a long discussion about anime cons be forewarned: i wonder how many people have actually been to anime cons since i know they’re hard to find. This is more of a discussion of the anime cons i’ve been to; what I’ve reviewed them and just random notes
well it starts later on today jacon..the last year for it; it had a pretty good run in 10 years.
Florida doesn’t have a lot of anime conventions; the big ones down here are megacon (though this would count as more of a sci-fi con), metrocon, jacon and then Anime festival orlando.
AFO info: Anime Festival Orlando (AFO) is an annual three-day anime convention held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida in early August. AFO has a variety of anime events and programming, guests, and many of the things to be expected at an anime convention.
I’ll start off with the 1st one I ever went to: Anime festival orlando.. My dad and I drove down to Orlando. note: my dad is wicked cool about my anime addiction XD. And at that time I was 16 or so we drove down there checked it out; went to the dealer’s room, bought some things from there. It’s hard to find the 1st thing I got there which was a beautiful digi charat wall clock that was shaped like a stopwatch and had a picture of rabienrose, petit charat and digi charat. (yes I had seen like a few episodes of digi charat back then I really enjoyed it too). The clock doesn’t work to this day I guess mainly because it doesn’t use batteries XD. 2nd item I bought was this: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10044333 <- note: i love rei ayanami from evangelion I am rapid about it. We didn’t check out anything else but due to that moment of fun I quickly became absorbed in anime conventions
(2007) So fast track to around 4 years later or so tyler and I check out the most recent anime convention: anime festival orlando by this time we had moved into the house we were sharing with our other room-mates in orlando (note the room-mates are con-junkies they have clubs down here they have joined; which is kind of a bad thing this year because we got off to a really rough patch.) I remember I got a rei ayanami plush: (note: I had just discovered the world of plushies thanks to my boyfriend). Once again I was becoming more and more of a junkie into anime conventions and that world. We did most
(2008) last year’s afo allowed us to win coins from certain panels it also gave us the chance to turn in manga for different manga which was nice; we tried to go to all of the panels and bought a nozomi plushie from pretty cure 5 (funny how most of the people who go there want to start conversations with you because you know your anime titles XD) and bought a poster (fushigi yugi)
+s about afo: being that it’s my favorite anime convention i’m a little biased but i simply find it perfect
-s about afo: i don’t have any cons about it except the fact that the non-vip players were able to play the rpg and gain coins so then why weren’t we allowed to turn them in? Makes sense right? I have 4 coins from last year that could have helped us gain a lvl XD
Megacon’s info: MegaCon, short for Mega Convention, is a large convention that caters to the anime, sci-fi, comic, and fantasy community, occurring between late February and early March at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Fast track to feburary of 08: megacon rolls around I had been dying to go and it just happened to be at a very convient time when money was flowing in and we could afford to bring my friend with us. I officially got cat ears which was the start of kind of dressing up for conventions; bought lots of anime posters (at the time i was realizing how cheaper it was to get them rather than get anything else), bought a black gloomy bear plush: ..
final verdict: Megacon had been a semi success but i’d never want to go again if i could help it
+s about megacon: it has a big dealer’s room I have yet to see one as big as this one
-s about megacon: not enough events to keep anyone interested and also standing in line for tickets when the line isn’t even in order really?
Anime express’ info: Anime Express is an annual anime convention held in Daytona Beach, Florida and hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Anything Goes Anime Club.
In March of 08 we went to anime express which is a local college run daytona anime convention and again we bought stuff I think I got a bulma keychain took off the chain and made it a figure
final verdict: I adore this one as well too bad it happens during certain times when it’s hard to get to daytona
+s about anime express: it has a lot of events to keep one’s self interested for a while
-s about anime express: it’s a local run anime con so don’t expect anything flashy
Jacon’s info: JACON is an annual three-day anime convention held in Orlando, Florida sometime between the months of April and June. JACON was started by the Japanese Animation Club of Orlando in 2000. The year of 2009 marks the tenth anniversary of the convention and also the last year the event will be held.
we went to jacon in may of 08 where i got a shigure plush: and we got 3 of the mini ff figures: 1 was cloud which my boyfriend had wanted, 1 was penelo which I was gonna keep because i love ff12 and one was rinoa from ff8 which i gave to my sister since i wasn’t able to bring her there: and then some more anime posters. Also it was the 1st year i actually dressed up in my gear which was a black and purple corset with fairy wings (note: i got a lot of compliments i was super happy)
final verdict: Jacon’s alright i want to go again that’s pretty evident but the reason we went that year was for spike spencer. He’s the dubbed voice actor of Shinji Ikari
+s about jacon: jacon’s a bit smaller compared to megacon which doesn’t make it bad actually quite the opposite
-s about jacon: some panels were poorly run which is to be expected..