And I'm back from Animecon 2015 (11-12.7) in Kuopio
It was a pretty enjoyable con indeed, with many many intriguing random events (from my viewpoint). If this sounds exciting, do read down. If not, then you may as well skip to the bottom for technical information, or point your gaze to something else entirely.
I shall present you a concise and abridged version of my journey to Animecon Saturday
On Saturday, I had dressed into the outfit I've mentioned in my previous journal. And, at last, I got to see
), who did this time manage to identify me
, as I had not again made a surprise change of costume
. I also had done my intelligence properly, so I was even able to guess correctly who I was precisely looking for in terms of appearance
Nice that we were able to see each other!
I also paid a visit to a local Japanese restaurant, and enjoyed pretty good sushi, plus had a try at the chocolate fountain (yes - molten chocolate gushing from a small fountain). A tad expensive, but I'd say it is worth it, since the price included well more than buffets usually include in my experience - and quality was really good.
As of other things, I snapped a few photos, and simply wandered all over the con. Also watched the cosplay contest, which was pretty nice with really good outfits
Oh, and also bought the traditional Ramune bottle I usually buy during each con. Sunday
Saturday passed and Sunday arrived.
The most interesting thing of the day happened as a random event indeed. I was doing particularly nothing in a hallway, when I was suddenly approaches, and asked to join the Manga Quiz programme, as apparently they were one contestant short. Why not, even though I openly admitted that I have about as much knowledge about manga minutiae as a gorilla likely would have about logarithms, if you went and asked one
Well, against all odds. I won
. Thanks to the kinks of the tiered scoring system, my very knowledgeable partner (who got the 2nd prize), and sheer, Gladstone Gander-level of luck in terms of questions
, I was victorious.
Truth to be admitted though, most questions were really
tricky. Getting names of the voice actors and mangakas correct proved to be a challenging task for everybody - while guessing the name of series and characters less so. As my personal opinion, the idea was definitely good, but the skill level does need refining
and so does the scoring. As a fan of technology, maybe one could rig a program with those BUZZ!-style controllers and a multiple-choice answering thingamajig
, and scoring per person.. or if not that, still revise the difficulty level to be less challenging
, maybe, if someone is going on a streak, have the game automatically give him or her more challenging questions no, I'm not an evil game developer or anything.
Anyway, back to where we were. I walked out with a very nice grand prize: a cat-themed bag, filled with a bottle of Ramune, some unidentified mystery mini-soda I have not yet tried at the time of writing this journal. Plus, an Animecon trinket which I presume was handcrafted from leather
. To complement these fine Japanese delicacies, I bought a bag of candy called 'Chururun' - candies which are small plastic cups filled with delicious jelly. To eat one, you peel off the cover, and squeeze the cup to push the jelly right into your mouth
. 10/10 would buy again, if it were not so ridiculously expensive, 8 euros a bag >.< ...End result
Despite some setbacks, like the ghost house having a queue that never got shorter (before closing, that is), and unfortunately missing the AMV contest due to arriving late and getting turned away due to seats being filled, I had fun
Hopefully others also did.
Will process them as soon as practical. Not immediately, but soon NOW available on Flickr