I’m totally showing my age when I say that a decade ago I attended Anime Evolution in Vancouver, Canada. It was my first time attending a con outside of my hometown, and my sister and I had awesome time. We actually cosplayed at that convention, entered a cosplay competition and won an awesome award and gift pack! Fast forward 10 years: Anime Evolution doesn’t exist anymore, but this year there was Anime REVOLUTION! I happened to be in Vancouver on a layover last Friday, and woke up bright and early to check out the convention – alas, no room in my tiny carry-on suitcase to pack a cosplay! (… at least not for me! Hehehe! ^__~” )
AlphaZ had wanted to come along with me and meet some of my Vancouver doll collecting friends, but the flights to Vancouver filled up and he wasn’t able to come along T__T” Ah, the risks of traveling on stand-by. . . For this same reason, I didn’t pre=register for my convention pass just in case I ended up somewhere else. Sadly, he had the DSLR camera packed with him, so once we got separated I only had my iPhone to take photos >__<” It turns out that the badge purchase line was shorter than the pre-registration line @__@” I arrived around 9:30 am, and was already in the dealers room shortly after the convention opened at 10am! It was actually very quiet for the first 30 minutes while I was walking around so I was able to shop and look around without hoards of people everywhere! ^__^”
What caught my eye right away were a couple of itasha (cars covered in full decals) decorated with the Anime Revolution character mascot Senkaku-mei on them –
(Spot the guy with the Animal Crossing cosplay in the top right! Haha!)
And a nifty cardboard Zelda display –
The designers of Angelic Pretty were guests at the convention, so there was a small AP boutique in the dealers room. Lots of frilly pink things – but nothing that shouted out to me, thankfully for my wallet!
I made a bee-line to the Artist Alley to check out puppy52 and MaiLittleAlien‘s table since I was on a mission to buy some cute clothes for my girls. Mai brought a few of her dolls with her: Dollfie Dreams Marisa and Saber Lily, and her big Volks boys Shiro Tachibana and Souji Okita (Yamato).
Puppy52 brought her customer girl Paw, as well as Aki (DD Yuki Morikawa) who is cosplaying as Danny Choo’s Mirai character.
I love the beautiful summer picnic scene that they set up for the dolls! Saber even painted a wonderful piece for the occasion –
Rin hung out with their dolls for a little bit while I walked around the convention a bit more. She was dressed in a Puppy52 shirt, and a pair of MLA jeans so she fit right in ^_^”
I discovered that there was a Maid Café at the convention – so of course I had to check it out for… “research and development” purposes! They didn’t allow any photos inside the café space, unless you were buying a $5 Instax photo with a maid of your choice. This is true to how most maid cafés are in Japan, but hard to enforce in the North American market. I was able to ninja a few photos – here the girls are performing Aitakatta! by AKB48. It was quite nice that the girls had a raised stage area to perform on. They performed a dance roughly every 20 minutes, and had a varied repertoire of songs – in fact for $10 you could pick the song that the maids performed!
There had been a problem with getting menus printed so the meido that served me tried her best to name off the items. I went with the Tomato, bocconcini and basil sandwich and some water to keep it simple. After it was served to me, one of the maids asked if I would like any sauce, and she drew a neko for me. ♥
It was nice to have a spot to sit and relax, but all the noise from the convention hall took away from the atmosphere a bit. Here’s what the overall café space looked like –
One of the maids was cosplaying as Sen-mei (not in this photo), and some other girls wore wigs and animal-ear headbands.
If you wanted to play a game versus a maid, it was a $5 fee, but you would also “win” a limited poster of the maids, or a fanart of Senmei as a maid ^_^”
After lunch at the maid café and a little bit of shopping I went back to make sure Rin-chan was behaving herself.
She said she was jealous of Aki-chan’s awesome cosplay, and seeing all the other cosplayers at the convention too, so she transformed into an AKB0048 Idol to join in the spirit of things!
Here’s some of the Puppy52 loot that I picked up – most of it I was buying for InnocentSaké’s girls, but I couldn’t resist the adorable t-shirt of Senmei and a pair of Mirai’s orange striped pantsu! Mai was only displaying her works, but if she had made things to sell I would have spent $$$ too!
I took Rin around for some photos. Here she is with one of the Sen-mei itasha – there were so many Miku figures inside!
We found a sakura tree –
Rin went outside for an impromptu concert! Who knew that she could sing? LOL
I ran into LightningSabre and Airs afterwards and we went to Guu Original for dinner. Mmmm just look at that tuna tataki! *___*
Even though I was only able to attend Anime Revolution for one day, I had lots of fun. I was really happy to be able to hang out with puppy52 and LightningSabre and was finally able to meet Mai-san and Airs. ^_^”
Daisy censoring Saber’s… “cleavage” LOL
The view from my hotel room – it’s a treat for me to have a harbour view and the weather co-operated today too!