Our first official day of being in Atlantic City
and of the convention itself! Check out the view from our hotel room we woke up to down below!
I planned to do two cosplays (one in the morning until 5/6 PM and another afterwards) on this day and do the same on Saturday. Once we woke up, I immediately changed into my first cosplay of the day which was Cana from Fairy Tail
ended up going as a casual Cinderella
since her other cosplays she wanted to wear had some malfunctions happening.
Once we all were ready to leave, we headed out of our room to the lobby of Bally's
and grabbed some breakfast at the Dunkin' Donuts
they recently put in.
When we finished our quick breakfast, we headed outside to start walking the few blocks to the convention center. While walking, we got stopped by a random guy who works at a nearby pizza place on the boardwalk and asked about what music should he play to get the convention crowd over to his pizza place. We gave him suggestions of Vocaloid and some other trending songs he could play to attract the crowd over since everyone who showed a badge from the convention gets a free slice of pizza! He then thanked us and we continued our way to the convention center.
We got to the convention center and went to Hallway C,
where the lines to get your badge were formed and split between pre-registration and regular registration. K
and I went to the pre-registration line while our mutual friend went onto the registration line since he doesn't like to pre-register for conventions.
After 2-3 hours of waiting on what us convention goers call Line Con, all three of us had our badges! ^_^
While putting on the badges we decided to find a place to sit down and relax to discuss the plan for the day. Once settled in the lobby K
and I ran into our friend, Frank, who was dress in a Assassin Creed
cosplay. He joined us for a majority of the first half of the day.
Once plans were made all four of us headed for our first stop, the gaming room! We mostly went to check it out and K
really wanted to see and play the Taiko Drum game
. We waited our turn on line then our mutual friend and Frank ended up playing a round each with K
who is quite skilled at the Taiko Drum game
. Photo taken by K while waiting on line for Taiko Drums!
We explored around a bit afterwards just doing random things like buying some items from the dealers room/artist alley
had a goal to buy almost every sticker she could find in the massive area of a room!
I was going to join in a Fairy Tail
meetup as well but I was so socially awkward I didn't end up going into the group.
Around this time, we started getting hungry and decided it was time to head back to the hotel room to relax. We waited outside and took the shuttle bus for the trip back to Bally's
Once we got back to the room, we took a few photos of my Cana
cosplay before I changed into my next cosplay.Locked in the shower forever!!!!
Why did I drink most of the bottle!?
Afterwards, I changed into Mystery Girl from Steven Universe
We then headed to grab some food at Johnny Rockets in Bally's
. Me discovering how hard it is to eat with a fake lip piercing on lol XD
After our meal, we then went back to the convention through shuttle bus and bumped back into our friend Frank who went with us to watch Uncle Yo's
final performance at AnimeNEXT
. He is retiring from comedy for financial reasons after doing these last few shows he has lined up this year so it was indeed a bittersweet panel.
Once we all said our goodbyes and such to him, K
, Frank and our mutual friend wanted to watch a panel I wasn't interested in all that much. I compromised I just head down and wait for them in the lobby until the panel is over. K
and our mutual friend agreed but Frank wasn't gonna let me go walking alone in the convention due to knowing how unsafe it could be from past friend experiences.
He and I walked down to the lobby together and sat by the lounge area just talking about random subjects such as life events and funny stories. Little detail beforehand, We've been pretty good friends for a while and have this thing where it's pretty normal for us to have conversations with each other for long periods of time where we block out anything else around us besides what the other is saying. However, because of this little trait I ended up missing K's texts and calls looking for me after the panel ended and didn't notice until she scolded me and Frank with our mutual friend once we met up in the lobby. Granted, after the scolding we did all laugh about it! K took this photo while all four of us were in a conversation and I was looking up something.
After talking with each other for about an hour or so, we all waited for the shuttle bus outside and all three of us headed back to Bally's while our friend Frank took a taxi back to his hotel.
We stopped by the gift shop before heading back to our room where I got recognized as Mystery Girl
bought some stuff for souvenirs and some essentials. After she had bought her items, we headed to the elevators to go to our room where we basically just dressed into our PJ's, watched TV and went to bed. Saturday:
For the beginning half of this day I cosplayed as Mako from Kill La Kill
was Serena from Pokemon
. We were up quite early and got ready very quickly into both our cosplays. We headed down a few blocks to another Dunkin' Donuts
for breakfast which is where we took this bunny filtered selfie below!
After breakfast, we headed to CVS
to grab a few things we realized we needed at the hotel. Once we bought the items we realized it was too much to carry to the convention so we made another walking trip back to the hotel. Posing before we have to cross the road!Back at the hotel!Bed selfie before we leave to go to the convention!
Afterwards, we headed to the convention center to attend the official second day.
We pretty much walked around the Dealer's Room/Artist Alley
and the lobby for a majority of the first half of the day. I ran into another Mako
cosplayer in passing but didn't get a photo together unfortunately! >_< I did however take some photos of some interesting cosplayers I found walking around! Padparadscha from Steven Universe cosplayer (@itsjojoho on Instagram) who was so sweet and beautiful!Super Monkey Ball unknown cosplayers who were awesome!
After spending a few hours walking around we decided to eat a bit at the convention before heading back to the hotel so I can change into my next cosplay of the day and to relax a bit!
My next cosplay change was Sport Princess Daisy
We headed back to the convention after hanging out a bit in our hotel room. Which was pretty much doing the same thing we were doing of walking around and then chilling in one of the empty hallways taking photos and just being silly. Thinking before my flying fish ride arrives!
We went back into the Dealer's Room/Artist Alley
at one point where we ran into a friend of mine who K
and I met at a recent BloomFest
event quite some time ago who was cosplayed as The Great Fairy from Legend of Zelda.
(@miizahime on Instagram)
While exiting the Dealer's Room/Artist Alley
afterwards Princess Daisy
got a lovely bow from a wonderful unknown Luigi
cosplayer! Funny story is we saw each other on opposite sides of the elevator at one point and were reaching out for each other. Then this poor girl ran all the way up the other side and searched until she found me a few minutes later and said she really needed to take a photo with me since she planned on taking pictures with every Daisy
cosplayer she could find! O_O Hours later we were on two different lines for separate panels and reached out for each other again which was fun joking around like that since we kept getting separated. XD
We then found out moments later that K
and I had a friend (@ kaf_ukulele on Instagram) who was running a creepy pasta Nintendo
panel in a few minutes. We ran into Frank again once we decided this decision and he accepted our invitation to join us. The panel itself went great overall aside from a bit of technical difficulties with the videos not playing on some slides.
We left the panel about 5 minutes before it was finished since we wanted to go watch a cosplay panel similar to the show Baggage which was going to start in a few. K
was really excited about the panel and loved it very much until we all got tired and really just wanted to go back to the hotel and sleep. We left when the 3rd round had just started and do not regret it at all since Frank pointed out we truly looked like we were going to collapse any second.
We went outside and waited for the shuttle after saying goodbye and headed back to our hotel room. K
got a random burst of energy and wanted to explore the casino and go gambling once we entered our hotel room. I was exhausted and not really into the casino scene aside from the slot machines. Because of that, K
and our mutual friend went down to the casino and grabbed pizza from the boardwalk while I relaxed and went to bed. We didn't really see each other until the next morning. Sunday:
No costume changes for the final day of the convention! I decided to bring out my best/ most popular cosplay for last. Centipeetle from Steven Universe
was such a success at Castle Point Anime Convention
way back that I knew I had to bring her out again for AnimeNEXT!
This time I carried some chaps that I had on hand too!
Our first stop for breakfast was our usual Dunkin' Donuts
to which was quite a walk away as it normally is. I followed the advice of many and stayed hydrated and kept in the shade since walking around in a full winter bodysuit and covered from head to toe isn't easy in the summer. I kept the head off until anyone asked for a picture which was the easiest way to stay cool I discovered. Despite the difficulties, I was very willing to make it work to wear her on this day and it was totally worth it.
The cosplay got the attention I expected from others and our group got stopped a lot which K
, who cosplayed as Serena
again, loved because she knows the popularity of the character and how hard I worked on getting the cosplay to the way I wanted it to be.
We ran into Frank again during our trip into the Dealer's Room/Artist Alley
for one final look around and he joined us for the remainder of the convention. He even stated how great it was the cosplay is a huge success and even was helping holding my stuff when taking a photo since none of my friends wanted it all to get lost. K
and I took a few videos and photos for her snap chat
where she is Serena
interacting with Centipeetle
. to which I'm pretty sure other's recorded/ took photos of since I heard other's saying awe and oh my god that is so cute as well as finding some candid shots on Instagram while scrolling through the AnimeNEXT2017 hashtag
Once the convention was officially over, we headed back to the hotel room through shuttle bus to change and relax before dinner tonight. We've been planning to go to the Rainforest Cafe
for a while and finally had time and the motivation to do so.
After changing into some casual clothes and relaxing a bit we made a reservation for dinner at the Cafe at 7PM. We stayed watching TV and joking around in the room until 6:30 PM then headed straight over to the boardwalk to walk to the Rainforest Cafe
The restaurant itself was gorgeous to experience in reality and sitting by the misty fountain was such a bonus! The waitress was so nice and sweet to us. She at one point accidentally spilled our mutual friend's drink on me to which I was completely laughing at the situation (I've only heard of things like this happening in movies but never experienced it before) and saying no worries but she was absolutely apologetic and offering to clean it up with some napkins and some help while my friends were freaking out saying I should ask for free drinks or for them to give the meal on the house. I explained I knew people in the service industry and sometimes accidents happen like that so I wasn't going to force them to give me anything since 1) it was purely an honest accident by the waitress and 2) The waitress was already beating herself up for the mistake I'm not going to make her feel more worse then what she is already feeling by demanding things of her. They didn't seem to get my point of view so it lead to a bit of a simple disagreement conversation which ended quickly when the waitress returned with a bunch of napkins and a new drink for our mutual friend.
The food was amazing and the drinks were very tasty, mix everything with the background elements is simply a wonderful place to experience!
When it came to desert we ordered a volcano surprise
which oh my goodness was a lot to my taste buds but was amazing overall!
We finished our dinner at the Rainforest Cafe
and payed our checks. Afterwards, we walked while exploring the boardwalk at the same time back to Bally's
. We went up to our hotel room and basically hung out for a bit before heading to bed.Monday:
Our final day in Atlantic City was more a lay back and just hang out sort of day.
We woke up around 10:30 AM and started packing up and getting ready for check out. We had the bell hop service store our stuff on a cart for until we came back from the day plan we had to go enjoy the beach and boardwalk for a few hours after checking out.
Selfie at the Beach!
So much ocean! Officially feels like Summer! <3
Attempted to write AnimeNEXT 2K17 but it doesn't show up too well on camera. XD
We ate some pizza on the boardwalk and then headed back to the hotel so we can change out of our swimsuits in the public casino bathroom (which wasn't allowed but it was a stupid last minute choice). K and our mutual friend wanted to gamble their last reaming poker chips so they went to the casino while I went to buy some last minute things from the hotel gift shop. I explored around a bit and found an cool arcade in a place no one really visits in the back of the hotel.
I spent a few minutes in the arcade just having fun and texting my other best friend about it all since she and I have a shared love of arcade places. After a while, K and our mutual friend were finished and we made plans to meet up at the Dunkin Donuts before leaving. We met up, got our things out of storage, got the car out of valet parking and loaded it up before we were officially ready to leave. We drove to our usual Dunkin Donuts a few blocks away as one final tribute before heading out on the road back home!
Overall, it was a very fun packed weekend and I can't wait for next year! <3
Directly after AnimeNEXT had ended one of best friends (The one I talked to about the arcade) and I made plans on Tuesday night to visit my brother's job to watch the new Black Butler: Book of Atlantic movie. I casual cosplayed as Sebastian and even got compliments from some other fans who recognized who I was cosplayed as especially with the contract mark on my left hand. c:
Overall the movie was everything we expected and we absolutely loved it! <3
Lastly, I would like to apologize for the lack of journal update from when I attended my last convention before this one, CloverCon, back in May. Long story short, I ended up attending the convention alone due to my cosplay partner, K, feeling unwell and my other friends having prior plans that day. I have social anxiety that is usually handled better when with friends or family, but since I was alone, mostly, things didn't go too well. I ended up staying only an hour which is a personal record for myself that I'm proud of. Main reason I went at all was due to the money I spent for pre-registration and that I was already in costume when I got the news K couldn't make it. For those of you curious I was cosplayed as Beth from Bravest Warrior. Check out the picture my dad got before we headed home down below!: