On the first day I was dressed as black lady/wicked lady/dark lady from Sailor Moon. I was able to walk the floor but check out some of the things in exhibition hall and enjoy myself without being stopped For too many photos. The custome was super hot because it’s made out of velvet like material.
Saturday I actually woke up with a migraine which is a bit of a bummer and I didn’t actually get down to anime revolution till maybe one or 2 o’clock. I was hoping to get there early and have the majority of the day to do three cosplays however this was not the case. I did actually end up doing to cause plays both from Tsubasa reservoir chronicles. I had so much fun in my costumes and in the heat surprisingly it was super hot I was in a pool full of material. It was definitely worth it for just being sakura and emulating her to the best of my ability.
I saw so many different kinds of Cosplays and then when I was on the Internet later I saw even more Cosplays that I didn’t even get to see in person because there are just so many people going in and out of anime revolution that you only get to see a select few of the amazing Cosplays that are out there. Anything that has to do with mobile suits I love. I admire the time the technique and the attention to detail that goes into the suits.
Even though I had a migraine it was worth it I had so much fun on Saturday even though I didn’t feel the greatest. I have to admit coming to Sunday I was getting more and more nervous I had no idea what to expect as far as the cosplay contest and it didn’t cross my mind to backing out last minute mostly because I’ve never done one before.
I meant many photographers, and a YouTuber during the convention. I have to say a lot of them are very polite they generally ask if they can take your picture and they are very accommodating. The YouTube or I met took a video of me doing different poses, walking, twirling etc. At one point he asked me to swing my sword up and put it onto my shoulder as I want to do this I actually hit myself in the head with it which is quite funny. Because it made me laugh.
Sunday I had to be at anime revolution earlier than I was the previous day and so I tried to get to bed early however I hardly slept I was quite nervous and unsure about the contest and what to expect. I got there did prejudging at 1pm, it went a lot quicker then I expected. I left and before I knew it was 5pm and time to get to Hall A for the contest.
Me being nervous I tend to like to arrive somewhere early because I like to get situated and readJust my costume. I also didn’t want to see all of the people in the audience until I got on stage because I didn’t want to psych myself out.
The lights dim they start to roll the fog machine in a bit the announcer start to announce that are going to start the cosplay contest at this point I’m not feeling that nervous I’m like OK they start calling contestants up to do their skit or their poses.
They get to me and I’m number 17 and I hear them announce me and my heart starts beating crazy like beating out through my chest. I turned sideways to get up the stairs because my wings are too big I can’t walk straight so I’m trying to like crab-walk it up the stairs. I get up there and I don’t have my glasses on, and I don’t wear contacts so I can’t see anything. I noticed that there’s a lot of blobs in the room so I’m assuming its a packed house. I get up there I do four or five poses I kind of giggled a little at the end and I get off the stage. I had a bit of a difficult time getting down but I got down the stairs.
Then we are sitting in the back waiting for the rest of the contestants to go on. And it’s like my nervousness went away at that point. Doing a cosplay contest was a bucket list thing for me since I’ve started cosplaying but also since I started getting into anime. I always wanted to be the characters that I love so much and I didn’t for the longest time because I let other people‘s opinions hold me back. I’m glad I was finally able to just say you know what I don’t care what other people think at this point I’m going to do something that I love and I’m going to continue moving forward with it.
As we wait for them to announce the winners I soaked in the moment of the experience. I thought I’m a novice I am totally new to this is my very first contest and there’s a lot of amazing cosplayers in here. As the cosplayers all talked to each other and I just kind of people watched and admired all of the cosplay and craftsmanship.
When they began to announce the winners I heard them say sailor moon and I kind of just l froze and didn’t think I heard right and they said my cosplay name and I was in so much shock. I couldn’t even get up the stairs I was trying to turn sideways I kept stepping on the front of my dress trying to get up the stairs. I am so grateful one of the hosts ended up having to hold my sword for me because I couldn’t seem to get up there and I totally deer in the head lights to it when I was out there. I was like what do? Where do I go I’m not sure what to do? I stood there with the other winners on stage and then they asked all the contestants to come up.
I have to say I definitely have felt more part of a community being in that contest and talking with other cosplayers and learning a little bit about how they do things and it was an amazing convention. I definitely really want to go again next year. I really want to try to go to the winter one. I am super sad Anomie revolution is over for this weekend and I really wish I was able to make it for a longer period of time on Saturday. But I know that next year I will hopefully be able to do that. Doing the cosplay contest was an out of my comfort zone kind of thing and that something that I’ve been focussing on doing a lot in the last couple years is getting out of my comfort bubble and doing things that I don’t normally do. I am so blessed to have someone in my life that is willing any wanting to help me with cosplay. What an amazing experience for my first cosplay contest.