Last day in Vancouver, though I have a sinking suspicion I’ll be going back to a quiet Whistler – the smoke is still thick even here, so don’t even wanna think about what it’s like there.
I start the day checking out the Worst Cosplay Competition. I have no idea what this is, but it’s apparently popular. Turns out it’s kind of like Minamicon’s variety show – the hosts pick five-ten cosplayers in the audience, and they compete against each other in events like pun-off, drawing and iron cosplay. The person with the least applause is eliminated each round, until they have a winner.
I’ll tell you right now this was by far my favourite event at Anime Revolution. It was hysterical start to finish. First of all, it was hosted by Dream Daddy cosplayers, the Christian Daddy, his wife and two of their children, all of whom stayed in character (or at least some version of it) throughout the event, and this only added to the fuel when 3 of the competitors were also Dream Daddy Cosplayers. One of whom (to be fair not sure if they’re actually from DD, kind of looked like Weevil from YGO) just stole the show when, after being told to draw their perfect family, drew him, his cat and his perfect husband, Barack Obama.
Then in the first iron cosplay round, where they had to dress up as their idea dream daddy, he dressed in a cape and admitted he’d dressed up as his D&D character Logthor. Finally, in the iron cosplay round where he had to dress up one of the ‘child’ cosplayers, he dressed up his child, and then immediately kidnapped him…only to bring them back admitting the child was too creepy for him. It was fantastic.
The Death and Rebirth finals later in the afternoon sadly, weren’t quite as entertaining. To be honest I think I just don’t get it. It seemed like a lot of false fanservice and crazy antics that didn’t appeal to me. I came out of it honestly not able to remember a thing that happened of note.
I also caught the back end of the Cosplay Idol competition, which is singing entrants only. I knew North America was big into performances, but it’s fascinating just how many they have. There’s D&R for the not-quite-talent crazy antics, Idol Festival for the Dance Groups, Cosplay Idol for the singers, the Competition for skit performances, and the talent show for anything else. Considering I come from a land where it’s the Omake/Masquerade or nothing, it’s pretty overwhelming.
The con finished in the late evening, but I had to be back on a bus by 8, so I spent my last hour running around the dealer’s room. In Canada, they start reducing the prices of things at cons (which NEVER happens in the UK or Australia) so I started buying. Ended up with 2 shirts, a hoodie, a mug, a thermos, keychain and some KHR playing cards, plus whatever I managed to grab from the swapping table before they closed. Tragically, all the mystery bag tables started offering several bags for $40, but I was out of cash – gutted…although honestly most of the stuff would have been things I didn’t want or need, so probably for the best.
I get back into Whistler some time before 11. As expected the smoke is still everywhere, visible even in the darkness. It’s going to be a slow week.