Ok, time for my Fanime 2015 Writeup
Friday: Things appeared all well, made a few stops in San Mateo for some last minute supplies. Made to the con and changed into my Lupin costume. I start to feel a little off in my throat during my lunch with one of my roommates. At that point, that is when I was struck with illness, feeling a bit of a fever and a few body aches. I decided to head back to my room and crash for about an hour on the bed to rest. I then wake up to meetup with the rest of my roommates and some dinner, hoping that the worst of it was over. Time passed, took some photos, played a couple games in the Game Room, browsed the Dealer's Hall, the usual Day 1 trek. Afterwards, I head back to the room to eat the dinner that I actually forgot to eat earlier but was surprised with a slice of deep dish pizza, ended up eating both items ^^. After a few minutes to relax, me and two of my roommates head down to the swap meet and ended up with a few items (pair of doujins and a pair of action figures). Afterwards, the body aches started to creep back while I was in line for the Casino Nite event. The pain would not prevent me to enjoy a little blackjack while dressed as Lupin (did get a pic of that) and things were looking to be ok...
Saturday: Despite the throat irritations that began that day, I shook it off and changed into my Cyclops costume. Even though I probably had no recognition due to doing an obscure version of the character (anime version that came out in the 2000s) and was sometimes carrying the visor in my hands, I did get recognized by a little kid saying "X-Men!" and his mother took a photo of him with me in costume. Stuff like that makes me smile ^_^. After a quick breakfast, I head over to the Game room to compete in the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tourney. Rules were a bit high risk (single elim, best of 1) due to time constraints, but managed to do ok (won my first match, but lost the second). Took a quick trip to Artist's Alley and picked up a pair of sketchbooks and did a quick lunch run to make it back in time for the DC gathering to take some photos. Soon as they wrapped up, I begin to inform people of the Marvel gathering starting soon. Bit of a rough start due to my throat acting up again, but was helped out the rest of the way to a success. Soon as things wrap up and venture back to the room to change into the Geese Howard costume, I begin to feel my voice getting weaker. Even with my voice starting to lose, I venture on over to the NJPW panel and enjoyed the info presented. Checking my phone, I get word that my roommates wanted to get some food, so we venture out to get dinner and I end up getting a honey ginger tea in hopes of helping my throat. Afterwards, I pass some time in the Game Room as I waited for the Anime Abandoned Uncensored Review to lineup. The nature of how the line ended up, I got semi-lost and re-navigated to the right spot, finding out soon enough that the line was for BOTH the hentai events and the yaoi event, as the line was actually to check IDs. Eventually the yaoi line was created as people migrated over and I get through the checks over to the review and had a good laugh at the two reviews, even with my bad voice. Before I headed off to bed, I managed to take some medicine that my friend brought to the room and did help a bit in my sleeping efforts.
Sunday: Reaching Sunday, I arose and my voice is wrecked, which had me feeling a little nervous since I was prepping for my crossplay. All the prepwork appears to go well at first but a few things start to go a bit wrong. We forgot to turn the AC on in the hotel room, so the temp was pretty warm, which sound innocent enough. But then comes to the part where I placed on my wigcap and put my wig on, temp getting rather warm. Had the bad luck of taking the WRONG wigcap (had though I took the cap that I used for my Iroha costume I did at Yaoicon 2014, but forgot it). Next, I decide to walk for a bit waiting for my photoshoot to start, but I did not get a call to remind me or even where to meet. Ended up making up for the lost time with some time in the game room and I decide to make a small lunch run. While making the lunch trip, I feel something a little odd on the back of my left ankle and then it happens, the back of my left ankle gets cut due to not thinking to put on the heel liner on my flats (had brought them if I decided to wear the black heels, but instead wore some clear heels) resulting in a bloodstain on the tights I was wearing. Due to this, I had to alternate between the heels and the flats while pressing on the back with my heel soles to avoid cutting up again. Even with all of that happening, I soldier on to the Cosplay Drag Show and watched all the performances. Had some nice convos with people in the crowd while waiting for the show to start and during intermission. After the show, I did get to talk with one of the performers (before the show while I was waiting in line, I was informed if I went to the Banzai Arcade panel last year and turns out that we met briefly due to my chestplate). In the end, I did get to take a pic with the performer and was told that I should look into performing next year if they do the show again. I'm actually considering it, never thought I would do it due to not looking like the drag type and not feeling ready, but after the small talk and some time to think, I'm leaning more to trying to perform even if I don't go for the drag look (going more for the convincing look). As soon as I exit the show, I get stopped by staff and they asked if I lost a badge. I look down not realizing that I forgot to get my badge after I had removed it to take the photo, thanking staff for the quick recovery. I meet up with my friend and go to my car to get the boots from the Cyclops costume (based on the boots suggestion while at the drag show) and ended up with my feet feeling more satisfied. With the feet issue taken care of, I make it over to the Cosplay Wrestling Federation panel line and wait to enter. After a few minutes, the line moves as we venture inside to take our seats. While I stand waiting for the show to start, my attention is brought over to a pair that were in the Drag Show crowd and invited me to sit with them in the front row. Pre-show hype chants to get the crowd going and the show starts. I won't say much to spoil things but I did manage to get some interaction during the show and had a blast even with the bad voice. With the show wrapped up, I bolted from the panel to get in line for the Banzai Arcade panel that was about to start. So much insanity took place there (again, won't say anything to spoil) and really do hope someone did film this playthrough. As I walk back from the panel, I had a sad feeling inside knowing that I actually took very little photos on Sunday, which was something I almost never do. This puts me in a tough spot in that I barely have photos of me in the new costume, except for some phone sefies I took earlier in the day and the post drag show photo that I have with me. I do know did get a few photos that were taken after I did my phone photos but I don't know if the pics will be posted online or if I will find them. Other than that, Sunday was still very enjoyable.
Monday: Last day and the post con depression was taking effect as I felt sad about things ending. Even with the hardships, I had such a fun time with friends, both old and new. Once things were all packed up, I went over to pre-reg for Fanime 2016 and made a last minute purchase in the Dealer's Hall (Megaman X phone charm and some Doreiyaki) and made the trip back home.
In all, despite the few bad breaks that did happen, Fanime 2015 was so much fun and already I am excited for Fanime 2016