Update: Hi. This September, there will be two large anime conventions. Best of Anime 2012 (15-16) and Cosmania (29-30). I'll try to attend at least one day of each con. Will share pics on Animesuki's convention thread if I manage to get some. ",)
Lol, did you take a picture of you getting spoonfed? If you did, you should really upload it here! Everyone would envy you! Too bad that butler cafes are not as popular as maid cafes. I would really love to be spoonfed by a bishie!
About the maid cafe.. They wore black and pink outfits, with short skirt like you see in anime. A little awkward at first, but it's fun. I came in the morning so it's not crowded. Not 100% guy customers, there a few girl customers in the cafe too. The maid that came to me is Lenny, cute but she made me order a choco cake - and eating cake that day isn't part of the plan (because I'm a fitness fanatic who counts calories and go to the gym). But can't refuse a cute maid, so I ate the cake. Spoonfed almost the entire time.
About your friend preferring anime items from the U.S.. I'm not racist, but as an anime figurine and magazine collector I prefer buying from online stores based in Japan. Or I buy items locally that I'm sure have a Japanese source. Importing anime items from the U.S is one of the last things on my mind, and I would probably never do such a thing.
Lol, so cool that you got to experience a real maid cafe. Tell me, was it crowded with only guys?
So were you spoonfed the entire time you were there? I am sure that is one experience you would not forget.
He is not on Animesuki, and I can't ask him now since he has gone back to our home country. He is very particular about his figurines, so one reason why he purchases from the US is because he prefers the design? Hmm, I don't know.
Ah, those MF cosplayers are members of a band named Error505.
They performed at the last con that I attended. ",)
Entrance fee? Admission is free on this one, and not crowded. We are in the 4th floor of the mall, there are people on the 5th looking at us and Superman (the stage host) is saying to those people "come on down here we have lots of seats! "
Conventions here are sponsored by different groups. Manga groups, TV Stations, there's even one that got started by a group of university students (U.P Ame Monogatari anime convention which has been running yearly for 11 years now). I personally like those sponsored by Ozine, because they tend to have a real Maid Cafe in their conventions - got spoonfed by a maid for the first time in one of their cons.
Planning to display my anime figurines at some later time. I just don't have the funds to buy a display cabinet right now. And I don't measure being a true anime fan on how much merchandise a person has, not everyone has extra funds to get a lot of stuff.
Your friend might be able to save cash if he buys from Japanese online stores. I can direct him to those places if he's here on Animesuki. A credit card with Master Card logo makes things easier.
Thanks for sharing the pic! I lol hard at the MF cosplayers. I mean, they look so......unalike, haha. But they score points in terms of costume.
How much did you pay for the entrance fee? Was it very crowded? I have always wondered, who sponsors the annual convention? The Japanese government?
Eh, why do you seal away your figurines? I thought you bought them for the purpose of them being admired. Or, you wish to have them to yourself? Hihihihi.I have many anime posters, because it is dirt cheap. That is all I have. Though I like anime, I don't see the point of getting anime merchandise because I won't have much use for them. I guess you can say I am not an actual "true anime fan", if you wish to argue from this aspect.
Yup, pounds. He and I are not from Europe, but we are studying there atm. He buys them mostly from US I think. I remember him showing me a figurine that costs several hundred USD. I was like, "Are you for real, dude?". He went broke twice because he spent an abysmal amount of money just on figurines.