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I went to AnimeCon 2013 alone. I did meet some new people in the end but it was pretty boring being alone there..
So I decided not to go to AnimeCon 2014 since I didn't want to go alone again.
FYI I do have friends, just no otaku-friends :3
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KasperAnime wrote:

I went to AnimeCon 2013 alone. I did meet some new people in the end but it was pretty boring being alone there..
So I decided not to go to AnimeCon 2014 since I didn't want to go alone again.
FYI I do have friends, just no otaku-friends :3


Its hard not having otaku friends to do things with. I have been to a few cons with friends and a few without, both have their advantages. Our Sakura Con group has grown to 4+people on any given day, it makes it difficult to do anything, as everyone wants to do something different.
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Posted 10/23/14

lewisl1 wrote:


KasperAnime wrote:

I went to AnimeCon 2013 alone. I did meet some new people in the end but it was pretty boring being alone there..
So I decided not to go to AnimeCon 2014 since I didn't want to go alone again.
FYI I do have friends, just no otaku-friends :3


Its hard not having otaku friends to do things with. I have been to a few cons with friends and a few without, both have their advantages. Our Sakura Con group has grown to 4+people on any given day, it makes it difficult to do anything, as everyone wants to do something different.


Yeah, I understand. I was free to be able to do what I wanted on that day but it was my first con so I didn't really have a plan or something.

I do plan to go to AnimeCon 2015, probably with people I met on forums/Twitter. It'll be awesome if that happens.
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ive been to a few wondercons back when it was still in SF and always went with friends. decided to check out my first anime con in oakland and went solo. honestly it was a great idea in my head until i actually got there, i was a bit overwhelmed from everything since i didnt know what to expect. i guess it didnt help that i also went pretty high lol which made me more anti-social. i ended up walking around like 5-6 times within an hour and ended up leaving. I did have a purpose of going which was to talk to the artists to get some commissioned work done, but other than that i was pretty much just looking for merchandise to buy as an excuse to stay longer.

i did have friends that were interested in going with me but they werent super big on anime and i didnt want to spend a short time with them since i had to leave by the afternoon anyways. I felt like if i were to go with friends, i would have needed to make a whole day out of it by checking out other stuff in the city and going eat out or something. Also since i needed to talk to artists for commissioned work, i felt like my friends would have just been standing around waiting for me.

i want to give anime cons another chance, i figure i need to check out something bigger so im just waiting for fanime in San Jose and anime expo in LA. talked to my other friends who are more into anime and they are actually down to make a trip out of it
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TBH, Fanime hasn't been good since 2011.

If you're going solely for the music act, you'll like Fanime. They always get a good act...well, with the exception of 2013 when their big act fell through and they were left with nothing. If you go for other reasons, I'd suggest Animazement instead. Happens the same weekend, but in NC.

I used to be a loyal Fanime attendee. But 2012 was such a massive disappointment as their animation guests solely consisted of Kia Asamiya and Mamoru Yokota (who had been at Fanime every year since 2010). It frustrated me that, in NC, the guest list was so much better. When Fanime couldn't get their act together in 2013, I booked a trip to NC and attended Animazement. Went back in 2014. What I love about Animazement is, unlike Fanime, they don't wait until 1 month before the con to announce their guests. Animazement tells you months ahead of time.
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Posted 11/5/14
SacAnime last year...only went there to get Gaia Online achievement which I didn't get after all since they left a couple of mins early.
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I tend to attend the convention with friends, but I also tend to roam on my own. When I first started going to conventions, I kept with friends and went to what they wanted to go since I had no interest in panels. When I started to participate in cosplay groups, it was the same with photoshoots.

Lately, I don't mind attending a convention by myself. I already go to a lot of social places on my own, new clubs, movie premieres, etc. It's a great opportunity to reach out to new people. It helps that I staff for conventions so I have my schedule. During my free time, I would roam the place alone and other free times, I would meet up with friends.

Once, at a convention I didn't staff, I was in a cosplay group, but we parted at some point because we had our own schedule so I got to explore. It was my first time to that particular convention so it was fun because I got go to booths and panels that sounded interesting to me. And when I am feel like being social, I can always call and meet up with a friend and see what they are doing.

If you are comfortable with going alone, then go ahead.

I once staffed at a small convention and I have met quite a few people who attended the convention by themselves. Some came from far places alone to attend due to distance and interest. It's pretty much about comfort.
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