Sunday, June 5, 2016

JTown on a Rainy Sunday

Holy smokes, you should see and smell JTown on a rainy Sunday morning. It's nice after the rain.

Most of JTown was closed when I visited and I didn't want to wait until they opened at 11 AM, so I left as soon as I arrived. Got things to do and places to be.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Anime North 2016

It was really hot this year at Anime North. It wasn't just the sunlight that made it warm, the humidity played a huge role. I think most people who attended Anime North this year would agree with me that it was the warmest AN so far.

I did almost the whole Anime North package: staying at a hotel, visiting the main Toronto Congress Centre building, bringing food rations, and sitting through panels. I didn't add the fifth element to my package though--the element that defines your Anime North experience, such as cosplay or photography, art, dealing, videogames, dolls, or whatever your niche is. I wanted to spend more time looking for and chatting with my friends rather than focusing too much attention to my regular niche of taking pictures of cosplayers. I took pictures, but it's a lot less than what I would usually take at an anime convention.

My favourite baldy in multiple forms.

One Punch man photoshoot group!

I didn't visit many of the photoshoots. I didn't want to stay in the heat too long and I didn't feel as comfortable visiting photoshoots since last year's disorganized Fire Emblem shoot.

The only photoshoots I visited were One Punch Man and Fate.

I had a budget of $300 this year and spent only $209.29. (Nice!)

It was super tempting to buy the cute plushies in the dealers room and artist alley, but I resisted. I have too many plushies at home.

The collected spoils.

I was also able to pack lighter this year. Not cosplaying, deciding to re-wear most of my clothing, and not bringing all of my skin creams helped. I used a backpack instead of a carry-on bag and I found that it was easier to move around with. It was a choice I made in case it rained. I think I may stick to it next year. I prefer not to leave my bags in a vehicle because I don't want any figurines I buy to be in the heat.

I ended up taking selfies with cosplayers and friends over the weekend. (Some of the photos haven't been uploaded to the album because I don't know if all of my friends who didn't cosplay are comfortable with my sharing their photos.)

Jesus (The Christian Bible) and Paine (Final Fantasy X-2)

Claymores! Teresa and Claire cosplayers are tough to find.
An AN traffic officer was chasing us for blocking the flow of traffic, so I couldn't get a few retakes with them.

Yami Yugi (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and that hair. I think I may have held the camera too high for this one.

Robin (Teen Titans) fed me a chicken ball! I was thankful for the free food. (⌒▽⌒ゞ

I forgot what my friend cosplayed as, but she had a well made red suit with a gas mask.

Garnet (Steven Universe) with them jazzy glasses.

Genderbend Yang (RWBY) in a Jojo pose. I tried to Jojo it up, but failed. But hey, I'm a Jo, so does that mean it's a Jojo pose?

Kill la Kill's Gamagoori, my homeboy! σ(≧ε≦o)
I later found out the cosplayer is a friend's brother.

Isabel, my dearest secretary, sorry I've been a neglectful mayor. ಠ╭╮ಠ
(Animal Crossing: New Leaf)

Conclusion: It was fun this year. I'm glad I had the chance to meet more of my friends this time around. I'm definitely going to attend next year to annihilate the competition at the Beyblade tournament, provided they allow my beyblade's participation.

Click for
my Anime North 2016 Album

Thursday, January 21, 2016


It's already way past New Years. I made a few goals for this year and I am happy to report that I did it: I paid off my student debt. Rejoice!

Now I'm broke.

Onto the next goals!
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