It has been too many years of con-hopping. This year was my big "Fushigi Yuugi" year. All my friends that were going to Akon were going as FY characters. It was like... the height of it's popularity for me. It still wasn't commercialized, and fansubs had been in a whole ruckus over the whole "Central Anime" thing. It was actually at this con where they had a room to view the last batch of episodes (Episodes 33-52). Hell, even the OVAS weren't out in Japan yet. This is how fresh the series was. Anyway... I did my hair purple and I was ready to go! This trip I drove in with James and Kyo again. This time we actually did an INTELLIGENT thing and stopped at a motel for one night. Funny thing, while probably around... somewhere in Arizona. We go to change the tire and the jack that CAME WITH THE TRUCK was too big to fit under the truck. So James tried to lift his truck, and Kyo put the jack under the small area on the frame of the truck so it would properly lift it. Then after we tried to bring up the truck, we took of the ripped up tire. We go to put the spare on and sure enough, it wasn't FAR enough off the ground to actually put the tire back on. This was difficult, the jack wouldn't go any higher and no one was stopping to help. Eventually one of the guys did lift the truck up high enough to put the tire on. I think that was the only time I wished that I had Nuriko's "Super strength". We eventually got out of that situation. Picture credits go to Shana and Lucinda. Not sure on the rest though, I know there is one also by Dave (Tamahome in the pics).
I remember the first day of the con. I ran into Mike Young, said hi and stuff. He stated that the Memphis girls were lurking about. Then Shana was lead to me while I was in the registration line and she was like "Val!" and glomped onto me. I had met Shana before through another situation entirely, but we were all friends. I eventually was introduced to the others. With everyone from online having designated costumes - it was quite fortunate that we had a pretty solid cast. Me as Nuriko, Aya as Miaka, Dave as Tamahome, Joe as Nakago, Another Joe as Chichiri, Mike as Tasuki, Kevin as Mitsukake, Jenson as Hotohori, and then we put Amanda in a cute little chinese outfit and made her get on her knees to be Chiriko ;p Haha.
- Saturday -
Kevin, Amanda, and Regan chilling in the room.
I can't really recall too much from this day. It was just so hectic! We went to Walmart to pick up some last minute sewing supplies and items for the cosplay. Mind you, we went IN COSTUME.... Here's a few conversations and how they happened:
Amanda (Not in costume): Hey Connie (Aya), Did
you see how that security guard looked at you?
Aya dressed as Miaka: Huh? I didn't notice, I was looking at the Cheese Balls.
--- Later while at the mcdonalds inside the walmart ---
Shana: Die die die!
Me: You want your Tamagotchi to die? You just got it.
Shana: I don't like what it evolved into. You hear that honey? You're adopted!
Later on in the night, I went to the FY room to watch the rest of the series. I remember at a really emotional part (Not gonna spoil it for ya) Amanda ended up grabbing onto John Biles and cried for like... 20 minutes straight. Then John had to go. I moved over to be closer to the tv and she glomped onto me! @_@; I remember spotting Lucinda in the room for a few episodes. Then Amanda called Tasuki (the character) a spaz, and then Mark (Dressed as Tasuki) smacked her upside the head with his fan ^_^;; Later, Lucinda left the room and Mark followed along. After the viewing of the series, I decided to wander around the halls a bit instead of sleeping and I ran into Mark, Lucinda and their friend with the video camera (we call him "Hotohori"). I sat and chatted with them for an hour or so. Then Hotohori says "Hey, let's take some pictures!" And so we all pose for a few pictures. After we start to head off for the evening (It was almost 5 am) I say "Hey, is there any way that I can get doubles?" She's like, "Sure, I'll get your info tomorrow." and we part ways.
Third day, and the shortest day. I scan the dealers room for a few things, but nothing was really of interest. I get dressed up for the wedding between Amy and Doc (Which I did receive an invitation to), but then was informed by Amanda that Regan had to be taken home early so we had to leave like... THEN. I could not stay for the wedding. I'm on my way out, with my bag, and suddenly I run into Lucinda (who is now out of costume). I say "OH! I need to give you my info!" And take a piece of paper, quickly jotting down my name and address. I leave thinking nothing of it. I ended up staying in Memphis for about a week after the convention. I think I still owe Amanda like $20 for the whole thing. Lots of non-con adventures there. But anyways... the best part about this story is 2 days after I had gotten home, I received a letter in the mail from a "Lucinda". I'm like "Lucinda? I don't know ANYONE named Lucinda.". I open the letter and sure enough... it's the photos from Akon. There was a nice letter in there saying hi and everything. You know, if a random person said "Hey! Here's my info, send me doubles!" I probably would have accidently lost the address and forgotten about that person, especially if I had only JUST met them that con. She truly set a very strong impression on me by being extremely cool at the con and in the end, I made a really great new friend. I didn't activly start talking to her again till later, but this is how we met ^_^