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Last weekend I visited my first convention this year (shame shame) which was Animecon at a new location in The Hague, Netherlands.
I visited Animecon for the last time in 2011 so I missed it a lot. Actually I was also too busy with exams and projects to visit Animecon this time, but since I got invited by the organisation I couldn't say no.
Because my last time on stage (with cosplay) was last summer in Bulgaria. I decided to make a solo skit with the same costume I made for Bulgaria last summer, Myoubi from Alichino. I did a duo skit with a friend that time, but I simply turned the same skit into a solo thing. Saving me costume stress because I was already stressed out for my graduation projects.
So the Friday was arrival day, building up my props backstage and rehearsing my skit. Well it didn't go well but at least I knew where to pay attention on for Sunday. The rest of the day I did spend backstage, helping other cosplayers, who participated for ECG/WCS/CICAF that evening. Needed to build up their stuff with high speed because the organisation had problems with the rehearsing schedule so there was less time for the cosplayers to rehears. For so far I know every group managed to rehears at least once, which was good. While running around backstage I was impressed by the awesome and high quality costumes. So I was really exited to watch all the skits.
That evening... omg I have never raged so much about technical stuff happening on stage, especially the lighting. For all the people who sat near by me, I am sorry ;__;
But with ignoring all the technical failures I enjoyed all the skits and amazing costumes ^^
The Saturday I wore my Alfheim Kirito and hooked up with
who brought her amazing Leafa. With two photographers,
and Casper Jensen from Denmark, we ran into the woods, a 15 minutes walk from the convention venue for a photoshoot. Before we knew the shoot was already taking a few hours and we decided to go back to watch the Cosplay Act Competition and Bordercos. On our way back we were talking about Bordercos and discovered that there was "just" one team participating. Iris and I were like... ~derp, omg how... But wait... we are capable to participate for Bordercos... we're from a different country cosplaying from the same series... can't we do something to fill Bordercos a bit more? In a reflex I took my phone and called one of the organisers and asked if they would like an extra team for Bordercos. "What are you planning to do?" "No idea, but we will come up with something!" "Ok, come backstage now." So on our way backstage we came with idea's what we could do. Backstage I ripped some music from the internet which suited our presentation and rehearsed it a few times with Iris. During my time backstage I discovered why there was just one team participating for Bordercos... all the international cosplayers attending the festival decided to make one kick ass Final Fantasy musical, all together xD
Before we knew our ass has been kicked for costume judging and a little time later we did our thing on stage, which I actually enjoyed a lot. The rest of the evening I was part of a photoshoot as a photographer myself. I used an unknown camera for me, so I have no idea how the pictures turned out.
Sunday, performance day for me. I had to put on my Myoubi early for costume judging. I had a fun talk with the judges about how epicly my costume have been made (rushed last year within 1.5 week). "You hand stitched that? Awesome." "Nope, rushed it trough my sewingmachine with a simple zig-zag stitch because it had to be done quick, here you can see it on the backside..." After that I prepared my stage props and derped around backstage with all the other cosplayers until it was my turn to go on stage. Ok here it comes... I was the first to be on stage for the solo preliminaries, and omg... I immediately discovered there was something off with the music. I couldn't hear a thing of it on stage, only some echo's coming from the auditorium. And since my skit was based on timing, it didn't go well. So after my skit I directly warned someone of the organisation about the music being off on stage itself, which wasn't the case on Friday when I rehearsed my skit and Saturday during randomly derping around on Bordercos. It seemed that on the Saturday after the concert of ALTIMA, that all the monitors in the front of the stage have been turned off. Which caused all the cosplayers performing on stage Sunday some trouble with being able to hear the music. Well at least I hope the audience was able to hear it >.>
So after my performance I somehow came across the chairman of Animecon backstage and started raging about all the stuff that went wrong and that now my performance is over... my mission at Animecon is completed and that I am going home to my bed. Somehow after the last performance, the ending ceremony started immediately and I got hooked up with the other participants. I wasn't standing on a practical place so I couldn't hear a thing what was being said on stage. The only thing I could do during the award ceremony was looking which award they were holding up and which cosplayers was accepting it so that I could go crazy for them. Until the moment I was being pushed by the people around me; "Iloon, Iloon you won!" "Huh, won what?" "Eurocosplay, go take your price!". At that moment an error occured in my brains and the only thing I could do was accepting the price, while the chairman was teasing me. At the end I discovered that the chairman told everything to the audience what I said to him backstage after my performance, me failing, being done and going home... etc... I will kick his ass later for that xD. But since my ass have been kicked to EuroCosplay I will do my very best to come up with something no one will ever forget ^^
Can't wait for Londen!Upcoming conventions I am going to visit this year:
Atsusacon - Belgium
Abunai! - The Netherlands
MCM London Expo - England (EuroCosplay finalist)
Nishicon - The Netherlands