Getting Ready for Anime Boston 2012

March of 2012, Boot Size 10/11

My dear readers,

You may have noticed the little countdown that I have thrown up on the side of my little blog. To those not versed in the geeky ways, this is a countdown to the famous convention Anime Boston, which I am attending this year. And oh my goodness IT’S IN EIGHT DAYS!!!!!!!!!!

I guess the first aspect to attend to is my love for anime in manga. Of course my interest in Japanese culture manifested before I even knew about the craze that now, in our modern day, is much more common (though not necessarily socially popular). I did not pick up my first manga until middle school. And my first ever manga was the infamous InuYasha.

Despite it's faults, I still love this series. ❤

InuYasha is not the best manga, and yes it holds the same flaw that many shounen manga have; it could have been a little less drawn out. But I was hooked to the series as a child, and I will always love it. Feudal Japan, school girls, demons, and a sexy white-haired and dog-eared half demon (known as a hanyou)? Yes please, and make it a double! I’m slowly working on owning it and other manga series for myself, seeing as I am a recovering addict of free scanlations of manga (I have much more respect for authors now, and try my best to buy their work). Once InuYasha was in my life, I was hooked to anime and manga. I obssessed over it. Thankfully after abstaining for about six months when I decided to stop reading and watching for a while in high school, I am finally able to control my rampant need to read and I now allow myself to be nerdy in other ways. But I still love manga, Japan, and (almost) everything involved! And this includes cosplay.

This is my best friend in the entire world, Panda, who has graciously allowed me to use this picture to show off how gorgeous she is in this partial shot of her as Katara from Avatar the Last Airbender. She is a fashion design student, and also an amazing artist! Check out her DA if you like. http://velvetsoulpanda.deviantart.com/

These complete strangers I snapped a pic of are cosplaying (starting from the left) the Kazekage Gaara, Naruto, Sasuke, and Ino. All from Naruto.

Yes, cosplay. The hobby and/or lifestyle of dressing up as your favorite character from an anime, manga, sci fi show/book/film, movies, and more. I am a novice, this year being my first official cosplay as real characters from a show. I’ve spent a lot of time planning this with my best friend in the entire world and soul sister, Panda (if you didn’t realize, I’ve changed names including my own in order to protect certain privacy’s). This girl is my Brazilian twin and partner in crime, having been crafted from perfection. She is also known as Leila, though in anime/nerdy situations I will be calling her Panda since this will involve her work AS Panda. I absolutely love her to pieces, and we are attending Anime Boston together!

She is also the most amazing person in that, as a fashion design student, she is making my cosplay for the main convention day! With that said, I have to give her some credits here, so please check out her work as she slowly works her way into a great cosplay creator and artist: http://velvetsoulpanda.deviantart.com/

Anyways. So we have planned each of our days as far as our cosplays. Friday we are going as members of the nefariously useless Team Rocket! Each with our own little Pokemon to keep up company. Saturday is our big day in which I will be showing off Panda’s work; she will cosplay Katara and I will cosplay Suki from Avatar: the Last Airbender (this is an amazing show and you should watch it if you haven’t). Sunday, while I am not 100% sure about Panda, I know that I will be cosplaying post-epic-battle Misty from Pokemon. Why post-epic battle? Well the theme of the con this year is the apocalypse of course! So instead of a neat and clean Misty, I’ll be messed up and abused Misty! Rips in the tee-shirt and I especially look forward to throwing myself into the dirt for that authentic “roughed-up” look. I’m pretty sure Panda intends to be the Togepi to my Misty, but that isn’t confirmed since she has enough on her hands trying to get two cosplays done in a month when this is her first two big projects. If she actually gets a Togepi cosplay… I’ll worship her.

Now my last year my adventures at Anime Boston were rather tame. I made the mistake of not going in a group, and I didn’t have any real cosplays. Instead I trolled around in my steampunk-wear, which did get me stopped for pictures a few time (^////^). I went to a lot of panels, including one really LAME one in which I teamed up with my friend That Guy to troll the speaker (normally I do not condone trolling the speakers of a panel, but this guy was being a ridiculous whiner). Overall I enjoyed my stay, but I knew there was room for improvement.

  1. Go with a group. In this case it is Panda, my partner, and I.
  2. Have some cosplays ready. I’ve already listed them, I won’t repeat.
  3. Be pickier about panels. I don’t want to deal with another whiner. Honestly, it’s the 18+ panels that are the funniest, though I have a rather dirty mind, so…. Nah they’re still funnier half the time.
  4. Actually know what manga I need to get for the big Sunday sale.
  5. Actually buy an art piece to support local handy work! I think I’ll search for a Gaara or a Hinata one. ❤
  6. Photographs. Let myself out from behind the lens and capture my costumes and have some awesome poses prepared.
  7. Get in character and REMAIN in character! 😛

This was my outfit last year, made by my awesome mom because I can't sew... at all. I am dressed as myself, Viviana Ayre of the H.S. Chronos Aetherium.

With these goals and changes in mind, I think this will be an awesome weekend and I fully look forward to the crazy stories that I will be able to share with you. I will also take many pictures. While I intend to post some pictures, I will have even more on my Facebook page for Bootprints: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boot-Prints-in-the-Sand/316217361729366 (Yes, this is an obvious plea for people to like my Facebook page. It helps my poor, college-abused ego).

With eight days until this epic adventure begins, I’m being buried in school work as the semester is already coming towards the end (how the hell is this possible? I’m so used to school being done in June!!!!) and I’m also working and trying to get my cosplays ready as well as planning transport and such. I’ve gotten a ride down to the train station, so as to not pay for parking. I intend to stop at grocery store ahead of time and have healthy, cheaper snack and lunches to take along. There are confirmed plans of taking over a ramen shop 😉 . I have to pack. Oh goodness packing will be an adventure (*ahem* torturous act of doom) I am going to attempt another adventure report before Anime Boston, but I doubt that I will have the time to fit it in. But I will do my best!

Until my next adventure,

Viviana Ayre

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