So I went to Anime Boston yesterday. This was my fourth Anime Boston (I previously attended 2005. 2007, 2008). I was originally planning on going the entire weekend then different stuff came up so it looked like I wouldn’t be going at all then Thursday it was decided well why not go on Saturday at least?
So how was it?
Dealer’s room- While it covered more space this year it seemed like there was a lot less overall stuff this year. Stores that used to have two booths cut down to one this year and there just seemed to be a lot less figures for sale this year which was disappointing. On the bright side I did actually find a store finding pullips that has a store in the semi-local area for me. I ended up buying a lot less stuff this year then I have at previous years and I even left with money in my pocket which is a definite first.
Panels- I only went to one industry panel this year, Funimation’s. They talked a long time about the economy and that while they were aware of the recession that they were carefully planning ahead so that it would not effect them as strongly as it has many of their competitors. There was a lot of focus on Evangelion 1.0 but there was not really a lot of details about it yet but frankly the movie came out almost two years ago in Japan I have already watched it numerous times so it is kind of old hat for me. I was very excited about them finally releasing the Vandread OVAs and I have become interested in the anime Murder Princess because of it’s trailers unfortunately they were sold out of the dvd in the dealer’s room T_T. No freebies at the panel this year normally there are t-shirts or dvds or at least something cool.
Cosplay- There were a lot of cosplayers, some good, some not so good and some very bad. I tend to be kind of picky about cosplays though. Surprising amount of non-anime cosplay at the convention including quite a few Jokers and a Batman that literally made me jump as he was hiding in an alcove and completely caught me off-guard I thought he was a statue at first ^^;
Overall I am glad I went but also happy that I only went the one day as there was not a whole lot going on to keep me entertained.
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