Normally, Saturday would be the day I’m most excited for at a convention, since most of the good content occurs on Saturday. Sadly, that was the last thing on my mind when I got up at around 6AM in the morning. First things first, I had to head out to SFU Surrey to write my final exam. It started at 8:30AM, and I was done by around 10:45AM. With the exam out of the way, I took the Skytrain all the way down to Waterfront for the biggest day of the convention.
Day 1 or Friday for most conventions is usually the quietest of the three days. Some people still have work and/or school on the Friday and it seems to get busier as the day goes by. To make the most out of the convention, I got up at around 8AM in the morning to get some work done. At about 9AM, I went down to Burrard Station to pick up our final member Puddi, and brought him back to our hotel room. He was a bit tired and really hungry, so the next thing we did was go out and get some breakfast. If there’s one thing you have to do going out to a convention, it’s to make sure you’re well hydrated and well fed. It’s going to be a long week and you want to be able to enjoy it without feeling sick or hungry throughout.
It feels like our last convention wasn’t too long ago, and it really wasn’t. However, we were set on going to Anime Revolution this year due to a variety of factors. The first of which was the vast improvements they have made year after year. For a con that’s only heading into its fourth year, we were looking forward to an even bigger and better convention this year. Unlike previous years, I was set to have a blast and stay in a hotel near the convention center to maximize my time at the convention center and to remove the hassle of going back and forth from my home out to Waterfront.
To start off the New Year, I was expecting to write about the back-to-school rush and all the good stuff that comes along with that. (No seriously, this stuff can be important.) Regardless, I wasn’t expecting to write about a convention so early on in the year. Given that the last convention in Vancouver that I attended occurred back in August of last year. To my surprise, a friend of mine told me this winter, Anime Revolution would also run a smaller convention called AniRevo: Winter. It is a one day convention held at a different location with a smaller venue. It’s hosted at Art Institute Vancouver, one of many Art Institute campuses in North America. The convention ticket sales were slated to start being sold at 9AM in the morning, but as one can see above, people were already lining up half an hour before that.
On the bright side, the line up went fairly smoothly and we were inside within 20 minutes of waiting in line from when the doors opened. There were a bunch of tables set up with people manning tablets for ticket sales. Each person was given a wristband after paying, and were required to show them in almost every area of the convention. I came here with my friend Mike and another friend nicknamed “The LewdMaster” or “Lewdson” for short. The back area pictured here is where the main event hall was located, and already had things set up for people to start lining up. I meant to drop by the first event which was The 404’s Improv group, but due to some time constraints after stepping out to grab some breakfast, the room was already filled.
Also found in the area on the second level is the Maid Cafe. Unfortunately, between going to events and spending time with my friends, I didn’t manage to enter the maid cafe which is a real shame. I had a fun time last time with Puddi back at AniRevo 2014 in August. However, I can only only assume it was just as great if not better. The venue had a small cafe and it was used and decorated to look more like a maid cafe. In addition to the cafe, there was also a fully stocked kitchen since the school also happens to have a culinary program. One can pretty much venture to say that the food served was also on par if not better than Coal Harbor Cafe which was used for the main convention in 2014.