Next week, there’s a convention in Edmonton that’s the longest running anime convention in Canada. I really wanted to go, but it’s just not economically or physically possible for me right now. Thankfully, there’s a convention this week happening in Vancouver, that I can make. Accommodation in Van is still expensive, so I decided I’d head out on Friday morning and save a night. The first bus isn’t until 10am, which isn’t perfect, but it’s only $30 for a return with Greyhound, so I’ll at least get in before 1pm.
However, Anime Revolution, despite having run for a few years, has a few hiccups on it’s first day. Namely this ridiculously long queue.
It wraps around half of the building. At its worst, it wraps around ¾. Had I realised just how bad it was, I would have called the day a wash and gone done something else with my afternoon, but there were a lot of things I wanted to see and figured it couldn’t take more than an hour or two.
Nearly FOUR HOURS later I finally get in. The queue outside was just the first part. Then you went to a sort of holding section just outside the main doors, ANOTHER holding section inside, and then into the final queue. But the real nub? Despite all of these sections, they NEVER separated people in pre-reg or buy-on-the-day. You had to wait just as long if you’d already paid as someone who walked up, and they DEFINITELY didn’t have enough people processing the registrations. The ONLY people who got in quickly were VIP or Premium tickets (aka, the ones that cost 3 times what a normal ticket costs).
By the time I got in, I’d missed all but one event I wanted to see, so headed to the dealer’s room to at least see what I could buy in my misery.
The dealers room in the UK is generally meh (the Bring and Buy is the real goldmine), and New Zealand’s were about the same (with a push towards selling art). Australia definitely had the best because their original sellers are genuinely interesting and unique, as well as having the professional gear.
Canada’s are closer to Australian than anything else – but not a lot of original sellers selling anything other than art. That said, the art is AMAZING, and some people have started putting them on mouse or computer pads. Saw one Yu Yu Hakusho pad that, if I had somewhere to put it, I’d buy in a heartbeat.
The thing I see the most however, are the mystery bag stands. Where you buy a bag filled with random gear and maybe get a really good deal. I buckled and tried one of the $40 mystery bags (the most expensive stand there), and did get about $95 of gear. Sadly, most of it was stuff I wasn’t into…but plenty of other people doing the mystery bag were happy to trade. Got rid of all my Sword Art and Love Live stuff in exchange for Kuroko no Basket, One Piece and Fairy Tale merch. Even got a punch of Sekaichii Hatsukoi posters, which I didn’t even know you could GET, so that was a plus.
After that, I headed towards the AMV competition, only to get a nasty surprise. The room is full. There are in fact queue barriers at each door, where you need to queue for panels. There will definitely be no popping in or out of panels here.
I end up leaving and doing some late night shopping. I was planning to go to Walmart, but it’s a bit of a trek, so instead I just hit up Old Navy since they had a sale on jeans. None in my size, but the one size up is a decent fit and one hot wash should solve that problem. Going to hit up the charity shop tomorrow in between the con events if I can.