It’s never a happy fact to bring up, but summer is ending, which means the period of the year that sees the most otaku related convention activity will soon be over as well. So, let’s finish the con season by showing some appreciation to those who help make it so special for anime fans like us. We have had the rare privilege to sit down and talk to an experienced anime con show-woman. Though she wished to remain anonymous, Honey’s Anime can confirm that she is an experienced convention worker both as a maid in popup maid cafes and an instrumental member of convention fashion shows. So without further ado, let’s see what she had to say about these wonderful otaku events.
Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself?
When did you first get into anime/manga?
The manga obsession came after I discovered I could read it continuously online. Back then, I was 13 and didn't have coin to buy my own so I borrowed a lot from people or the library. I didn't even know there’s a word for what dressing up as an anime character until I watched a show (I forgot the title) every weekend and it basically tackled Japanese culture that focuses on the anime part. That's when I learned it’s called “cosplay.” For costume + play. Bits of the show taught Nihongo, featured cosplayers, and at the end, they would play a cartoon. So, 2008, good 'ol times.
On that note, do you have any commentary to offer on otaku culture in the Philippines vs in North America?
So, with that, what was your first con and how did you like it?
Tell us about your participation in convention fashion shows and the history there.
Also, I didn’t know what to do, so I just walked on the runway and took a selfie. That was so funny.
You probably fit the fashion show really well because you’re always dressing well.
And what is it you like about maids?
Can you please describe your favourite characteristics in an anime waifu?
Do you have any upcoming cosplay projects for us to look forward to?
And what about cosplays you’ve done so far? Which has been your favourite?
Are you following any anime airing this season?
And now the one everyone has been waiting for. What's your favourite anime of all time and why?
Muscled men who [love] to do vogue poses and [defeat] the bad guys who also [do] vogue poses and it’s manly as can be.
Well, although we may be seeing the end of this year’s con season, we can at least have this interesting look into the mind of a talented anime convention entertainer to hold us over until next year. Special thanks to J-chan for agreeing to this interview.
But what about you? Do you have any favourite hosts or events at your local anime conventions? Let us know in the comments below and stay posted to Honey’s Anime for more on anime and related conventions.