I’m a huge fan of Anime North. It was the first convention I had ever gone too and it will forever be my favourite. I have so much fun every year, and this year was no different. Now I’ll warn you, I didn’t take photos. I never do. I’m too busy having fun! haha. So, yeah, this blog is just me talking.
- Date: May 25-27 2018
- Location: Toronto, Ontario
- Hotel: Holiday Inn
We started off our adventure with a sushi lunch! NOMNOMNOM We left home around noon and traffic was pretty good. We got to the hotel early. We were allowed to check in early and it was wonderful.
Friday is always a pretty chill day at AN. We went to pre-reg to get our badges and I swear it was the shortest line I have ever waited in. We literally just walked in and got them. We have waited anywhere between 40 minutes to 4 hours previous years. So yay us!
Opening ceremonies usually starts at 5pm on the first day and we always go. It’s a great way to start of the weekend. You get a preview of the special guests, a mini concert and lots of laughs.
So we didn’t do anything too exciting this first night. We just hung out and walked around a bit. We were in one of the video rooms and watched some Cardcaptors, we ate a bunch snacks and rice balls and then later in the evening we watching Anime Hell. It was a fun first day!
We woke up bright an early at the crack of 8am. bleh. We ate some breakfast in the hotel room and then we were on our way! First stop was a panel about traveling to Japan. It was really interesting and we learned so many things! I would love to go to Japan one day. It’s so beautiful.
Next was probably one of my most favourite panels. It was so captivating and interesting and I love it. I could have sat through a semester worth of lectures from this woman. Oh boy. Give me a test, I’m ready to ace it.
Helen McCarthy is an amazing british lady and I love her. She wrote the first book about anime way back in the day. So cool. Anyway, this panel was about Hayao Miyazaki and his representation of ‘the goddess’ in his films. gah! It blew my mind. Legit. I was fascinated.
After that we stayed in the same room to listen to another travel panel. We had no idea. We got maps and pamphlets and awesomeness. I had no idea there was a company in Toronto that planned guided tours to Japan. My mind was blown.
Saturday was so educational and I love it. We sat through a Kimono history lesson and how to buy them and wear them. AND we learned all about Shinto and Shamanism in another panel. I feel so smart!
After such a wonderful day of learning we ended the night making Shrinky-Dinks! Ah! So much fun. I haven’t done that since I was a wee child and it was hilarious and awesome and a great way to end day two.
We cut out early because we are old ladies and had pizza in bed and watched SNL Loved it.
Oh Sunday. Day three didn’t start as early but it started with shopping!
So, theres a ‘dealers room’ and an ‘artists alley’ and I for sure bought things from both. I’m a sucker and I love to waste money. ha!
We got a couple prints and book marks from artists alley and I bought the most ridiculous Totoro plushie. I love him. I also got two more Sailor Moon figurines. They are so pretty. ahhh I also got some junk food gifts for my buddy who fed my cats while I was gone.
oh! And I got soap. ha!
Our only goal on Sunday (after wasting all our money) was to watch some AMV’s. So for like, three hours we did that. So fun. We met up with a friend afterwards and I had the best beaver tail every. It was covered in Skor chunks and we sat around eating junk and giggling and talking.
To end the con we went to the closing ceremonies. There was another mini concert, we got to see the winners of AN Idol and they talked about how wonderful all the volunteers were and it was really nice. It was a good way to bookend the convention.
I can’t wait to do it all again next year. I love Anime North.