Anyway I went to the London MCM Expo this past weekend. Took the bus at like 4am in the morning to get to London. It actually was not very scary walking to the city bus centre alone as drunk students out clubbing were everywhere lol.
Getting there was easy peasy, I had already went to London a few weeks before with a friend and we familiarized ourselves with the Tube and all.
But as soon as I walked through the entrance though, I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY BY HOW MANY PEOPLE THERE WERE. Gosh, there were sooo many people everywhere, a lot more than I expected! The cosplayers were also gorgeous, I felt that the level of cosplay compared to back home was much higher. I wished my camera was a little better though, because I found that most my photos ended up being shoddy and useless. But yeah, lots of gorgeous cosplays, but I'll get to that some more later!
Luckily, I got my pass online so I skipped right by the queue and lucky me because the amount of people lining up was horrendous! Totally worth the extra fee otherwise I probably would've been in that line for hours.
Went straight around the Dealer's and stuff. While the dealer's booths still had their fair share of bootlegged items, there were also quite a few shops selling legit Asian goodies. And the best part was that there was something for everyone! Figures, games, western stuff, doujins, lolita wear, steam punk accessories, they even had several stands selling authentic Japanese food. I got myself a dorayaki...I was a little skeptical about getting one because they didn't look too enticing but oh wow, that stuff is actually delicious.
I also did a really quick tour around AA, and met Justicity and his friend there who were tabling there. (yeah, go Bionicle fans!) Afterwards, I went back to Dealer's to try to get something for my friend's birthday. Honestly, there was so much to see in the Dealer's, but it was really hard to get around. (Think Fan Expo crowds but worse)
Walked around some more, bought some things, chatted to some people. I picked up my friend's present, and also looked around the lolita stores and bought myself this dress which I'll probably never wear outside cons.
Also I bought this cute little dog plush, ahhhh it was seriously sitting there begging for me to take it home!
There was also a Konami booth there were they had YGO TCG demonstrations and apparently you could challenge one of the pros there?? (Although I didn't watch the duel because the table was swarmed with people) The sign said "CHALLENGE THE MASTER" in caps and I was trying to stifle my laughter because they put the sign on a cardboard cut out of Yuma. YUMA of all people, he is the WORST duelist ever.
I dropped in on one of their TCG demonstrations too, but I didn't learn anything that wasn't covered in the anime plus I only caught the last half of the demo anyway. (I am truly awful at card games, and yes I know the anime screws up the game mechanics so much) But I did get this goodie bag with Yuma and Astral on it so that was good!!
Then I bought some booster packs, creepily took some photos of the booth and left.
Anyway, the few cosplay photos that weren't awfully butchered:
Ryuk (Death Note) THIS MAN MADE AN AMAZING Ryuk!! (kdshfdkj he was so handsome) plus he was really tall and played him wonderfully.
Ashe and Lux (League of Legends) No idea who these two were from but their costumes were gorgeous!
BONTA-KUN!! (on a Trekkie's body lol) he was trying on the head to see if it was heavy or not.
Thief King Bakura One of the many YGO cosplays I took but the only one that didn't blur. ):
Actually, there were so. many. YGO cosplays. Clearly, England is a nation that enjoys its card games very much. (I mean geezus, I never got Konami setting up their own booths at my home cons.) I saw several Kaibas, Bakuras, and...Manjoumes? (LIKE WOAH, I DIDN'T KNOW PEOPLE LIKED HIM LET ALONE GX??)
The only big downside was that...there were no panels? Like wow, I have never been to a convention that didn't have panels which was disappointing because I really would've liked to attend some considering I don't usually have time to go to them! However, overall, the con was fun and enjoyable.
And that concludes my first ever out-of-country convention. I was going to head to ThoughtBubble as well but it turned out I accidentally booked my Paris flight that weekend. (Shoot! So close to making a record 5 cons in one year!) Anyway, l'm super busy again with assignments and tests but I hope everyone's doing well!