Well, it’s all finished now, with Anime Festival Asia 2011 drawing to a close. As the amount of money I spend increases exponentially, so does my enjoyment of the event – this bizarre feeling, as though I’m some sort of war-hardened veteran, leading the troops – feels nice, really. I even got to go both days this year. But since I have a job tomorrow morning, let me try and keep this short and skip to the interesting bit: lessons learnt from attending AFA 2011.
- If you must buy something that’s Limited Edition, buy it once you can. Simple logic really, but some folks expect the price to drop as time passes or are simply unwilling to fork out some extra money for the goods, hoping to buy it at a lower price. But most of the time merchandise flies off the shelves, especially it’s a limited run. Take the KKNM-run Touhou Booth for instance. Day One: the queue was, I dare say, one quarter of the length of the stadium – Day Two: You could just waltz right in.
- If you must buy something that they have plenty of stock, wait till the last possible moment to buy it. There was a Tony Taka poster/ Shining Hearts poster going for $43 on Day One, but in the late afternoon on Day 2 they cut it to just $15. The same store also cut Sakura Wars jackets from $60 to $10 each. Other stores, like the usual sword-selling stores, sold blue katanas for $10 each.
- If you must stalk someone, go in a group. The importance of this will be demonstrated in a later post.
- If you want to get into a main stage event, be prepared to queue up -early. We queued nearly 2 and a half hours for a concert we paid for, mind you, and we still didn’t get all the way to the front. The crowd there was so large that it was nearly impossible to get to the other Electronics convention on the other side without stepping on some fingers.
- Cosplayers like attention. Taking covert photos won’t work, you have to go up and ask for one directly……