Should've written this earlier, but here it is.
Anime Boston has come and gone. I had a great time, even though I was only able to go for Saturday and Sunday. I was a little anxious about this year, as I had a kinda crappy time last year. It had nothing to do with the con itself, but rather the people I had to deal with there. I started going to AB in 2010 with just my friend Jenn and my brother. Gradually, as we attended AB and other cons, we gained more people in our group. I thought this was great at first. But then the drama started. Now it's back to just me and Jenn (sadly my brother is no longer in my group, either). That's fine, though. However, the people who caused me distress were going to be at the con. I did see them a few times, and while I psyched myself up for weeks prior to the con with regards to this happening, telling myself I could handle it and be awesome--in the end I used ninja skills I didn't even know I had to avoid running in to them. Seriously, there was a moment where I saw certain people appear in the crowd in front of me, and I leapt behind a pillar XD I don't do well with confrontation (INFJ).
Anyhow, aside from these minor inconveniences (I did miss a panel for fear of running into people, but it wasn't a total loss), the con was awesome. Jenn and I managed to miss most of the lines and chaos. I finally attended the Masquerade (was AMAZING), and I went to more panels than usual. The Hatoful Boyfriend panel was my favorite. Very well done.
I liked the theme a lot (Team Kaiju!), and I enjoyed the QR battle thing they had going on. Hope they do it again next year (would totally work for Field Day). The bag check went much better than last year. I bought a bunch of stuff, most of it being gifts for other people. I enjoyed cosplaying as Makise Kurisu. I actually hope to bring her back next year.
I feel bad for the AB staff right now. I understand that there were some real issues with lines and security and stuff, and I don't blame people for being upset. But there is no need for them to be as nasty and abrasive as they're being on the forums. People aren't even trying to start out being polite; they're going into attack mode right away. Again, I understand that people had some major issues at the con; I would be upset if people yelled at me unnecessarily, too. But the AB staff have always been very kind and polite and helpful on the forums. People are expecting way too much from them too quickly. They are volunteers. They have jobs and lives. They had to stay at the convention site longer than we did in order to clean up. Not only that, they need to discuss the problems amongst themselves and the Hynes staff and the Prudential staff and probably many other people. This stuff takes time. The fact that they are responding this quickly at all is great in my opinion. There are steps that must be followed. We don't see what's happening behind the scenes. We need to give them some slack and stop going into attack mode.
Anyhow, just a little rant there.
Can't wait til next year. I have two friends who plan to come for the first time! I'm planning on cosplaying Belarus, Steampunk!Alice, and Makise Kurisu.
Counting the days...