Anime North 2011 has come and gone and I am glad that I was able to go again this year.
Same place as always, the main convention is at the Toronto Congress Center and the panels are held in the Doubletree International Hotel. At first I was planning on going, had the tickets purchased. Later I found out the group I got the tickets with did not include me in their hotel plans and I was not willing to drive back and forth from home to the convention every day for the three days. Waste of gas money. So I told them to leave me out of the anime north this year that I was not going to go.
Later my other group of friends asked if I wanted to go and said that they will be staying at the closest to the convention house.. Which to me was “alright.. its close enough. about a 5 min drive which is not too bad. So I decided to go. Since I already took those days off work anyway might as well get the most out of it.
Me and my friend went to the opening on friday morning to get our tickets for the weekend. Got there at 10 and noticed there was a huge line up.. We also noticed that no one was going into the building so we asked one of the volunteers working there what was going one… They told us that they aren’t letting people in for the tickets will 1pm…
We both looked at each other and was like “wtf” so we went to the closest mall to waste time. Woodbine mall sucked while I was attending Humber, 5 mins away from that mall, and it still sucks today. Not alot of good stores available.
Went by to continue waiting in line.. It started drizzling. 2-3 hours after that we got our tickets and were walking around.
Took quite alot of pictures as always.
We spent most of the time walking around the convention checking out the cosplayers. some were really well done. there were quite a few of them that wore a tad bit too revealing costumes.. Normally I probably would not mind, but the girls in the costumes were not good looking at all.. lol
Anime North this year was alright. Still did not buy anything so I’ll save that for either a trip to New York or save it so I can spend it when I go to FanExpo.
I really want saskue’s sword.. it’s soo badass!!
Anime North was this past weekend (May 22nd-24th) at the Toronto Congress Center, Doubletree International Hotel and Renaissance Hotel. This year they seem to have used more of the Toronto Congress Center hence making it much larger than last year.
Three days is awesome doesn’t even start to describe it. There were alot of kick ass cosplayers and then there were the hilarious ones who tries too hard to play the role they aren’t fit for. There was just too much to do, my friends and I didn’t have time to go to alot of the panels. Next year for sure we will make it to the “How to get a Con Girlfriend” BEFORE the start time since by the time we got there, it was so bad you can feel the heat without having to walk in.
The video game area was at the Renaissance like usual which featured pretty much the usual video games with the exception to Street Fighter IV since it just came out. But generally fighting games and rock band. Doubletree had the usual board gamers and the Moonlight ball at the ballroom.
The Moonlight ball wasn’t all that great, certainly not worth $35 dollars. I don’t know if we’ll be doing that next year or not.
The J-Rave was alright as well. Pretty much people dancing to Japanese or Anime music. The dealer room was crowded as usual with lots of cool things to buy. Sadly, I didn’t make any purchases this year, but next year I will.
I am currently trying to think of what to dress up as next year, this time nothing that involves painting the face white or wearing a huge ass mask. lol I have a whole year to come up with ideas and to watch more anime so I have more ideas. I didn’t bring a camera to Anime North again this year, so I relied on other people to take pictures. They are on Facebook. I might bring my camera next year and post it on my site afterwards.
Can’t wait till Anime North 2010!!
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