Last weekend I went to Katsucon! Katsucon is an anime convention at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. This is one of my favorite conventions, probably because the venue is just so gorgeous! Seriously, Katsucon is any cosplayer’s photoshoot dream. I’ve been going to Katsucon for years and it’s always been a good time. It’s been great to see this convention grow to what it is now.

I attended the convention for all three days. Unfortunately, the room I stayed in didn’t have the fantastic atrium view, but honesty that isn’t important. I actually arrived on Thursday for a few hours to pick up my badge. My boyfriend came with me to keep me company. We stood in line for about an hour and a half (which was honestly very short compared to the line people experienced on Friday). Then we stopped off to say hi to some friends and then went home. A lot of people arrive on Thursday to pick up their badges, I never stay overnight on Thursday though.

Friday started off the weekend! I got to the convention around 10am because I wanted to catch my friend’s panel. She did a panel on beginning cosplay advice. She is a lot of fun so the panel was great. She’s also semi-cosplay famous so afterwards we had to wait for her to finish taking pictures with everyone. It’s really great to see such an old and good friend be recognized for the work she does!


My costume for Friday was Daphne from Scooby Doo. My favorite show as a kid was Scooby Doo so this cosplay was a dream come true! My friend also dressed as Velma with me. It was so much fun running around with her. So many people took our picture and told us we were adorable. Honestly this was probably my most popular costume. In the evening I went to dinner with some of my old friends. We ate at a restaurant in the National Harbor called Redstone Grill. A lot of the restaurants in the Harbor are expensive, but this was on moderately priced. The food was good, but they mixed up my order so I had to wait a little longer than my friends to eat.

The rest of the evening was spent hanging out with friends and then waiting for everyone in my room to quiet down so I could make final edits on my panel for the next morning.

Saturday morning I woke up early because I had to present a panel at 10am! The panel was on male Japanese idols (or boybands). The panel was a lot of fun. I had a very small turn out; seven people total (two of which were friends). But it was fun to present. I showed a really fun video at the end which was great to watch with everyone. One of the girls who showed up subscribes to my youtube channel! That made me so happy! I have a very small audience so any time I get to meet anyone fills me with happiness!

The rest of Saturday I wore my Astrid costume from Anime USA. Lots of people really liked it even though I didn’t get many pictures. The costume was so warm though! In the evening my friend and I went outside to get away from the warmth (there were so many people in the convention center it was really warm). We went and took some pictures on my phone, which was fun. I also recorded a special episode of my podcast! It’ll be out next week, but it was tons of fun!


Saturday night is when we had our real party. We changed into our Kigurumis (or animal PJs) and drank, ate and talked. It was a lot of fun. We went and walked around the convention, seeing a bit of the Uzuhi concert, the artists alley, and a few other things. Even later at night there are lots of people around!


Sunday was the last day and honestly I didn’t have the greatest day. I wasn’t hungover the the pervious night, but I think it put me in a bad mood. It took us a while to get our stuff together to check out and eventually get out of the hotel. My friends and I ate at the restaurant in the hotel. Then we walked around the dealer’s room and artists alley. I couldn’t really find much to buy though. I wasn’t in the best mood so I left around 2pm.

I think overall it was a good convention. I saw a lot of friends I never really get to see and I saw some internet friends too! That’s one of the things I really like about conventions; seeing people you never see and catching up.

As for what I bought, I didn’t get that much. I go a really cute necklace from my friend at Non-Dairy Confectionary and an Alpacasso plush. I have two other Alpaca plushes, but neither of them are the real Amuse Alpacasso brand. But I finally got one! I got the male version of the Antique series. I named him Fitzwilliam. I thought that was a fitting name.


Anime USA!

Wow. It’s been a really long time since I updated. This is the perfect time to start blogging again. Last weekend I went to Anime USA!

Anime USA was the first anime convention I went to way back in 2003. I haven’t been back for a few years, so it was nice to return. AUSA was in Washington DC this year right near the zoo. It was October 3-5th.

I had big plans for this convention. On Saturday I was entering the Hall Costume Contest for the first time with a costume I had been working on for months.

Friday was kind of a short day at the convention. I picked my boyfriend, Ryan, up from work around 3 and then we drove to DC. I actually hate driving in big cities, but because my costume was stored in a big box and had a lot of delicate parts, I chose to drive. It wasn’t that bad, except for the part where our parking garage was almost a mile from our hotel (had to pick something that was cheaper than the hotel parking).

Friday I cosplayed at Minako Aino (Sailor Venus), Summer school uniform. I felt so stereotypically anime that day! I think it was the combination of cosplaying such a classic character and the Japanese school uniform. This was my first time making a costume like this but I think it turned out well!

My nice camera died when trying to take a decent shot, so all I have is this awkward iphone picture.


Friday we just kind of got the lay out of the convention and saw what was going on. I did buy a Korirakkuma Kigurumi so that was fantastic! We also saw a screening of a documentary about some Sailor Moon cosplayers that was really great. It is called “In the Name of the Moon” and you can find them on facebook!


Saturday was the big cosplay day! I wore Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon. I have been working on this costume since about July and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. I am so proud of it. I entered into the Hall Costume Contest in the Novice category, but I didn’t win anything. I’m okay with that though because the response to the costume was so great. I got so many compliments from friends and strangers. After the awards ceremony for the contest the girl who won the Master category came up to me and told me how much she loved my costume. She told me it was perfect and was hoping that I wasn’t competing against her. She was so sweet she made me cry. I wish I remembered her name so I could find her online and thank her.


My costume did kind of fall apart throughout the day. I had to go back to my room and glue on the spikes because they kept falling off. Even then the super glue didn’t have enough time to properly cure so if I hit anything they would fall off. But I am extremely proud of this costume and will probably bring it to Katsucon! (Also I might make another post with details on how I made it and everything).


One of the awesome things at AUSA was their game room! They had a lot of cool rhythm games. My favorite was the Taiko drum game. I got to play to some Jpop songs that I really love so that was really really fun! Most of the panels we saw were sort of lackluster and we only stayed for part of them. On Sunday we went to a panel on pattern mixing and that was the best panel we saw all weekend. But that was also hosted by one of the featured guests, so of course the quality was better.


Sunday was a sort of chill day. I bought the rest of the things I wanted; that was the main goal for the day.










So this is everything I bought! Lots of Kawaii jewelry! A necklace and bracelet from Magical Tea Time, star hair clips and ring from Twy Lite Fashion. I think I went a little crazy with the Rilakkuma things. Along with the Kigu, I also got a Korirakkuma hat and a Rilakkuma phone case! I also picked up some strawberry and melon flavored Ramune. I was hoping the Melon Flavor one would taste like Japanese Melon Soda, but it didn’t. Eternally sad. I haven’t had the strawberry one yet.

Overall, I had a great time at Anime USA! I wish I could have seen more of my friends, but it’s alright. I hope I can go back next year!