Anime North 2016 Pre-con Survey

Hey my freaky darlings! With Anime North 2016 only 6 days away (I am counting Friday as a day) it is time to create the annual Anime North Pre-Con Survey!

I ended up combining a few questions due to their similar topics.

What’s your name?

Katrina, this is also the name I place on my badge along with my last name. We pre-registered like usual and also decided to pay the wee fee to get them mailed out and after a mistake on Anime North’s part, ended up with our two badges but a few days a part. Long story short it will be nice to be able to write my badge in something other than the Anime North markers of messy doom.

What do you like to be called?

I usually go by Katrina but I will respond to Kat, Kitty, Technikitty, ‘hey you’ or I will respond to the names of whoever I am cosplaying.

 Where are you staying?

This will be my sixth year staying at the International by Hilton Hotel. Extra note, I absolutely LOVE the new owners of the hotel they are a thousand times more organized than those who ran the Doubletree and haven’t lost our reservation once!

 What day are you getting there?

It is my family tradition to leave home around 12:30 on Friday hit up a Timmies to get travel nom (sadly my potential noms for this year have been greatly diminished due me developing a Milk sensitivity), this year I am thinking a Strawberry Shortcake donut and a drink of sorts (I might pre-purchase a soy drink to bring with me).

Then we go barrelling down the 401 blaring the Pokemon Theme (Original and Johto) as well as ‘Everything is Awesome’, various Disney songs, and the ending song from ‘Wreck-it-Ralph’.

Usually we get caught in traffic but we are cheery folk who tend to take life from a half-full standpoint and enjoy the time we get to spend with each other chatting pre-con.

How long are you staying?

We tend to stay from around 1:30 on Friday to about 2 PM on Sunday. Usually by Sunday we are tired and ready for a non-hotel shower and a rest. Plus by Sunday we have done all of our shopping

Fun fact a lot of people say that the best deals are on Sunday but I tend to get deals all weekend by being sweet and having a large chest (I once got a Living Dead Doll originally set at $50 for $30 just because the vendor liked my smile).

Will you be cosplaying? What days? As whom?

To be honest I very rarely stick with a set plan for what day I wear my cosplays. For me my plans are usually based on the temperature of the day as well as when certain photoshoots are being held. This year I am not doing Cosplay Chess due to Anime North not organizing it in a timely enough manner so my only main event will be the Pokemon Photoshoot on both Friday and Saturday. I may see if my sister wants to go to the Smash Brothers shoot but we’ll see.Ribbet collage

This year I will likely be wearing my 50’s Jigglypuff Gijinka on Friday because I need to keep it ironed and putting the dress in my suitcase would kill it!

Saturday Morning I am leaning towards wearing my Star Wars Zabrak OC and then I will change just after lunch back to Jigglypuff for the Pokemon Photoshoot I am hosting.

Both nights I will likely change into Super Sonico as it is really more of a cooler temperature cosplay.

Sunday I have really not decided on yet so I will just go with whatever I feel like. Maybe I will wear a variant Sonico as I am bringing another dress I could wear for her.

Who will you hang out with at the con?

I always go to conventions with my sister though we may end up running into one (or two) of my sister’s friends or even my girl Hatter.

Fun fact, I refer to all of my friends as Batman villains to my sister to help her keep track of who I am talking about. Hatter is my fellow nerd friend who loves hats and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and I know she is going to AN this year so I may run into her at some point.

Extra fun fact my code name is Scarecrow.

Are you attending any panels?

Anime North has some pretty interesting Panels organized for this year. You have everything from the classic ‘let’s talk about our favorite series’ to neat new ideas such as ‘Anime vs. Science’. Last year a lot of people were very annoyed due to a large number of non-anime panels but this year their whining was ignored and we got panels for series like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’. They also created a lot of lifestyle based panels such as ‘Otaku Health Goals’ and ‘Japan on a Budget’, so there really should be something for everyone this year.

So far we are leaning towards checking out ‘Unpopular Opinions’ at 11PM in the Plaza Ballroom because frankly I LOVE drama and ‘Most Embarrassing Behaviour: Lolita Pose Off’ at 9PM on Saturday.

Staying in the International is pretty great for attending panels as you can just grab the elevator downstairs, catch your panel, and schlub back to your room. The only ones the International does not host are the gaming ones and the Yaoi ones (but we all know how much I LOVE the Yaoi fandom).

Are you attending/participating in any public performances? (i.e Masquerade)?

As I stated, my sister and I have participated in Cosplay Chess on and off since 2009 but this year we will not be participating as. For those of you who have no idea

Will you be attending any raves / Will you be partying at the con / Do you drink at cons?

I chose to put these three questions together as I feel that they are all very similar in topic: Con partying!

Anime North raves are pretty infamous for being quite tame in comparison to a lot of other conventions and many even say that that was the reason Atomic Lollipop, aka the party con, was created. However, for me Raves are still a place of drunken annoyingness and a draw for the younger more immature crowd of AN. So that is a big N-O good buddy.

Life is just a big party for someone who lives life with a positive attitude but I will not be participating in any ‘classic’ style partying – though one year I did get invited to a party by a hyper Jiraiya who barged into my unlocked hotel room my very first year at AN and was scared off my con mates Mom who was quick to point out that we were underage before he was dragged off by his girlfriend who was cosplaying Tsunade. True story.

As for drinking … I don’t drink so that is a big no. I can’t even be a milkaholic this year due to my new milk sensitivity.

Can I talk to you/ Are you nice?

No you may not talk to me you dirty peasants! Can’t you see I am a big mean tsundere! In all seriousness of course you can, my sister and I are both very social people who love chatting with other nerdlings about various topics. Plus in all seriousness I am more of the dojikko or deredere type … the guys in my Anime Club referred to me as their ‘moe girl’.

As for ‘am I nice’ I have been told that I am quite a lovely person

How can I find you?

You won’t. I will find YOU! In all seriousness though there really is no way to actually find me at a con. I don’t constantly tweet or facebook my position since I do have a few stalkers I would prefer to avoid.

Can I buy you drinks/ Can I give you stuff/ Can I snuggle with you?

To be brutally honest I would prefer if you kept your money for yourself! But if you have cosplayer or blog cards you would like to give me I would be happy to take one!

As for hugs as long as you ask I am all for a hug for the most part but if you have bodypaint on I will likely refuse to protect my cosplays. No offense meant of course. The same goes for photos, as long as you ask I will be happy to pose either with or for you.

What/where will you be eating /Can I come with you for food/fun/etc?

Hmm well breakfast we always bring with us, though sometimes we do grab something from Starbucks. My sister and I always save a good chunk of money for AN so that we can not only buy stuff but food as well so we do tend to eat out most of the weekend.

As for ‘can you join us’ as long as my sister is okay with it that should be just fine. As little girls we were both excluded a lot from things or ended up as ‘third wheels’ to groups so we do tend to be very careful to ensure that when we add a third person that neither of us get left out of the conversation.

What are you looking to buy?Ribbet collage3

To be honest I really don’t have much of a set wish list for this year. Usually I do but this year I only have two things that I absolutely want to get and both are ironically of the same character! I want to pick up the new Joker Nendoroid and an Arkham-verse Joker funko. Other than that I know I want to visit my favorite store ‘The Littlest Gift Boutique’ and see what I can see there (the cat loafs are pretty damn cute).

What’s your goal(s) for the con this year?

Have fun of course! Maybe meet some new people but otherwise I just want to have a good time with my sister.

Are you ready for Anime North?

I would say that I am 70% ready for Anime North. I still need to finish my Jigglypuff ears, brush my Sonico wig out and get my dress shortened. But as I am a jobless loser at this point I have time to do these things so I am not stressed.

I am however stressed about my Jigglypuff wig as it ISN’T IN YET! I had purchased one wig online but when it arrived it was too short for me (aka my hair shows) so I had to order a new one and it was set to arrive the 24th at the latest. Yay for cutting it close.

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Anime North 2015 Pre-Convention Photo

Well Anime North is officially only like 27 days away and you know what that means – it is time for the Pre-Anime North survey!

The survey is based on a bunch of random com surveys I found throughout Tumblr.

Name: Katrina ‘no I am not sharing my last name here’
Age:
23, College Student
Gender:
Female
Badge Name:
The same as my regular name since Anime North has a ‘real name’ policy

Where are you staying: I think the DoubleTree has changed its name to the International Plaza. It is the second priciest hotel for AN but it is the most convenient so my sister and I always try and get in there.
How are you getting to the convention:
My mother drives my sister and I to AN and pick us up on Sunday. She Ribbet collageloves seeing all of the costumes as we arrive at the hotel.
Which days?
I always arrive on Friday usually just after 2PM and stay till about the same time on Sunday, though this time varies year to year.
Cosplay:
Super Sonico in her blue yukata and my original Twi’lek OC (though this picture is of the character Suu Lawquane whose outfit and design is what I based my outfit on)
Whats it from?
The Twi’lek race is from Star Wars, though her design and character were created by me. Super Sonico is owned by Nitroplus and this particular design is based on a FREEing statue.

Where will you be at the con? All over the place really. Though I spend most of my time either in and around the convention center or at the hotel I am staying at.
What’s your favorite thing to do at the con?
Simply wander around and snag some photos of fellow cosplayers. Sometimes my sister and I simply sit and watch people.
Who will you be with?
My younger sister, Alyshia, though it is likely I will meet up with friends from college.
Are you going to any panels or photo shoots?
I don’t tend to attend the panels as I prefer reading to listening to nerdy topics of discussion. You get juicer facts that way. As for photoshoots I attend and run the Western Photoshoot and I may pop into the Disney shoot as my Twi’lek since Disney owns Star Wars now.
Are you going to any raves/dances/concerts?
I never do. I am really not a convention dance girl. Too many little kids for my taste.

Are you eating at the con or bringing your own food? A combination of the two really. We always pack snacks for in the hotel and carrying around in case my sister or I get hungry or shaky from lack of protein.

Can I talk to you? But of course you can. I am a real chatterbox.
Are you nice?
I try to be. Even when I am feeling off I try to be friendly and cheerful.
Can I ask for a picture?
But of course.
Hug?
If you ask first you certainly may. My twi’lek is going to be skin toned so you don’t have to fear paint smearing.
Fanservice? 
I guess it really depends how much fanservice you are thinking about.I realize that Sonico is a pretty fanservicey character, but everyone has a limit.

Can I hang out with you? Just around the con outside, but of course.
Can I buy you things?
That is very flattering but I will likely decline. Save your money for you!
Can you drink at the con?
I can but I won’t because I don’t drink

Mini Review – SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation

Today I am going to do a BABY REVIEW! Aka a rather short review since I have only watched the first episode of the series.

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When watching any anime it is easy to tell who is going to be the main character.Why? Simple they either (a) sit in the back right corner near the window, (b) their name is in the series title, (c) they have a hair colour that looks totally out of place compared to everyone else or (d) they actually wear an outfit that stands out.

So now I want you to consider what I just said and then try and guess who the main character of this series is

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One of these kids is not like the others!

…If you guessed the only character wearing colour with not brown hair YOU WERE RIGHT!

SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation is a 12-episode series produced by White Fox (producers of Akame ga Kill! and Steins; Gate) in partnership with the video game software company Nitroplus who have been using Sonico as their mascot since 2006.

The series follows Sonico, an 18-year-old college student and her misadventures as she tries to keep up with school while also working as a gravure idol and vocalist/guitarist First Astronomical Velocity.The series is a pretty classic slice-of-life following the daily life of Sonico while also throwing in a liberal amount of ecchi elements including skimpy outfits, sexy poses and more than a few boob-centric camera shots.

Despite its ecchi nature though, Sonico remains a rather enduring character. Friendly, hardworking and definitely not always comfortable with her part-time job, you can’t help but get attached to Sonico and her antics.

My main issue with the first episode is that everyone other than Sonico and her two bandmates, Suzu Fukimi and Fuuri Watanuki, are very bland characters coloured entirely in a dull palate. I guess I sort of get it, Nitro wanted their mascot to be front and center and with her pink hair in a sea of brown it is pretty easy to always know who the main star is.

All in all if you are looking for a brainless series to take your mind off of the deaths in Attack on Titan or heartbreak in the finale of Naruto and you enjoy a sweet and cheerful slice-of-life I would suggest you try queuing up SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation.

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Will I continue watching it? Yes, I think I will.