Manchester Anime & Gaming Con 2016

The week before, I had lunch with Yuri, a friend I made when I went to Liverpool for a Rocketworld volunteer session last month. At a moment of sudden inspiration, I asked her if she might be interested to attend an anime con with me at Sugden the following week, and to be honest, I was really pleasantly surprised when she said yes because after all, it involved seeing white people dressing up in costumes of a popular culture that originated from her home country. That had to be some degree of weirdness. But she said yes and we bought tickets for the first day of the con on the 2nd of April.

This wasn’t my first time at a con in Manchester; I’d attended Doki Doki last November but the company this time was definitely way better. We went there at 10AM and already there was a huge line full of cosplayers and we attempted to point out characters that we recognise as we waited in the queue.

 

    

Yuri got an Assassination Classroom packet of candy while I got Love Live wafers
Yuri got an Assassination Classroom packet of candy while I got Love Live wafers

One of my absolute favourite things about cons is visiting the artists’ booths themselves. After so many years of following fan artists on the Internet, it was so incredible to see them in actual print and just so cool to see artists so passionate about creating art for, say, an anime that they like and putting them on display for everyone to see and purchase at a convention. I got some art prints for my wall too, of course.

Cosplay masquerade
Cosplay masquerade

After walking around in general for a few hours, Yuri and I ended up playing Super Smash Bros on these actual ancient televisions and Nintendo game consoles for an hour or so.

    

We had gyoza dumplings for lunch at Umami
We had gyoza dumplings for lunch at Umami

Later on, I found out that Lara, a Twitter friend, was also at the con cosplaying as Kotori so we started to search for her. I loved the fact that both Yuri and my favourite Love Live girl is Kotori.

    

By the time we got relatively tired and had pretty much scouted the entire area, it was already 5PM. So I went back to Weston and Yuri to Dalton Ellis but not before she gave me a lemon cake her mother had sent to her all the way from Japan! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡

And below, my haul for the day:

Kenma, Kuroo, Kotori and Umi
Kenma, Kuroo, Kotori and Umi
The LL wafer packet had a shiny card in it
The LL wafer packet had a shiny card in it
Sonic print by @weiliwonka and Spirited Away print by @ZeeLinn
Sonic print by @weiliwonka and Spirited Away print by @ZeeLinn
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Author: Michelle Teoh

21-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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