Welcome to Fanime Con 2012!
Check out our coverage of the first day, including cosplay listing, after the jump!
Fanime is the official beginning of the West Coast Convention Season, and this year, it started off right! Mike and I are both veterans of conventions as attendees, but it was our first time attending as press. So we spent much of the first day admiring the cosplays and getting to know the convention.
This year’s theme was sports and there was really no better way to kick things off than with an opening pitch.
We decided to indulge our inner bronies and attended the Equestrian Embassy panel. It was as if the internet bled into the real world for two hours. Full of memes and trolls alike, it was an amazing adventure into the world of brony-dom. Mike and I are casual fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but this panel took our understanding of the fandom to an entirely different level. The panel featured a lot of phenomenal fan-made material. Noteworthy mentions included Vocational Death Cruise, Two Best Sisters Play, Friendship is Witchcraft, and Fighting is Magic.
The other panel we attended was entitled Japan Sex Industry in Anime and Manga and it was exactly what it sounds like. Hosted by Guest of Honor Gilles Poitras, it featured a lot of interesting things about the Japanese Sex Industry from debunking popular myths to detailed descriptions of the different services offered in many of the places in Japanese cities. This was an amazing panel, and a very good guide for the do’s and don’ts of explicit vacationing in Japan.
But most of our time was spent meeting cosplayers and making friends. Check out these awesome cosplays and the rest on our Facebook. Friend us while you’re at it too! :)
There will be ore FanimeCon 2012 coverage throughout the day and weekend, so be sure to check it out!