Today, I stepped a little bit out of my comfort zone. For the past few years, I’d grown pretty used to attending comic conventions, with the occasional focused fandom convention scattered in there. Today was the first time I’d been to one centered around anime, Anime Impulse.

Honestly, it felt pretty ordinary. I mean that in a good way. The only thing slightly jarring had little to do with the con itself directly. I basically was partnered with, and occupied a hall along with a number of halls adjacent to it, with an Asian American expo. This meant there was a very solid presence of people of Asian descent. Also, it was the first convention I’ve been too that was more like an ordinary marketplace you find in nearly any major city. More like a cultural festival.

The anime area was more like what I’m used to, with artist areas, cosplayers doing meet-and-greets and signings, and even a stage for some panels. There was some pretty good art as well as fan art for sale from the vendors. I got quite a few stickers, mostly anime-related, with a few video game characters, as well as a print.

I think I’ll pick up a few more tomorrow as well as stick around for the the costume masquerade. Somehow, I missed some really good ones today, which I later spotted online.

I must say that this small taste of the anime con scene was pretty chill. I may go ahead and add a couple more anime cons into my rotation. This one being local to me was also a bonus. It’s going to be an interesting year with more cultural fun thrown into the mix.

Note: Post title was derived from this prompt:

Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!

There wasn’t music playing at the time so I launched iTunes and played the first track of the first “For You” playlist, Alternative Hits: 2002, which happened to be Toxicity, by System Of A Down. I love that tune, so I didn’t skip.

prompt source: Can’t Drive 55 | The Daily Post

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