Sugoi Sunday @ Anime North 2013 -Sailor Scouts, KPOP, Q&A with Umbrella & Awoi, Chii Sakurabi Concert!
Alas! The last day of my beautiful wonderful con arrived. I woke up an hour later then I wanted to because I was up a little late (5am to be exact) last night doing my post for Saturday and getting ready to check out of my hotel. I wanted to make sure that I got to the Q&A session for UMBRELLA and AWOI, so after forcing myself out of bed to shower and get my cosplay ready for the last time this weekend I inhaled some breakfast and rushed over to the Doubletree hotel to line up with the hundred other fangirls to see those beautiful faced Visual K J-Rock bands before they left to go back to Japan.
4 Members of UMBRELLA
The Q&A was really fun, A lot of people had questions, both thoughtful and serious and some even funny and ridiculous. Both bands were very cute, polite, and looked like they had a lot of fun interacting with the Canadian Otaku fans. There was even a beautiful Lolita Princess(not a real princess, although I thought she was so cute that in my imagination she is a princess) who flew out from Austrailia just to see Awoi. She even asked her question in Japanese! What a smart hime-sama! There was a lot of laughter and interesting events which included a super lucky fan getting hugs from ALL of them and one member of UMBRELLA taking his shirt off! Indeed one of the most exciting parts of my weekend!
leaving the Q&A I headed over to another panel called “The Canadian Voice Acting Industry” and to my surprise my childhood hero’s voices were present there! The Canadian Voice actors of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus were there. It was so nostalgic listening to them talk, especially Jupiter because she has such a distinct voice. To hear their stories about their careers and what the industry was like, was priceless. I really hope they return to the convention next year – they were so happy with this convention and how they were treated and welcomed that it came to almost a shock to them.
After this Q&A I went to go get some Onigiri at the Japanese Resturant because I was starving and then headed over to the Kpop-Shinee Fashion and Dance Panel. That was fun although it was a bit unorganized. We saw a slideshow about Shinee Fashion and Brands and then had a small dance lesson of one of their songs.
I then headed over to the Dealers room one last time to spend the last of my money! I forgot that my boyfriend wanted me to buy him some ‘Crayon Shin-Chan’ comics. I ended on buying 3-5 of that series and 1-2 of a new series I found called ‘OTOMEN’ which I thought would be good. I completely regret buying ONLY two volumes because on my way home from the con I read the first one and fell in love with it completely! IT’S SO AMAZING! The moment I finished the second volume I was heartbroken inside because I couldn’t continue reading it. (I will continue this on a different review post later on.) I also bought another new one called “The Devil and her Love Song” I bought only the first volume to try it out and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.
I rushed back to the Doubletree Hotel to line up to see the Chii Sakurabi Concert. On Friday I visited her booth and bought her CD which she signed. I listened to it that night and it was actually very good and I really liked her songs. I love concerts so I was excited to watch this one. It did not dissapoint. It was so fun and he has an amazing voice and stage presence. It was a very different atmosphere than the J-Rock concerts the day before, very cutsy Lolita style and Pop music. The energy of the audience was amazing too and we all danced in the front in unison. It was a great experience. I will try and put up as much video on this as I can although I didn’t get much because my battery died and I filled up my memory stick on the camera at this point in the day! I have become a fan of Chii because she is just so amazing.
After this I headed back to my hotel to grab my luggage and go home. The concert was the last event happening before the closing ceremonies so the convention was officially over. I miss it already, and I cant wait till next year. The galleries of all the pictures and video I took (A lot of pictures and footage!) I will put up on a later time.
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May 30, 2013 | Categories: Anime, Conventions, Cosplay, Social Blogging, Uncategorized | Tags: AN, anime, anime north, chii, chii sakurabi, concerts, cosplay, costume, dress up, dressup, gaming, geeks, gothic, hotel, jpop, kpop, lolita, manga, nerds, otaku, otome, OtomeGames, sakurabi, shopping, TCC, toronto, Toronto congress Centre | Leave a comment
Super Saturday @ Anime North 2013 – Club XIII Review, Photoshoot, Shopping, Sushi & UMBRELLA and AWOI Concert
Again most of my pictures are on my camera so I will post them up when I get home sunday night on a separate post. The ones that Are worth showing from my phone I’ll put here. Also, if my spelling and grammar are terrible its because its late and I’ve had a packed crazy day.
Saturdays at anime north are the most exciting in my opinion. There is just so much to do, in the day that your just constantly scrambling from building to building and from event to event. I woke up at 9 to get ready for cosplaying and to get to the J-idol auditions that started at 10 and ended at 12:30. Sadly I didn’t make the cut this year =( so I was kind of depressed , not only because I thought my audition was ok, but also because I missed the chance to line up for the Maid Cafe called ‘Cafe Delish’. The ‘Cafe Delish’ Cafe at Anime north is so popular that people start lining up at 9am just to get in (the first seating starts at 12). In all my years of going to anime north I have never been to Cafe Delish because I’ve never had the chance to line up early enough to get in. So after my disappointment in my j-idol audition and the disappointment finding out that I couldn’t go to Cafe Delish I decided that I would drown my sorrows in the Dealers Room for some shopping therapy before my appointment at the ‘Club XIII’ Host Club. I was soooo excited for this host club like you do not believe. I ended up buying a very gorgeous Sephiroth poster from the artist alley.
I usually don’t buy posters becuase I don’t really have that much space for them, nor do I really spend time in my room other than to sleep… HOWEVER… I honestly have never seen a drawing of Sephiroth that was as sexy as this one. I was like super nosebleed fountain when I saw it. Sephiroth rivals Sheshomaru as my Sexiest Villain of all time. I personally think that Sheshoumaru is so Tsundere that it drives me absolutely wild, it also helps that he is SUPER overpowering over every single person in the Inu-Yasha Universe and that he is tall and gorgeous. Sephiroth, in the other hand, (in my opinion) if he ever would love a woman would be a HUGE sadist teaser who would torture, torment and tease you until you beg him to take you right then and there!!! And in the poster that I bought, he has this naughty smirk on his sexy face that just…*SIGH*… portrays this kind of Sexy-Sadist-Sephiroth I have in my mind perfectly.
So after getting that beauty of a poster I headed over to the ClubXIII Host Club for my Seating with Jun. I was SO RETARDEDLY excited for this because it was my first time going to a host club. Not only that but the Pictures on ClubXIII’s Facebook of all the hosts and butlers are gorgeous! I ended up picking Junn because in his picture he is super adorable! I didn’t know from his picture that he is super tall (well compared to me)! I always admire tall asian guys because they are so rare, like my boyfriend for example, is 5’6 but when I wear heels that he likes I always end up taller than him. I donno if it’s just me but guys who tower over me and make me feel small and dainty – which I am neither, lol. But that’s just me going on a HUGE tangent. The Host club seating was really short, only 30 min and It flew by super fast =(, but that was because we were having so much fun and having nice conversation. I got Junn all to myself because no one else had booked him for that particular time slot, LUCKY ME! What I liked about him is that he was so casual and made great conversation with me. He was honest and sweet and very friendly. I got to see the other hosts interact too, and I happened to catch a glimpse of Jae and another host play the POCKEY GAME! It was totally a super MOE moment! MOE TO THE MAX, Like RENGE (from Ouran High School Host Club) kind of Moe! I got a little piece of cake and a Tea which was satisfactory as usual from the hotel – I didn’t come for the food anyways and I doubt that anyone would ever go to a Host club for the food so it didn’t really matter if it was amazing or not. I also interacted with Hikaru (I think it was) and Danny a little bit and they were both so funny and adorable. These hosts are all so friendly to their customers and to each other it makes such a nice environment. We were all talking and laughing and having so much fun that it ended so quickly I couldn’t believe it. I was really sad that it was over when it did. Being a bartender/waitress for a few years, I know what It feels like to be a “hostess” especially to my regular customers at the bar who to me honest are extremely needy and demanding of attention. It was honestly really nice to be the one on the other side of the metaphorical bar so to speak – to be taken care of and waited upon as the customer instead of the ‘hostess’. Even if I end up going to a regular bar that has a male bartender I don’t tend to get the same type of treatment as when I or my female co-workers treat our customers. To be honest these bartenders are usually older men who aren’t into anime or guys who have personalities that I can’t really relate to. So this is an experience would never forget, and I will be a repeat customer every year, and promote it myself so that it gets more popular and sticks around the convention for the long run. Although it was super simple and casual I found it a great experience and enjoyed every minute of it. (To learn more about Club XIII visit their Facebook page here!)
I ended up after that doing a Photo shoot with Cosplayers Canada after that which was an amazing experience as well. the photographer was really friendly and helpful. I honestly have never done a Photo shoot before for cosplay so I felt kinda shy and nervous. It ended up a lot of fun and he ended up taking some really nice pictures of me in my ‘Revolutionary Girl Utena’ cosplay. I will post them up when I get them from him. There were others who complemented on my Cosplay and took pictures as well and that made me happy. I’m glad that people still recognize Utena even though it is and anime that is more than 20 years old. I will personally never get sick of it and consider it a Classic.
I also headed to the dealer’s room to see if that Sannosuke Body pillow which I regretted not buying on Friday was there and just as I expected, someone had bought it. However the lady at the booth told me that the sell a Saito one on their website so that made me super happy. I ended up getting a regular sized Sanno one which was just as amazing, so I could have Sanno AND Saito on my bed and still have room for myself. The situation ended up better than I originally planned!
After that I ended up meeting with my good friend Derwin who I always see at Anime North and together we u=hunted down some BluRays I was wanting to buy. I ended up buying Ouran HighSchool Host Club, Claymore and ‘X TV'(in DVD). Then we ended up going to the Doubletree hotel for dinner at the sushi restaurant there. It was an amazing meal, some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted in Toronto. Plating was beautiful and the taste of each fish was absolutely phenomenal. Even the squid sushi tasted so buttery and full of clean fresh flavour. We also had dessert which was a Fruit Kanten with green tea ice cream which I’ve never had before and it was also top-notch. I might even go there for dinner tomorrow even though its pricy, because they really do put all other sushi restaurants I’ve been to shame.
And after I headed to the J-rock Concert with Awoi and Umbrella. I will cover that in a separate post because It would make this one way too long and It is almost 4am and I want to sleep so I can check out of the hotel properly and go to my cosplay panels tomorrow morning. At this point I still haven’t taken off my makeup from today because I’ve been so busy with everything. All I’ll say for now is that the concert was awesome and both bands are super talented and have great presence on stage.
May 26, 2013 | Categories: Anime, Conventions, Cosplay, Social Blogging | Tags: AN, anime, anime north, chii, chii sakurabi, concerts, cosplay, costume, dress up, dressup, gaming, geeks, gothic, hotel, jpop, kpop, lolita, manga, nerds, otaku, otome, OtomeGames, sakurabi, shopping, TCC, toronto, Toronto congress Centre | Leave a comment
The weekend I’ve been waiting for is finally here! I’m so excited to be at anime north again and every year. I think I will be coming here ( or Con-ing in General) Till I cannot get out of my house because I am too old to walk! I love Anime Cons! And although I’ve never been to any outside of Canada, Toronto Cons are pretty amazing. Anime North is the largest anime convention in Canada, and it happens every year at the end of May.
Although most of my close friends arn’t able to attend this year I said SCREW IT, I’m getting a hotel and going all out! And I’m seriously happy that I did. Every year I used to Transit it back and forth every day for 2.5 hours from home to the anime con which was a nightmare. Considering also that because I couldn’t stash my luggage and otaku-shopping-hauls in other friends rooms, lugging everything around everywhere for the whole day would totally not just cramp my style but be extremely tiring and difficult when trying to skillfully ninja those hordes of fellow otakus.
So in my ADD induced rush to pack, I ended up not bringing my transfer cord to import pictures from my point-and-shoot camera to my computer to do end of day uploading onto facebook etc. So, ya’ll will have to wait till I get home to get the good pictures. I took only a few with my phone because I was concerned that I would use up too much memory and battery (especially from otome gaming voltage games on my breaks)
My hotel was amazing – clean, modern, and with a lot of perks like, a fridge and microwave and free wifi. I got here around 3pm by bus just in time for my check in and dropped all my stuff, put on my game face (my makeup lol) and headed over to the Con. I kinda planned to do a lot of stuff today including buying a ticket to ClubXIII which is AnimeNorth’s Host Club (KYAAH~), going to a J-rock concert, and going to doll north and a bunch of panels and more… But I ended up honestly totally transfixed in the Artist Ally and Dealers Room from 6 till 9:30! I ended up panicking when I saw that it was 7 and rushed to go get my tickets for the Host club (THANK GOD) and then I rushed back to go shopping again! Haha clearly, I am a shopaholic. I ended up buying soooo many manga’s because they were a good deal at The Begiling Store booth. Buy 6 get 1 free, and it just gets better from. I was sold… 17 mangas to be exact, because I ended up getting 3 free from the deal. 12 volumes of Kamisama Kiss, sailor moon 1 and 7 of the recent volumes of Ouran Highschool Host Club.
Other then that I was hunting for a specific dakimakura (body pillow) of Hajime Saito from Hakuouki or Ichinose Tokiya from UtaPri. I didn’t find them sadly but I found one of Sannosuke Harada… which I didn’t buy and I am regretting it!!!! I’m like so passionately infatuated by Sannosuke and his route in the game ‘Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting blossom’ – him and Saito are my favourites (Saito wins because I love his voice actor like crazy, he Even does Cecil’s voice in UtaPri) ! I will go to dealers tomorrow morning and hope that he is still there… I’ll have to sleep lonely tonight… SIGH..
Anyways other than that I got a Tote to hold all my mangas and I met the super kawaii Chii Sakurabi who is a Japanese Idol who does English and Japanese songs. She is so super cute dressed in Lolita dresses and she has such an adorable and catchy songs. I bought her CD, which she signed and I also got to take a picture with her.
Also Remember that I bought a whole bunch of stuff at the Harajuku Fashion Party? well I was wearing them today and the Seller recognized me in the clothes she sold me. HAHA that was super cool, I loved the dress and shawl so I was happy to get to thank and show off how much I loved them to her.
Now I’m back at my comfy hotel having a room service burger and a Shock Top Beer and relaxing like a mo-fo because my flat feet have a hard time walking in fashionable shoes all day. I’m excited for tomorrow because it will be my J-idol auditions, I hope I remember all the words and I hope I win. OH and the Host Club… MUAHAHAHA…. I can’t wait!
Well I need by Cosplay-Beauty-Sleep so I bid you all good night and I’ll update you again tomorrow! (I’m lying, I just want to go read some mangas and play games and then crash haha)
I’m too tired to finish my Haul video so if I have time, I’ll do that tomorrow.
May 25, 2013 | Categories: Conventions, Cosplay, Fashion & Shopping, Social Blogging | Tags: AN, anime, anime north, chii, chii sakurabi, concerts, cosplay, costume, dress up, dressup, gaming, geeks, gothic, hotel, jpop, kpop, lolita, manga, nerds, otaku, otome, OtomeGames, sakurabi, shopping, TCC, toronto, Toronto congress Centre | 1 Comment