Mini-Animania Sydney 2009
So far 2009 has been a pretty busy year for me so far, but I do make time to enjoy my hobbies. One of the things I usually enjoy is attending conventions and what better way to start the year with Mini-Animania Sydney 2009. Once again I make my way to the Citigate Central Hotel alone, but this year was different. I decided to take my Erika with me. Hit the jump to check out photos of the event. WARNING: Picture intensive post.
Like most years, I’m usually not all that excited about attending Mini-Animania, and I guess my main reason for attending is to take photos and meet up with various online and offline friends. However this year had slightly surprised me. This year the line to pay at the door was definitely longer than previous years, but luckily a friend saw me walking down the line in hope of finding someone I know so I can join them, lol.
One of the other things that happened in previous years was all these girls screaming their lungs out and going around glomping people whilst nearly getting run over by the traffic getting into the carpark. Strangely enough none of that happened this year. Praise the otaku lord for bringing calm to the world. Although there was no glomping, there were still hugs going around:
Waiting in line I had a glimpse at some of the cosplayers that attended and happen to spot this:
Once inside I made my way to the top floor to check out the stores that were present and to give my greetings to a few friends who were running a few tables. Although getting in before most of the pay at the door line, the place was already swamped with people. Just getting around was hard enough as you had people standing in front of vendors, then people behind those people waiting to see what’s available. People stopping cosplayers so they can take a photo, or people just standing around chatting. Yep, this just how a convention should be. Though the limited space available I think is something that still needs improving on.
I also introduced Erika to a few people before heading downstairs to find the ABJD table to meet other dollfie owners. Before the event, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take Erika with me and have her displayed since I had no means of carrying her safely. But some rummaging around the house I happen to find a somewhat suitable carry bag for her. Arriving at the table I was pleased to see a few dollfies already sitting at the table and some owners there setting up. I placed my Erika amongst them the rest of them and now she made some new friends. Below are some photos of the table I took throughout the day:
Unfortunately the lighting downstairs was quite dark and the use of flash on dollfies tends to make the image look un-natural. I’ve done some light editing on these dollfie photos but seems that I still need more practice in dollfie photography.
As the day progressed, I kept meeting a few people, even one of my readers (Pudding) managed to recognise me amongst the packed crowd. It was also close to cosplay competition time thus I headed over to the main stage to get a good spot. At this point I also met up with Optic who informed me that it took him an hour and half just to get inside. The line had reached further than I had expected. Eventually cosplay got under way and here are the photos from the competition itself:
The Ouendan group cosplay was definitely the best group performance followed by the Sakura Taisen group. Despite this year being in a better spot to take photos, you still can’t do anything about people. I had numerous people sit in front of me and not realising I’m taking photos with my photographer friend Bubby next to me. This is a thing that always annoys me at any kind of cosplay competition as I’m sure they knew I was there already but just move in front of me anyway. Anyway straight after the cosplay competition was the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) Preselection Round 1. Find out more what the WCS is here.
There were only two entries for this round which I found to be rather small. Personally I thought there would be more entries even though it’s the first round, but after reading some of the rules for entering, I can see why there wouldn’t be many entries. But at least it would bring out some of the best cosplays. Hopefully by the main Animania Sydney event there’ll be more entries.
After the WCS competition I was feeling hungry and after checking up on Erika, I went out to grab something to eat with Optic. The rest of the day wasn’t all that eventful except checking out what’s left at the stores and taking photos of cosplayers about. Although the problem at the near end of the day, there certainly are less people making it easier to move around, but less cosplayers to take photos of as well. Still I managed to take a few photos of any cosplayers that were out and about.
The best individual cosplay I saw on the day was definitely the Al Alzif. I think recently the cosplay quality in Sydney conventions has been improving which is a good thing as well. So I look forward to SMASH, Supanova, and the main Animania event later on this year. Overall there really isn’t much I can say about Mini-Animania. Nothing has really changed and there really hasn’t been any improvements. I still think that Mini-Animania should move to a different location given the amount of people that turn up to just a one day event. Waiting in line for an hour and half to get in a convention is probably something I wouldn’t want to do (conventions in Japan are different in terms of waiting in line) as well as trying to get through a packed crowd in a small area.
But this time I had a little more fun than usual because of the ABJD table. Taking Erika with me was probably a good decision and meeting people who are already into my newfound hobby is great. Although I didn’t take any photos of Erika there, but at least she made some new friends. The other dollfie owners were certainly pleased to see Erika and see the difference between a super dollfie and a dollfie dream (one point is that a dollfie dream is significantly lighter). I’ll definitely be taking Erika again to SMASH and possibly bring along Roobar’s dollfie as well.
Also I might look into getting a new piece of glass so I can take better photos instead of using the crappy standard zoom lens.
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