Animania Sydney 2007 – Saturday
It has been a whole year since the last Animania, and it’s also been a year since I got the shiny camera. Well it’s that time of year again for all of Sydney’s otaku’s to converge into the one place and do what we do best, and that is indulge ourselves in enjoying things about anime. I return once again, but this time armed with a new addition to the camera arsenal, the Speedlite 580 EXII. So has Animania improved since last year, or has it still not changed? Well read on to find out.
This time around, I didn’t pre-register for the event, so I ended up paying door price for the one day. Little did I know that you can buy a weekend pass at the door. So damn, I’ll be paying door price again for the Sunday. So arriving there at around 9:15am, there was quite a queue already. Seems that people were so eager to get in they probably lined up since 8am. Funnily enough, having joined the queue, I managed to get inside rather quickly, forfeiting my precious $35, I got inside less than 15 minutes.
Once inside, I was welcomed by traffic of people going everywhere. With me carrying a backpack, a camera bag, a tripod, and the shiny camera, you can guess how much of a task it was for me to get through. Meeting up with JAUWS people, I dumped my luggage, got my camera and flash to GATTAI, and got to work.
Just some random stuff around the venue. I didn’t get to take photos of all the clubs as it seems everyone was getting swamped by all the otaku’s carrying gold. Well with the various events going on around Animania, I didn’t get to catch many of them except for a few. One of the was the Great Debate, with the hot topic of Ninjas VS Pirates.
There were many other events that I wanted to visit and all, but a man can only do so much, not to mention that I wanted to catch up with a million people, lol. At least at the very end, I managed to catch Halcyon perform on stage. It’s been 2 years since they last performed at Animania so it was nice to see them once again.
Over the years, it seemed that Animania was becoming less enjoyable due to things such as the Saturday cosplay competition dragging on for ages, or some of the stall holders weren’t placed in a very good location etc. But of course, people learn from mistakes and feedback, and this year I think Animania has delivered a quite enjoyable con this time around. The level of cosplayers this year has also increased and I’ve seen numerous good cosplayers out there, though unfortunately I could get them all. Downstairs, they separated the vendors and games section by adding in a black curtain, which gives a good indication of which is what area, but not only that, they utilised the space better this time around as well.
The Great Debate was a first time for Animania and it turned out rather well and definitely kept the crowd entertained. Usually I find events such as this to be more enjoyable than the drawing ones. I hope to see more Great Debates in future Animania events. The amount of vendors is still lacking, but with the presence of Tamarket, Madman, Hondarake, Empire Toys (a Perth based shop), and the others I didn’t get the name of, it was enough to satisfy the crowd.
So far from what I’ve seen of Animania, they have improved since last year, with the cosplay especially. What they have implemented this year is for those wanting to enter the competition, registration must be done online, and to further that, the cosplayers must go through a filter process to determine if they will be able to enter the competition or allow to perform the skits they have prepared. Personally I think this was the best decision made as I seriously don’t want to watch another skit that goes on for 10 minutes (damn you Final Fantasy waltz!!!).
Still, this is only day one, there is still day two to go. But I’m not expecting too much from day two as it’s pretty quiet then. Now one thing I wish Animania would fix is the ticket price. Anyway since I’m about to pass out, cosplay pictures will be up tomorrow when I get home.