Whenever you attend a convention of any sort you make memories, or things happen that remain in your memories for a long time. Anime conventions are no different and if anything a lot of memorable moments can happen at an anime convention. I have been to a few anime conventions, Anime USA, Tekkoshocon, Otakon, and Setsucon. All are different and have different reasons for the memorable moments I have had at each convention, depending on the year. I have been to all of them twice except for Setsucon, I went once. Here are some of my group’s memorable moments. Everything is better in a group.
- – Last year, 2011, I volunteered for the security staff. So that meant I was checking badges for each event and making sure people behave themselves. During one of the concerts, I was standing outside listening to the music when I noticed a girl weaving back and forth. Then all of a sudden she fell flat on her face. I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I of course went and got the medic to make sure she was alright. She was drunk and was escorted back to her room.
- – Another memorable moment was for another concert. This one was Matenrou Opera, a visual kei band from Japan. I was making sure people acted appropriately in the front of the line and checked their badges before entering the concert. When it was getting closer to the time to let them in, girls began to push and scream. A few girl, late teens probably, began to cry as if it were the Beatles they were going to see. One girl even complained that press and those who were with special needs got to enter the main events room first. I don’t think I will ever forget those girls at the beginning of the line.
- – My favorite memory of Anime USA was also 2011. At most conventions you get to meet voice actors from various shows and video games. Anime USA had Micah Soulsod from the show Soul Eater: he played Soul one of the main characters. I was beyond excited even to just look at him. Since I was concnered staff I even got to get a picture with him and talk to him for a little bit. I was beyond star struck. What was memorable about it was that I am slightly taller than he is and he wanted me crouch down so it looked like he was taller than me.
- – There was also a bunch of people going to the dance who asked for hugs and told me numerous times that I was fabulous. I looked fabulous and I was amazing. It was nice to hear something like that from perfect strangers.
- – My first year at Tekkoshocon I cosplayed Miaka from my favorite show Fushigi Yuugi. I made her priestess gown which took a lot of time and effort. One of the voice actors that year was Richard Epcar, who play Mitsucaki in Fushigi Yuugi. I was so excited to get to meet him. When I went up to get his autograph and picture with him, he knew right away who I was supposed to be; that moment made my weekend.
- – This past year at Tekkoshocon had a few memories with it as well. One of them was at the end of the dance contest. When the judges were on stage, one of them bent over and mooned the entire audience, she was not wearing any underpants. There was a collective gasp from the audience. It was not a memory I wanted to have, but such is an anime convention.
- – There are certain cosplays that are unforgettable and at Tekkoshocon there was one that I don’t think anyone would forget. It was a guy wearing an Elmo head and fuzzy shorts. That is all and he kept dancing everywhere that was populated like by the elevators. It was an interesting sight to see. He seemed to be enjoying himself which is all that matters right?
- – While walking around town in cosplays, you are bound to get various people making comments about it to you or to other people. At one point we had a random guy tell myfriend that she lost her pants because it wasn’t raining and she’d get into trouble if she wore her underwear in public. There was also a group of ladies who after finding out who my friends were cosplaying said “if I was younger and he was my butler I would turn him inside out!” That made our weekend and will go down in convention history.
- – My first year at Otakon was a little scary for me because it was the first time I was there and it is the biggest convention on the east coast. What made the weekend perfect for me was hearing a little girl shout behind me “Daddy, look it’s Gumi, think I could get her picture.” I stopped and told her she could have a picture, she was so happy.
- – Otakon 2012 was memorable for many different reasons, but one of them was getting to meet Jason David Frank of Power Ranger fame. He was the Green Ranger. It was really exciting to see him in person and my boyfriend was able to get his picture taken with him. He kept saying “I stood beside the Green Ranger, he put his hand on my shoulder.” It was a joy to see how happy he was.
- – Setsucon is a rather small convention, so my group of friends and I needed to find various things to keep ourselves entertained. One of those things was playing Floor Is Lava. We’d shout “FLOOR IS LAVA” then jump up on something and took a picture of us on that thing. It was a lot of fun even though no one else played with us. It made a great memory.
Anime conventions are a lot of fun to go to, some are more memorable than others, but most always have one memory or two that you will always remember. When you go with a group of friends, those memorable moments increase. There are always things you want to remember and take home with you to tell other people so that they would want to go to a convention as well. Memories last forever.