Animazement is awesome! =D Now, you might not have heard about Animazement. It’s one of the smaller cons, but it’s growing, and fast. My friends keep saying “Why bother?” My response? “Because it’s awesome, close to home, and I want to support it =)” Animazement is the first ever convention I went to, and because of that, it’s dear to my heart.
Animazement is an Anime convention that is held once a year on memorial day weekend. These past two years the entry fee for a 3-day pass has been $35 dollars if you pre-order the week after Animazement, with prices going up until you have to pay $55 at the door. So, it’s not that expensive if you order early. There are lots of things to do. Guest panels, fan panels, cosplay contests, karaoke, the dealers room (Lots of things to buy), and the artists alley (Awesome artists), to name a few. Sure, it’s not the biggest con out there, but it’s still pretty awesome.
As for why I go? Why do I continue to pay money for Animazement? Simple. The people. They are all so kind, and so friendly. It’s why I keep coming back, and plan to continue doing so. It’s so much fun, that even though it’s three whole days, it seems like just a few hours.
When you go to Animazement, one of the very first things you’ll notice is the cosplayers. They make up over 70% of the people who go. (I’d argue over 90%, but that’s me) What’s a cosplayer? It’s similar to a roleplayer. Cosplayers dress in a costume that is made to look like ta character from an anime, a video-game, or even food, consoles, etc. You can “cosplay” as anything you want. I’ve seen Naruto, Soul Eater, Pokémon, Ouran High School Club, Death Note, Power Rangers, Dexter’s Laboratory, and a whole lot more I don’t even know the name of. Cosplay is definitely one of the main things at Animazement (Or virtually any ‘con you go to).
As for me? My first year was Animazement 13, May 28-30, 2010. It was awesome beyond words. I loved the guests, the fans, most of the panels, and everything… but I only went two days. (Parental issues) Even so, I REALLY wanted to go back… And so I did. This time, though, I did a bit more planning.
Animazement 14 took place not too long ago. May 27-29, 2011. I had planned extensively I’d bring $400 and I’d cosplay for it. Both of which I did. I also planned to volunteer, bring a camera, and participate in more than I did last time. Those, though, were iffy at best. I did participate in more, but also left out a few things, too. No camera, and wasn’t able to volunteer. =P But I LOVED my cosplay.
I cosplayed as Pikachu, and it was AWESOME. Oh my, there were a whole lot of people that wanted my picture, and one even glomped me =D It was amazing. I’ll be going as Pikachu again next year, unless I can come up with something better. It was a lot of fun to hug people, then say “PiKAchuuuu”, just like a real Pikachu. I had loads of fun.
I’m not exactly sure how I should end this, so I may as well say a few last remarks. I highly recommend you come to Animazement next year, and if you see a Pikachu carrying a Pikachu plushie, you’ll know it’s me.
To find out more about Animazement, the website is www.animazement.org