Wow, what did I have a blast at Nishicon. I usually don’t go to small anime conventions but my friend Lou asked me a couple of months ago if we should go to FACTS in Gent (Belgium) this year. The last time I was at FACTS I got bored after about 1.5 hour, so I told her that I rather go to Nishicon than FACTS. So yeah, we planned to go to Nishicon together.
I must admit that my expectations of Nishicon were really low. I just didn’t think much of small conventions; all those smucks that want to feel important by organizing their own event. But the location; Hotel Haarlem Zuid, had a great atmosphere.
I noticed that since we were with just two girls we talked to a whole lot more people than we do when we go to a convention as a group. I really liked that, that was also part of the reason why my first Animecon in 2004 was so much fun. The community was small and you actually get to learn new people or get to know some familiar faces from before.
The events weren’t all that much. The cosplay competition had a lot of dropouts, so there were only two acts left. The first act was just embarrassing to look at with the sword fighting. The second act had a bit of humor that made it all right to watch.
Since I refuse to photograph with my cosplay on. I made some photos of Lou on a neat sofa with my iPhone. Another photographer saw us and offered to take some pictures of us. This made me really happy, since I usually don’t have a lot of pictures of myself. I had to restrain myself from taking over though. But the photoshoot was fun, especially after more people joined it.
At the end of the day I changed to my regular outfit and made some more pictures of Lou cosplaying as Ariel from the Little Mermaid.
When we were both dressed back to normal we ended the day in the bar of the hotel. This was a good ending. Also here I enjoyed talking to someone that I knew from a while back. He joined the group and we shared some laughs before we were tired at 1.30 am and it was time to head home.
Picture on top: me cosplaying as Mulan