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Day 3 – What was your favorite convention experience?
A few years ago at Anime Weekend Atlanta, Alec and I were able to cosplay as one of our favorite anime couples: Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online. During this time we were still in a long distance relationship. Alec was able to visit from Ireland for a few weeks and attending this fan convention in cosplay was one of the fun things we planned to do during his trip. I’m so glad we did.
AWA was the first convention we ever cosplayed at, and it was an amazing experience. If you want to try cosplaying for the first time, I highly recommend just going for it. You won’t regret it. We didn’t make our cosplay costumes ourselves but instead bought them from a reputable seller. You can read more about buying a cosplay online in this post!
Couples Who Cosplay Together…
There were a few things that cosplaying at AWA my favorite convention experience. The first being that Alec and I were not only together after spending over a year apart but that he was in agreement to cosplay with me! We had a lot of fun choosing a cosplay, finding our cosplay costumes and wigs online, and then putting everything on and styling it together.
Honestly, I was really anxious when we arrived to the convention. Cosplaying was stepping way out of my comfort zone, and I wasn’t feeling super confident after having to modify the costume to accommodate my bust. Alec took my hand as we walked up to the doors and suddenly, my shoulders relaxed, I stopped clinching my jaw, and I smiled. We were about to have the best day ever at this convention. And we did!
Crunchyroll Live Stream Appearance
One of the coolest things that I got to do while attending AWA was appear in a live stream at Crunchyroll’s booth! Another Kirito cosplayer asked me to join himself and another Kirito on the stream, and I shyly agreed, not knowing what to expect.
They showed me where to stand and to say hello. I waved and greeted the hundreds of viewers that were watching and immediately viewers’ comments flooded our screen with compliments on my cosplay and excitement to see a “blue” Asuna which wasn’t a common cosplay at the time. It made me feel really good and so happy that others were getting enjoyment from my cosplay!
Getting Asked for Pictures
The highlight for me of the entire weekend was getting asked for photos. It might sound a bit ego-eccentric, but seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they saw me and their huge smile when I agreed to a picture filled me with all of those good feelings. My confidence improved for sure, but bringing such happiness to others really made me feel good.
Two people stood out to me that I still think back on fondly. One person was a woman who shouted at us from across the dealers’ room. “I’ve been looking for you everywhere!” She took a group picture with Alec and me and gave us a big hug afterwards. I loved our interaction with her. The second was a young girl dressed at Yui from Sword Art Online. I had spotted her the day before but couldn’t get her photo so Alec and I crossed our fingers that we could get pictures with her the next day in our cosplays. Fate smiled on us as I spotted her. We both locked eyes at the same time and practically ran to each other. She was a sweetheart, and I was so happy we got to get a picture with her.
I’ve cosplayed quite a few times since Anime Weekend Atlanta, but that first time at AWA will forever have a special place in my heart. Alec and I were able to cosplay for the first time together and were able to spend an amazing weekend together after being apart for over a year. I surprisingly was picked to make an appearance on a popular anime streaming site’s live stream and was shocked by the positive responses. And getting asked for pictures wasn’t just a confidence boost but also made me feel amazing to bring people such happiness at seeing their favorite characters.
What was your favorite convention experience? Let me know in the comments below OR take on the challenge yourself and link back to this post so I can see your answer!
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