I apologize for the image heaviness, but I wanted to write down my con experience in detail and share lots of photos as well ^^; This'll be a fun entry to look back to in the future and also works as a sort of diary for myself.
SaturdayWe had to wake up at 5am on Saturday to make it to the bus in time... There would've been some programs on Friday already, but nothing too interesting and worth paying for the extra night at the hotel. The bus trip went fast and our hotel was right next to the bus stop, so we went to leave our stuff there. We couldn't check-in yet, but at least they were nice to let us store our bags in a locked room, so we didn't have to carry everything around at the con. The hotel seemed to be aware of the convention, as they had a lovely sign saying "Have a nice Desu-day!" I forgot to take a photo of it, but had to mention it as we thought it was so thoughtful ^^
After reaching the con, we met with Tiinyan, her brother and friend and went to check out the sales tables and art street first. Even though they just opened, there were a lot of people ^^;; Especially the art street was so crowded that it was hard to move... Me and Tiinyan chatted about it and she told me that the art street has been in the same place during the earlier conventions as well >.<
A BJD spotted!
On Saturday I only bought a pack of strawberry Pockys and an adorable Alpaca keychain from the art street, but on Sunday I made the luckiest find ever! I'll be making a separate post for that figure, so I won't reveal what it is just yet ;3 For now I'll just say that it's a figure and damn pretty!
Pocky love ;3; Here you can also see a glimpse of my dress~
My new camera mascot! ♥
Sarg found an A4 size art print of Geralt XD
And Sarg also found this cutiepie, a little Numera/Goomy plush ♥♥♥
Next we went to listen to an interesting lecture of 3D in anime, it was actually the only lecture we attended during the con ^^; After that we had some time for general hanging out, eating and taking photos. At this point Spica and Nolluska joined us and we spent some time outside with our dolls~
Tiinyan brought her beautiful Smartdoll Mirai! ♥ Just look how pretty she is ;3;
And this is the other cutie she brought, Pureneemo Yuuta :3 I fell in love with this one as well... I've been safe from the Neemo boys so far, but this one is so damn cute and would also make a cute girl ^3^ (No offense to Yuuta, you're an adorable boy too, of course! *hugs him*)
Nolluska's beautiful Unoa Elder Sister!
My and Spica's Alpacas (Pinki-chan and Aobaca) had a little date XD I've seen Aobaca in person many times before, but I didn't realize that he's actually smaller than Pinki-chan lol... Looks like the two Alpacas got along just fine though!
The convention was filled with awesome cosplays and outfits! ♥ I wish I had taken more photos of them, but I was quite nervous and shy to ask people if I could take a photo of them... ; //// ; I'm definitely more of a still-life photographer, people have always been my weak point. Hopefully I'll get more courage in the future conventions though!
Sarg took me a photo of a pink army guy XD
There was also little Yui along, so adorable ;___;
One of the main events during the con was definitely the cosplay competition! We reserved our seat tickets right after arriving at the con at around 9.30am and I believe all the seats were taken by 12am or so. It was a wonderful show, all the cosplays and performances were incredible!
We got quite good seats in the 3rd row! :)
First there was the Euro Cosplay contest were each of the contestants had prepared a short performance and the judges chose who gets to represent Finland in the Championships held in October in London! I tried to search for a video of the show from Youtube so I could've added it to this post, but couldn't find one yet :/
This was the winner! The outfit is very detailed and the performance was super funny, so unexpected XD
All of the Euro Cosplay contestants
Then there was the Hall Cosplay competition where the contestants were randomly chosen from the cosplaying con visitors! I wish I had gotten more photos of the outfits or at least of the group, but the official photographers in the front row were in my way ^^;
This Kotori cosplay was one of the cutest I've ever seen! ♥
After the cosplay show, I took a photo of this beautiful Cinderella cosplayer~ ♥ I saw her many times during the con, but didn't have the courage to ask for a photo earlier... What a coincidence that she actually sat right next to me at the cosplay show, so I finally gathered enough courage to ask her if I could take a photo after the show >////< She seemed so nice and I think she looked stunning as Cinderella, definitely one of my favorite cosplays from the con! ♥
Then we went back to the hotel to check-in and rest a while before the evening party. We ended up being super lazy and not going there even though we had planned otherwise. We watched some TV and went to bed early =3=
SundayOn Sunday we had breakfast at the hotel and then walked to the con again and attended a Dollfie Dream meet-up :) It was fun to meet new people and see all the lovely DDs, though now I'm more and more tempted to get a DD of my own...
Spica's Yumeka with a new Alpaca friend :3
Tiinyan's lovely Mirai again ♥
And little Yuuta posing with my Chizu x3 So cute that I just can't...
A group photo of the DDs + Mirai ♥
And another group photo of the smaller visitors XD
Before the AMV contest we had some time to grab something to eat, though the lines in the shop were so long that we ended up not having time to eat before the contest started... There were over 30 videos, but all of them were great to see. Wanted to share some of them:
This won the prize of Best Storytelling and no wonder, such a touching story and well-made video!
The prize of Best Technical Execution. Everyone laughed so hard at this, just hilarious XD
After the AMV contest we left to the hotel to grab our bags and wait for the bus. Tiinyan & co. came to the same bus, so we had a great drive while talking about dollies and stuff ^^
Overall, the convention was a great experience and we had so much fun with our friends~ Thank you all for your company! ♥ We're hoping to be able to visit other conventions this year too ^3^