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AnimeNEXT 2012 Thoughts (or, Utena Utena Utena).

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First and foremost, I can still feel my legs. I consider this a good thing, since Hero's blog post on the matter of attending a con left his legs hurting. I guess it's a sign of how much I walk and run that all I felt after a day of walking from about eleven to five was some twinging in my muscles.

Didn't go on a spending spree because of financial issues, but I bought the Student Council and Black Rose arcs for Revolutionary Girl Utena, which was about 86 dollars total. I would have gotten the full set if I could, but the End Of The World arc cost 64 bucks just on its own, and buying all three would have put the price tag at over 100 dollars, and I don't think I need to say that my parents would have killed me if I spent that much money on anime. So in the end, I cut my losses and bought the first two sets, and hopefully I can net the third set cheap somewhere online when our financial situation is a little more stable, or maybe pick it up at another con sometime this year. Needless to say, this is going to put me on one hell of an Utena kick (good news for Fellows?).

It also goes without saying that after this, I'm going to have a string of Utena avatars. Brace yourself.

Also saw the full box set for Shikabane Hime/Corpse Princess while I was there, but it was 56 bucks and it made me cringe. Maybe if I'd seen it before I went and spent 40 dollars on the Utena Student Council set, but eh, if it's a choice between the two I'm always going to put Utena first. I like Shikabane Hime, but Utena is special to me.

Saw Fate/Unlimited Codes for the PS2 for 40 bucks. Promptly rage-faced because I'd already spent my money on Utena. DAMMIT.

Takes attending a con to realize how many anime and manga series you don't know. Oi vey.

Saw several Utena and Sailor Moon cosplays. My life is now complete.

All in all, it was a fun day. Not the best organized event, but the Dating Game Show we attended was hilarious to watch ("It's because of your scar, isn't it?"), and in the end I got to hang with my friends and buy some stuff, which made it a good day in my mind.


  1. Lycodrake's Avatar
    Oh dear, are you sure we'll be able to handle Utena avvies switching? You done two already...
  2. Aiden's Avatar
    Nooo, don't say your life is complete. You haven't written more Fellows or Rain yet!
  3. Lycodrake's Avatar
    And Highschool of the Dead isn't complete yet!
  4. Heroslayer's Avatar
    I find myself wondering if I really need to work out more. I run a few times a week and do martial arts 3 days a week. The stupid line for entering the con was the part that really killed me. I mean, I got to see a lot of cosplay because it was by the entrance, but you should not have to wait 3 hours in line to get in.

    And 40 bucks for Unlimited Codes, geez. I got it online for like half that. Then again, I did just get the downloadable version for PSP on the Sony store.

    And well, yeah. You go to a con and find there are a lot of anime you don't know, but I find it just as surprising to find out Anime that you've heard of or even dismissed and finding it has a sizable fan base.
  5. RadiantBeam's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heroslayer
    And well, yeah. You go to a con and find there are a lot of anime you don't know, but I find it just as surprising to find out Anime that you've heard of or even dismissed and finding it has a sizable fan base.
    I was honestly surprised to see several box sets of Shikabane Hime for sale at the con, honestly. It's not exactly a big name series or largely appealing in any way, but it was still there and being sold. Expensively, granted, but still. And finding all three sets of Utena in one place... I was impressed, to say the least.
  6. Heroslayer's Avatar
    Utena is a classic. Though I am jealous. I had a pretty hard time finding the original Evangelion set at Acen. Took me forever and by the time I found it I had already given up on it and spent my money on various swag.

    So sad...
  7. Aiden's Avatar
    Distracting swag.
  8. Elf's Avatar
    LOL Fate Unlimited/Codes is so broken on the PS2.
  9. RadiantBeam's Avatar
    Also Amorra is totally canon, you guys. I saw Korra and Amon holding hands at the con.
  10. Ruu-tan's Avatar
    Ah, I wish they hold cons at my city. I'm pretty sure the capital has done it before but I could never ask for a flight to Jakarta just to attend one; Parents will have my skin lol. Utena is almost non-existent in the stores, too.

    *has U/C ready for PSP*

    .... Beam, you should really see this week's Korra.