I am finally happy to say this year was definitely more positive compared to my personal previous 2 years of Fanime. I will also update this post as I find more photos/videos.
Disclaimer to start off:
I will address the fact that many other people were not happy with #Linecon2016. Although I am not a head and therefore not authorized to speak on behalf of staff, as part of staff for the past 3 years and friends with many rovers for the past 6 years, 2016 was nothing compared to 2012 and 2013. The department heads has also been working on things related to disclosed policies, which may be part of all the registration changes.
Transportation to and from Fanime was hassle-free for me! Unfortunately, once again, I was dragging along incomplete cosplays, but this time my chainsaw was going to be complete (courtesy of a cosplayer friend) and the only other bulky feature was going to be Mesprit's tails.
Most of this day was spent on getting my badge, fixing cosplays, finishing Fanimaid dances, and staff duties. (Note: I was staff, so I don't have any statements on the line badge aside from what I spoke of earlier). Unfortunately Yuzuki gave me so much of a headache that I missed basically 90% of the Vocaloid gathering. I was only at the end with the 7-second poses. If anyone happens to find me, please share that one picture I'm probably in!
|Jigglypuff putting a bunch of us to sleep.|
I will skip out the morning oversleeping drama and head right to the point that I severely fucked up the Girls Day "Darling" performance (so I have no right to speak about what I wrote on Saturday), although SNSD's "Oh" was not as terrible as "Supernova Galaxy". That afternoon was fascinatingly but guiltily rushed- I was working the maid cafe, then I rushed to do the Cosplay Chess panel (mistakes galore! But less chaos than last year, haha), rushed back out of that, and back into the maid cafe. Interestingly, one of my patrons during this later shift, recognized me from Cosplay Chess. How that happened I have no idea because the line for the cafe is 2hrs+, and I was back from the panel after 1hr. There's a recording of the entire Anime Cosplay Chess right here! I chilled some more, and then headed into a 12hr overnight staff shift.
Thinking back, Fanime 2016 for me was drama free and mostly relaxing because it was also event "free". Once again, aside from cafe and staff shifts, I didn't really do much. I prefer going to Dealers Hall/Artist Alley on the very last day (final day discounts!), so that was never an issue. I didn't go to any panels (by coincidence), I didn't go to any of the big events or guest events (due to laziness instead of conflicting event times), and I didn't try to do any vlogs, photoshoots, or more gatherings (due to coincidence).
This leads me to the conclusion that I should take a break from Fanimaid Cafe. It was a great experience while it lasted, but when it comes to my stage of life, my priorities for my experience at Fanime, being part of 2 departments is too taxing on me. I will promise myself to retire from the cafe in 2017 and just focus on staff. (I might come back in 2018, but that's not a guarantee).
In the meantime, here are all the dance videos! Enjoy!
Extra footage of dance videos:
Summary: All in all, this was a much more drama-free Fanime than 2014 and 2015, although I am now regretting I did considerably LESS than in previous years.