Well with day 1 done, I can say for sure that I am enjoying this. I’m quite glad that my friends got me to go this year and so far it has been a blast. Day 1 is usually a shorter day due to not everyone being able to make it on Friday due to work and various reasons. I expect even more people to go tomorrow, I’m glad I picked up my tickets yesterday. The line ups today were even worse and the ticket sales lines probably took two or so hours to actually get through.
Me and my group of friends arrived a bit early, so the halls and main entrance for people with passes was fairly empty still. However, as the day went on, more and more people came around and the place became pretty packed. I must say that I really like the look of the Anime Revolution logo, I’m already tempted to pick up some AniRevo merchandise.
It seems that they were quite smart in booking a room just to hold the line ups for the separate rooms that had events going on. This allowed people to line up in a designated area and not block the main hallways and also prevents chaos from breaking loose. As you can see above, a lot of people were waiting to get to the opening ceremony. At first we considered going, but the line got so long that they basically said that they couldn’t accommodate everyone there.
Since we couldn’t get to go to the opening ceremony, we decided to hit up the vendors area first. Since panels didn’t start until later, we thought we could kill some time here. The booths were fairly plain and not that crowded early in the morning, but as the day drew on there were more and more people here. This area is separated into two with an area for vendors, an area for artists, and a maid cafe at the back. Most of these places were selling the usual anime goods and various assorted other things. The booths here were definitely smaller than that of the ones in ACG HK, but when you consider the convention size and number of peoples, this is pretty fair.
The first few shops were mostly cosplay shops, they sold a bunch of cosplay goods and a lot of cool looking hats. I was a bit tempted to maybe pick something up to blend in a bit more, but I figured it was probably better to just save my money for other goods.
The next part had more general anime merchandise such as posters, mugs, prints, and a bunch of other anime goodies. It seems the most popular stuff around here is Sword Art Online, Volcaloid, Madoka and a bunch of other anime that were either broadcasted in the west or just plain popular. There was a small booth for Crunchyroll here advertising their services, it was kind of nice to see industry here as well. The biggest store was probably the Aniplex booth, I was tempted to pick up the Madoka movie collectors edition. However, that is just a bit out of my price range. Maybe I’ll take a picture of the booth tomorrow.
A few booths also sold TCG supplies, I got suckered into buying some Magic The Gathering cards and also got a Weiss Schwarz Madoka trial deck since it was in English. The cards look pretty cool and seems to be an interesting break from Magic. Ended up buying a trial deck and possibly more coming up in the next few days.
In the middle of the vendor hall are a few displays including a bigger scale gundam and a few cars. There is also a Princess Zelda as well.
Both of the bigger scale models look pretty cool and add a nice atmosphere to the hall.
The first car is a nice black Mazda with Senkaku Mei and the AniRevo logo printed on both sides. It looks pretty slick and would certainly be interesting to drive.
The other car is a customized white Scion/Toyota. One side has Hatsune Miku on it, while the other has Senkaku Mei. This car also has a bunch of Hatsune Miku figures on the dash. I think I would totally drive this car.
An interesting product I found was Tanto Cuore, my friend already owns the top two games and is missing the third one. Maybe we should buy it for the dude as a gift. Early present anyone?
As stated earlier, as the day got further on the convention center got more and more packed. Eventually it became quite hard to walk around the hallways since the hall isn’t exactly all that wide since it is almost a straight forward walk instead of having multiple paths to one area. As you can see above, quite a few people also cosplayed, the quality differed, but it is great to see so many people doing son.
The last place we ended up going to was the games room for day one. I joined in on a MTG draft and managed to make my money back and more. I cracked a few mythics and managed to get two shocks while drafting. Although I only ended up going 2-1, at least I got two packs out of it. After that we went out to grab some dinner and planned to come back for the swimsuit contest due to a friend. However, they ran out of space again and had to cut the line short… Kind of sucks that you plan to go to events but they keep running out of space, but I guess it happens. So we spent about another hour here playing Weiss Schwarz and then headed home for the day.
Altogether, the first day of Anime Revolution was fun filled and quite interesting. I’m looking forward to day two.