It's that time of the year again! Fanime has come to the South Bay and that means the nerds (I mean that affectionately) are out in full force in their cosplays ready to take Downtown SJ by a storm of camera flashes.
It's my 3rd year going to Fanime as an adult and a non-Anime person. It's safe to say I still don't recognize anything, even the series' my best friend cosplays from; but I appreciate creative endeavors so I'm mostly there to admire the elaborate costumes; and maybe recognize a character or two every now and then - they always usually end up being a video game or a comic book character; which is more of my kind of nerd thing.
However, there was a huge Dragon Age meet-up which I happened upon accidentally. That made me happy; unfortunately I wasn't able to get a lot of good photos of them, because I'm short as hell - not so happy. Still it was nice to see Hawkes, Isabelas, and Cassandras all milling about together - there was even a Josephine there! That was the only posed photo I asked for. The rest were drive-by photos where I saw something interesting and just pressed the shutter hoping some magic was about to happen.
For some weird reason I have an aversion to taking photos at con - I think it's partly because 1) I feel like I'm bothering people by asking them if I can take a photo; and 2) there's always a crap ton of people and I don't really want to fight others for a good spot to take a photo. It's probably the introvert in me getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people dressed in all kinds of elaborate and colorful outfits in one space. And the noise, oh my god, the noise sometimes.
Normally, I go to Fanime Friday-Sunday, but this year I only ended up going Sat-Sun and it was super last minute planning on the account my best friend graduated from college (shoutout to LT). As a result, we ended up not doing much other than milling around Artist Alley and wandering about. I continued my tradition of collecting business cards from artists in Artist Alley, ended up with a huge stack.
Overall, it was a fun experience. I even managed to get some of my other friends to go for the first time and enabled them into buying all of the things. Plus I ran into some old faces (and avoided some others) so it wasn't a bad way to spend a Sat&Sun; and I didn't have to spend any money on parking because SJSU was giving out free parking all weekend for commencement. And like always I ended up buying some prints to bring home - one from Jet Set Radio Future and the other being from Dragon Age Inquisition. Typical.
Anyways, (very little) pictures at the end of this post.