I am in love with San Japan’s new location at the Rivercenter Marriott in San Antonio. The staff was very courteous and friendly and the convention was well-distributed over the space provided. San Japan is one of the better-organized conventions I have attended, even taking into account that attendance skyrocketed this year.
We had a great time hosting the Anime Murder Mystery on Saturday. We were pretty surprised when we had the sign-up sheets fill up so quickly, and kept on getting more and more surprised at interest in the event from there to the point that when I saw the length of the line outside the door, I mildly freaked out. If you attended, we would love to hear any comments or suggestions, and look forward to bringing even more to the table next year!
Cosplay represents a huge part of San Japan’s panel lineup and the contest reflects that. I’m glad for San Japan’s insistence on dividing the cosplay contest into classes and their emphasis on craftsmanship as well as presentation. The fashion show was a great way to include more cosplayers, too. All in all, while it was a little hot and stuffy in the salon in which we were placed, we spoke to plenty of cosplayers who were amazing both in their costumes and as people. It was a tough competition and we were fortunate enough to win best in show with Madam Red and Grell Sutcliff! Though I still have no clue when or where he wears that dress… and I’m slightly embarrassed that I knew Lacrimosa well enough to know exactly when our thirty seconds were up, but still had no idea whatsoever that someone was pointing his camera right into every single cosplayer’s face as he or she walked onstage. I’m just going to call it being in character. Not totally oblivious, not. At. All.
One last thing: this is the first convention that I brought a bit of a bug, and then got better by Saturday. Not sure how that works. San Japan continues to be an enjoyable convention, and I’m already excited for next year.