every inch of you

“Don’t ask them what they want to change in the world- they will only answer with ‘I don’t know yet.'”
Stage one- lineart.

Stage two- “flatting.”

Post Anime-North report is below, I think everyone has sufficiently posted enough photos (and nicer ones, too!) to have stolen all the thunder, so I will only make several comments about it.

Travel conditions: I stayed in the hotel this year, and it was a different experience to be immersed in this temporary “world” for three days. Not only did I meet new people (most of them LoL-ers), I managed to take “spare time” and use it for Street-pass. The only issue was being distracted from things, which might have been annoying to people. That and actually owning a phone this year, and people texting to find out where I was. Weather was nice, 20 minute walk to the convention centre is fairly decent.

No point in cosplaying if you’re not in character. In this case, Snake chases Pokemon and runs from photographers.

Not the legendary 5-hour pre-registration line on Friday, this is from Saturday.

It’s “Urbacon”…?

Cosplay: I enjoyed the increased in “original” cosplay. As much as accuracy attracts attention, clever cosplay that questions and reflects on the fandom is always welcome. Not everyone is suited for certain cosplay, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t. “Free Hugs” jackets, girls wearing dakimakuras, obscure characters that no one will appreciate unless they’re in that tiny, 2% niche. As much as 50 people crowd around that one person, there’s another, one cosplay that will make your day. Just because it’s not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not good.

Madoka photoshoot. Couldn’t get close enough because of everyone else~


“Ladies and gentlemen~ Let the show begin!”

Bonus points if you can name the movie this is from…if not, maybe you can borrow it from me!

Things I picked up: I bought 2 things, not including the money spent on food and housing. The reality of living outside of your own home is that everything costs. So even if you’re complaining that you’re living at home, remember to save up, because once you leave, there’s no going back. I’m pretty sure most of my university friends at Waterloo understand what I mean, some more than others.

Not to say I’m judging people based on what they do with their money (well, maybe a little), but we all have a better understanding of both situations than friends that live at home and rely on care-givers for a lot more things, how hard it is on your own.

Anyway! I made a beeline for Shilin’s table and was able to nab a copy of Carciphona volume 2.

As for the second item…you will see it in a later post. Don’t ask why I’m buying cards for a game very few people play. It doesn’t make any monetary sense, but…I’ll enjoy this while it lasts.

Panels: I’m not much of a panel fan, because they usually degenerate into discussions I don’t particular care about, like conspiracy fandom rumours about a show. I did, however, go to a panel on otome games…and discovered, after one year of reading about this topic, I know nothing about them. ^^U It’s good to learn new things when you least expect to.

You can practically see everyone’s eyes glowing at the sight of Girl’s Style magazines! XD

Memories: I took photos of people, and not just the cosplayers. Hanging out with friends, Street-passing, trying new activities.

On growing up: I still consider anime a “lifestyle,” rather than a hobby. A friend once corrected me when I said I didn’t consider myself “otaku” like the rest of my friends, and I still remember that quite clearly. I’m not quite the casual fan, but not quite that hardcore about it, but I am serious about anime being a part of my life. Perhaps Anime North is that fantasy wonderland where we all visit every year to remember our youth, and see our friends as we were- and we wonder when we’ll wake up and ask what we were dreaming of all along. Or perhaps not?

OK, off to catch up on AAB posts. >_< And then the VN drawings.



  1. ANIME NORTH is a fantasy you wished never existed when you compare to Sakura-con or Comic-con! XD The maturity and programming as well as venues will make Anime North a god blessing location to be in (instead of AN of course).
    You judge regardless… just make use of your judgements! Stop not caring and start caring. That’s the difference between ordinary people and Sherlockian ppl. (get into gear girl, or you’ll be left behind)!

    1. It’s difficult to find the fine line between judging, and judging “accurately.” I am free to judge and evaluate in my mind what each person does and says, but when I mention these findings to another person, the possibility of misunderstanding greatly increases on the original topic.

      But yes, I will go to another con in another country. >< Just unfamiliar with travel and spending, so slowly doing research. It's bad to get caught up in small things that you want to invest in for the future (learn a new language or skill at home, new art tool), but I don't think I'm ready for full-blown travel yet. Maybe in a couple terms, when I have free time.

  2. Arpakasso!! I want one!

    Re:AN – I find that some people use it as a way to get attention – the attention they don’t get on a regular basis. It’s a way for them to express themselves the way they can’t in the regular world. IDK why anyone would want to be labelled otaku though.

    1. Guess there’s the negative connotations of “otaku” versus the North American usage as a synonymous with “anime fan.” It’s hard to say which one it is.

      Haha, alpacas were pretty popular this year. Tons of “sweet lolita” girls were carrying them around in their bags, with the alpaca heads popping out. So cute~ owo Maybe start an army of them? :3

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