I was a bit underwhelmed at this year’s Sakuracon, but I’m not exactly sure why. I think it’s because I usually go for the costumes and my standards are now higher due to working on the monster hunter armor. Or because I was listless from coming down with what I will dub the “Sakuracon plague” from not sleeping properly for a week: runny nose, constant sneezing, coughing, FATIGUE. My friend’s outfit still came out AWESOME though.
As a side note, I find that costume-making is incredibly creative and geek/nerd culture is naturally exuberant. You have people wanting to share their excitement with other enthusiasts, something that they aren’t able to at home/school/daily life. The energy level is intoxicating as you wander around, watching people enjoy themselves. And fairly safe since volunteers and security officers are peppered throughout the convention.
Yet I see a lot of revulsion and, well, fear from the general populace in response to conventions. A comment from one of my cousins was “i am very confused but still kinda wondering if this is intended for small children or hermits who never leave their own bedroom.” And while part of it is true, I was shocked because I had a lot of fun and I’m not terribly hermitic/socially awkward. It’s not terribly different from being enthusiastic at socially-sanctioned sporting events or Disneyland. Heck, my adult friends still love going to Disneyland and taking pictures with characters. Except that the characters at convention have MADE THEIR OWN COSTUMES. They aren’t getting paid to do this. They enjoy the whole process. Costumers/cosplayers aren’t hurting people or rioting. Most of them are girls! And hey, isn’t the world is better for having people who enjoy creating costumes, artwork, music, friendship?
Ok, sorry about the rant. I’m going to chalk it up to “fear of the unknown” and “not wanting to expend the effort to understand.” I know it’s not for everyone, but you can’t tell me that the costumes below aren’t cool and out of the ordinary:
That said, I’m going to be hypocritical here since I’m still trying to find it it my heart to not despise furries. There were an awful lot of furries at this year’s Sakuracon. On Saturday, much to our chagrin, my friends and I found ourselves in the midst of a furry parade. D: Sill, I’m trying to listen to XKCD and not turn into the furry inquisition. They’re costumers too and there was cool snow leopard one….
So I guess I still had a fun time. And hey, we got to try on this headband where the ears respond to your brain waves. Oh, Japan…