Anime Boston 08: Cosplay Wrap-up!


Anime Boston 08 has come and gone, and I just wanted to give a quick wrap-up of the festivities and state my overall impressions of the con. Well, that, and show off a bunch of really good cosplayers.

Having only been to an extremely small convention in the past, this was my first major anime convention, so I could only prepare by looking at extremely crowded pictures of other conventions and hoping I didn't pass out from the smell. Luckily, everyone seemed to remember to bathe, because I didn't feel the need to spray Axe in anyone's face. Surprisingly, the large amount of people was not an issue, as I never felt claustrophobic, even in line.

That brings me to my biggest issue with the con: outrageous lines. Look, I understand that trying to coordinate the entry of thousands of people takes time and effort. However, my pre-registered group was waiting in line for four hours, forcing me to miss Funimation's panel. And if that sounds outrageous, I must point out that attendees who had not registered had to wait between eight and ten hours; they essentially missed the first day of the con. And somehow, even after all these people finally had their badges, the lines were almost just as bad the second day. From talking with other con attendees, most of the problem seemed to stem from a lack of staff organization and the use of a new automated computer system. Whatever the reason was, it was unacceptable.

Lines were better within the con, and I was never frozen out of an event for arriving at the time it started. I sadly missed the Pillows' show, since gaining entry would have required sitting around in line for two hours to get in, but the rest of the events were a good mix of industry panels and silly fun. Two of the funniest panels were an examination of bad anime (which also had bad dubs) and a late-night look into the world of hentai dubbing, complete with audience redubbing.

I was also really impressed by the cosplayers. Going from the pictures most people post up after cons, I'm used to seeing attention called to all the bad costumes, but there were an overwhelming amount of quality costumes on display. After three days of seeing everyone in colorful costumes, it was strange to go back to a more subdued reality.

So with the exceptions of the inexcusable lines, I really enjoyed my first convention and hope to go to another one soon. Also, thank you to everyone at Japanator for giving me the opportunity to provide the site with panel coverage. I love what you guys do here and being able to help contribute was a lot of fun. Just next time, think about holding that Japanator panel somewhere in the Northeast so I can come!

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