Listening to: Currently nothing, but soon I will
Reading: Anything that my eyes sees
Watching: Anything that my eyes sees
Playing: Nothing as of now
Eating: Nothing as of now
Drinking: Cheap cola
So, this happened to me:
On March 1st of this year, I went to a cosplay event known here as Kitacon, which is on the northern part of Finland the biggest convention (the bigger ones tends to be on the southern end, at the capital city Helsinki and Tampere). This was my first visit to any possible con ever and I must say, it was a damn fine start too. The event was held at another place which was slightly bigger than the previous place it was held, but despite two floors of places to scout around, the amount of visitors and lack of air-conditioning made it exhausting on the atmosphere; got cold outside? Head back in and you warm up instantly.
My big sister suggested this thing for me since February and I most certainly wished to enter in the fun too, especially since my skiing holiday begins on the following week after this weekend (which means more free time). I headed there by bus and came in first. Entering within the house, there were lots of people already and all with different costumes, so I can say the place was colourful. There were the actual cosplayers of specific mangas and animes (such as those of Naruto and Pokemon), some from games (I saw two folks dressed as the travelling fellows from Journey), some more usual you'd see almost in any form of cosplay or costume parties (such as someone wearing a S.S. german uniform and some heavily armored soldier, looking like a mixture of a riot soldier and a bomb defusing squad member) and then some plain unique approaches to specific characters (Gentleman Creeper with a mustache, top hat and a fine uniform. And a canestick. Need I say more?) Interestingly, cosplay cons are rather open-minded to fursuiters as well, since I did saw at least two of them strolling around the place.
At first, the feelings about it were rather "well, now I've seen everything here", since the first floor and second floor was made out of simple things: first floor was for all the spots where you could get your manga/anime/cosmetics stuff/things that interests your buying fancy quite alot, a small room dedicated for most of the famous games (Dance Dance Revolution, BeatmaniaIIDX, etc.) and even a small class room dedicated on educating people how to perform a good cosplay show and such things; second floor mainly consisted of a cafeteria and the stage where some of the events occured. For now, no specific events were going on but later on there'd be few. The first of these events is of course the cosplay competition: who has the best costume and presentation of their little show. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it since 1. both me, my sister and her roommate were way too hungry and needed to get something to eat and 2. the audience spots were filled to the brim. We did get to see the results of the said competition though, but that's fine by me.
I also met few friends around there, some which I know from my current school and some of my other friends I haven't seen in for a while. In fact, the three of these friends came in looking more fine than ever: one was dressed as Big Boss of MGS3, the other was dressed as Chico (I remember?) from MGS: Peace Walker and the third was dressed as Jean Kirstein of the Attack on Titan series. Getting to see my friends and have a chat with them certainly lifted up the mood of the whole experience from "I've seen everything" to "this is actually enjoyable".
One event that I did join into was "FFFight". To put it short, FFFight is as it sounds like: Final Fantasy-esque turn-based combat on stage, all based on improvising. The winner of the battle was decided by the audience and to whom of these contestants they were cheering the most (and loudest). Supposedly there were supposed to be predetermined contestants, but since they weren't there taking part of the fun, the audience got to have the fun. The host of these fights were the "Dubbinaattorit" (lit. trans.: "Dubbinators", a group of five to six people making dubs on different animations and their main goal is to provide good quality voices and voice actors to top up the dubbing game in Finland), giving of course your typical tutorial upon how to "play" the game. After seeing few fights, when more people were asked to join in, I just had to take my 15 minutes of fame and volunteer. In the backstage, I was given a pair who'd be my contestant and we went through a quick, improvised battle plan on how we do our moves and how we fight. Seeing as I was paired with a person who clearly had a more fitting outfit (roleplaying as the protagonist of Assassin's Creed, with few prop weapons to boot), I decided to allow him to win the battle. Our turn comes in and we go all out on the stage, one by one.
Needless to say, it was a fine act and this ramped up my joy even further, knocking it up from "this is enjoyable" to "this is fucking fun, I need to do this often". As for the battle results? Appereantly, between a match of an assassin who had more showoff moves that took me down and me, a loudmouthed person who put on his "BATTLE MODE, ENGAGE" -on by revealing my ponytail to be a metalheads moshing hair of doom that failed to save me from my certain demise, the audience seemed to enjoy my performance the best, deciding me the winner.
That victory notched up the experience up to "there needs to be more of these moments available."
Afterwards, I had experienced pretty much everything. At 6 PM, things were closing down with even a light-signal given to us all, reminding that the place will be shut down. Others went onto the continuation parties that were for more mature folks (this is because alcohol services are being held here as well, so...), while I, having had my fill of pure fun, went onto the bus-station and hopped onto the next bus that would lead me back to my dorm.
My legs were aching for two hours from all the walking, but fuck it, it was worth it. This event will most certainly live up to my memories. I hope I won't have an amnesia or such forgetfulness disease that consumes it away from me.
Post Scriptum: I did get myself two little souveniers from there: a medallion that my sister bought for me just because why not (has even a little dragon on it) and a respirator (the ones used by goths and such). I've yet to pay from the respirator, but the seller behind her table was kind enough to give me her bank info for me so I can pay from it when my student grants arrives, which I will do hell-of-a-quickly once they come.
Post Scriptum Scriptum: No, I didn't have a camera. Yes, I took pictures with my sister's roommate's camera, but they're rather bad in quality due to the photos being taken from far away (didn't had the courage to go into the front of the stage and picture things, since I wasn't quite willing to become rude sunuvabitch), so I can't really upload them and show them to anyone. Though I wish I could've have had that extra courage to do so.