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DawnYuuki
01-18-2008, 04:39 AM
http://www.animematsuri.com/

Well, I looked all around and couldn't find a topic for this, so, I'm taking the initiative! Anyone going?

Azrael-sama made the following comments about last year's Anime Matsuri that I'd like to have here on the first post. Please hear her out.
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Where to begin?

I know that alot of you had problems with A.M. last year that the con tanked it's first year. But that's the thing it was this cons first year and most cons always fail its first year. Some people like it some don't.

I am friends with the A.M. staff and all I can say is they have learned their lesson from last year and have read and reviewed all of the attendees complaints. They have apologized for everything that happened at A.M. last year and are working their butts off this year to fix all of the problems.
Last year it was mostly lack of volunteers, disorganization, cost, lack of activities, location, etc. I can say that they have gotten their act together.
As of this weekend they are having a press conference for A.M. at Ikkicon if you are attending A.M. this year but you are worried because of last year please check out the website or check out the press conference if you are going to be at Ikkicon.

I would really like to see people return to this con and give it another chance.
I give the A.M. staff my full support and while I can't promise anything I have full faith in them that this con will be loads better than their first.

Anyways, on to what I wanted to talk about.
(If you are going please say so, but please don't talk about how horrible the first was and that's why your not returning.)

I didn't want to create another topic on this but I just wanted to know who is giving this con another chance and if so who are you cosplaying as?
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So, yeah, are you going? Who are you going as?

(On a personal note, is anyone cosplaying from the "Tales of" series to this con? I want to organize a group ^.^)

yuffie-star
01-18-2008, 05:32 AM
Not to mention, the convention website looks very well designed and attended to. From the little experience I've had with cons, a website can tell a lot of the level of organization of the convention.

So, yeah, are you going? Who are you going as?

You didn't go last year, did you?

I miiiiiiiight be going. It's most likely a no because I'd rather save money for A-kon.

DawnYuuki
01-18-2008, 05:37 AM
You didn't go last year, did you?

I miiiiiiiight be going. It's most likely a no because I'd rather save money for A-kon.


Nope. Do you mean to say that the organization was lacking last year, then?

FE Freak
01-21-2008, 10:11 PM
Nope. Do you mean to say that the organization was lacking last year, then?

Well,it's all in here. (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=110965&highlight=Anime+Matsuri)

It seems they really learned their lesson this year,besides it's a Houston con,so I am gonna support them.And they did pick a good location,but the dates they chose were a bit iffy to me.Have you seen the rooms,they look so spacious,7 people can sleep comfortably in there with luggage.I'm considering going if I get the funds and cosplays done by then.IF I do go,I'll be bringing the costumes in my sig.

*Is working on Emil from TOS 2:bigtu: *

DawnYuuki
01-30-2008, 12:05 PM
Well,it's all in here. (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=110965&highlight=Anime+Matsuri)

It seems they really learned their lesson this year,besides it's a Houston con,so I am gonna support them.And they did pick a good location,but the dates they chose were a bit iffy to me.Have you seen the rooms,they look so spacious,7 people can sleep comfortably in there with luggage.I'm considering going if I get the funds and cosplays done by then.IF I do go,I'll be bringing the costumes in my sig.

*Is working on Emil from TOS 2:bigtu: *

Well, my school filter won't let me take the link, but I'll check it out when I get home.

Yep, I've been in the hotel/center before, and it's all gorgeous! I hope to see you there. Oh, if only that Guy was from Abyss. lol. Nah, Fire Emblem is cool. ^.^

Emil? Sweet! I love his costume! ^.^ How's the construction going so far?

FE Freak
01-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Well, my school filter won't let me take the link, but I'll check it out when I get home.

Yep, I've been in the hotel/center before, and it's all gorgeous! I hope to see you there. Oh, if only that Guy was from Abyss. lol. Nah, Fire Emblem is cool. ^.^

Emil? Sweet! I love his costume! ^.^ How's the construction going so far?

Well,I havent exactly started on it,but I have some foamboard.Right now I'm just looking to see if I can alter one of my patterns for his top thing.Probably I'd have him done by Oni-con depending.

eri x core
01-30-2008, 12:47 PM
I'm going and staying at the hotel as well.
I haven't decided my list yet.
I have my list in my siggy but it changes alot. :D

DawnYuuki
02-03-2008, 11:35 AM
I'm going and staying at the hotel as well.
I haven't decided my list yet.
I have my list in my siggy but it changes alot. :D

Ah, you're staying in the hotel! I have a question then. I've stayed in hotels for cons before, but a parent or other parental figure was always with my group. What is the minimum age for getting a room? Is it 18? I ask because my friends and I want to go alone this time around, and we have a number of 18 year olds that could get the rooms if possible.

Azrael-sama
02-08-2008, 01:46 AM
Where to begin?

I know that alot of you had problems with A.M. last year that the con tanked it's first year. But that's the thing it was this cons first year and most cons always fail its first year. Some people like it some don't.

I am friends with the A.M. staff and all I can say is they have learned their lesson from last year and have read and reviewed all of the attendees complaints. They have apologized for everything that happened at A.M. last year and are working their butts off this year to fix all of the problems.
Last year it was mostly lack of volunteers, disorganization, cost, lack of activities, location, etc. I can say that they have gotten their act together.
As of this weekend they are having a press conference for A.M. at Ikkicon if you are attending A.M. this year but you are worried because of last year please check out the website or check out the press conference if you are going to be at Ikkicon.

I would really like to see people return to this con and give it another chance.
I give the A.M. staff my full support and while I can't promise anything I have full faith in them that this con will be loads better than their first.

Anyways, on to what I wanted to talk about.
(If you are going please say so, but please don't talk about how horrible the first was and that's why your not returning.)

I didn't want to create another topic on this but I just wanted to know who is giving this con another chance and if so who are you cosplaying as?

DawnYuuki
02-08-2008, 11:27 AM
Where to begin?

I know that alot of you had problems with A.M. last year that the con tanked it's first year. But that's the thing it was this cons first year and most cons always fail its first year. Some people like it some don't.

I am friends with the A.M. staff and all I can say is they have learned their lesson from last year and have read and reviewed all of the attendees complaints. They have apologized for everything that happened at A.M. last year and are working their butts off this year to fix all of the problems.
Last year it was mostly lack of volunteers, disorganization, cost, lack of activities, location, etc. I can say that they have gotten their act together.
As of this weekend they are having a press conference for A.M. at Ikkicon if you are attending A.M. this year but you are worried because of last year please check out the website or check out the press conference if you are going to be at Ikkicon.

I would really like to see people return to this con and give it another chance.
I give the A.M. staff my full support and while I can't promise anything I have full faith in them that this con will be loads better than their first.

Anyways, on to what I wanted to talk about.
(If you are going please say so, but please don't talk about how horrible the first was and that's why your not returning.)

I didn't want to create another topic on this but I just wanted to know who is giving this con another chance and if so who are you cosplaying as?

Thanks for posting this. ^.^ I didn't go last year, so I had no idea about these problems, but it seems a lot of people did/do.

Would you like me to put this information (crediting you, of course) on the first post? I think it might help people out.

Azrael-sama
02-08-2008, 04:54 PM
Sure, if you would like to.
I just really want people to give this con another go, if they hate it the second time around then that's understandable, you can't please everyone. I just want to get the bad taste out of everyone's mouths by giving A.M. a second chance.

Btw! Awww I wish I had time I would so cosplay from the "Tales of.." series

FE Freak
02-08-2008, 10:34 PM
I'm going and I'm all signed up to be a 24 hour volunteer.Ah,my first job.Tis gonna be fun.

DawnYuuki
02-11-2008, 11:36 AM
Sure, if you would like to.
I just really want people to give this con another go, if they hate it the second time around then that's understandable, you can't please everyone. I just want to get the bad taste out of everyone's mouths by giving A.M. a second chance.

Btw! Awww I wish I had time I would so cosplay from the "Tales of.." series

Are you going to Matsuri? Depending on whether Asch is finished in time, I may have extra Tales cosplay. ^.^ Specifically Luke and Arche. I'd be more than willing to lend, especially if you want to hang out with our group sometime. The more illusive Tales cosplayers we can find, the better!

DawnYuuki
02-11-2008, 11:37 AM
I'm going and I'm all signed up to be a 24 hour volunteer.Ah,my first job.Tis gonna be fun.

Sweet! What are you working? I'll come find you and cause you trouble. Jk. XD

FE Freak
02-11-2008, 06:47 PM
I'll be doing Break/Setup,doesn't sound like too bad of a job.I'm used to that anyways.XD And Emil has been wiped off my list,he's just not worth it.I'll support ToS from the other side of the screen.

DawnYuuki
02-12-2008, 11:23 AM
I'll be doing Break/Setup,doesn't sound like too bad of a job.I'm used to that anyways.XD And Emil has been wiped off my list,he's just not worth it.I'll support ToS from the other side of the screen.


Aw. Poor Emil. His costume does look a bit difficult though, not to mention there's not much refference art as of now. Support for ToS on either side of the screen is awesome. ^.^

Arakhne
02-13-2008, 03:30 PM
My friend and I will be coming to A.M. on Saturday. We're considering Friday too, but most definitly Saturday, at least. We'll be bringing along our Jrock cosplay: Ruki and Reita from the GazettE.

I didn't attend the first year of A.M. either, but I'm having faith in the staff and hoping this year ought to run smoother.

Azrael-sama
02-15-2008, 05:06 AM
Are you going to Matsuri? Depending on whether Asch is finished in time, I may have extra Tales cosplay. ^.^ Specifically Luke and Arche. I'd be more than willing to lend, especially if you want to hang out with our group sometime. The more illusive Tales cosplayers we can find, the better!

Yep I'm going! I would cosplay for this con, but I'm going to be so busy. I'm helping my friend run his booth(s). Atsui-anime AKA the anime store from Arlington. Please stop by.
When I'm off duty I will be more than happy to hang with you.

DawnYuuki
02-19-2008, 11:37 AM
Yep I'm going! I would cosplay for this con, but I'm going to be so busy. I'm helping my friend run his booth(s). Atsui-anime AKA the anime store from Arlington. Please stop by.
When I'm off duty I will be more than happy to hang with you.

Sounds like a plan! What sort of things does he sell? I've been to a few cons, but never remember the specific stores, so I don't know of Atsui-anime. ^.^;

vietgirl018
02-23-2008, 01:41 AM
im going!! and im staying at the hotel. ^_^

hopfully ill be cosplaying too =D

DawnYuuki
02-24-2008, 07:19 PM
im going!! and im staying at the hotel. ^_^

hopfully ill be cosplaying too =D


Awesome! Another Matsuri-goer! Who will you be cosplaying as?

Drendarius
03-01-2008, 08:04 PM
I'll be going as good ol' Nabeshin. I should have a Pedro and Koshi too.

DawnYuuki
03-03-2008, 10:10 PM
I'll be going as good ol' Nabeshin. I should have a Pedro and Koshi too.

I wasn't familiar with those characters, but I looked 'em up! That should be quite fun. ^.^

chibibotan
03-05-2008, 09:41 PM
I'll be going as C.C from Code Geass, and hopefully, I'll have a Lelouch with me as well.

Technoir
03-06-2008, 08:44 AM
I'll be there as Timeskip Rossiu from Gurren Lagann. I might also have an Anti-Spiral costume, if my zentai gets here before then. 8D

Emotiongear
03-08-2008, 08:47 PM
I'll be going as C.C from Code Geass, and hopefully, I'll have a Lelouch with me as well.

Dont forget to say hello to Kate Higgins, the voice of C.C., Sakura from Naruto, etc :bigtu:

Dragonmaster043
03-11-2008, 02:24 AM
ill be going as maes hughes and a umbreon trainer!
:toothy: :toothy: :toothy:

FE Freak
03-11-2008, 03:23 PM
They have some really great guests this year.This con should blow the house down.So many things to get signed,I'm just surprised they got so many big name guests their second year as a convention,that's really saying something.

DawnYuuki
03-11-2008, 08:56 PM
They have some really great guests this year.This con should blow the house down.So many things to get signed,I'm just surprised they got so many big name guests their second year as a convention,that's really saying something.

Too true. Yuri Lowenthal (amongst others. of course) = amazing. ^.^

chibibotan
03-13-2008, 11:42 PM
Dont forget to say hello to Kate Higgins, the voice of C.C., Sakura from Naruto, etc :bigtu:

Oh, I will. I was totally surprised when you guys got her! I'll bet she'll be happy to see a character she's done while the anime hasn't even hit America yet.

MewKilalaMew
03-14-2008, 09:17 AM
Hey.

I have posted this a few place but I want to post it here as well ~.~

My friend and I are looking for cosplayers to be in a skit. We need the following for it to be complete.

Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Hikaru Hitachiin (Ouran High School Host Club)
Kaoru Hitachiin (Ouran High School Host Club)
Hojo(FF7)

We will have the script cut down and pre-recorded probably this weekend. Our group we kinda have isn't coming to this con so we're needing to look for people. Please if you are interested let me know A.S.A.P.

Thanks

Pyro

BrattyandProud
03-16-2008, 12:07 PM
I'll be going as Chii from Chobits and Rinoa in her ballroom dress (Final Fantasy 8). I'm really excited. Less than a week. :)

I'm dragging my friend along with me. He doesn't watch anime (he hasn't played too many video games either), nor has he been to a convention, so that will be interesting. Hehe. ^^

Malicious
03-16-2008, 10:03 PM
what is the date for matsuri? i don't have flash player 8 to see website :(

DawnYuuki
03-16-2008, 10:25 PM
what is the date for matsuri? i don't have flash player 8 to see website :(

March 21-23! ^.^ Just next weekend!

skypirate
03-17-2008, 12:42 PM
After Cosplay Day Out this weekend, Kikala, Jonobi, SchizoIori and I went on a scouting expedition to Anime Matsuri's hotel. It is beautiful. If the rooms are anything like the lobby and convention center, wow! Modern clean architecture and decor, a nice river running behind it. Photo opportunities everywhere.

FE Freak
03-23-2008, 06:50 PM
Well AM's over,I've served my time,so how did everybody fair this weekend? Any particular event you liked or anything? Tell all. :)

yacchan
03-24-2008, 01:24 AM
Y'know... After last year, my expectations were really quite low...

I was still disappointed. Sorry to anyone who likes them, but dude. Two and a half hour cosplay delay = fail con 2.

eri x core
03-24-2008, 05:06 PM
Y'know... After last year, my expectations were really quite low...

I was still disappointed. Sorry to anyone who likes them, but dude. Two and a half hour cosplay delay = fail con 2.

Agreed.
I didnt enjoy either.
Worse than last year.

MewKilalaMew
03-24-2008, 09:29 PM
I hated how the cosplay contest worked.

We had to audition basically to beable to go on stage Saturday...and those who didn't get to go were bascially told "Hey your skit isn't good enough to be seen in front of people!" but yeah...I worked over 5 hours on my skit and only got to perform in front of 4 people....a few of which were rude. I feel like I wasted my money...I wish I had only gone for Saturday..because it was the best day.

dowxp
03-24-2008, 09:39 PM
http://flickr.com/photos/dowxp/sets/72157604238608161/show/

skypirate
03-24-2008, 10:02 PM
Cosplayers make the world go 'round. Highlights are on my website with more to come.

I was so impressed with the cosplay skits. Over the last few cons the performances are getting better by leaps and bounds. Your talent and professionalism was a real treat. Thank you.

The best lighting for the cosplay competition of any con I've attended to date. That was a very pleasant surprise.

I enjoyed the con, the staff, the attendees and the hotel. Looking forward to next year.

greyrondo
03-24-2008, 11:53 PM
I didn't see much of cosplay from where I was in the con. So much regret... But it was certainly an improved con compared to its first year-- especially since I thought the venue was quite nice :)

FE Freak
03-24-2008, 11:59 PM
I didn't see much of cosplay from where I was in the con. So much regret... But it was certainly an improved con compared to its first year-- especially since I thought the venue was quite nice :)

I KNOW,why is it declining in this area,I don't understand.:bigcry: Although the venue was nice,I thought it was a little too skinny.Anyone happen to see that/those Tophs from Avatar?

greyrondo
03-25-2008, 12:11 AM
Oh, I didn't mean to make a comment on the state of cosplay in the Houston area! I just meant that I didn't get to hang out in the main convention very much-- if you saw a Duo Lon or Ky Kiske running around on various missions, that was me. But I think I saw the cosplayers you were talking about (don't take my word for it!)

FE Freak
03-25-2008, 12:29 AM
It's still true,there's no deny thing that fact.Did you have the sword,because I think I saw you.Hmm...

Nicepants
03-25-2008, 01:13 AM
well, after last year, AM was specifically known for not caring about cosplay, so a lot of people didn't anticipate that they would care about cosplay this year.

The 2 day thing was one of those "Looks good on paper, executed poorly" things.

It was suppossed to be promoted as friday being the whole show, and saturday basically being the top class, basically, the ones who were in the running for the awards. Since saturday was so booked, they wanted a cosplay show that could be done in an hour.

Sadly, there were some problems with this, some of which (like starting 2 hours late) were completely unrelated to the cosplay staff as well. So, I dunno.

dowxp
03-25-2008, 02:50 PM
cosplay prelims

http://flickr.com/photos/dowxp/sets/72157604247354563/show/

greyrondo
03-25-2008, 10:41 PM
Awesome photos!

But I heard about the extensive delays-- I just thought people were exaggerating. Hate to admit it, but I'm almost happy I didn't participate if it was that problematic. I had a few "um...what?" moments that I remembered well from last year's contest, anyways. Like the contest losing my registration...

And yeah, the Ky with the sword was me :)

FE Freak
03-26-2008, 12:45 AM
I'm gonna need some pics.That might have been you,you didn't happen to be running around with a small group?

greyrondo
03-26-2008, 01:05 AM
If you saw me with someone, I was with one or two members of the gaming room staff-- either in or out of cosplay. I wish I had pics :( Not just of me, but of the other cosplayers outside the contests. But if the Ky was no taller than about 5' 5" in high-heeled boots, then that's me, hahah...

FE Freak
03-26-2008, 03:15 PM
You were part of the staff? I was working security.And it turns out I didn't see you after all,why didn't you bring your Endrance again,.Hack designs are always loved.

greyrondo
03-27-2008, 07:11 PM
I was on gaming room staff. I wanted to coordinate my cosplay, that and En needs a lot of retouching. By the way... aside from all the chaos, how did the contests go?

FE Freak
03-27-2008, 09:48 PM
Ah,no wonder.I would have liked to do the same,I would have brought my ANBU if I'd known I was gonna on patrol and stuff.I was switched at the last minute by the way.I heard about Dugfinn and the Wii,sad isn't it? Was there no one around to catch this person,yall didn't notice until it was too late huh? Same thing happened in the D.Room.Send her my condolences.

sallenok
03-30-2008, 01:28 PM
AnimeU.org (http://www.animeu.org) pictures are up for AM '08.