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Anime Revolution ended a few days ago and I'm still riding that con high! In my opinion it was a stellar con with a really clean and professional atmosphere/vibe. It was the con's first year, but to me it ran (and looked) like a much more experienced con. I've heard a lots of criticism of the con, but not from the people I ran into at the con itself. Everyone I came across seemed to be in really good spirits and had a positive opinion of the con. I know that there are some tensions are Vancouver cons at the moment, but in my opinion the more the better! I'm not going to side with one con or another, to me that'd be silly, I want all the cons to succeed cause if my hometown was con central than I'd never be bored!!! WHICH IS AWESOME!



I want to send a huge thank you to all of the people who attended our panels. They were all either full-capacity or over-capacity (like the Wig Panel, sorry to the people who had to sit in the aisle or stand in the back!). My only real issue with how the con was setup was the panel rooms, which were in the same space but separated by a curtain. This meant that, for most of the panels, either the first half or the second half was a war of microphone volume with the other panel that was operating. A HUGE thanks to "Name that Anime Tune" on Sunday for playing your music at a low enough level so that our panel wasn't interrupted. I thought that was a really rad thing to do and really respectful so thank you so much!



Cost for the con was rather high, so I'm speaking from a privileged position in that I didn't have to pay for my badge. I would, however, pay full price for the con next year if it came up. I really love the downtown venue, so I don't mind paying extra for it. I also really enjoyed the guest selection. The Sailor Moon voice actor group was really popular and a cool thing to get together for the con. Seeing and meeting That Guy With the Glasses was awesome because I love his work. And Jessica Nigri was also very popular and, as it turns out, is a very nice person :)

The dealers room and artist alley were really well set up, especially the one aisle that was set up like a Japanese festival!

Also, the AR staff were nothing but accommodating and polite to us. The only issue I had with staff were the convention centre staff who were frustrating at times but that's usually the case in convention centres (happens at Sakura Con too).

All in all my experience at Anime Revolution was a positive one, and I'm excited to see how the convention will grow considering the impressive first year. This was my experience, so disagreements are sure to come up, however I can only speak to what I experienced first hand and this is it :)



SWAG

Avatar Video: Blind Date Bending

This video is having one helluva time uploading! It was supposed to be up by noon, but many hours later... *le sigh* We filmed this at Anime Revolution while our friend who cosplays Sokka was up here :3 It was a ton of fun to film and quite the group effort considering that this video was the result of input from almost everyone who was hangout out with us during the filming XD I had a beginning planned... but no middle and end (TYPICAL LUKE) so a huge thanks to everyone who helped out!!! 8D

You can view the video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=LswZEO…
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PHarold Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to have found this (I googled for reviews). I'm applying for the Artist Alley this year. I didn't attend last year because of conflicts with work and I was already in another con. I wanted to get my feet wet so to speak at a larger event. Thank you for talking about the Artist's Alley. I'm glad you have interesting and well attended panels. That Cosplay on A Budget must be hugely popular.
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Kitsu-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love that first photo of all of us...so many derp faces
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Nettlefrost Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehheh... I can see my camera, hand, ear, and the side of my head in the Cosplay Haters panel photo. xD I was the Rin Okumura! Whoo...!
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Theelfinartist Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
AR was so brilliant~ I had such an amazing time with all of my friends, new and old! It was fabulous getting to see you and Jenna. It was A BLAST filming that skit with you all! I loved all of the input from everyone. Having that sort of group effort really resulted in an awesome video!
I've really got to come back up to Canada to visit you all sometime in the near future so we can all hang again. Maybe not even during a con next time. LOL.
Anyways, thanks for being a part of making my Canada con experience so amazing! ♥
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AnimeLoverofAwesome Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see more Yugioh photos if possible (one of my fav animes)! Looks like so much fun! I hope i can see you guys sometime..... You're never in my area (understandable though, it's pretty far from you guys ^^;).
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jolteonlover134 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
lol awesome photo you guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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yunalover12 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome cosplays! I love those cosplays and that is the first time I have heard of that con. I will try to go to that con next year now. Thank you Twinfools!
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ShadowNightNinja Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're avatar cosplays are amazing! Well done on both Aang and Korra version skits! :D Love the Blind date bending video!
Ooooh if you ever think of coming to a convention in Ireland, that would b AMAZING!!! <3
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Stary-dragonlover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm of a similar opinion. I managed to score my ticket for free on the coat tails of a friend who won them for free but i would definitely pay for the tickets myself next year :D even with some drama (which seem to always happen at cons no matter where they are XD) i think it was pretty awesome. I laughed so hard in two of your panels and learned quite a bit from "Cosplay on a budget"...Sadly my friends and i got there too late for the wig styling and were turned away at the door cuz of capacity but it was awesome none the less :D

Thanks for letting me take pics of you guys in your Yugioh cosplays even though you were rushing somewhere XD Hope to see (and maybe hang out with a lil?) you guys this weekend XD
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SplitNinja Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see that you enjoyed yourself.:D
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Lux-Laterna Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol. I appear to be the ONLY person in that picture not making a face hahah DISAPPOINTMENT! I can't believe I missed that opportunity XD <3 Loved seeing you guys! Awesome job on the panel I saw :)
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FlyingPanda4 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist
That definitely was a great con! I went to two of your panels, (you guys are HILARIOUS!) wish I could've talked to you! Damn my lack of courage...
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ButterscotchSundae97 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Your panels were awesome (and super hilarious)! I was at all three, which was a really awesome coincidence. God I say awesome a lot.... Anyway, it was really nice seeing you guys there!
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Luxaji Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I agree with you ^^ It was a really nice con and my only complaint was the 2 hour lineup to pay but I guess that's what you get for showing up last minute. I even though the pre-registration line was a little long too considering people had paid in advance but I had a great time ^^ Makes me really want to move to Vancouver LOL
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I-wish-I-was-a-seiyu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait, wait, WAIT.
By That Guy With The Glasses, do you mean Doug Walker/The Nostalgia Critic??
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FeatherfromHeL Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing I hate about the con the MOST IS THE STAFF! THEY OVERALLY WAS LIKE "DON'T STAND HERE!" Or like "YOU ARE BLOCKING THE WAY!" When I wanted to take pictures or get a hug from someone. God one even was like "DID YOU NOT LISTEN TO ME!" When I walked around a line -.-" Seriously, I don't like the staff they were a bit of a bitch, the volunteers were nice though.
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mavichaos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My god we're so gorgeous in that last photo.
Like... Fuck... How are we not on the cover of magazines?
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DanceWaterDance9 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
It was my first con and I enjoyed it :D it was really nice to meet you and the others there I was really happy. I love your videos and your pictures on here. I was only able to go to one pannel though :( but it was helpful to me, I went to the Cosplay Haters one. I asked on Sunday if you guys had a pannel and the information center said that you guys weren't doing one and I was sad :( and it turns out you guys did :iconrageplz: I wanted to go to the last one :'( but it was an honor to meet you all :D and everyone else there :D
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patamata Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You met That Guy With The Glasses?I am so jelly right now QAQ I wanna meet all of you including nostalgia critic! TTwTT no fair!And btw the cosplays are awesome,I'm glad you had a awesome time!I hope I can go to one of those cons one day!
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Irish-pylon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Gotta agree with you overall man. The con has some bugs to work out, but for the most part it was a fun time. I don't know if I'd pay full price, but pre-reging early for $40 was definitely worth it. I hope to go next year, I really do, but I might end up going just to VanCon (cause HOLY SHIT SUPERNATURAL CONS ARE EXPENSIVE).

I don't see the point in choosing one con over another, as you said. Every con is here to bring together people who love anime/comics/games/sci-fi, and the fact that there's infighting and political bullshit to go along with it is stupid frankly. I go to as many cons as I can to meet new people, display my craft and all around just have a good time, not because I support specific ones. We all love the same thing, something like "preference" shouldn't get in the way of that and tear up an entire community.

I'm glad to see you had a good time! :D
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the-LIQUIDSUGAR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess your con experience was a lot better than mine.... Lucky you. Every time I wanted to snap a picture of an awesome cosplay we were told to move and get out of the way, or to go outside, and not in a pleasant way (this by the convention centre security). Also, if you wanted to sit somewhere, the bench things outside were practically the only option, and the tourists were very intimidating when they rushed with cameras and questions. My friends and i never got into a panel as well, and we lined up for a fair few fairly early. I guess my con highlights were the masquerade ball and the (as you said) wonderfully amazing vendors hall. Both of those were well done and so very enjoyable
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DreamlessWings Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I agree with you completely! Overall I think the convention was a great success! I had an excellent time in the artist alley hall, it was excellently set up! There was tons of room for everyone and it wasn't overly crowded.
Though I only saw you for a brief moment, and you probably didn't recognize me (because I was dressed up as Journey and had a mask on) it was great to see you again. Sadly I wasn't able to make any of your panels because I was stuck at my table in artist alley, and JUST missed out on the Wig styling panel because it was full, but I hope to make it to one of your panels at Cos&Effect!

Glad you guys all had a great weekend! I hope next weekend is just as fun!
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tokio616 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i love how you put izumo in the vid ^_^
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MSU82 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I want the pink fluffy boa thing in the last photo *o* All the pics are great, wish I could have gone to Anime Revolution -3-
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icefox94 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
i'm pretty sure the boa is part of boris' costume from alice in the country of hearts.

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