An omen? Perhaps. My (very first!) Sakura-Con experience started off rockily. I wasn't able to attend Sunday, which left me with only Friday and Saturday for the northwest's largest anime, manga and Japanese culture convention. When I got there on Friday, there was a problem with my press registration and I ended up missing all of Friday, too.
Everything managed to get sorted out on Saturday. I could actually get into the convention. And that's when Sakura-Con proved itself to be amazing. Despite my registration problems (that involved buying another pass which basically burned up all the money I had budgeted for spending and wasting a lot of time) and the fact that I was only able to attend one day of the con...it was all totally worth it. You can't say that for every convention. Add in the fact that Sakura-Con is located in Washington state. The convention and general geek scene in Washington is far from the scene in, say, California. Sakura-Con is very much worth attending.
|Starbucks "Sakura-ccino". I also saw a "Sailor Moon mocha" at another coffee place.|
|Stevens, at the left, as the Fourth Doctor|
|It's always interesting to see who is standing in line.|
Cosplay chess was hilarious. The session I attended involved magic-users vs. non-magic-users. However, Draco Malfoy broke this rule when going against (if I remember correctly) Iron Man when he put away his wand and chose to combat the technology-user with a sonic screwdriver! Someone else was apparently so foul he made No-Face puke, and Hatake Kakashi proved that Power Rangers could be taken out via One Thousand Years of Death.
|"Chess pieces" after leaving the board|
Unfortunately, I wasn't given a program or souvenir guide (these were included in the "swag bag" paying attendees got), which made knowing what was going on where and when difficult (because of this, I missed the skits, which, from what I've seen on YouTube, are really good), but it's possible to have a good time at Sakura-Con by just people-watching and wandering around. One artist I talked to told me that she doesn't go to conventions for panels or performances, just the people and the exhibitor's hall. The exhibitor's hall at Sakura-Con, where the vendors and artist alley are located, is excellent. I normally do not buy much at conventions (for example, at Star Wars Celebration V, I purchased two comic books, and at Emerald City Comicon, I purchase exactly nothing) but I just could not resist picking up a replica Ichigo bankai at a great sword vendor's booth. Everyone I talked to seemed very friendly and willing to answer any questions one might have.
|Hey, Kurenai - he's an enemy of the Leaf! Shouldn't you be fighting or something?|
|The Three Legendary...perverts?|
|Tobi is trying to read, but the rest of the Akatsuki are not letting him because Tobi is a good boy.|
The cosplay at Sakura-Con should be one of the highlights of anybody's Sakura-con. Cosplay seems to be one of the biggest focuses at anime cons, and Sakura-Con is no exception. There is cosplay, there is a lot of it, and it is very good.
|I found Waldo!|
|The Doctor Who meetup. I think they stood here for nearly an hour.|
|There was a Goku vs. Luffy dance battle. Luffy was very flexible. Probably because he's a rubber man.|