As a person who has started attending anime conventions with a massive destination convention like Anime Expo, a smaller con was a foreign concept. I went to my first small convention and was disappointed because I was merely expecting a smaller version of large mega-convention like Anime Expo. My mindset about smaller conventions changed when I attended Anime Los Angeles in 2010. I had such a great experience that I have started to expand the conventions I attend every year to include large and small conventions. Small issues aside, the convention was another memorable experience to remember.
|Can't get enough|
|Yes, Queen Esmereldas|
The convention definitely lives up to the reputation of creating a fan friendly experience. It was easy to navigate from location to location with signs posted everywhere. Water was easily accessible all over the venue. Looking at all the pictures of the cosplay photos posted around the con area makes me wish that I could have contributed some of my amazing photos from last year's Anime Los Angeles. From my experiences, the staff were very genial and helpful when I was trying to find the con suite for some snacks. The sum of it makes for a very pleasant, fan friendly experience.
Anime Los Angeles has a reputation of being one of the big party conventions. As I walked around the pool deck there was music blaring from a couple of hotel rooms. At random intervals people started dancing with each other and high fiving each other. Even your humble cosplay photographer and Anime Expo executive got invited to a couple of party rooms over the day (I turned them down due to the large number of photoshoots I was engaged in). As night fell I noticed many of my friends striking the delicate balance of enjoying the convention atmosphere and socializing. This is one of the greatest strengths of Anime Los Angeles, the size of the convention makes it easy to socialize and have fun. The con is a unique hybrid of anime convention and social gathering.
|My favorite anime from|
2011, Madoka Magica
As I did my long 70 minute drive back home, I marveled at just how great the day was. Over the course of the convention I met so many people and made so many friends, while strengthening the bonds of people I have known for a while. Aside from my two hit punch that tested the limits of my patience in the beginning, I had a wonderful experience. As one of the people who runs Anime Expo, I think that Anime Los Angeles is a perfect complimentary con since it is exactly 6 months after the last convention and 6 months before the next one. Anime Los Angeles is a great social con to meet new people and make friends, then you hang out with the friends you made at ALA in Anime Expo. ALA 2012 was a great experience and a wonderful way to start the New Year.