On May 21-25, 2015, Fanime Con or just Fanime for short, held its annual anime convention at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in Downtown San Jose. This one would be the special one for yours truly as it marks the first time I decide to cosplay. As someone who has attended but was on the sidelines, I felt it was now or never to try to do it. I saw enough people were participating and having fun. I wanted a part of that fun everyone was having which lead me to decide to do it.
What I really wanted to do was to cosplay a character people knew and to participate at a cosplay gathering. Since I came from a fighting game background, that would be the perfect place to start. Unfortunately, there were no gatherings for Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, etc. I ended up settling for the Super Smash Bros. gathering instead since the Smash series can often be seen at fighting game tournaments.
Other factors that go into what I go as includes how to make a cosplay costume. I can’t sew. I didn’t want to buy a cosplay straight from a website or costume shop. I can’t build props. The only thing I can legitimately do is to buy pieces of the costume and assembling it to make a full one.
That’s when it hit me. I was going to go as Little Mac from Smash 4 and Punch Out. I felt that I can pull off the pink sweat suit one. I had a credit card and was ready to swipe away to make sure that my first experience was a great one.
My cosplay gathering was officially on the first day of Fanime which brought me lots of excitement. I had been practicing my boxing and excited to be among other people from my series. The photo shoot was fun, and I was able to bond with other Little Macs to see how they built their attire. I was also able to chill with other Smash Bros. characters.
I also got to participate in a second cosplay gathering as Little Mac qualified as an “old school” character. The old school cosplay gathering is for characters created earlier than the year 2000. It was fun to participate in that one as well even though I had no idea who was what character, but at least our shoot this time was indoors and on a stage.
The next new experience was going to hotel parties hosted by people I don’t know. I met some new people and chatted it up with them.
The next highlights were other cosplay gatherings. Sure I didn’t cosplay any character from the Sailor Moon or Love Live series, but I felt the energy of it. I had to attend those two gatherings as they are my favorite anime series. I do have photos from those gatherings of course.
Another awesome experience was meeting some future friends whether it be from the JPop idols panel where we got to learn more about JPop idols to people I encountered online. Some of these guys I ended up seeing again at subsequent events.
I had also at this point been learning how to play a card game called Weiss Schwarz. I played a Love Live deck and decided to compete in the tournament. Sure, it almost took an eternity to play, but it was a good experience to see how my deck fares against other people. I had a partner that I had just met that moment, and we had done pretty well as a team despite not knowing each other.
I felt this event helped jump start me into the cosplay community as I’m still relatively new to it. I’m probably aware that there are cliques, beefs, and drama, but I am extremely naive to it. All I can do is to do my best and represent the character I’m cosplaying as to the best of my abilities.
Written by: Timtastic