witchann2: (Nihon)
29.4. – 1.5. 2016, BRNO
Only shortly after my return from Ósaka I was packing up again – for otaku convention this time, for our annual paradise of anime - AnimeFest 2016.

It was a great weeked, though quite difficult in a way. It was my (and my sis´) sixth time attending it, my boyfriend for the second time. I cannot imagine not going there each year anymore. It´s the biggest (and the oldest) anime-manga-Japan related con in our country; this year with 3 900 visitors! It really grows each year, attracting more visitors, having more beautiful and worked-out cosplays. Not to mention that the organizers did an awesome job as always, from expanding the space for the convention to promotional video. I´m really proud of Czech otaku community. ^^

Originally, we planned to visit many lectures and see a lot of screenings (and we managed at least some of them, including Ghost in the Shell movie), but it ended up with us being busy with a little different stuff... We cosplayed Shingeki no Kyojin (http://myanimelist.net/anime/16498/Shingeki_no_Kyojin) characters – Hange Zoe (me), Levi (my sis) and Erwin Smith (my boyfriend) and somehow we didn´t expect to raise so much attention.
There were many other cosplayers from the same anime, but we ended up quite popular anyway. XD We were photographed so many times that I felt like some j-pop idol, all of us even encountered our own ´fans´ (of the Shingeki characters I mean) and in the end it was really tiring. But DEFINITELY WORTH OF those efforts to dress up in the hookshot harness for 3DMG; it felt really great to be appreciated like that. It was our best (and most successful) cosplay so far. ^^´

I´m sorry I will not be more specific or detailed in the description of this event *please, fill in my usual excuse*, nothing can replace going there and trying the atmosphere for oneself, anyway.

A/N: Some photos to be followed only in Friends-locked post.
witchann2: (Kasumi/Karin)
1. - 3. 5. 2015, BRNO

3700 otaku at one place in Czech Republic, that is quite impressive, isn´t it? ^_^ I wonder if there is even a limit for that gradually increasing number of visitors. It was already our - me and my dear sis - fifth time (everything just goes faster and faster...) and as always, it was an awesome relaxing weekend. I´m ashamed I didn´t find time to write something about it till now - it was already a month ago! But we all know, what the reality can be like, right?

This time we went there a little in advance and picked up our bracelets along with the program, so we didn´t have to wait in that two-hour-long queue as last year. It was a very nice change of our usual start. :D With so many anime-and-manga-greedy fans you needed to be at least a little lucky to get inside the auditoriums, but I think we are kind of used to it already... Fortunately the live streaming was working just great this time, so we managed to attend parts of the program, which would have been impossible to see otherwise.

This year´s topic was school and it was quite a fun. :D Just check out the promo music video of the organizators...


I´m not sure if I remember everything what we attended this year... We saw the Opening Ceremony of the whole con thanks to the streaming, than AMV Competition (a lot of Shingeki no Kyojin stuff...), Cosplay Music Video Competition (surprisingly well-done videos...), followed by The story of Princess Kaguya movie. It was nicely animated, but with the too damn long scenes... I was getting worried I might fall asleep. -_- Than we somehow managed to push ourselves at Censorship in anime and since then I cannot get the picture of Sanji from One Piece with the lollipop instead of a cigarette out of my mind ... Censors are creepy idiots. :/

The next day we had a lot of fun watching the Ouran High School Host Club and then Cosplay Contest - the participants were simply awesome this year, this is the winner:
The Cliche of sporty animes was the best lecture of the whole con, Actually in J-rock missed Gackt, but included ONE OK ROCK :D and the Sunday´s lecture about the Archetypes in the homoerotic literature was a little dissapointing, but in the overall I was satisfied with our schedule.

I was surprised (or not so much, actually...) that among the goods offered in the stands (which were overwhelmed by Tokyo Ghoul stuff) this year were also some CD´s, posters etc. of Korean and Japanese groups... (during the previous years I managed to spot just some old Gackt´s CD´s). Seems the merchants had finally realized that being interested in Japanese anime doesn´t mean that otaku are not interested in anything else... We even found some old KAT-TUN CD´s includiing Real Face there! Who would ever think something like this will be available in Brno at the moment when I was dragging a damn heavy suitcase full of KAT-TUN´s music from Tokyo... ^^

Naturally, we didn´t want that weekend to end, but there is always another year, for which I hope I willl finally create a new cosplay.... m^_^m

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