But anyway, we actually did have extra time today. We almost didn't, because we started working on +ANIMA and it's really hard to stop, but we were strong, and now we have pictures! Da-dah!! We didn't take a whole lot of pictures this year, but I think at least half of the ones we took were completely awesome (for reasons that may be known only to us...), so we'll be posting all of them, except for the ones we had duplicates of. The main reasoning behind whether or not we'd take a picture of something was the answer to the question, "How much does this cosplayer make us think, 'Oh! We need a picture!!!!'" (Sometimes the answer was, "Are you from Final Fantasy XI? Yes? Then, very much.") Though there were some that we took just because there was somebody who "happened to be posing as we were walking by and they were pretty cool I guess."
We have about 64, so we'll be posting them in batches, including a separate batch for pictures where the costume itself could be a spoiler (for example, an alternate form of SailorMoon that doesn't show up until like the end (but there aren't any of those)). So here's batch number 1!!
It might be a little hard to tell, but this guy is dressed as Stitch!
We actually got a lot of Princess Tutu pictures, and these were the first. Sorry the picture's kind of blurry--our camera added some interesting effects sometimes. I probably shouldn't have gotten their feet, since they're not en pointe, but the ballet shoes are pretty.
They had a million characters! We don't remember who the person on the right is supposed to be, though...
This one's for umadoshi
We had seriously already walked past this person by the time we figured out who they were. I was staring really hard at her the whole time, so we wonder if she was laughing at us under the helmet.
Monta!!! This is the first time we'd seen anyone but Sena or Hiruma, so we had to get a picture. And of course we couldn't leave Hiruma out. We still don't know why Eyeshield21 manga is rated older teen. Now if only we could find a Sakuraba cosplayer...
Little kids dressed cosplaying must needs be photographed. We had to remind him to take off his watch though. I hope he remembered to put it back on...
This one might also be hard to tell, with the lighting and everything, but note the little tiger ears and tail.
Fakir!!! Athena saw her walking by and thought, "I know that shirt... Aaaaaaahhhh!!!" She says, "Watching the series, I would stare at that shirt and think, 'There must be something to be said about that shirt, but I just don't know what it is.'" Apparently there was a Princess Tutu gathering that we missed. We forgot to ask if there was a Mytho, but we did see another Fakir later, in that fancy outfit he's wearing in the opening sequence, but we weren't in a place where we could easily run up to them and get a picture.
We had been wondering where all the Final Fantasy XII cosplayers were earlier. I was like, "I was sure someone would be, like, Basch or someone," and then Athena's like, "Or Balthier!" And we were both like, "Yeah! There has to be a Balthier! He's made of awesome!!!" And then there was♥
But this picture was backlit, so we took another one. He's making a kind of funny face in it, and we're not sure if it's very Balthier-like, which is why we included the previous picture as well. But then again, maybe it's very Balthier-like. At any rate, we're glad we caught this guy, because as far as we could tell, he was the best Balthier at AX.
Also Princess Kraehe in the back; perhaps both of them were laughing at our fits of fangirl glee.
A thousand points to anyone who can name her!
The first set in our Quest:
Soon(ish), we will learn the significance of the ears and dark noses. When we finally find time to play Final Fantasy XI.
Not the first D. Gray-man cosplayers we saw, but the first that weren't just your average Allen Walker we saw after we got our camera. The first D. Gray-man cosplayer we saw was Allen Walker, with a really cool gun-arm thing. As it turned out later, a bunch of Allens had made the gun arm thing, but we didn't see so many with the burnt out hand. That would have been cool.
We saw them posing on the bridge and thought, "They're kind of cool, might as well get a picture."
But then Anakin wasn't paying attention, so they weren't posing right. But him walking away is kind of dramatic, don't you think?
And here they are posing the way they wanted:
And now! the reason we had crossed the insanely steep bridge (it doesn't look so bad from a distance, but once you start climbing, man!) to begin with:
Awwwwwwww!!! It turned out kind of blurry, but you can still make it out, and it gives it a kind of dreamlike quality that seems very fitting. Too cute!
Mimika! She was sooooo cute! She has some really fun songs, too. We wish her luck in her career, and hope Dragoneer's Aria sells really well in the States.
We finally have our elusive "Hakkai doing the fish scoop" picture! This is based on a mini-drama on the first Saiyuki Reload vocal album, where they all go to a matsuri. Apparently, and since Minekura-sensei approved the scenarios then we can say it's at least partly true, Hakkai is a goldfish scooping master. We've wanted to get this picture for the last three years ish, and now, we finally have it.
And that's it for our day one pictures! I think we got more pictures that day than any other. Maybe we were tired later on? Or just unimpressed. As the convention goes on, you do tend to see more and more of the same characters over and over. Yeah, that probably had a lot to do with it. I alternated between putting the comments above the picture and below, so hopefully it's not too confusing.
Later today, we'll finally be going to see Harry Potter. We decided we didn't care about seeing it when it opened, because it's not like we'd be spoiled for anything. Since we've read the book, and all. And maybe we'll have more time for +ANIMA!!!
Today I'm thankful for currently being on a series that's much less time-consuming, evidence that we're not imagining things, AX photos, easy-to-use resize functions, and having plans to go grocery shopping.
EDIT!!!!: I forgot something very important about the Syaoran/Sakura picture! I wanted to point out that they're sitting on Syaoran's cape! Too cute, man♥