A few people out of several platforms have asked me to write up something about SacAnime, so here goes!
SacAnime has always been one of my favorite conventions! It was the first multi-day convention I attended, and was one of the conventions paramount in getting me further into cosplay and the con circle. I used to attend every SacAnime religiously for the full weekend, but after graduating college, real life got in the way. This was the first full SacAnime I attended in years! To say I was looking forward to it was an understatement!
True to tradition, I brought with me a couple of cosplays to debut. And thus, I made my first appearance at SacAnime as Tadashi Hamada from Big Hero 6. My friends and I carpooled that morning from several hours away. We were expecting a lot of traffic and left very early in the morning. Lady luck was with us, and there were no cars on the freeway, so we made it there in plenty of time to spare. That worked in our favor, because my friends were going Shingeki for the day and needed time to don their straps, and I still needed to do my make-up. The hotel couldn’t check us in yet, so we all piled into one of the bathrooms. We were quite the sight.. do-si-do-ing about the bathroom to avoid hitting each other and causing the motion-sensor paper towel dispenser to go wild. After a lot of laughs we were con-presentable and made our way to the convention center.
I was very excited to be wearing Tadashi, but I didn’t account that the weather would be in the 30’s. My Shingeki buddies were marveling at the fact they weren’t hot as my teeth were chattering while we gathered our badges. My first order of business was to get a hot cup of coffee, and then we made our way to the first panel of the day: the Shingeki VA Panel.
The Shingeki Panel was awesome! The VA’s obviously loved their jobs and were stoked to spend the con with us! They had a plethora of stories and jokes that kept us entertained for the duration of the panel. Towards the end of the panel Todd Haberkorn was asked what some of his favorite roles were. I already knew he voiced Natsu from Fairy Tail (AHHHHH!!!!!), but I didn’t realize that he had also voiced Allen Walker from D. Gray-Man! As a happy coincidence I had thrown General Cross into my bag the day before!
As soon as the panel was over I booked it back to the hotel to change into Cross for the autograph session. Our room still wasn’t ready, so I made use of the restrooms once again. It’s amazing how roomier those are with just one person!
It’s amazing how much warmer Cross is compared to Tadashi! For the first time that day, I wasn’t cold! I reveled in this new-found concept as I waited in line for autographs. Most of the autograph sessions I attended before were an assembly line format, where a single line went past each person. This time, though, each VA had their own line. My friends and I waited in Bryce Papenbook (Eren from Shingeki) and Trina Mishimura (Mikasa from Shingeki)’s line. They were both super sweet! They were excited about my cosplay and made me point out everything I had made myself. Bryce was very excited that I knew him more for Asbel from Tales of Graces, and we compared notes on the game and the rest of the games in the series. Fun fact: I took less time to beat the game than Bryce did.
After meeting Bryce and Trina, I made my way to Todd and Caitlin Glass (Evergreen from Fairy Tail)’s line…. only to find that it was capped! I was super bummed; they were the ones I wanted to meet the most. There was an overflow line that I stayed in. My friends met their other VA, and then left to check into the hotel. I waited there for over an hour, and when the autograph session ended we were going to be escorted away. Todd had just come from a Fairy Tail recording session and had completely lost his voice. Seeing what was going on, Todd and Caitlin made them bring us around so we could meet them and get a single item signed! They were so nice!
Even though he didn’t have a voice, Todd kept trying to have a conversation with each of us and we kept telling him to save his voice. When it got to me, he started to have a conversation with me, so I jumped into character and said, “Save your voice, idiot apprentice!” He started laughing so hard he could barely say, “Yes, Master.” When I got to Caitlin she had seen the exchange, too, and was laughing. We talked a bit about Evergreen before leaving.
I had an adrenaline rush from the encounter for the rest of the day! I met back up with my friends, we moved our stuff into the hotel room, and then my friend and I left to walk around the con a bit and have a photoshoot. We found a building with awesome lighting and windows that made a perfect backdrop for our cosplays! We played around with it for a while to get the perfect angles, but it is one of my top shoot spots now!
We rounded the night with dinner with an old friend from college, and then hit the sack.
I woke up bright and early the next morning to prepare for the day as Rogue from Fairy Tal. Brina Palencia (Juvia from Fairy Tail) had an autograph session at 11:00…. the same time as the Fairy Tail gathering! My plan was to get to the line as early as possible so that I could try to make it to both. My day started out with stupid drama, but that dissipated once I met Brina (she’s so nice!) and completely cleared at the Fairy Tail Gathering.
I was obviously late for the Fairy Tail gathering. As I approached from behind everyone, people were commenting that they wished that there was a Rogue there for the dragon slayer shoot. I cleared my voice and said, “You asked for me?” They screamed and pushed me into the shoot before I had a chance to put my bag down! Everyone started cheering, and then, upon realizing I was the only non-Fairy Tail member, booed. It was great!
Motion sick dragon slayers….
Rogue versus Gajeel
Group shot! Sting… where are you? I’m surrounded by Fairy Tail!
I’ve attended so many of these gatherings that I know a lot of the cosplayers now. We had a great time catching up from the last con we attended together. It was so much fun!
I wandered about con for a bit after that before meeting up with my friends who had gone to meet the Sailor Scouts english VAs. A lot of them are great Sailor Moon fans, so I’m glad that they got to meet them. As the day wore on my armor decided that it hated life, so after lunch I changed into Guy from Tales of the Abyss, debuting my new wig.
Excuse a quick tangent about Guy. This was one of the very first official “cosplays” I ever made, and one of the very first wigs I ever styled. I almost always bring this cosplay with me in one form or another. He’s been with me when I got pulled into a photoshoot with Haruka Momoi (Anise’s Japanese VA), the first masquerade I helped MC, and almost every convention I’ve attended. After seven years of love, I finally replaced the wig. It felt very odd wearing a different wig with my cosplay (which also needs to be remade… seven years puts a lot of wear on a cosplay), but it was very well received. I even met another Guy!
Wandering around the con I met up with my awesome friend from high school! I hadn’t seen her in years, so it was great catching up! She’s pursing voice acting and came as one of the character she acts as: Fiona Frightening from an up and coming game, Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe. Check it out when you get a chance!
I didn’t stay as Guy for too long… it was far too cold! After debuting the wig and checking its durability in a con situation, I changed back into Tadashi. It was comfier and easier to move around in. I wandered around the con a bit by myself. Unfortunately all of the Big Hero 6 cosplayers I encountered weren’t too interested in staying in character with me, all except for another Tadashi. We both talked nerd for a while, and lamented that “we were dead yet”.
Before long I met back up with my friends, and a couple of us attended the RPG Murder Mystery. I don’t know if any of you have attended a murder mystery event, but you are given a character upon entry and you watch a skit that sets up a scenario and background. You’re given the murder mystery, and you spend the rest of the event accomplishing goals and talking to the other characters to try to solve the mystery. As luck would have it, I pulled the murderer card! I spent the whole time making friends, sending out assassins, and causing mayhem and chaos, all the while making sure people liked me.
As a side note, when people would approach me to ask a question, they would usually pause and say, “So… out of character… I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but…. are you a male or female?” Haha! Crossplay success!
When the time came for my great reveal, I pretended to leave and was called back, where I gave an evil speech. There were audible gasps when I took ownership for the murder. I ended it was a maniacal, evil laugh. MUWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
After hanging out with some of the folks we had met, we rendezvoused with the rest of our friends and wandered around and took pictures. I was stoked to get some of Tadashi, and I can’t wait to pull him out again!
At long last, the final day arrived. We packed up our stuff and put on our final cosplays. My friend and I decided to pull together R and Julie from Warm Bodies. We had been talking about it for years, and we finally got around to it! R was so much fun to cosplay as, and a few people actually recognized the character! By the end of the day I got pretty good at the shuffle and grunts. It was also great to start to randomly wander somewhere. Haha!
It took a while to get all of his make-up on, and I actually redid his face twice before I was satisfied. So… much… grey… I now understand the difficulties of Homestuck cosplayers!
My friend was kind enough to draw my veining on. It’s an awkward angle to reach myself…
We spent most of the rest of the day wandering around the convention center. We attended our friends’ Mokona Q & A panel, and then wrapped up the con with a photoshoot.
The End Results…
I had tons of fun at the con! I got to see a lot of my friends and cosplay buddies… debut and check the durability of new cosplays… experiment with new make-up techniques….
I’m so excited that I got to meet three Fairy Tail VA’s! I can’t wait to meet more of them!!!!
In terms of hauls, I got my signatures on a new Fairy Tail folder….
Oh! Oh! I found a Tales of Legendia poster! ToL is one of my favorite Tales of games and I’ve been looking for anything ToL for years… and I finally found it! The sad thing is that the vendor tried to convince me not to buy it… ><
I also found a couple of Tales of School mystery boxes! I found it on my last day so I only bought one, but my friend got me another one.
More on the Tales of, I got a folder with Guy and Jade from Tales of the Abyss.
Finally, I got a Tim Campy plush! I’ve wanted one for a very long time.
I had a lot of fun at the convention, and can’t wait for SacAnime Summer 2015!