Mini-Animania Sydney 2008
It’s been 2 years since I last went to a Mini-Animania Sydney event, and back then I wasn’t too impressed. But this time around I figured it was time to head back and see if anything has changed in those two years, plus I have money to attend compared to last year, lol. So armed with the shiny camera, not so much cash, and deprived of sleep because of work, I headed down to the city to see how things would turn out. So hit the jump to check out photos and my overall impressions. WARNING: Picture intensive post.
Just like 2 years ago, and last year, Mini-Animania Sydney is once again held at the Citigate Hotel. Before walking in the doors, I knew exactly how the layout of the convention was going to be, but what I didn’t expect was the large number of people attending. It certainly had caught me by surprise as I arrived at 10:15am to find the line had reached the corner of the street. I figured it wasn’t worth getting there early as I wouldn’t miss much, I usually never do since I mainly go around taking photos. So it took me about a good 40 minutes waiting in line until I got to the door and paid the entrance fee, which was $25 AUD. Not so bad compared to the one for Anime Boston.
Also as I was waiting in line, I could tell it was convention fever with all the yaoi fangirls going around glomping people or running around when they see someone cosplaying a character they know. Of course they also just ran around on the road which isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do given that the hotel is right next to a carpark.
Upon heading to the vendor floor to meet up with various friends from AnimeSydney, I found the place to be PACKED. It was difficult to move around at the back of the room since the two busiest vendors, Empire Toys and Madman Entertainment, were placed right at the main stage entrance. Of course I’m used to this kind of thing, but having so many people packed in here is kind of ridiculous. Due to the amount of traffic going around, it was pretty difficult taking photos, so I held off to mainly the cosplay competition.
2 years ago I complained of the quality of cosplayers that attended Mini-Animania, but this time around I can see that a lot has changed and that the quality of cosplayers has certainly raised a few levels. Also I was surprised this time around that my 580EX MKII didn’t give me too many issues this time around. It fired like it was supposed to each time throughout the competition. The cosplay that did it for me was definitely the Keroro one, I laughed so much when I saw that. Speaking of cosplay, I always like seeing all the girls who cosplay as Misa from Death Note. All the ones I’ve seen throughout the conventions since Death Note took off, they all done pretty well. Shame that I’m kind of turned off from Death Note because of all the hype.
Empire Toys had a whole bunch of figures for sale for very cheap prices ranging from $15-$50. Although there is a catch to it all. Anything bought on the table for display is sold as is. No box, no plastic casing. There’s always a catch when purchasing something for cheap, but for the figure collector, this is like heaven. The funny thing is that I could easily name about 4/5 of what they were selling and about 1/4 of what they were selling I already own. I was also somewhat tempted to buy the Hinagiku keychain, butI held back. So I bought a figure instead for $15, lol. I’m such a weak man.
That’s pretty much it for photos. I took about 200 photos and many were mainly doubles and some turned out pretty crap. But I think I’ve done enough. My photographer friend Bubby has taken about 700 photos so hopefully he’ll upload his set sometime soon.
Also I managed to meet M12 of TDOMJ since he got himself a media pass as a writer for Akiba Angels. It’s always great to meet readers of my blog as well as fellow bloggers. M12 also had a shirt printed out as you can see in the photo above. I’m considering making a shirt to wear to conventions so people can recognise me.
Mini-Animania Sydney 2008 itself I would say was a pretty good event, but given that this is the Mini version it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as the main event. I still consider having the Mini event held at Citigate to be a poor choice of location, and with the growing number of attendees each year, it will have to relocate. Though with the larger number of attendees, this would definitely be because the Australian anime community is growing each year. 2 years ago at the first Mini-Animania I remember when there were hardly any people attending at all, and now I’m seeing all these yaoi fangirls glomping people on the streets and a higher number of cosplayers each year.
The main stage area was terrible as it was so packed that you couldn’t move around once you’ve chosen your spot to take photos. Bubby and myself were stuck on the left side so we got a pretty bad angle. We tried to relocate but alas other people got to the spots we wanted, yet weren’t there to take photos. Of course it is first come first serve, so that’s life.
In the end, I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed the con, nor would I say that I hated it either. But with very little to do, and very little space to move around it’s weird how I still attend anime conventions. If it weren’t for the people that I know from the various anime clubs I’d probably be bored out of my brains. Also this is my last Animania event for 2008 since I won’t be attending the main Sydney event in August due to other EPIC plans.