Hey everyone. I'm back from my trip. It was a lot of fun. I've been attending Anime Central for ten years, and I think the convention is still as fun as ever. I think I accomplished more than I thought this year.
On Friday, I dressed up as Nash from Lunar: Silver Star Story. I went around, and took many pictures. During that time, I met up with some friends, and we conversed about various things. While I was in the dealer's room, I found the Sengoku Basara 4 Special Pack. I wanted to get an arcade stick for my PS3, but it was too freakin' expensive. However, I will get one when the time comes. While I was there, I met up with , and we shopped around. We found some amiibos, but they were too expensive for us to actually buy. They were in the range of $25-$60. There was a Rosalina for $80. After that we headed to the autograph line where we met Stephanie Sheh. For those of you who don't know, she's the voice actress of Hinata from Naruto, along with Tharja and Kjelle from Fire Emblem Awakening. I then got the autograph from the voice of Sully. After I left the dealer's room, I changed into Tiki from Fire Emblem. Let me tell you that it was the most revealing costume I've ever worn. Either way, I liked it. I then met up with my photographer, Colleen for a photoshoot. After that, I started to feel the pain in my feet. It carried on later into the night. I picked up my gleaming rapier from , and headed back to my room to take my own Tiki pics. I then changed back into Nash, only to find out that someone had pulled the fire alarm, causing everyone to evacuate from the building. We went back in, where I conversed with my friends, Kristina, Danielle, and Laura. I also made some new friends, and had some meaningful conversations that make me think about life more broadly.
On Saturday, I was Zelda from Hyrule Warriors. The costume held up pretty well until it fell apart. It became a chore keeping that bra on my chest. I know where I messed up on the armor. I didn't position the D Rings correctly, the tabbard was too low, and the hip armor needed more support. People liked it though, and I had a cool rapier that I wish to use again. I just changed into Lucina, met up with some sexy Fire Emblem cosplayers, and was part of a photoshoot. Everyone liked my costume overall. It was a little easier since I was about to have a belt pouch. I just need a better scabbard. I'll make one out of PVC pipe. I also have to replace the lost knee pad that came off. The lesson here is that hot glue is utterly useless, even with fabric on hot days. It was 80 degrees. Later that night, I met up with again, and we spoke a bit. I also met up with my friends, Rachel and Beck, and I had my con tradition pic with Rachel like I always do. I then ordered some Chinese food and ate the whole thing in one sitting. The night was a quiet one. I explored the night a lot more, and took more photos. I met my big milestone with pictures: I took over 300 pictures, which is something that I'm more than proud of. I never took so many before. I also learned that if you forget the name of an Evangelion character, you will receive death threats (talk about overzealous).
On Sunday, I just packed up, and did some last minute shopping in the dealer's room. After that, I got some lunch and headed home.
Overall, I was happy with Acen this year. Regardless of some wardrobe malfunctions and painful foot-killing heels, I enjoyed myself a lot. Ten years of Acen is a very long time. I started going when I was 18 years old. I'm 28 now, and I can't believe how far I've come. I'm also thankful of the fact that I still have friendships that I've had since 2005. I never want those to end, so that's why seeing them is such a luxury for me. Acen has really helped me make friends, which I am very happy about. I will always treasure Acen, and everything about it.