After an early start, Christy and I headed for Saturday’s action at The London Anime Con 6. It was my very first anime convention so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but none the less was very excited.
We jumped off of the train at Holloway Road Station and navigated our way to the venue, The Rocket Complex. We had never been there before so wasn’t sure how big it was going to be. On arriving the venue looked pretty studenty, which I was happy about as it meant that drinks would be cheap! The best thing was that it even had a free cash-point outside, and that’s a rare thing in London.
We joined the queue and as we were press, were soon being jumped to the front…yay! We weaved through a sonic and passed lots of Naruto cosplayers to get our wristbands and our clan stickers. You were given a choice of three clans; Magical girls, pocket monsters and shonen fighters. Of course we joined the best one, the shonen fighters…I know I am biased! Everyone who entered the contents and tournaments were given points for their clan and on the last day the winning clan got given some awesome prizes.
After wandering around for a while, we planned what we were going to do. I was very surprised how small the venue was. The stalls on the second floor were very crowded, which made getting around them very interesting and close. We gave up looking until the crowds dispersed a little and headed downstairs for a nose.
I brought the cutest panda hat ever from Anime Picks stall and found out about their really awesome website. I had a quick browse on it on my mobile and it’s got some great stuff. Great work guys! Then we headed to the gaming area…it was packed! There was a really good selection of games and consoles, even the N64…I love that console!
Throughout the day we got the chance to look around the stalls properly…they had some great bargains, although there were a few pricey ones! We went to a talk for first time cosplayers, which I found really interesting…I’ve never cosplayed but I really want to start.
There was so much we wanted to do but there just wasn’t time to do it all. We watched a few anime screenings to see if they were series we’d actually watch…we both really enjoyed Baka and test summon the beast. It was really crazy, cute and funny. We’ll definitely be watching it again!
We waited a while in the queue to get a burger, but the time was passed chatting to Pikachu. I was so hungry that I could have easily eaten a Pokémon! I was disappointed with my burger because the onions were burnt and it spoiled it for me…ah well it gave me the opportunity to steal some of Christy’s very tasty chips!
We watched the talent show which was entertaining but we had to leave half way through as we felt that the speakers were too loud and any high notes hurt my ears. It was pretty annoying! I was expecting a little more variety, as most of the acts were singers, but I guess it’s difficult rounding people up to take part full stop so I can understand!
A few of my highlights from the day were Of Fire and Fate’s set. They’re a Crawley based rock meets screamo band and I loved them. I enjoyed their performance so much I asked if I could use one of their songs over the video montage of the event that I have put together.
I also really enjoyed having an inflatable sword fight at the Yelp stall for one of their videos, watching amvs (anime music videos) as they were really funny and the voice actors workshop because Caitlin Glass was speaking about her experiences as a voice actor. I am a big fan of the anime, Fullmetal Alchemist for which she does the voice of Winrey. It made my day when she did the Winrey squeal!
We both had a really great day but were knackered by 5pm…I know lightweights! But when there’s so much happening my brain goes into overdrive! I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a cosplay parade on the day we went, or the bring and buy sale…we brought things along to sell but found out it wasn’t until the next day, but either way we had fun!
I think that the London Anime Con is a great event for gamers, anime fanatics and music lovers alike because there was a little something for everyone. All in all I would recommend the London Anime Con to anyone.
Written and photographed by Michelle Stannard and Christy Boxall