Child Of Nuin

{April 3, 2013}   Anime Island Conventon, 2013

Well this review has been a while in the making. I did mean to get onto it before, but you know, university and all that jazz.

So, as you may know, Tasmania’s Anime Island Convention was on the 16th and 17th of March. It was a pretty good con as far as small town conventions go. I’ve noticed just by surfing the Manifest website that it seems to borrow some (read: lots of) events from that convention. But that didn’t make it any less awesome.

Saturday was pretty great for Fruits Fashion. I ended up cosplaying on the first day, but I have realized that going as Marauder Era Remus Lupin to a small town convention that is probably not full of Harry Potter nerds probably isn’t a good idea. I did get complimented on my scar makeup by someone though, so I guess it’s not a completely wasted effort.

Test makeup... I somehow lost my "on-the-day" photo.

Test makeup… I somehow lost my “on-the-day” photo.

The whole “theme” this year was Steampunk, pretty much, which is awesome. So there were quite a few steampunk-inspired outfits in the Fruits Fashion Competition. And for the first time that I’ve been there, there were some guys decked out in frocks and jewelry. I thought that is was pretty awesome, to be honest. Some of the outfits were just out of this world in detail, and some were… well… not really hard worked on, to say the least. But the whole idea is to have fun, and people definitely did that.

Captain Syn, showing us how it's done.

Captain Syn, showing us how it’s done.

There were some pretty great events, including Cosplay Mystery Date. I managed to get a place on the ‘contestant’ side of one of them. I was up against Aerith and… some person from Homestuck I think. Needless to say, I didn’t win that, but it turns out that the “bachelor” was someone that I follow on DeviantArt. Small world.

Sunday was the day for cosplaying, and in true me-fashion, I decided not to torture my body anymore and went in “normal” clothes. I say normal in that they weren’t cosplay, but they weren’t every day clothes either. Anyway, enough on that. There were some really awesome cosplays, including a Kingdom Hearts group, some Ouran Hosts and a rather irate Final Fantasy VII Sid. There were some people cosplaying from anime, manga and games that I’ve never heard of before, some old favorites and some amazing cosplay feats (you know, massive arse wings, that kind thing). It was a great turn out, and the people who won really did deserve it. Including HAPPYHAHA, the same DeviantArtist that I mentioned before as being my ‘bachelor’.

First time cosplayers. Her hair... just... whut?!

First time cosplayers. Her hair… just… whut?!

Oh my god the wings...

Oh my god the wings…

HAPPYHAHA, winner of the Best Constructed.

HAPPYHAHA, winner of the Best Constructed

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay late on either day since I had work both nights, but I managed to get in to the auction on the last day (though I missed Saturday’s MA15+ auction). And since sellers in the Traders Hall don’t like packing up all their stuff again, they tend to put everything on sale in the last couple of hours. So many bargains. I bought quite a few Avengers inspired things. I regret nothing.


Subtle nerdiness…


I’m not even trying anymore


Slightly less subtle…

I didn’t manage to get a photo of me with the Captain America that was walking around though. That was a bit disappointing.

Overall AI-Con, while not being the greatest con, was a delight to go to. I love getting back together with people and having fun. Conventions are always great places to catch up with people who have the same interests as you do.

And now that it’s over, I’ve actually joined the Tasmanian Anime and Manga Society at my university, so I’m getting to know a lot of amazing people who have so much to offer and share. I’m so lucky to be a part of such a fantastic community.

– Reillyn is AFK –


Wow, it has been so friggin long since I actually updated this thing. Not that I haven’t been writing or anything, it’s just that between photos going missing and my devices messing up and losing some of the entries that I was working on, I really haven’t got a really well documented months worth of posts to upload. And since I have at least a months worth of my life missing I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep going with my 365 blog posts. Really, instead of making me more organized with my life, it was stressing me out that I had to remember to take a photo and think of something to write about every single day without fail. I think it would just have been easier to do a photo album. I don’t know if I will be able to do the 5 year diary that my mother is planning on doing, but at least I could try that without feeling that I have to entertain as well as document.

So what is news in the world of me? Since New Year I have met some of the most amazing people, and made so many new friends that I am going to be really happy to keep in my life from now on. I miss some of them already, if I’m being honest. Annabelle and Manami are both off doing more work, and I miss meeting up at Hudson’s and talking over coffee, or having a drink after dinner and watching YouTube videos together. I’m looking forward to seeing Annabelle in August when we both go to Manifest together.

Yes! I am definitely going to Manifest in Melbourne in August (16th – 18th). I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to be cosplaying over the three days, but I might be able to convince the people I’m going with to be Marauders with me, like I was at AI-Con this year. But that… that’s a story for a whole other blog post. So many things need to be said about AI-Con.

On a slightly related note, the university Anime and Manga Society has started hosting screenings, and I have made some really neat friends from it. It’s been a really fantastic experience. Especially since the woman who helps organize and run the screenings is part of a pagan gathering that meets every Tuesday at lunch time, which is one of my one-class days. I’m really looking forward to being a part of a pagan community again, as well as a Japan-loving community. Cosplaying is so much more fun when you do it with friends.

In any case, I guess what I really wanted to get at was that life has been pretty good, and that I will be updating a bit more frequently, but I will not be continuing the 365 blog posts that I started at the beginning of this year. Life is way too short, and way too full of assignments, to worry about writing something that might not even entertain anyone every day.

I’ll have a post up in a few days about AI-Con, the highlights and the lowlights. I will also have a post up summarizing everything that is in the surviving daily posts I managed to save over the last month. It will have lots of photos, so look out for it.

– Reillyn is AFK –

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