You would think you would mature by now
Surely an adult should know how to control themselves at an anime convention. Apparently not. I was recognized at a convention by some old friends, two very kind twin sisters I will call Aradia and Alfred due to them cosplaying those characters. I ended up spending a majority of my day with them; it all went well, until a certain Germany cosplayer approached us with her posse in the lobby, we will call her Ludwig.
She didn’t bother to excuse herself, interrupting our conversation looking rather angry and asking if we had seen a cosplayer wearing a “shitty”, “crummy” black wig. She made it clear that she wanted to give them a piece of her mind. I could tell just by watching that Aradia and Alfred felt uncomfortable around her and her group.
Later that evening we were checking the rave room, and when we walked out Ludwig was there with her posse. She saw us, and I think this was an attempt to be in character, but she pulled out a prop gun and acted as if she loaded it. She set her full attention on Alfred, screaming “AMERICA!” and pointing the gun straight at her. Her group cheered and chanted insults such as “IM GOING TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE ALFRED!”. Aradia was horrified as she quickly hurried us both out of the hallway back to the lobby. Fake or not, we were astonished that someone would have the nerve to pull a gun out and threaten someone with it, and not ONE person stepped in to stop her, and the fact that she was cheered on was terrible. I still sit here thinking why a group of full grown women would think it would be funny to suddenly target and threaten a child at a convention. They might have thought that is was a joke or “in character” but this was neither funny nor cute. Please try and control yourself please, you reached the age where it should be essentia.
Another Hetalia Story.
Recently, I went to Anime Expo 2013 because it was The Doctor (my boyfriend)’s first big convention. Friday went off without a hitch and had no problems and we had a lot of fun. However, Saturday was a completely different story. Day three The Doctor and myself decided to cosplay Hetalia, him cosplaying Austria and I cosplayed 2p!Fem!Russia. While I was having a conversation with another cosplayer a Sealand walked by and stepped on my my DS, the food I was eating, and almost stepped on my hat. She left without apologizing. Not even 10 minutes later I notice her throwing a beanie baby at a Germany cosplayer (she threw it pretty hard) and said “Hey Germany, HEIL HITLER.” This incident made me want to swear off cosplaying Hetalia for a while.
Cosplay isn’t consent, yo.
So I’ve hear constant con horror stories, and I was really afraid to go to one. I finally went with my younger sister, and we were having a good time. My sister like Black Butler so she cosplayed Ciel and I did Alois. We are both short so it worked pretty well, and we were getting nice compliments UNTIL a creeper shows up.
He was probably 24, and I am 17. I ignored him as he followed us and led my sister to a busier part of the con, out in the open. I was talking to another Black Butler cosplayer, when the same guy comes up and starts talking to my sister (she is 13). I pulled her around to the other side of me so she wouldn’t be sitting so close to him, and he gets up and MOVES so he can sit next to her. I made the mistake of pulling my sister onto my lap to keep her away from him, too which he said “ooh a little boy x boy action?”
I almost gagged. Yes, I like yaoi, but she is my sister and she is 13. I am still underaged as well. My sister turns bright red and starts to get teary eyed and nervous. The other cosplayer pushes him away, and sit next to me so he can’t. He leaves and I continue having a conversation with my sister, and the cosplayer, to calm things down.
We soon leave and go to the dealer room. We see him there and try to avoid him, but he see’s us and tries to follow us again. I put my sister in front of me, and he is basically grinding on me. I turned around and glared at him and said “we are under aged and I told you to stop already.” he responded “thats okay I like shotas.”
I grabbed my sister and ran out of the area, and reported him to the staff. I still don’t know if they caught him or not, but cosplayers PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS. If anyone, and I mean ANYONE touches you or makes comments at you after you’ve told them you aren’t interested, please report them right away. My sister is now 15, she’s all well and safe, and so am I. Don’t let this discourage you from cons, though! And remember, buddy system!
Crazy Fangirl Desu [ tw: sexual harassment, slurs ]
When I was in 7th grade, I only had a few friends and was extremely shy. I was secretly into anime and manga, and only had one other friend, N, who watched anime. N and I were sitting in the school library in the morning talking about Ouran High School Host Club when this girl decked out in a neon green tutu, a black t-shirt advertising some J-rock band and rainbow leggings walks over.
Before I start, you need to know a bit about me. Even though I’m a Chinese through and through, my surname was one of the rarer ones which sounded a lot like a Japanese word. Hence I’ve had my fair share of people assuming as such.
Classes just changed and there was this new student. He wasn’t shy of letting known his interests in anime and all things otaku, and openly shared it with everyone. It was long before he started spouting nonsense. One of which was how he was of mixed race, and was 1/8 Japanese. No one bought it, but someone had to mention me.
Almost immediately when he heard of my name, he’d started acting aggressive towards me. Every time we’d come across each other he’d give a angry glare at me. Things got more serious when he would approach me and challenge my knowledge on all things Japanese. Slowly it picked at my patience.
The last straw came when he’d loudly and publicly mocked me for my name, claiming “You’re not a real Japanese, I’d bet you’d change your name just to feel like one!”
I snapped back at him “Well excuse me?! I don’t remember giving you permission to criticize my name. At least some people don’t even need to pretend being an Asian! Mixed-Japanese my ass…” The whole class applauded at the moment (he wasn’t well liked). Upset and humiliated, he stormed out the class.
Thankfully after that, he’d started missing classes and eventually we were told he transferred out to another school. We were glad to see him gone. Good riddance.
College Student Oddities
Apparently some people never grow out of their weeb phase. Even in a senior-level class of a State University.
I’m going to call this particular classmate of mine “V” rather than his full name. V is in the same major program as me, Technical and Professional Writing and Editing. Sounds like a mouthful, right? One that we have to act and write professionally for, right? Apparently not.
Dave, My (unlikely) Hero
This year I went to my first con. It was an amazing experience and I wish I had more time to go. We went on Saturday only, just for a day. I had scraped together my money to by a cosplay. It was Egypt, one of my favorite Hetalia characters.
I will say one thing, I am short, very much so, and at the convention, I told my parents I wanted to explore on my own. They agreed, so I went to explore, I stopped by Artist’s Alley and was looking around when someone tapped my shoulder. It was a girl.
I see London, I see France [ tw: assualt ]
I have always loved French culture; the language, the food, the art, ad architecture. I also happen to have very blonde hair and very blue eyes.. consequently I make a pretty good France. There is quite the stigma surrounding France cosplayers I’m afraid.. but let me assure you that I have never groped or made unwanted contact with someone else.
One day this went too far. At my second ever con i made some additions to my cosplay, including spandex and fake handcuffs for humorous purposes only. On the second night however I was with a group of people i considered friends. I was using my accent putting on the ct and i had my handcuffs. Suddenly several of then tackled and restrained me taking the handcuffs and securing my arms behind my back. Though shaken i laughed along and a small crowd of con-goers gathered.
then one of the girls asked if i was wearing my spandex.. when I responded “yes” she immediately pulled down my pants. I was very panicky at this point and begging them to stop while con-goers cheered, laughed took pictures, and even filmed the event. Derogatory comments were made as if I was still in character.
Is it really so hard to differentiate between ME and the character I choose to portray? Beneath the cosplay there is a person. It takes a long time to recover from public humiliation.. I can tell you that much. All I can do is implore readers to respect others for the person they are BENEATH the costume.
The Con Creeper
Okay, back in March 2012, I went to a con with my best friend. Let’s call him Matt. Matt and I were both cosplaying as characters from Persona 4. I was Yukiko while he was Souji. Now we were at this one panel and while we were waiting for it to start, a man who was probably around 35 or something sat next to me. He recognized our characters and started talking to us. I’ll name him James.
We were polite and held a conversation with him….Then it got uncomfortable. He started talking about how Yukiko was his favorite girl and he always finished her social link first and was very attracted to her. James then told us about his rule 34 collection. He THEN told us about how he really regrets forgetting his camera and called me “kawaii” and “moe”. Matt and I left as soon as we could…but James followed us around the con… We eventually lost him in the dealer room and we both hope we never see him again.