We drove up on Friday, and went straight to the reg line. A sweet, short 20 minutes for wristbands and badges.
|Penga-Sis on the end, surprised there's no 6 hour wait!|
After badges we walked around to get a lay of the land. Sacanime uses the Sacramento Convention Center (though it was shared with a local home show!) and a hotel across the street.
Oh - and it's right across the street from the state capitol!
Anyway, this convention was interesting. At about 10,000 attendees, it's just a bit bigger than Kawaiikon in Hawaii, and about the third the size of Fanime. Dealer's Hall and Artist Alley were bustling - as I'd expect from a California con - though I think they could definitely add more artists in the future :)
|Playing with panorama~|
So since there was no video programming, that left us to panels. We went to History of Magikarp, which is an OCD dive into everything Magikarp.
|Sis in her Armin wig. We didn't finish the costume in time for con =_=!!|
|Cortana (halo) and Mario.|
|Korra - Amon, Zuko, Korra|
|Anime dub voice, 2 Halo guys, and 2 novice voice actors.|
Anyway, I enjoyed the con - but most of the events (aside from the dance/rave thing) ended at 8 or earlier. Lame. Even lamer is the fact that downtown Sac is pretty dead (food-wise), even on Friday/Saturday! So Saturday night we were sitting around with nothing to snack on and nothing to do. I yelped and found a cookie delivery company. What.
So in summary - I really enjoyed the con, but in a much different way than most anime cons. With the emphasis on guests and little else, I felt it was trying to be more of a comicon than a fan con. Having a con in winter to fill the summer con void is nice too. I wouldn't mind going again, but Sak says it won't be a yearly trip for him. Lol. For whatever reason it seems like northern california con attendees just don't understand hygiene/deodorant. I thought it was just Fanime, but Sacanime smelled just as bad. :P
That aside, since Penga-Sis was with me this time, I have her cosplay pics to share, yay!
|I think this is Dangan ronpa? I'm really amazed at her costume, perfectly half white/half pink!|
|KLEFKI! I actually had a spray painted silver hula hoop for this, but she beat me to it! hahah. Love it!|
|Mako. Those eyebrows. :D|
|Rue from Princess Tutu. Still one of the greatest anime ever.|