Well, Fanime 2011 has ended, and personally we're all exhausted. Now that the last Ramune has been drunk, and the last Cloud Strife has left the building, and all the booths have been broken down and shipped away, we're forced to go back to the real world where things aren't nearly as cool. But it was a fun four days, and we can't wait until the next one!
2011 was by far our biggest year at Fanime. This was the first time we had three booths, we had more people working at our tables than the previous years, we brought more goodies, and had more energy than ever before! If you stopped by to see us then you know we had everything from Pocky, to Hi-Chew, to Ramune, to cheese flavored Kit-Kats. We even had non-edibles like bento boxes, make-up and plushies.
But even with all the cool things we sold and all the nice people who came to see us, and the AMAZING cosplay that we saw, working at the convention still wasn't easy. We were on our feet 99% of the day, and most of us are still feeling the back aches, the foot cramps, and the leg pains. From set up to the time we left, the days could stretch well over 12 hours long, and lunch breaks were a rare commodity. We were constantly scrambling to find room in our cooler to keep the ramunes cold, and when a certain type of Pocky or Hello Panda ran out, we'd have to scramble through our mess of boxes in back to find the next set of candies. It didn't help that we had no place to sit, and only a few moments throughout each day to catch our breath. And was all the pain, the nightmarish fatigue, and hard work worth it? Of course it was, we know that Fanime isn't for the weak!
And to all the people who asked for Curry flavored Ramune or blueberry Kit-Kats, or Strawberry Calpico- we're sorry we didn't have them. But next year we'll bring even more of the rare, the tasty, and the weird.
If you had your picture taken with our models, or if you were cool enough to have a costume that drew the attention of our camera you can find those pics here. It was great seeing so many great Cosplay outfits and crazy characters. Some of our personal favorites were the Pyramid Head and nurse from Silent Hill, Jack and the splicer from Bioshock, the ghetto fabulous Mario Bros, the near complete cast of Avatar, the Dalek from Dr. Who, and of course, the storm trooper.
So all in all it was a fun, exhausting, exhilarating, loud, crazy, unforgettable four days. We sold a lot of candy and drinks, made a lot of new friends, probably pissed off our neighbors with all our yelling and goofing off, took a lot of pictures, and had an awesome time. Check out our pictures, and come see us next year!