So it’s my second time at AFA, and how different it feels. When I
was dragged came here last year, I had barely started watching anime for about a month or so, with a measly 10+ conquered under my belt. Now I come with more experience, so to speak, not only as a watcher, but also, as an aniblogger. Certainly feels different this time around.
Photos of the event in other posts.
Came at 8.20am. Obviously, my inexperience when it comes to conventions like these starts to show. Last year I came at 8.00 am and there was no queue. I expected the same this year, save for the fact that I forgot that I came on a Sunday last year…
Nevertheless, after an hour and a half of queueing or so, my friend and I finally secured the tickets.
But it turns out the Hakurei Jinjya’s queue moves even slower than the AFA queue….then from then on it becomes a large amount of time spent just walking around, chancing upon impulse buys and regretting them later. But such is the life of a person like me.
I guess it really does feel different this year. Less people (with me), but I’m definitely understanding more of these little details. I’m slowly becoming part of this community ; this very idea makes me feel great to be at such a convention, where no-one would mock you for your interests, save for anime and stuff like that.
It’s really a great experience I would recommend to others.
Much more Touhou and Dollfie goods, etc, this year compared to the last. Animax is still here, as per usual, but this year we even get Itashas, of ‘AFA-kun’, Gundam 00 and of course, Mirai. Black Rock Shooter was also pushed and we had figuratively, tons of BRS goods. Or as Danny puts it, ‘shiny goodies’.
Wanted to stay for the concert, but was alone, tired, and having a headache. So I decided to leave. Besides, they were having some delays with the opening time anyway, I didn’t want to hang around and spend even more money. Just waiting there got me to somehow buy a ZANEEDS CD , a photo and 2 badges. I need a lock on my wallet at this rate.
But of course…at the end of the day…
…we have the loot. Okay, I admit, I might have gone all out this year. I think I spent like, double the amount last year, thanks to helping people buy files and buying a couple of light sticks for no apparent reason, amongst the several factors.
Badges are a necessity. Last year I bought just one, but it kept coming off so I never used it. The Azusa figma and Kagamiku – I had eyed those for a long time, but now I’m stuck with trying to find out where to store them. And Yotsuba was supposed to be a surprise for someone, but it wasn’t appreciated. Oh well, more for me then.
Anyway, all in all, AFA is a great event and you should go if you can. In fact, you should go to any convention when you can. I think it’ll be the same experience.