I’m just going to share with you guys my first experience going to an anime convention. But to clarify and clean things up, it’s not really an anime convention. It’s a comic convention called ‘Comic Fiesta’ but since western comics are not that popular in my country, this conventions seemed to be specifically for anime fans. There were some Marvel and Dc stuffs or even local comics but they were very limited. Alright this post might be lengthy because I’m just going to ramble about my experience without any proper structure. If you think this is too long, just go to ‘read more’ tag and start reading from there. That’s when I actually went inside the convention. So, here goes…
I arrived at the convention centre at about 8:30 in the morning but the event started at 10. I was pretty excited about going to this event actually. That’s why I arrived pretty early (but other people were there as early as 7:00 a.m So that means we were actually late…kinda). I went there by a car with two of my friends. I’m going to call them friend A and friend B. Both of them have never gone to a anime convention before. They were just tagging along with me.
We were supposed to meet my older cousins, two of them at the nearest train station but they were late so we decided to line up and buy the tickets first while waiting for them.
To kill the time while lining up, we…actually didn’t do anything. Yes we did have a chat a little but we’re not talkative enough to be able to have a decent and continuous conversation for more than an hour. We did pretty much nothing. I remember reading Saekano at Nanodesu but I couldn’t really concentrate reading it so that only lasted for so long.
Maybe he was bored or impatient but friend A started to be aggressive by cutting the lines. He signaled us to do the same using his hands and making weird gestures. We rejected his offer because nope we just won’t. We’re good people, we are definitely not going to – we ended up being as aggressive as him. Screw him for manipulating us to the dark side.
My cousins suddenly phoned me and told me that they have arrived. They asked me to buy the tickets for them while they just wait somewhere else. Okay then, I was in the line anyway so that was no problem at all. However, the problem started after I bought the tickets. There was no reception inside the building. The ticket booth was inside the building of the convention centre while the line was outside the building. The place with no reception was inside the building so it was hard to reach my cousins who were outside after I bought the tickets. Only after multiple tries did I manage to reach them.
They told me that they were at a specific location but I couldn’t understand what they were saying… so I guess, the only option for me was to rummage for them. I told my friends to wait at the front of the entrance while I search for my cousins. I searched for them back and forth for more than enough times until I finally found them. It took me about 15 minutes for me to be able to finally find my cousins. I felt super relieved after I found them. At that time it was about 11.
I’m just going to call them cousin A and cousin B. This was the first time for cousin A to go to this kind of convention. As for cousin B, it was his second time. Basically, we’re all noobs. But anyway, it was good now. I finally reunited with my older cousins. The only thing we had to do was meeting up again with two of my friends and then everything would be fine. Yes, everything is going to be fine. But it’s not! My friends were not at the front of the entrance anymore. Where have they gone? I told you to wait there you bastards!!!
I tried to phone them but the reception was so bad, I didn’t manage to reach them. I seriously didn’t know why the reception was so bad. But luckily after a few tries, I managed to reach friend B. He told me that he went in with another person (let’s call her friend C) and that person is a girl. That’s understandable I guess, but still… He not only split up with me, he even split up with friend A! That was outrageous! But whatever right? That just means I didn’t have to worry about him anymore. I tried to phone friend A multiple times but I just couldn’t reach him. Soon after, I gave up. My cousins and I went inside the convention leaving my friends behind (or rather, they left me behind for that matter). It’s not like they’re going to die without me or anything like that so, I didn’t have to worry about them too much right? I can only blame the horrible reception for this.