This was my second time going to Fanime and let me give you a rundown of how it went.
Ok, nice to know that everyone is having the same issues. As last year was my first year attending and they had the power outage, I expected registration to go a lot quicker this year, however, I spend five and a half hours in line waiting to get a badge. That's a bit ridiculous. I know that there is only a certain amount of staff, but please work on making registration a bit better. If there are even people passing out in line, then you know this is a problem that needs to be fixed.
I love how many artists there were, although it did make it harder to decide what to buy! But there were so many amazing artists there and it was really nicely set up. I would suggest maybe putting up a few signs to help people find it though. Other than that, I loved the artist alley!
From what I've read, I don't think the majority of attendees knew there would be a band. The band was good, but personally, I preferred last year when they had the winners of the karaoke event they had preform. It might be cool to have the karaoke winner preform again next year.
There were a lot of technical issues, but most of the audience and the MC were able to keep ourselves entertained. It seemed to me that, although the breaks were annoying, almost everyone realized that we just had to ride it out. And the MC did a great job, all things considered. The masquerade seemed a lot more disorganized than last year. But it was still a great masquerade.
The thing that really annoyed me about the masquerade was this.
Originally Posted by Yukari Kaiba
I was really disappointed that the Hetalia group never got a redo of their skit when they were cut off early. :/
Originally Posted by Adnarim
I was happy to see that the Madoka skit got a redo on their skit. I wish the Hetalia had a chance too, their skit was hilarious. :/
I could not believe that they did not let the Hetalia group re-do their performance but they let the Madoka group re-do theirs. Yes, the Madoka group was cool and I'm glad that they let them re-do their performance, but it seemed completely unfair to the Hetailia group! If you are going to let one group redo their performance because you messed up, then you should let ALL of them. The fine cosplayers who participate in the masquerade put in a lot of work and effort into their skits! They should at least be able to perform them for the masquerade! This is my biggest complaint about the whole convention.
I went to two meetups this year and I have to say that they were incredibly organized, especially because of the size! I went to the Superwholock meetup(was not cosplaying, just an observer) and the Hetalia meetup(cosplayed for this one), which were both fairly large meetups and I was glad to see them run so smoothly. They were both fun to attend and I give props to the people who were running them.
This was cool, almost the same as last year, although I was incredibly sad because my favorite booth was gone! But the dealers hall was well organized and cool. Not many comments for it except please bring back Miss Magic and my favorite booth!
I really liked how they did the road patterns on the floor to try and help move foot traffic along in the convention center! Excellent Idea!
I wish that I would have known where the maid and butler cafe's were. If they had been in an easy to find spot like last year then I would have loved to go to them. Granted, I did not ask where they were, but that was partially because there were so many other events and things to go to. So this is more my fault!
People who take picture of cosplayers! PLEASE do not take pictures in front of doorways! This happened several times during the con and it's a little annoying. I know you want a good picture, but blocking a doorway completely is a bit frustrating to people who want to walk through it and don't want to mess up your picture.
I thought the food area was an excellent idea! Although a few more food booths would be nice.
Overall, this was a great convention! I had a lot of fun, and although there were ups and downs I still enjoyed it a lot. If Fanime can learn from the mistakes this year then it will only get better next year!