Friday: I had meant to leave at like, nine AM. Really. I did. Unfortunately, my lazy butt had other plans. I actually didn't end up leaving until like...11? Shame. Shaaaaame. And apparently I was driving in my sleep because I overshot my exit from hwy 6 without realizing it and somehow ended up in Waco.
Friday: I walked around as an original character (Kell, although everyone who knows who Kell actually IS was either there and knows this already or doesn't read this). We shopped artist's alley (Wait, it's Bizarre Bazaar at Animefest, isn't it?) where I bought a pretty pretty wall decoration to help combat the overwhelming depressingness of my white white walls. (This artist's booth is always my favorite. I stop by there at every con.) There was stalking of the dealer's room too. Basically, we did a whole lot of walking around and waiting for everyone to actually get there as there were a LOT of people in our hotel room.
PS: The Hyatt Regency is a wonderful hotel. Even if you do have to pay for parking. The DJ they hired for the rave on Friday was also wonderful. He had me at Tiesto. I'd only had the privilege of going to a con rave once before and then the DJ had not been very good at all. Well, I take that back. He was okay, but not ideal for...dancing. Anyway. Yeah. This guy was awesome. I danced for a loooong time. I felt it the next morning.
Definitely felt it the next morning.
Saturday: I ended up re-using my Selvaria costume from AniMat because with the move there just wasn't enough time to put together something awesome. Still love the costume- although I lost a bit of weight since April and so it fits funny now. At any rate. Despite my warning that whomever wakes me up before nine will be shot in the face, we were awakened somewhere in the neighborhood of eight...for whatever reason. I don't remember. But there was an awake Alyssa on the other side of the room talking with the other inhabitants and a Brittney and I in one bed making threats of death and destruction. Once we were all awake, appeased, slightly less homicidal, and dressed, there was more wandering around. Lots of wandering around, actually. I was mostly okay with this though as the cosplays are my favorite part of con. There was even a Shin Megami Tensei meetup (although most of them were Persona 3 and 4 characters, which makes sense. Not everyone's masochistic enough like Ari and I to play the older Megaten games.) which Alyssa generally ended up running. Okay, not generally. She did. Her and Jerry (Dressed as Akihiko!). We didn't stalk any voice actors this time as, as much as I love J Michael Tatum and Greg Ayres (lol Raikou and Gau), we already have their autographs and the Ouran panel ended up being cancelled.
Somewhere in there we walked to TGI Fridays for probably our only actual meal of the weekend. There was changing into semi-normal (but unusual for me) clothing for the LARP (Live Action Role Play) the Dallas IFGS puts on every year. Alyssa and I didn't actually sign up, but the guys were nice enough (and because Alyssa knows them all) to squeeze us on a team as long as we agreed to play dumb (since Alyssa's not even close to being a newbie and this would have been my third game so I pretty much know what's going on). For those of you who ever express interest in this (and even if you don't), a word of advice: Your cleric is your cleric. I'm there to keep you alive. I shouldn't be taking out fighters for you. Haha.
Watched a couple of episodes of Baccano! in the viewing room with Alyssa before dropping into the day two rave for a few minutes. Dude. Greg Ayres is one heck of a DJ. (lol. Gau was our DJ). No, I'm not even kidding. It was AMAZING. I'm disappointed that I couldn't stay longer- but I had to leave the next morning so staying up till 3 am again was probably not the best plan ever.
Sunday: I woke up. I went home. The end. That's pretty much how it went down. XD. Somewhere in there there was a 4 girl pile-up on the bed trying to tickle Brittney. NOWHERE in there was an impromptu trip to Waco. Hooray.
In general: I am so not allowed to talk about how my favorite characters get no love anymore. Over the course of the two full days I was there, I saw so many Grell cosplayers that it's not even funny, an Albel Nox cosplayer, a LLOYD ASPLUND cosplayer (What is this, I don't even! That was amazing that one even existed. Minor spazz characters FTW), and not one, not two, but THREE Kuja cosplayers. Like, since when has Kuja ever been popular?
Kayla is pleased with your cosplay offerings.
All in all, I went home with one wall poster and two Hetalia prints (one I got for free, one Alyssa bought for me <3 ). I am also SHAME, for I bought figures. They had random Star Ocean 4 (FAVORITE GAAAAME) figures in boxes. I randomly picked and my box had a Reimei inside. Not Faize, but not a horrible character. Funny thing though- another figurine booth had an Edge but his sword was broken. Well, I asked them if they had another, they said no. They said he was up there for decoration and they hadn't actually expected anyone to express interest in buying him but if I had two dollars, they'd give him to me.
So I got a 15 dollar figurine for 2 bucks. I can superglue the sword back together. I now have an Edge/Reimei set.
I am most pleased.
My camera died about an hour into con, so all my pictures are on Brittney's camera. I'll post them later. =)
Icon is appropriate. Because oh. my. gosh. SO many Grell cosplayers.