other SAO cosplayers, but unfortunately none of them showed up when it was time for the SAO group photoshoot. For Sakura-con 2014, planning on cosplaying as Shiroe from Log Horizon and hopefully meet a few fellow LH cosplayers (an Akatsuki would be nice too ^_^).

Here's the photo dump. Half of the photos were from the SnK group photoshoot so I only included a handful of them here (I put potentially spoilerific ones in spoilers, but you have been warned!). For all photos, see the complete set on Flickr. More photos from other people can be found here and here. Enjoy!

~Keripo

Lining up for tickets
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Random Joker vs Batman
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Welcome to Akicon banner
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Badge - I bought Saturday and Sunday tickets but only attended Saturday
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Soul Eater anyone? xD
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Programming guide
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They were doing LARPing. I wanted to join in (cosplayed as Kirito xD), but the line was long
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Merchant's hall
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Yupppp
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Random pics of the general lobby. A really high percent of cosplayers
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Panoramia
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No one was willing to use it xD
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A few other SAO cosplayers spotted
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Random Tenshi cosplayer, really liked her wings
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Gaming room. I played a bit of BlazBlue CP, Project Diva F, and Gundam Extreme Versus. My friends stayed there the entire time since they were running the tournaments, but I couldn't stay seated that long.
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Project Diva F
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Something was going on in the room across - no idea what though
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DanceMania \o/
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Wanted to play some Virtual On, but when I came back later, the machine was broken :(
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Halls busy as ever with cosplayers
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You shall not pass!!!
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The cosplay room consisted of a bunch of sets/backdrops
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In the courtyard, a few dancers were showing off their moves
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Bright and colourful
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Dark and gloomy xD
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Show me your moves!
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Some kind of skit panel
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Back to watching people dance
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Some VA talking about something
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Random mob dancing in the halls
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Shingeki no Kyoujin cosplayers started gathering for the group photoshoot
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There were wayyy too many, so we relocated outside
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Panorama of all of em (might have missed a few)
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THIS IS SPARTAAA!
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I don't even...
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Levis
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Erens
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Mikasas
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Armins
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Line of salutes
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Jeans
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Marcos (spoiler?)
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One Zoe
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I think this was supposed to be Titanic???
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I don't know what was going on...
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Petra (spoiler)
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I have no idea who this is, but people said s/he is a spoiler
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Annie
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Wat?
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Main characters?
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Face-scarf
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At this point, people just started doing random stuff
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Durarararararararaaaaaaa
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Pretty awesome Mari plugsuit
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Didn't expect to see a Guilty Gear cosplay! (May)
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There were a bunch of Brohou cosplayers around, didn't get any proper pics of them though.
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Here's the courtyard dance video (click the picture). Quite impressive.
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~Keripo
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0pt
Just had Anime Festival Asia in Singapore over the last weekend and people generally did not cosplay. I find it amazing and interesting to see so many people cosplaying for this kind of event in the West.

And yeah, it's SnK everywhere >.<
4 years ago
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PlumTea (4 years ago) #1832241Sorry if this is kind of random, but did you get a chance to look around the Artist Alley at Aki-con, and if so, how was it? Aki-con was my home-con for years, but after particularly bad treatment of artists in 2012, my artist friends and I are hesitant to come back. I'm wondering if they were able to sort out their problems after their move to the Doubletree. I'd love to attend but I don't want to get stuck in a leaky garage again... ^-^;;
Argh, I knew I missed taking pics of something >_<
The artist alley were panel rooms set up in horseshoe shapes. I think there were 3 or 4 such rooms. It was definitely cramped compared to what I'd expect to see (i.e. Merchant's Hall treatment with an open large conference room), but at least it was sanitary. The small rooms, however, meant that you would have to squeeze by people if the traffic stopped at any point in the horseshoe.

I wouldn't call the DoubleTree the ideal convention location, but it was acceptable. A larger hotel would have been better (or there were just too many attendees - hard to judge since I didn't attend last year).

~Keripo
4 years ago
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Sorry if this is kind of random, but did you get a chance to look around the Artist Alley at Aki-con, and if so, how was it? Aki-con was my home-con for years, but after particularly bad treatment of artists in 2012, my artist friends and I are hesitant to come back. I'm wondering if they were able to sort out their problems after their move to the Doubletree. I'd love to attend but I don't want to get stuck in a leaky garage again... ^-^;;
4 years ago
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wow, cons look so much differnt in the US to ours down under. it looks like you had fun 8D
also that Celty cosplayer is awesome :O that weapon looks amazing!
4 years ago
0pt
Yuck, SnK. But at least i got to see some Homestuck cosplayers! :33 Everything else looks fun though from looking at these pics, this con looks smaller compared to Florida Supercon.
4 years ago
0pt
So much SnK...sheesh. But they all look good though. I noticed a few at NYCC a month ago (there was A LOT more variety in terms of cosplaying choices than what they did out by you). And the dancers in the last image were pretty good...that big dude can move!

Also, where's the pic of your costume?....
4 years ago
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