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The second cosplay convention I attended this year was SMASH! which was held on the 9th and 10th of August at Rosehill Gardens. It was my first time staying overnight at a rental apartment with friends so that was fun to experience (besides not getting enough sleep haha). My eyes look even smaller when I have eyebags since I already have aegyo sal so my eyes look even smaller donn

The highlight of the convention this year was meeting Reika! :blood She’s a popular cosplayer from Japan, who has been a guest at many conventions around the world and this was her first time visiting Australia! She was interviewed by a local newspaper if you want to know more about her.

I really admire her, she looks amazing in her cosplays – she sews and does all the makeup herself, and I like the way she poses and looks in character in her photoshoots. I wish oneday I could reach that level but I don’t think it’ll ever go past a hobby stage for me. I think I already spend too much on it so I’m trying to limit myself next year, I miss spending on other things haha.

My friends and I cosplayed from Uta no Prince-sama.
Photo by Chris

I’m so glad we were able to get a group photo with her since people mainly got photos with her if you caught her wandering around or were in a group she likes and hung around after her autograph sessions :hearteye2 She’s really cute in person despite the type of characters she chooses to cosplay. Her voice sounds really nice!

I got my Ren postcard signed by her which was given to me a while back by a friend and she also gave me her coscard :deer The first thing I did when I entered the convention was to grab an autograph wristband and to buy a photobook from her stall haha. I currently have 3 photobooks of her.

     

B and I bought her some small treats from Happy Lab and our friends signed an board to give to her.

    

In addition to doing a group cosplay, we also performed a group skit! Basically there were 2 groups – the senpai/senior group – Quartet Night who danced Poison Kiss (warning: auto-play), and STARISH who did the ending song Maji Love 2000%  (warning: auto-play). I was in the latter group, as Syo Kurusu. We practised since April earlier year and as someone who doesn’t dance, it took me a while to get it all lol. I’m really uncoordinated despite doing gymnastics when I was younger. Thanks to my friends for being patient with me flopping around :chuuu

The only problem we experienced during the skit was that the stage was way smaller than we expected, so there were some mistakes during our skit. But everyone tried their best and had fun which is what matters the most! At least we know for next time :XD

We ended up getting Best Runner-Up skit but we missed the awards ceremony since we left earlier to line up for Reika’s autograph session and we were surprised that we even got anything since we just entered for fun. It was a nice surprise! :eheh

    

It was really nice being a part of a group cosplay, it’s my first time participating at one in a convention :hearteye2 I think it’s always cool to see a cast of characters being cosplayed because it’s like a completed set. I hope I have another chance next year to join my friends cosplaying again from the same series.

Photo by: Mukuroma

And that’s all for day 1! It was just mainly about Reika, posing for photos and practising the dance :happy2

On the 22nd of March I went to Animania – sadly it was their last event! I think it’s a great pity to see a convention stop after running, especially since it’s been around for over a decade. Personally I had an interesting time volunteering as one of their small section managers and gained various skills and experience which I know I’ll find useful to apply in different areas throughout my life.

Makoto – Danny | Haruka – Reika | Nitori – Me | Rin- knitemaya | Rei – Ayu | Nagisa – Izzy
Photo by Aoki

It was a last minute decision but I cosplayed as sailor Nitori from Free!. He doesn’t have an official version but it’s based off the official artwork. I actually wanted to cosplay as Nagisa in his swimmers and yellow Iwatobi tee, but I got swayed to join my friends who were also doing the sailor version lol.

Haruka only thinks of water

A super big thank you to Ayu for sewing my outfit! She kindly sewed my sailor top and hat.

Here’s a quick run down of my outfit:

    • the striped tank top for $5 from Cotton On
    • white pants for $20 from Target
    • skinny black suspenders for $6 from Jay Jays (yay student discount!)
    • shoes – navy striped TOMS which I bought previously
    • blue material was $20 for 2 metres at Lincraft

It’s my first time buying the materials and other items locally so it was interesting (and annoying!) trying to hunt for the perfect items to suit my cosplay but I got there in the end! Since it was last minute I didn’t get time to put the blue lines on my pants though, I bought the pants the day before the con :buuu

I spent the most of the day outside and taking photos with friends. The weather was so hot and humid lol, Sydney’s weather has been either pretty hot or windy and rainy so far this year :shock This is actually my first time wearing a short sleeved cosplay so I thought I would be fine but I still sweating and boiling!

Here are some cheki shots which I took :teehee  I always bring my instax camera out with me whenever there’s social gathering. It’s a fun way to make precious memories.

Nowadays I spend like 80% of conventions just chatting and catching up with friends, so I actually don’t experience much of the con haha so I guess this isn’t really a con report :3seal I probably should do something about it but to me cons have always been about socialising. I usually don’t follow most of the guests that come to Sydney and buy most of my merchandise online.

And to end this post here’s a vid of what usually happens when I meet up with friends. Just a warning there’s a lot of random things going on :kaohuhu

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