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tahiti
04-29-2007, 04:45 PM
No pics right now, but I should get them up soon. (Or at least the ones that I promised I'd get out to people.) Anybody get pictures of my Honey-chan (Friday night), my Wonderland!Honey-chan, or my sister and I as the twins on Sunday? Thanks!

So... Anime Matsuri. I had high expectations of this con, just from the look of the website and how they were setting up things. I had some reservations regarding how they booked some of the hotel rooms, but it didn't want it to bother me too much.
My MAJOR problem with this con: NO FIRST AID. I was LIVID at the fact that there were no first aid staff on hand for this con. My sister, Goofy, got overheated and felt nauseated, and was in need of first aid. One security guard was nice enough to go and fetch an off-duty paramedic from ANOTHER EVENT. What kind of con, first year or no, doesn't have any kind of first aid? Considering how many people come, and the activities (raves, concerts, etc), it's almost irresponsible to not have first aid.
I had some other problems, like the registration line. It was a little ridiculous. It seemed like pre-reg didn't move, while the on-site registration moved a little faster. Little bit faster.
Another, barely ANY water around the areas. The only water dispensers I saw were in the dealer rooms, and when I did see them, most of the seemed to be empty, waiting to be replaced.
And why did they stop the ascending escalator on the 2nd floor of the convention? They were preventing people from going upstairs, but I didn't understand why. This was around the time of the concerts.
The rest of my complaints are little things, like the Transformers movie trailer playing over and over while in the registration line, and the lack of schedules/maps, etc.

Any fun I had at this con was overshadowed simply by the fact that when someone got hurt, there was no first aid for them on staff. Again, to me, that's irresponsible. I sincerely doubt I'll be returning to this con.

rednecko
04-29-2007, 05:12 PM
I am not on Anime Matsuri staff. I have debated this on the con I help with. We don't have a First Aid or Medical staff at our con. We call in professionals to handle our emergencies because it is a Liability issue. Conventions can be held liable for what happens to con attendees being treated by "Medical" staffs. It is sometimes a choice between higher event liability insurance rates or a cool guest. We are also in a hotel. Not all convention centers have "Medical" staffs or nurses, please remember that.

How long did you wait to pick up your Pre-Registration? The lack of maps and schedules are unacceptable for any con.

Farasha
04-29-2007, 08:10 PM
Tahiti, we have a picture of you in Alice!Hunny-chan, and I'll get it to you as soon as Lady Marion (Faye) gets it to me.

If anyone got pictures of the following on these days, I would be everlastingly grateful if you send them to me or post linkage:

Friday and Saturday: Calintz (Magna Carta: Tears of Blood)

Sunday: Tifa (Advent Children, the one with the vynil vest that doesn't match the apron and the Tony Hawk shorts)

I don't really need to gripe, since the Kingdom Hearts I Cloud and the girl he was with got ALL of my gripes, and they will probably be up on YouTube, and I will link to it once they put it up. XD

FE Freak
04-29-2007, 08:20 PM
The abhorrently long Pre-reg line,paying 5 bucks for a pass,and lack of signs turned me off con wise.Everything else was cosplay related.

loserific
04-29-2007, 08:22 PM
Overall, the con was fun for me, but I totally agree with you about the registration line. >> When my group got there on Friday at about 2 in the afternoon, we were told that everyone, pre-reg and reg, needed to stand in one line and then would spilt at one point. We waited for nearly three hours and most of the time the line wasn't even moving! When we got close enough, we saw the pre-reg line, which had almost no one in it, and jumped to it. ><;;; What is the point in pre-registration if we still had to wait in a long line??

Sorry, but it was a bit annoying. The other problem we had was the lack of schedules. On top of it all, the Awards Breakfast really made all the cosplayers that won really mad. >> Don't even get me started. xD

But even though there were some problems, it was nice for the first year. I think my group and I will be coming back only because it's the only con that we can go all three days and doesn't cost *that* much.

And as for pictures, my friend has them all. >< She will be posting them soon though. <33 Oh, and I was in the Gravitation group on Friday and Misa from Death Note on Saturday..and a little more of Gravi on Sunday. ^_^

FE Freak
04-29-2007, 08:44 PM
We arrived there at 12 ish and didnt get our badges until 3 o clock,due to them not printing out our group's badges.

tahiti
04-29-2007, 08:48 PM
From what I was told by a security guard who helped take care of my sister, I don't think Anime Matsuri even called in any kind of medical professionals to have on hand at the event. Like I said, the off-duty paramedic that helped us was at another event that was going on at the convention center.
My group and I didn't prereg, but it seemed like we waited about two hours to get badges.
My sister and her group got there Thursday night and had to wait 2 hours to pick up their pre-reg badges.

I am not on Anime Matsuri staff. I have debated this on the con I help with. We don't have a First Aid or Medical staff at our con. We call in professionals to handle our emergencies because it is a Liability issue. Conventions can be held liable for what happens to con attendees being treated by "Medical" staffs. It is sometimes a choice between higher event liability insurance rates or a cool guest. We are also in a hotel. Not all convention centers have "Medical" staffs or nurses, please remember that.

How long did you wait to pick up your Pre-Registration? The lack of maps and schedules are unacceptable for any con.

RavenSkies
04-29-2007, 08:55 PM
the thing that pissed me off the most was in the room of ages as we were waiting for the concert to start, they moved us from our comfortable spots in the middle all the way to the side. i was perfectly situated in the middle. they didn't have to move us. it should have been optional at least. also, there was hardly any gaurding of the mosh pit. it would have been really easy for someone to push past a security gaurd and climb on the stage. the whole con was very unorganized. i was dissapointed. but then again, i kind of expected it, it being their first year and all.

also, my mom and i were wrath and izumi from Full Metal Alchemist. Link me or let me know if you have pictures of us. =]

HanakoWings
04-29-2007, 09:02 PM
I arrived extremly early, waited three hours to get my badge, and was at the FRONT of the line. I was one of the first to get my badge. This con was horrible. I already whined about it at the mashharder forums. I hope it does not come back for next year. I will boycot it. This con was just to exploit people out of their money!

Only good thing i did get out of it was my new friends. We plan to do a group cosplay for A-kon for the king of fighters. Anyone who's going, are you interested? We will evetually post a list of who we need, but you can go as anyone you like.

EDIT
Also, I'll post pics of yous people in my Deviantart account, although i should probably post all con pictures here. I warn you now, Only people who i think are Godly will go up.

Farasha
04-29-2007, 09:19 PM
Sorry, but it was a bit annoying. The other problem we had was the lack of schedules. On top of it all, the Awards Breakfast really made all the cosplayers that won really mad. >> Don't even get me started. xD

What do cosplayers do when they get bored? They try to make the water glasses sing and play Red Light, Green Light, of course! ^______^

loserific
04-29-2007, 09:41 PM
What do cosplayers do when they get bored? They try to make the water glasses sing and play Red Light, Green Light, of course! ^______^

Oh why yes, we do! xD Kuma actually had a volunteer ask him to stop with the water glasses! xD He had three different pitches and everything! :D But it is understandable. ^^ Ah, cosplay Red Light, Green Light...that was way to much fun. xD

HanakoWings
04-29-2007, 09:47 PM
See, red light Green light. I heard about that. Didn't see it

Space Invader
04-29-2007, 09:51 PM
Hokay, here we go. This is my opinion on the con, and I'm going to be totally honest:

*Disorganized. Seriously, me and the other cosplay guests didn't have a CLUE as to what was going on or what all we were really expected to do. Event and panel start times and such kept getting juggled around so that was even MORE confusing!

*Lack of schedules and maps. Having to pay $5 for a programming booklet?! I realize that full-color booklets are not cheap to print, but unless you can give them away to the attendees for free I don't see why it's necessary. Even if you want to continue to do the full-color books, please have stacks of xerox copies of the con map and programming available for people to grab if they need one. ALSO - there were practically no signs - no one knew where such-and-such room was, or even if it was the right room to begin with! I noticed on Saturday some decals had been put up on the plaques outside the rooms, but I think something more noticeable was DEFINITELY needed.

*Shutting the con down in order to get people to go to the concert was a bad idea. Not everyone wants to go to the concerts, they want to continue playing their games, hanging out in the video rooms or doing whatever else! :(

*The way the two dealer rooms were set up was a tad bit confusing. That middle area being blocked off was really... odd. It was just a minor inconvenience, but it's something that could easily be corrected for next year.

*The Cosplay Contest needs MUCH more in the way of organization and planning. I'll leave it at that.

On a positive note, I want to thank all the staff that helped me and the other cosplay guests out. You guys were very nice and helpful and we all appreciated your hospitality, even though I feel like I may not have had a chance to express it. :)

megumibish
04-29-2007, 10:00 PM
I don't have much to say about the con that has been said or will be said.

I do have pictures from Saturday thou'. Just go to my gallery and you'll find them. I still managed to have fun doing stuff not provided via the con.

suger_snake
04-29-2007, 11:13 PM
one thing needs to be said
ONE bagde for Every Thing, NOT add ons that cost a total of $120

rabidfanboy
04-29-2007, 11:43 PM
My thoughts on the con are that it was extremely lacking and falsely advertised as an "anime" convention.

Some high points:
Being insulted by the head of security.

The ridiculous amount of badges they had for sale.

Charging $5 for programs.

Waiting 2 1/2 hours in registration line.

Missing panels because of waiting in line, and panels being replaced by other events without notice.

Major lack of things to do.

I did have fun meeting some interesting and nice people this con, and getting to hang out with friends. Was able to find the occasional bits of randomness I love so much when I'm at cons. Overall though the con wasn't worth the trip or the troubles. Highly unlikely I'll be attending Anime Matsuri 2 if it comes back.

Tahiti, here's the two pics I took of you:
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1562/dsc03183ia1.jpg
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1167/dsc03186lc5.jpg

tahiti
04-29-2007, 11:47 PM
Tahiti, here's the two pics I took of you:
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1562/dsc03183ia1.jpg
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1167/dsc03186lc5.jpg

Remind me the next time I see you to give you my first born.
Or cupcakes =D!
It was great seeing you again, and I can't wait to hang out at A-kon!

EDIT:
Btw, what happened with the head of security?

peony
04-29-2007, 11:52 PM
I...words. Honestly, me and my gang only went on Saturday and even that we only stayed for...maybe an hour. My biggest concern was water avalibility and SIGNS OH GOD-I don't know what is up with the convention center but restrooms were hard to find, so water fountains were hard to find. Once I got to the dealers room I realised there were some water around, I had to walk all across both rooms to find cups, then a full tank of water. Sweating in rib knit + theatre makeup dripping everywhere from sweat + huge room of body heat = not fun :| However, now that I think about it I should have brought some water myself buuutt still man :|

I really did not have any fun. And whoever pointed to my cosplay and yelled 'IT'S NOT ANIME!' all upset and insulted-that made my day, I lol'd. Heroes is cool too, man XD

CoolKidMitch
04-30-2007, 02:20 AM
Oh Anime Matsuri. Time for my ranting:

Registration:
I arrived at the con around 11:30 on Friday afternoon because I had full body make up to do for my Inner Hollow Ichigo costume, and I didn't get water base make up (XD) so I had a lot of work to get done. After waiting in the reg line for two and half hours watching the transformers trailer on loop...-.-, i seriously doubt I am going to see that movie. Seriously, did anyone notice how much Transformers was slipped in under the table during the con? Not only was there the the trailer and the poster, Peter Cullun at the end of the awards breakfast started talking about it and all the Emcee's brought it up saying how EVERYONE HAS to go see it. Personally, I think it was all a ploy for the movie. But thats my opinion

Organization (Or lack there of):
I heard many rumors about the cosplay contest from Jenni Bunny that the guy that was running it had only received the title 3 hours before hand and its hard to organize an ENTIRE cosplay contest in that amount of time. Not only were the Judges not seated before the contest even started but the Emcee was grabbed out of a group of volunteers to do it. I would have GLADLY stepped down from doing my cosplay to actually Emcee the thing. I have a lot of charisma and I am a theater kid so running something that would have made things a lot easier. Personally the only cosplay contests I have liked have been RUN BY COSPLAYERS! It was just disorganized

Badges and Panels:
Am I paying 120 dollars for a SUPER BADGE?! Hell no, if anyone did I would love to know what the benefits were, because If i did not get carried around with slaves throwing rose petals, I would have not been please with my 120 dollar badge. And the Panels were hard to find. Apparently on Sunday there was an armor panel that I REALLY wanted to go to but I couldn't because...I COULDN'T FIND IT >.<, also, Space Invader, I heard that your panel room was taken over. I had no clue you were having a panel and I totally would have been there. There was a lack of communication between the con staff and con go-ers, a lot of the staff had no clue were things were or what was going on. Not only that but on friday one of the OTHER reasons I got there early was to go to the two cosplay panels, but I couldn't because I was in the reg line the whole time -.-

Security:
Fantastic. It was a little over the top but as I was told, its better to have TOO MUCH security then too little. My friend, however, Lady Marion (Faye), was almost kicked out of the con for pulling out her camera during the Fizz concert, we got their near the end had no clue cameras were not aloud because the sign outside the door said "No food, drinks, or littering" nothing about cameras. The head of security grabbed her by the shoulder and told her he wanted to "Take a walk" with her, she told him she was 21 and perfectly able to have an adult conversation. A little ridic but better then kids climbing n the stage with Fizz.

This is getting too long, I had a good time with the people I was with and all of the GREAT people I met during the con, yall are all awesome and I cant wait to see yall again ^.^

CoolKidMitch
04-30-2007, 02:36 AM
p.s. Cosplay Red-Light, Green-Light....if you missed out it was SO! MUCH! FUN! I am thinking it needs to become like a texas con tradition XD

Rocieru
04-30-2007, 02:55 AM
Even thru tomorrow is the due date for several homeworks, I still have to say this is the worse con I have ever attended, all the reasons are stated above by you guys I met in the con, so its not necessary for me to say much. just to point out Me and my G/F were dressed as Isaak and Dietrich from Trinityblood, as its kinda heavy to wear we put our badges in the pocket, and simply remained so after changing. Without an notice this security guy yelled us to stop and proof we both have badges. my g/f got yelled again"the badge is meant to be weared!" when she drew out hers. After realized I simply forgot it in my Isaak's pocket, I received"Go get it or get out!" as return and got a hostile stare before pulling out his vision. Who do this security think he is? Law Enforcement? Cop? We paid to enjoy the convention, not to experience military style discipiline or being treated like an thief.

Anderson, if under any circumstance you see this, its not about you, you are always awesome as Anderson even thru without costume and blessed blades. I am just pissed off by your boss. Hope to see you again soon.

And to everybody who I met in this con: I can't thank you guys enough, its you made this con colourful. I'd rather drive back to dallas than stay at this freakin' con floor if there weren't you. You guys truly rocked, thanks.

Etsu
04-30-2007, 03:04 AM
Pics are in my gallery now.

The Good
-the guests...I liked how they had a mix of musicians, voice actors, and cosplayers, something for everybody.
-Having taiko drummers and a calligraphy panel added variety. It also probably prevented my roommate (who kinda got dragged along) from getting bored too quickly.
-the dealer's rooms...Though it was confusing to have separate entrances and exits, I liked how it was in 2 rooms so that people wouldn't be packed in there like sardines. I also enjoyed the fact that they had people selling things I normally don't encounter at cons, like qipaos and leather goods (again, it made my roommate happy).

The Bad
-disorganization/lack of communication...I missed out on so many things because they didn't have it set up on time or no one was able to tell me where it was taking place. I had been so excited about the cosplay panels and contests. I couldn't find the place to register for the Runway Cosplay Contest, and no one could give me a consistent answer besides "I don't know." Someone said that registration ended so I gave up. When we got to the contest, they had just announced that they had gotten their last entry. I was really bummed about missing out on that. :(
-Making people pay for programs/maps.
-karaoke...I know some things are out of a person's control, but they should've tested the program beforehand. Not to mention, they told us to come back in 20 minutes and they still weren't set up when we returned an hour later.
-I had issues with how the band Q&A/autograph sessions were run. I know the people in charge of that were pressed for time and frustrated with the inappropriate questions that were asked, but I found them to be condescending to the fans that waited afterwards for autographs/photos. Not to mention it was confusing when they would change how we would line up.

The Overall Experience:
My friends and I made the best of what we had. We had a blast walking around, taking photos, chatting with fellow cosplayers, and meeting Fizz and Back-On. I'm glad I did things beforehand like get the badges on Thursday and print out a map from the website Saturday morning (after all the confusion on Friday). I missed out on a lot of things due to the disorganization or the strange scheduling (the cosplay contest and concert were too late in the evening for me to stick around for). Anime Matsuri had a lot of good ideas, and maybe they bit off more than they could chew. I know the majority of the staff (and guests) tried their hardest to make this a worthwhile experience. Hopefully, next year, they'll have better organization and larger signs.

yacchan
04-30-2007, 11:46 AM
Almost everything I have to complain about has already been said... Save two small things.

1) My group volunteered for a specific event. We weren't even allowed to assist as a back-up. We would have been happy to step in at the con and do whatever we could to help, but because they didn't take us seriously from the begining we had no inclination to. Moral of the story, treat anyone who wants to help out like your best friend. I realise I'm a pig-headed, egotistical moron, but nobody likes being treated like a joke.
2) The security staff was extremely rude. I'm not talking A-kon style, "get-out-of-our-way-or-die" rude, I mean just generally condecending. Which, in my opinion, is worse. I openly displayed my badge when entering dealer rooms, panel rooms, or any other specifically convention areas. I'm sorry I didn't want Matsuri propaganda in my pictures, but wearing it all over the convention on a big red stringy was rediculous. For the sake of cosplayers, it would have been nice for them to supply inconspicuous clips as other conventions have done. Or allow me to tie it to my wrist. That would have worked too.
Additionally, I was cosplaying as Axel (KH2/COM) and the security had enough time to harrass me about my badge, but never checked the giant hula-hoops of death (aka chakrams). Somehow, I think their efforts were misplaced.

Beyond that, the lack of organization, annoying security, lack of schedules, or anything really all that interesting killed the convention for me. The general attitude seemed to be more about making money than supplying anime/game/Japanese-pop-culture fans with a truly fun experience. Still, an undoubtley bad experience was saved by friends who I hadn't seen in a while. And let us all remember what conventions like Kamikaze and Shiokaze taught us, first year cons can be decently organized and fun. It is possible and being a first year con is no excuse.

HanakoWings
04-30-2007, 01:14 PM
Are any of you actually going to come back next year for it?

PatrickD
04-30-2007, 01:28 PM
*Disorganized. Seriously, me and the other cosplay guests didn't have a CLUE as to what was going on or what all we were really expected to do. Event and panel start times and such kept getting juggled around so that was even MORE confusing!

The convention offered to fly me down to run an event (http://animeunscripted.com/) for them (I'd have to cover my own hotel room). I had booked the hotel room, but was never told flight information. I offered to run other events/panels for them too, but never heard back on that. The most recent e-mail I got from John was in mid-March. I finally told them that if I didn't hear back by the Tuesday before the con, I would be cancelling my hotel room. (I didn't hear back. I cancelled.)

I'm curious if, as a guest, you had similar communication issues.

In a way, I'm glad I didn't go and managed to avoid all this.
However, I'm also sad that I missed the opportunity to do a full report on this con for AnimeCons.com (http://www.animecons.com/).

RikkuX
04-30-2007, 01:37 PM
My constructive criticism, and coming from a guest's perspective like Space Invader's (who was an awesome roommate!)

I know a lot of the staff personally and I know they were working very hard to make everything work, but there was a lack of con-staffing experience. A lot of the guests got a bit of a bad rap from some of the con goers because of the disorganization (like judging and panels) when we were really uninformed like you were.

However, I hope you guys liked the Tomb Raider Zero performance - I had a great time doing it and am still honored to have been asked to participate. It was a great experience and I loved the idea to bring it to a con.


RavenSkies - the reason they moved people was because when they started loading people into the theater...row by row...it took so long that a lot of people outside waiting left...so they weren't able to fill the entire theater like they had planned. The show, as you saw - consisted of me running through the audience...which with everyone in the front seating area, would complicate and change the performance (cuz all the sound equipment was up there)...which is why they moved people.


This was a first-year con, and it has a lot of improving to do, but I think with con-goer input it can be improved and better next year.

CoolKidMitch
04-30-2007, 03:13 PM
Are any of you actually going to come back next year for it?

I highly doubt any one i know that went will.

chisainekocat
04-30-2007, 03:23 PM
Organization (Or lack there of):
I heard many rumors about the cosplay contest from Jenni Bunny that the guy that was running it had only received the title 3 hours before hand and its hard to organize an ENTIRE cosplay contest in that amount of time. Not only were the Judges not seated before the contest even started but the Emcee was grabbed out of a group of volunteers to do it. I would have GLADLY stepped down from doing my cosplay to actually Emcee the thing. I have a lot of charisma and I am a theater kid so running something that would have made things a lot easier. Personally the only cosplay contests I have liked have been RUN BY COSPLAYERS! It was just disorganized

EDIT:
That rumor is true, as that guy was my boyfriend, Michael. Michael, Yaya, and this other girl sat down around 2:30 on Friday to figure out the timetables and rules. Unfortunately, the Anime Matsuri site was down, so they literally had to start from scratch. They also had no idea where their stage, sound, or MC was. I think Yaya had to leave around 4 pm. It was a miracle that these two volunteers managed to finish everything by around 8:15. Anime Matsuri owes a lot to these three in making the cosplay show exist in the first place. This was Michael's first time signing up to be a con volunteer. Not a fun first time indeed.

If anyone's not sure who he is, he was the one who raved on stage after the show was over. He does cosplay and has participated in several cosplay shows with my friends' group, JAC Productions. He signed up to be a volunteer, and was never trained to do a staff member job. Even he didn't know who the original cosplay director was, which shows how badly the show was set up. He was exhausted beyond belief after the show. He's actually friends with some of the PZ staff, and I can't believe that they used him like this. :mad: It disgusts me on how PZ still made a lot of money from this con and will continue to make money from their overpriced arcade.

On the lighter side:

Btw, on behalf of JAC Productions, we were very confused to find a full-page photo of us in our crack PoT cosplay in the program -_-;. Our friend, Shawn (the picture's photographer), asked us to write a little summary about us in their program's feature on Houston cosplayers, but we thought it was just going to be in a little corner of a pamphlet. For those of you that were forced to buy that overpriced program, perhaps my closet cosplay of the PoT grandma will amuse you =).

On the other hand, all the congoers I met were fantastic. Great talking to you, Beansalad!

Jet_Texas
04-30-2007, 03:43 PM
My view.

Firstly my thanks for those who had to "pick up the slack" from what is manifestly a poorly planned event. And Apologies to any of the Vol. Staff that I may have been brusk to.


All cons have first year teething problems.

This one MUCH more than most.

Maps & Schedules should at least be posted on a wall somewhere.

Food Service was priced way to high, but from what I have been told that is a function of the GRB center and the con had little to do with it.

Cosplay Problems in order of appearance.

No sigh on the table as to where to sign up for cosplay

people at table did not know for sure when it would take place

it did take place on FRIDAY, several very good cosplayers I know did not even get there in time to sign up.

when finely in the cosplay area, we were lined up to get our numbers nice and normal. while in line were asked for our CD if any.. normal only problem hrs earlier I was told NOT to bring them as we would not have custom music !

When at table to get number, I was not on the list, I had signed in, and informed the person at the table of such. he did add me. He did not seemed surprised that it had happened either.

No mike on stage, the MC offered me his but I declined.


The Good

Plenty of room

Once we where numbered things went pretty quick

the announcer acted like well an announcer not a MC/Comedian. I appreciated that quite a bit.

Good lighting for photos. from what a very good photog told me.

Quick judging.

Other Comments


The staff of the next CON in Houston had an ad-hoc cosplay on Sunday and it was fun it was like the sat runway but with out the music so you could speak.

HanakoWings
04-30-2007, 04:43 PM
OMG! i've been looking through your galleries and I know like half of you! XD.

Anyways, I also heard teh Shiokaze con was coming back. One of my friends is friends with the guy who is going to be in charge of it all. i do hope it comes back. It was a good convention, although, the dealers room had everything over priced, but it was a first year convention.

CoolKidMitch
04-30-2007, 05:24 PM
On the other hand, all the congoers I met were fantastic. Great talking to you, Beansalad!

You too cat :D

Hee-Hee
04-30-2007, 11:00 PM
I'm just gonna write this on behalf of all of Twinzik--

Overall, we actually -did- have a nice time. Not a great time, not an amazing time, but a nice one.

But here was our main problem.

We were told WEEKS before the convention that the cosplay contest would take place on Saturday, as most sane conventions do. Therefore, we planned on driving up there from Sweeny, which is only an hour away, on Saturday so we wouldn't have to worry about paying for a hotel room. Hohoo, come to find that Friday evening we receive a call to tell us that, gasp, the contest was held that day. So we missed it. We'd spent such a long time perfecting our skit, which is the infamous, "should have been performed at Onicon" skit that everyone hears about. XD

And to be honest, we didn't even have time to buy our badges. ><; The line was unbearably long on Saturday, and so we just walked around waiting for it to get a bit shorter. It never did.

However! The good points!

We got to hang out with awesome congoers and cosplayers; some that we already knew and some new ones, too!

There was this scavenger hunt thing going on [Naruto related], and we were one of the "missions", being that the person had to either get a picture of Paine, Yuna, and Rikku, or bring them to the gathering room, which was pretty cool!

The Tai players were AMAZING, and we were even interviewed by the Anime Access crew from Anime Network.

And, err... if anyone actually -gets- that channel... send me a message! I'll probably ask for ya to record it. XD

Cat-Chans
05-01-2007, 12:52 AM
I guess i should post
D:

SO Anime Matsuri huh?
Most of the problems with the con I have have been covered in detail, but the worst things I ran into were the Cosplay show being so horribly run (and I don't blame anyone but the geniouses who thought they could go without a Cos Director till 3 hours before hand)

The Reg line made me want to cry. 2 and a half hours...
T_______T

Charging for the program. I know it was expensive, add the cost into the badge price.


So really, all the con suck made me wonder why I waisted my precious time going...it being the weekend before finals. Not attending AM2...not by a longshot.

Of course there was fun to be had, and as always it was just hanging out with the cool kids. The Bleach Shoot went very well, thanks to everyone that attended. Sorry for the mix up, I don't know how it spread it was at 4 D:
I hope Twister made up for it.

So I guess thanks to everyone that made the con suck less:
Bleachers, ACDF, Team Crayola (even is SOMEONE forgot the 80's megamix), Amaya and Nicepants

peony
05-01-2007, 03:05 AM
so hey guys, did anyone get a picture of me as Claire from Heroes? I think only like...three people asked for a pciture but it's worth a shot asking XDDD

rednecko
05-01-2007, 06:49 AM
Why a con charges for a Program Book is beyond me? Anime USA has a full color book and we do not charge an extra $5 for it. It is part of the membership fee. Three hours is an unacceptable time frame for picking up or registering. I agree with you on that.

rabidfanboy
05-01-2007, 10:25 AM
My gallery is up with the few pics I took.

http://rabidfanboy.com/images/cons/animematsuri/index01.html

yayahan
05-01-2007, 12:25 PM
I won't repeat what many others have said about what this con did wrong or what went wrong... being a first year con obviously Anime Matsuri made mistakes, and I sincerely hope that they will learn from this edition and do a few things differently next year.
My big question mark all weekend was why the cosplay contest was on Friday and they squeezed two full concerts, a live stunt fight performance and an arcade game tournament all into Saturday night's line up. To me it would seem more logical to set the concerts apart to draw in more people to both shows, and start them earlier in the day, where more people would be present at the con. The show started so late that many left half way through, and I can only imagine that it's because they were tired or had curfews.
I personally would rather see a cosplay contest, which is like a variety show where you can sit back and just enjoy, late at night, than stand in a mosh pit trying to get the energy up to jam to two bands.
From chatting briefly with a con organizer I was told that they were trying a lot of brand new things for this con, including the programming and times. I found out that the cosplay contest will always remain on Friday, so hopefully by next year people will be more used and prepared for this.
I also was told that they indeed had some troubles with the printing ahead of the event and will provide free schedules next year.

The cosplay contest went really well given the circumstances I think. I applaud Michael for taking on such a challenging task so late in the game. Thank you for the hard work!
I definitely am confused over how the con organized the award ceremony though... it really put us judges on the spot announcing the winners on Friday night but not having any awards to present. I hope those who left before Sunday morning's award breakfast will be able to get in touch with the event organizers to receive your trophies, cash awards, and/or prizes.
Please, if you won at the cosplay contest on Friday or at the runway contest on Saturday, make sure you email your addresses and other info to the con chair so they can send your awards.

Btw, for those interested in who won, I can't believe I still remember the list lol. Sorry if I don't know you guy's names, please feel free to add to this list.
Friday Cosplay Contest Winners
Best in Show - Spike Spiegel and Faye Valentine (Lady Marion and Cloudface)
1st Runner Up - The Goddess (JennyBunny)
2nd Runner Up - Cervantes (RabidFanboy)
Best Craftsmanship - Kairi and Namine from Kingdom Hearts (lil krn yuna and misaki chan7213)
Best Skit - Gravitation Group by Disco Sushi Productions
Best Stage Presentation - Peter Griffin and the Chicken (Family Guy)
Best Original - Queen of Hearts
Judges Award - Trinity Blood Rosen Kreuz Duo (Rocieru and Hackpuppet)
Judges Award - Kingdom Hearts DDR skit
Judges Award - Naruto and Sasuke by Split Image Cosplay (Genki-uHinagiku and miaka2u)

Saturday Runway Contest
1st Place - Rocky Girls
2nd Place - Spike Spiegel and Faye Valentine (Lady Marion and Cloudface)
3rd Place - Cloud from Advent Children

chisainekocat
05-01-2007, 12:35 PM
Thank you, Yaya, for helping Michael and the other volunteer with the work. He certainly had a lot of work, but he had some great help, too. =) My previous post has been corrected once I cleared some details.

In the Friday contest, I know the Kairi and Namine were lil krn yuna and misaki chan7213, respectively.

RavenSkies
05-01-2007, 12:43 PM
RavenSkies - the reason they moved people was because when they started loading people into the theater...row by row...it took so long that a lot of people outside waiting left...so they weren't able to fill the entire theater like they had planned. The show, as you saw - consisted of me running through the audience...which with everyone in the front seating area, would complicate and change the performance (cuz all the sound equipment was up there)...which is why they moved people.





i see. ok well then they should have started loading everyone to the bottom sides first then. still kinda makes me mad. i just don't like being moved.=[

Rocieru
05-01-2007, 02:43 PM
Yaya Sama, it was a nice experience meeting you and to find out you are not a bit less a very kind and gentle person Besides the ultimate cosplay making skill. which defined all the rumors I heard against you as bullshit.

FYI, we were the Rosen Kreuz Pair. Myself as Isaak Fernand von Kampfer and my g/f, Hackpuppet as Dietrich von Lohengrin.
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chisainekocat sama, you have been yet the cutest and most correct Jam I personally met ever. its a pity to me for not putting my Bridget on for a shot with you. If you don't mind, maybe we can fugure something out in Akon?

BTW, thanks for providing the Kairi and Namines' cosplay alias, I'll have to track them down and say hi cuz they are too cute. Again, its the cosplayers that made up my con, thank you all for holding the con from sucked more.

Farasha
05-01-2007, 03:20 PM
The Naruto and Sasuke judge's award was Split Image Cosplay, but I don't know their usernames on cosplay.com or even if they're on here. I also know the Advent Children Cloud who got third in the runway IRL, but I'm almost positive he's not on here. They were both at the awards breakfast though, so I don't suppose it matters too much.

ETA: Also, Faye was Lady Marion and Spike was Cloudface (Lady Marion has a cosplay.com account, Cloudface doesn't).

Hee-Hee
05-01-2007, 03:21 PM
Thank you so much for the winner's list, Yaya! I was really interested to see who won! <3

CoolKidMitch
05-01-2007, 04:22 PM
if anyone intrested, i did a video blog ranting about anime matsuri.

Yaya, thank you for posting on here your thoughts on the con. When I saw you there, for some reason I had this idea in my mind that you were going along with the con staff and ignore everything else, the video rant does not give you a very good image, but now that I see that you too disagreed with the way the con was run I do apologize for anything bad I have said about you. Please forgive me oh great cosplaying goddess *bows*

Link to my Youtube AM Rant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijbx0jLG05I#GU5U2spHI_4)

chisainekocat
05-01-2007, 05:25 PM
Yaya Sama, it was a nice experience meeting you and to find out you are not a bit less a very kind and gentle person Besides the ultimate cosplay making skill. which defined all the rumors I heard against you as bullshit.

FYI, we were the Rosen Kreuz Pair. Myself as Isaak Fernand von Kampfer and my g/f, Hackpuppet as Dietrich von Lohengrin.
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chisainekocat sama, you have been yet the cutest and most correct Jam I personally met ever. its a pity to me for not putting my Bridget on for a shot with you. If you don't mind, maybe we can fugure something out in Akon?

BTW, thanks for providing the Kairi and Namines' cosplay alias, I'll have to track them down and say hi cuz they are too cute. Again, its the cosplayers that made up my con, thank you all for holding the con from sucked more.

Why, thank you! ^_^ Unfortunately, so far I do not plan to bring Jam along to A-kon due to luggage reasons. However, I will most likely wear Jam again in Atsuicon or Onicon. I would actually like to get a shot of you, too. You and your gf's Rosen Kreuz cosplay was astonishing. Your award was very well deserved!

Yaya is certainly a kind and sweet lady. You are welcome to have my shrimp chips anytime, Yaya. =)

loserific
05-01-2007, 07:40 PM
I was the Shuichi in the Gravitaion group. ^^ We are Disco Sushi Productions. ^^ The Kuma is Wish on here and the Yuna is Sypris. Yuki and Tohma do not have cosplay.com names though.

The Naruto of Split Image Cosplay is Genki-uHinagiku and the Sasuke is miaka2u here on cosplay.com. They were really nice and had some awesome costumes. <33

The cosplayers saved the con for me as well, really. I loved it all. Yaya you are so nice in person!! It was nice to meet you~!!

Since this was a first con, it went through the bad stages, and hopefully they will learn if they want people to come back. As of now, I don't know if our group will come back. We will most likely since it's the only con right now that we can attend all three days without conflict. Hopefully things will get better.

It also bothered me about all the cosplay mess because by looking at the website it seemed to me that the con was really encouraging cosplay. But yeah, it didn't seem like it at many times.

And on one last thing, I really wanted to check out the cosplay panels on Friday, but couldn't due to the long reg lines. >>;;; We pre-reged and still waited two hours.

JennyBunny
05-01-2007, 09:04 PM
sooo. yeah.. anime matsuri... where to start.
lots of things I can skip... b/c everyone else has covered them in abundance....

the main thing that I had the BIGGEST problem with was the general tendency of this con take full and total advantage of any and EVERYONE...

attendees - overcharged not to be able to do much more than wander around the halls not knowing what's going on.. OR pay more to get into rooms, where there STILL wasn't much more going on from what i heard.

vendors - put in hard to find places AND shut down at odd hours.....which for people who make their living, is a HUGE deal. I attended this con mainly to help my friend with her artist alley table... and shutting down an area that in ALL publications was advertised as 24hours... is COMPLETELY unacceptable.. even if it did open back up an hour later. the damage was done and ALL of saturday's crowd had gone back to their rooms. not cool.

cospalyers - b/c we didn't know where to go, or when, or ANYTHING, and were put in a room where hardly any of the attendees could clearly see what was going on, and FORGET about hearing any of the skits. the space was WAY WAY WAY too big. there was so much echo that even sitting right next to the stage, I STILL couldn't decipher what people were saying b/c with no audio it was too quiet, and with audio there was too much echo. how were people supposed to be entertained by an event that most people missed due to it being on FRIDAY, and then couldn't tell what was going on...

guests - put in positions that made them either look incompetent, indifferent, or just plain unorganized... b/c even the guests didn't know where or when their panels were. and then the con didn't even FEED them. that's not cool

volunteers - told to "do their jobs" with out actually giving them information. OR dumping tons of responsibility on them last minute (cosplay director AND the emcee of the show)...

and beyond all of that, there was no water to be found.. anywhere at the con. not even during cosplay..where I think they should expect the most need for water. that and there not beign food easily available. overall RIDICULOUS!

I don't see how they expect to have a next year.. and if they do i will certainly skip it. if i hear it's fixed its problems... then i'll be back for AM3, but i HIGHLY doubt it'll get that far..

BUT I really did manage to have tons of fun dispite the best efforts of the con itself... but only b/c of all the awesome fun and cool people who were there. <3 seriously.. beansalad, yaya, spacie, loserific & co., Split.Image., all the ACDFers... giant <3 !!! ^^ <3 <3 <3

RikkuX
05-01-2007, 09:36 PM
i see. ok well then they should have started loading everyone to the bottom sides first then. still kinda makes me mad. i just don't like being moved.=[

I can't blame you >__< They should have just sat people differently in the first place rather than having to do it twice


And thank you Yaya for posting the winners - I can't believe they put it on you to collect the addresses and info of all the winners AFTER THE BANQUET >__< everyone was gone and scattered! Things woulda been easier to just have the awards ready at the contest.


I'm really sorry to see so many people so upset, and youtube rants O_o I hope that this con improves because it really has a lot to offer with good people behind it.

CoolKidMitch
05-01-2007, 11:24 PM
BUT I really did manage to have tons of fun dispite the best efforts of the con itself... but only b/c of all the awesome fun and cool people who were there. <3 seriously.. beansalad, yaya, spacie, loserific & co., Split.Image., all the ACDFers... giant <3 !!! ^^ <3 <3 <3

Jenny, I really hope to see you at A-kon, you absoultly made my day, me and my friend Farasha both agree you were one of the SWEETEST people we have met at cons in a long time. I would love to hang with you at A-kon because you are just plain awesome :D :D :D

Chibi Ice Wolf
05-01-2007, 11:30 PM
Wow, just read a few bits and watched some youtube rants. This was also my weekend before finals which is why I didn't go, and after reading this honestly I am glad I didn't. o.o

I feel really sorry for those of you involved in organizing and judging the cosplay contest with so little notice! :(

yayahan
05-02-2007, 06:28 AM
Thank you, Yaya, for helping Michael and the other volunteer with the work. He certainly had a lot of work, but he had some great help, too. =) My previous post has been corrected once I cleared some details.

In the Friday contest, I know the Kairi and Namine were lil krn yuna and misaki chan7213, respectively.

Michael and Thea did all the work, trust me. I just mainly cleared with them that we judges need a list of the awards so we could be somewhat prepared.
Thank you for the super yummy shrimpy snack <3

yayahan
05-02-2007, 06:56 AM
Rocieru - I added your names to the winners' list, and the others that were mentioned as well. I am so sorry that you guys didn't receive your awards before leaving. You guys really looked amazing and we wanted to recognize your efforts. Thank you for being so kind, it was very nice to spazz over Nana for a bit hehehe.
Beansalad - eep I am so sorry I was weird when we met... jet lag and lack of being informed turn people into interesting beings.
Maybe it's a common misconception that cosplay contest judges are part of the organization. Trust me, we are not. We have nothing to do with how a contest is organized. EVER. Judges simply come in and judge the contestants according to the guidelines and rules of a con and contest, which can vary tremendously from event to event.
At Anime Matsuri, all of us judges were terrified that we would not have enough time to craftsmanship-judge all the contestants before the show started, so we were running around like headless chickens trying to give everyone at least a close-up glance. Of course all entries were supposed to come by a table and be craftsmanship-judged, but because the number assigning and other things took a long time, and we had bad lighting at the table, we decided to walk along the line of cosplayers and at least get a brief idea of how the costumes were made.
I apologize if I didn't devote enough time to you, we were seriously desperate and very stressed out, scared that we would not get through all the entries in time.
loserific - thank you for mentioning the website and how it indeed seemed to encourage cosplay O_o... I was wondering about that as well.
After all, they invited 4 cosplay related guests, and we all were excited to really help out with that portion of the event. We were very surprised that 90% of all cosplay related programming was on Friday, a common slow day. Add to that the wait in registration, and it's no wonder all Friday cosplay panels were empty/canceled.
JennyBunny - I'm so sorry no water or food was provided at the contest. That is pretty darn grueling, to stand through all that waiting without any beverage >_<. I was trying to explain to some of the organizers later that weekend how cosplayers can't simply up and go grab food somewhere, if they're in an elaborate costume. Especially if they're stuck in an event either competing or judging ^^;...

CoolKidMitch
05-02-2007, 11:50 AM
I understand now how stressful things were. And I am sorry that yall were so stressed, we the cosplayers, were just as confused as you guys were with the whole reference picture thing and pre-judging. The con seemed to just skip over us cosplayers and you judges. I personally think they were more concerned about making a profit out of us. Hopefully next time we meet it wont be under such stressful circumstances :)

HanakoWings
05-02-2007, 06:10 PM
I also forgot to mention that I lost my i-pod at this con. No one returned it. It made me sad inside. At first i was too happy with my new friends to care, but now I feel depressed.

Yaya, I saw you at the con. you were a lot shorter than I imagined. Also, did you get your money back for your table? i heard you were so busy you coudn't set up.

Etsu
05-02-2007, 07:14 PM
loserific - thank you for mentioning the website and how it indeed seemed to encourage cosplay O_o... I was wondering about that as well.
After all, they invited 4 cosplay related guests, and we all were excited to really help out with that portion of the event. We were very surprised that 90% of all cosplay related programming was on Friday, a common slow day. Add to that the wait in registration, and it's no wonder all Friday cosplay panels were empty/canceled.
My thoughts exactly. My friends and I came fairly early on Friday so that we would have enough time to find the costume and wig panel. After an hour of looking/waiting/asking around, we gave up, which was a bummer since a couple of them came mainly for the cosplay events. :(

skypirate
05-02-2007, 07:40 PM
Not to discount anyone else's experience, but I had a great time, mostly due to some fantastic cosplayers. For me, a con is a venue for me to be with friends. Lots of new cosplayers, as well as, familiar faces. Great costumes. It was especially nice getting to see Yaya for the first time in years.

My experience with the Anime Matsuri was very good. Correspondence leading up to the con was prompt and adequately detailed. Honestly, at least as good or better than other cons I've attended. I don't think I could have been treated any better. I'll be back in 2008.

The pros
There was lots of room to take photos.

No hassles or rules on taking photos. Nobody telling us to move etc.

Decent ambient lighting.

Lighting for the events was better than most cons I've attended. Most importantly, there was enough light and it was kind of white and evenly lit. Most other cons keep the lights dimmed until the very last moment then surprise photographers with a whole new set of lights. The first few acts suffer as I try to adjust the camera on the fly.

Breathing room in the dealer's room.

Better lighting for the rave than I've seen at other cons.

Getting to photograph the bands was a nice perk. Wish I had thought to bring my ear plugs. I was pretty close to the speakers.

Elevator access was above average.

I got to eat at Chi's on the way home. :¬j

The Cons
That registration line did look a little long.

Convention center food was slightly pricey (Ushicon 2006 had the best food at the best prices, hands down. No other con has ever come close).

The convention center could be a confusing maze, the architect and designers need to take a lot of blame for that.

Signs would have been helpful and I'll bet there will be signs the next time.

The dealer's room had really weird lighting. I still haven't figure out what was going on there. But that was just a strange quirk.

Next year
I'd encourage everyone to email or PM Anime Matsuri with your thoughts and more importantly solutions.

Event and room signs

I'd like to see the cosplay competition in the auditorium.

It would be great to see that large video display list events, times and rooms, occasionally.

yayahan
05-02-2007, 09:04 PM
Beansalad - I hope by next year the con will realize the benefit to having cosplay related events, and put them more in the foreground as well as spend more time on preparing them. I think it's great that the con chair herself cosplays. :)
HanakoWings - lawlz XD yesh I am uber short... it was kind of funny how all three, Space Invader, RikkuX and I, all were told the same by various people throughout the con.
We were given the artist alley tables for our use, but since no one notified us beforehand, we didn't think to bring anything to set up with ^^;. That was really a shame... Space Invader and I decided it would be better to just walk around in costume talking to people instead of sitting behind empty tables T_T.
skypirate - it was such a great pleasure to see you again, after looking at your awesome photos online for so long. That was a real treat and thank you for working so hard all weekend!

yamibakura03
05-02-2007, 09:59 PM
The only thing i liked about the con was tht i spend time with my friends and saw old friend online like chisainekocat ^^ for example.
but blah it was unorganized.
Thurs- i went to pick my pre-reg badge and 7pm was the time to pick up badges, and i saw them barely placing the stuff and took them like awhile to have it done. and then they didnt had the cables and no color for the badges so had to wait awhile for them to get the stuff done. not to mention the badge look like a easy way to break instead of the laminated ones i get. I got out of the GRB around 10:30 just to pick up a badge and my friend was going to buy one. oi ><

Fri-Sun Got to hotel and got my room. the hotel staff were nice folks and all and then went to the con. well i got dissapointed in realising that my badge was good for some room and not the ones i wnated to go. then the trasnformers trailer went on and on, sorry i like it but after seeing that trailer all three days i was getting annoyed by it. I was also confused on the runaway contest that was held and i though it be on saturday but yeah confused. ask volunteers to help me find dealers room, non knew where it was until i ask a person who just happen to walk by and told me.
The dealers room was alright, just that i didnt like the part where people were selling cellphones ^^""
my bro got mad and dissapointed that he couldnt go to the gameroom without a waistband. so we spend mostly in the room watching movies or playDS people. we did however roam around the con just wasn;t like i expect or least heard from my friends who go to Pz all the time.

This was more of PZ time and Game place then an actual con.

+Ao+
05-02-2007, 10:38 PM
Hey did anyone get any photos of me in my Blue Rose Lolita cosplay?

strange_mikoto
05-02-2007, 10:46 PM
I loved going with friends to the "House of Guys" and being inside a karaoke room (even if they did just play a lot of the guest bands videos....-_- ). It was cool playing hide and seek Saturday night....until the security yelled at us for not having badges on while walking around..... (during the concert, when no one was at the con anymore....) and I'm glad I finally found someone to be my Namine. ^-^ (it's dangerous to cosplay Roxas with just an Axel, so I've learned....eh.)

there were MANY problems, but that's what venting on little online journals is for. Here, I will just say it was really great to see everyone and I DID have fun- even if I did pay $40 to play hide and seek and make plans for OTHER conventions and cosplay picnics. On the up side, our next cons and picnics are nice and organized now......-_-;;;

Also, this con and others are making me look forward to A-kon. lol. How abnormal.

Rocieru
05-03-2007, 01:08 AM
Hey did anyone get any photos of me in my Blue Rose Lolita cosplay?

Eee!! its..you! I keep forgetting your name...eeeT_T
I am the kitty which continuesly rubs your shoulder^^" remember me?
If still don't have idea, give my gallery a shot please^^~
Please give me a headon about how you would like to be called(when we meet next time I mean) if not convenient, send it thru PM, I won't forget this time(hopefully I won't..) XD^^

I don't know you were there! where were you?

+Ao+
05-03-2007, 03:47 AM
No worries I remeber you :P
Whats up? I'm so sad I missed you at AM ;_;

Eriz-chan
05-03-2007, 03:03 PM
I went to anime matsuri very disorganized. I got lost in the dealers room.

dowxp
05-04-2007, 09:41 AM
http://flickr.com/photos/dowxp/sets/72157600170281328/

+Ao+
05-14-2007, 12:00 AM
thanks for the great photos Dowxp

josshouse
05-14-2007, 11:50 AM
Everything's been said that I could say. I won't be back for AM2, if indeed they have another year of this nonsense.

It is my firm belief that if you don't buy a badge, you should still be able to wander the hallways to take pics, hang out in artist alley, or anything that isn't in its own room like the dealer's room. Even with a badge, I arrive at the arcade room, only to learn I'd need to pay even more to get in? I just want some DDR, man. I'm a poor college kid, here, I can't be dishing out cash for add-ons to my badge that SHOULD be all-purpose in the first place.

A large part of this con's failure lies in the GRB. That venue is a terrible place for cons.

FE Freak
05-15-2007, 08:01 PM
Yeah the GRB is monstrous,I loved how Shiokaze had their con in the Hyatt Regency,it was just so good.Mundanes at the bottom mixing with us,everybody else up top,it just worked for them.

Still looking for pics of an ANBU getting jumped by the Akatsuki.