Last weekend we had convention called Desucon Frostbite here in Finland, at Lahti. My legs hurt like hell..
This was my second time being there, as I didn't go last year. It also was first first con in Finland that had an age limit, as it only allowed people over 18 years old. R18 con was a test to see how different it would be with only adult attenders. Desucon has always emphasized on con programs and panels, and it thought that underage people didn't go to them (I understood this was one main reason). So, you can only guess how big fuss it started when they annouced last August they're going to make this test :'D All people under 18 seemed to be like "you're taking our con away, it's the only winter convention, now I can't see my friends" or like that. Umm, no, it's not the only winter con. It might be biggest (except it might not be anymore, thanks to Yukicon), but it's not the only one. There is Kitacon and Tampere Kuplii, and there was Yukicon (which sold out in half an hour though...), and on last year's side Chibicon. If they're too far for you to go, then that's your problem, but it doesn't erase them from being. Finland has cons for almost every month, if you miss one it can't be a World's End. And if cons are only way for you to see friends, then I think you should go to talk to someone o_O And this was only a TEST.
What was bit weird was that at the closing ceremony it was announced that visitors of Frostbite have privilege for tickets of summer Desucon. There were computers at the main hall and you could go there and give your information and then you have can buy your ticket like week before they actually start selling them. You can guess this started a huge fuss as well! It's like Desucon doens't want kids there anymore.
But seriously, only like 500 people reserved the ticket, aaand it's not guaranteed that all of them actually buy it when the time comes. So it's not like if you weren't at Frostbite you can't get to summer Desucon either. I didn't reserve one because I know I'm not going there.
BUUUUUUT to the actual con! (not this is going to be very long as I blabbered all shit there :'D)Friday
I arrived to my friend Dinogomonni
's place around half past two, so I could leave my stuff there before going to con. We watched some Biker Mice from Mars <3 And then she and our other friend Yatsu decided to shock me, and they showed me Striparella (Stan Lee's superhero cartoon of some superhero lady who's actually a stripper) and Drawn Together (if that' was it's name). They were both really confusing l'D
We arrived to Sibeluistalo around 5 pm, and only had to queue for a while to get our wristbands. All identities were confirmed at the door, because of the age limit. Then I started to look for a friend I had met in Finnish Cosplayers Facebook group, who was going to cosplay Levi so we agreed to take some phopos together. She also let me borrow her Petra wig, since my own didn't come in time.
I only went to see my friends'
panel "Demon inside me, human inside me", where they told about demons and humanity and how they actually differ from each others, using Devil Man, Shingeki no Kyojin, Puella Madoka Magica and Hyakumonogatari as examples. It was really interesting and good, as excepted from those girls :3
There wasn't anything else we went to see on Friday, but hanged around because Afureko-girls needed to find some people, since they were holding the guest of honor panels on Saturday, and things changed bit so they had to rearrange things. Bit sad becuase it was really stressful for them >: Our guest of honours were Megumi Ogata
(Shinji Ikari fron NGE
, Naegi from Dangan Ronpa
, Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon
) and Kappei Yamaguchi
(Inuyasha from Inuyasha
, Ranma from Ranman½,
from Deth Note
First they had had their panels together, but those were separated on THURSDAY!
We made it back to Dino's place and watched Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot
. It's kind of a Desu-tradition for those who always bunk there. I had never seen it, but I had heard how horrible it is. And it really was everything they had told me... Maybe thanks to those shows I saw before leaving to con made it that I wasn't so shocked :'D
After that I went to Dino's boyfriend's place with a couple of other friends, since we all didn't fit to sleep at her's.Saturday
Saturday is the main con day. We got up around 8 am, so that I had time to put on my cosplay and we had time to go buy some breakfast. Putting on Petra wasn't so hard I imagined (thanks to that I had sewed the straps to my pants). Only bad thing was that the logos had started cracking ;_; But they were mostly on one piece, thank god.
We made it to the con already a bit after 9. I went to get seat tickets for cosplay competition, and then we waited for shop hall to open. I bought Attack on Titan 10 an 11 <3
11 am was Ogata's interview. I went to see the start, but then was like "AAAA I can't sit still" so I went to roam around the con place.
Free!-panel was awesome
The lecturer used High Speed! as an example and swam more deeply (hehe, you get the pun?) into Free!'s themes, characters and KyoAni's trolling. And a couple of words from Nagisa's prison adventures
. Only minus was that the lecturer watched everywhere else than the audience. But I'm sure she was nervous (I don't know if this was her first panel). But otherwise it was good.
After that there would have been Yamaguchi's signing, but the queue was SOOOO long that I was like "yeeeah, never mind". Of course it would have been awesome to get it. Apparently he held an hour longer signing, because he didn't want to leave anyone waiting without one. What an awesome man
I managed to find my Levi Heichou, and we took some pictures together. It was just so cold outside >: She was really nice person. Don't feel bad if people looked you weirdly, you were awesome Levi~!
Then it was cosplay competition. There was Nordic Cosplay Championships' second preliminaries. And guess what. Winner
was cosplaying BEYBLADE!! \o/ She was Jack from Metal Masters! Even though I don't like MF, this was just amazing! Definitely best of the competitors! She was so good! Uruhara FC are my cosplay idols, so I'm really happy she won~ The victory went to rightful address.
Competition also had Hall Cosplay, where contestants were chosen among the visitors. There were also very good cosplays there, and top three deserved their places.
After the competition we went back to our bunking place to change clothes for After party. Before those we still went to see Yamaguchi's interview. He's such an adorable man~ and so funny. I laughed so much there :'D He's definitely one of my favourite seiyus.
And the party was AWESOOOOME!! (how many times I have already used that word?) Megumi Ogata had a short live there. She sang theme songs of Sailor Moon, Yu YU Hakusho, Evangelion and Danganronpa, and Eagle's character song from Magic Knight Rayearth. I liked the Moonlight Densetsu and Zankoku na Tenshi no These the best
It was so fun that everyone sang along. We had made it to almost front line~ After her gig the actual party started! This is the reason my legs hurt so much :'D There were many remix anime songs, for example Guren No Yumiya and Splash Free.
Of course I have to say word for my friend, who also had a gig there, Ensilumi
. Go check his stuff, he's awesome! (He has also made remix of Clannad's Dango Daikazoku!)
A word about Perta: This was more comfortable than I expected : D Of course, I had to pull the straps up all the time, but they were actually really easy to move with. And the jacket wasn't that hot, even thought it was leather. Only bad thing were the broken logos ;_; I need to fix them somehow.Sunday
It was bit later waking up today, since we weren't in that much hurry. Mostly I just hanged around, watching all the Free!-cosplayers with "buhuuu, I'm too shy to go to talk to them ;__;" there were at least two groups that day, and a couple randoms (there were also group on friday). I already told at the pictue I posted that I just missed one group when I went to take photos.
I was wondering whether to go to see one magic girl-panel of AMV-competition, but in the end I went to neither :'D I only went to see Women for Nerds-panel, which was only half an hour long because the panelist had messed up bit l'D and the closing ceremony.
Thank god I got ride home, I was so tired l'D
A word about Gou: I fell in love with Gou <3 I love the wig and the outfit <3 I used their Iwatobi swimming club's club suit (without the jacket, I want to get it at some point too :'D). And I got a picture together with Rin afdbagdn I'm happy!
I hope some day I get a proper photoshoot with some Free!-cosplayers~
I myself liked Frostbite a lot. Since there was many hundreds less visitors, you could actually move and breath! And it was calmer and cleaner. There was no queues to any programs, and it was really calm from my opinion. For panels and lectures, I visited pretty as much as always. There was some panels that were there because of the R18 mark, but mostly it was stuff that could be in any con. The ones I went to were all full, but not so stuffed anyone would have been left outside. So I guess Desucon succeeded in this part, people went more to see panels. But there were still those who just hanged around. And there seemed to be little bit less cosplayers. But there weren't many of those mass series' cosplays (I only saw ONE Naruto), except for Shingeki no Kyojin (but that's okay because it's actually good mass series :'D). I heard somewhere that art alley and sellers at shop hall sold less than usually, so I guess "kids" buy more stuff :'D
It's would be nice if Frostbite was R18 con next year too, but I don't mind if it's not. After all, like I said up there, we have many cons in Finland, one limiting the visitors isn't bad thing in my opinion.
Thaaaat's it, I'll upload photos when I get them :>