Unfortunately, this time I didn't take many photos... Partly because I wanted to focus on just enjoying the convention myself and partly because I don't have any good lens for photographing at indoor events with bad lighting, it's been really bugging me lately x_x I should do some research to see if there's an affordable lens that'd suit my needs...
Tiinyan took more photos than me, she has written about Saturday on her blog so check that out as well!
We arrived at the convention at around 10am on Saturday, just after the doors had been opened!
Naturally the first thing we wanted to do was to check out the sales hall! We had planned to go to listen to a choir performing anime songs right after that, but ended up being too slow at the sales hall and the performance had already started when we had seen only half of the sales stuff... So we decided to skip the performance and take our time going through the sales stuff. The hall was quite crowded every time we went there during the weekend!
There was also the "artist alley" where people had their own table for selling self-made art, like stickers, key chains, magnets, etc.
Took a photo of the salad that I ate on Saturday :D
The Finnish anime conventions usually have a Guest of Honor from Japan, someone from the anime/manga industry. This time it was Toshihiro Kawamoto, who is an animator and also the co-founder/director of the anime studio Bones. He has done character designs for series like Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and also Noragami (which is my latest anime/manga obsession ♥). I really enjoyed listening to him talk about how the process of character designing goes and he even showed us some character design sketches from Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain! On Sunday he also showed photos of Bones' studio.
On Saturday evening, there were cosplay contests - European Cosplay Gathering preliminaries for solos and groups (which included a performance), and a "smaller" solo contest where only the costumes were judged. We sat quite far away, so I didn't even try to take photos with my camera... But luckily I found some videos from Youtube afterwards :D (None of these were taken by me)
I also really liked this performance, even though I'm not familiar with the characters or even the series that they're from.
None of the solos for the ECG preliminaries really caught my attention, but my guess for the winner did go right!
The halftime show (titled "Anime on low budget") was the best thing ever, so many laughs XDD Most of it is in Finnish, sadly.
Couldn't find separate clips of the costume contest, but here's the whole thing in one video. Ultimate Madoka was my absolute favorite, the details on that dress were so gorgeous! *o* ♥ She placed 2nd in the contest.
There was only a short break before the AMV contest started :D So many hours of sitting, our poor asses were screaming, hahah... But still, didn't want to pass on seeing the AMVs! I really like them, not only as a form of art, but also because they can be a great way to find out about some new anime series or movies that you haven't watched before.
The judges chose this one as the Best Video!
This won the title of "Most Impressive Video" and actually got me interested about the anime it was about!
As for my con loot... I got such a cute plushie, some stickers, keychains and a notebook as a souvenir for Sarg ^3^ There were surprisingly few tempting plushies this time, but that was only a good thing for my wallet, hahah...
Overall, the convention was great and I enjoyed being in the company of Tiinyan & The Dudes :3 And actually, our next convention (where Sarg will be coming to as well) will be after just two weeks! ♥