Hello lovely readers! Last weekend was my first time going to Anime Matsuri held in Houston, TX and I was fortunate enough to have my two awesome girlfriends Caroline and Audrey to accompany me on our trip there. This was such a fun yet horrible convention but I'll jump into that at the end of this post.
We left a little late Thursday and got to Houston in the evening so we could pick up our badges before Friday. Best idea ever and I now plan on doing this for every convention I go to since the weekend felt a slightly longer than most con weekends I've experienced. When we first arrived to our destination, I saw how huge the convention center was and all of us spazzed out about how amazing our time there was going to be for all of us based on the neat location.
Although I didn't cosplay at all for AM, I still dressed up in different outfits throughout my time there. Friday was a Japanese maid and this was when I wore my old wig I re-dyed. Next time I do something like this, expect a tutorial!
|CLs - Geo Mimi Cafe Macchiato Brown|
Upper lashes - Diamond lash in Glamorous Eye
Bottom lashes - Ebay
|Maid outfit/accessories - Cosplay-N-Charm|
Tights - Hot Topic
As I eventually got a chance to explore the dealers room, I first noticed how spacious it was. Probably as much if not bigger than A-KON's last year. There was so much to look at you could spend a whole hour in there and still have some more leftover to see. I spotted a few booths such as h.NATO and they were having a 50% off sale going on but I still ended up saving my money since I couldn't find anything I had to have there.
This booth was full of K-pop merch...at an anime convention...go figure. But I'm not complaining and in a way it sort of makes sense since this year they had Waveya perform there.
Got some shots of the BTSSB car! They had Putumayo and another lolita brand too behind this one as well.
My friend Asher was there in his cosplay. Funny since we didn't intend on bumping into each other but we did despite how huge the con was.
|Sorry he's slightly out of focus, still learning how to play with Manual mode on my new lens ^ ^; *camera noob*|
I'm going to list all of what went wrong to highlight why so many people were dissatisfied with this con which apparently are also issues that has occurred in previous years before this one.
7 Reasons Why Anime Matsuri 2014 Sucked!
- MAJOR DELAYS - The first major delay in the line that happened to us was for the fashion show if I'm not mistaken. It was scheduled on their website (yes website, not a physical handed-out program but I'll get to that) to be at 7pm but we didn't get let in till maybe 9:30pm. For people to have to wait that long for any reason is unacceptable considering how long the line stretched into the halls of the convention center. We had to stand, sit down and stand back up several times. This wouldn't have been such a big deal if this only happened for just the fashion show but no, it happened for every single fucking line I waited my happy ass in. Why the hell could they have not understood this would eventually lead to bad unhappy visitors thus bad reviews like this one?? This is supposedly a common habit of theirs friends say.
- TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES - The major delays had much to do with audio troubles and other technical hiccups from what people were told as well. A rehearsal weeks or even days in advance couldn't have hurt but I guess they had more important things...to do? Smdh.
- NO PROGRAMS - The madness doesn't stop there...when we got our badges on Thursday we all immediately realized that there were no programs given to any of us or anyone else for that matter. This is unusual for a convention since they typically would prefer you have all the info and leave their staff alone to help with bigger important concerns like handling the operation of a performance or big panel I would assume. This became a major issue as the weekend went on because since the wi-fi wasn't great in the hotel (and charged us $14.95/night to our room to use unless you're in the lobby) we had no other choice but to print out the online version on their website. It was a hassle since there were different versions of the schedule which leads me to the following.
- UNRELIABLE ONLINE SCHEDULE - The online schedule would have somewhat sufficed had it not been consistently changed by what seemed each time we checked it. We were told by friends that they were going to do this so we had to be on our toes the whole time in case an event we wanted to see was going to be moved to a different time so planning out our day was quite unlikely.
- USELESS STAFF OOOOOOO, CHINEKE! - At least, the people who had a fucking sign on a table on the 3rd floor that stated "We don't know where anything is." I legitimately wanted to take that sign, fold it into a paper fan and smack them senseless for still having the audacity to sit there giving confused people false hope that they would have the answer to our questions about their madhouse of a convention. Fortunately, there was a digital map on a screen on each floor of the convention center but we found this out in the second half of our stay at the con.
- NO LINE SIGNS - When you visit any event that is going to have massive amounts of people, why the hell would you not have signs to indicate where lines begin and/or end? I suppose A-KON and Animefest has spoiled me into believing this is a common practice to see at all cons so you're not running around like a ding dong with no sense of direction but clearly AM seems to think that's the way to go! Lines were intertwining with one another with zero signs at all and no staff member to tell you what they were for! Probably because they knew this shit was going to be delayed for hours on end like they were. Some lines were even being formed in the wrong places having people waiting in a line that was going nowhere. The inevitable fate of asking several people in the lines what the hell they were waiting for to find the autograph sessions and photo-ops took more points away from this con. Hell if you can make a paper sign saying you don't know where anything is you can damn sure make a fucking sign to hold saying "Line Ends Here" ffs.
- OVERALL LACK OF PREPARATION - All in all, the entire convention was so poorly planned I understand why some friends will not be returning to it ever again. There weren't any guards during the concert or rave and my poor friend got felt up by some disgusting scum bags during the show because of it. The host of the cosplay contest didn't know wtf was going on during the beginning of the show as she talked into the mic asking everyone back stage "Are you ready? Oh no? Who's ready?" while the entire audience heard her. None of the special guests had legit bodyguards which blows my mind. What if there were crazy fans who wanted to do the nasty with Reika's fine ass or Akira's sexy self? Judging from the several times me and Audrey saw them alone, it would have been quite possible but thankfully that didn't happen and their little cute heads are safe and sound. Still, these things should always be assessed much prior to the days of the convention. I may sound like I've ran one before so I know some people are going to give me crap about bitching on something I know nothing about but screw you if you feel that way! Not only do I have every right to complain about their lack of professionalism, but so does every single person who experienced the bullshit that went down last weekend! Good money was paid to attend Anime Matsuri so I of course was sadly discouraged by the poor consideration for their guests.
Although that list is lengthy, I still had fun for the presence of the awesome friends and fans I got to see (which btw was way more than I have ever had approach me at any convention ever! So thank you!). I will still be going next year to at least take my sister and other friends who couldn't make it out this year. I'm just praying that it will all be worth it by them getting an awesome special guest to compensate for their crappy planning.