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Hey!

Didn't see anything for the convention this year on here so I thought I'd start this. Anyone planning on attending this year?

I posted this in the "General Discussion" forum by accident so please ignore that topic!
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I'm planning on attending this year! Traveling from the West coast (BC). It'll be my first time attending this year. Any tips?
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FantasyMaiden wrote:

I'm planning on attending this year! Traveling from the West coast (BC). It'll be my first time attending this year. Any tips?


Yep. Here's some tips and hopefully they'll help,

- Make sure to know when the photoshoot times are if you're interesting. You don't need to show super early, 10-20 minutes is a good waiting time.
- If you're wanting to show up for panels of over hyped shows, BE THERE EARLIER THAN 30 MINUTES. Some panels get busier than others.
- I highly recommend the airport breakfest if want to cheap breakfest (Food gets expensive).
- Bring a good amount of cash, most places don't accept debit and ATM lines are long.
- ALWAYS BUY MANGA ON THE FINAL DAY. You better deals since most dealers don't wanna carry the inventory back with them.
- Plus keep a Program Book on you. It's useful knowing when events are and maps out the dealer room.

Honestly don't be afraid to talk to people! They all love anime like you do I've made some great friends from NYC.
Enjoy yourself is the most important part!

I always liked the late night games, name that anime tune event, and rave are pretty fun events.
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Anime North is perhaps my favorite con, mainly because literally all my friends and I meet up here, I have 2 rooms booked at Sheraton, hope to see some of you!

if anyone is interested in after party (usually after the con rave) let me know. good chance I will throw one if one of my fellow friends do not.

tips: HMM like guy above said show up really early for some of the panels, do not be afraid to talk to people, that what everyone is here for XD

Bring water, trust me.

I forget the name, but there is a nice sushi place if you do not mind the walk.

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Thanks for the advice. This convention will be my first time cosplaying. it will also be my first convention going alone. And my first time in Canada. im really looking forward to it.
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This will be my first time going as well!

Also a few questions:

- does some the the internet streamers have booths/panels (Crunchy, Funimation, Roosterteeth (love RWBY) )?
- how much would a series of manga cost be. For example if I wanted to buy the fairy tail manga (or would it be best to wait until series end?)
- can you exit and leave the con? if so recommended food places?
- what can you do if you do not know people going and you do not have a "line-buddy" (or are those discouraged)
- I have another commitment I do not want to miss on the Sunday until 3pm downtown Toronto and have a weekend pass. would it be worth it to be there from like 4 or 4:30 until close on the last day? I will be thee anyways form Friday afternoon until Saturday anyways...
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Posted 4/7/16 , edited 4/7/16

jtesolin wrote:

This will be my first time going as well!

Also a few questions:

- does some the the internet streamers have booths/panels (Crunchy, Funimation, Roosterteeth (love RWBY) )?
- how much would a series of manga cost be. For example if I wanted to buy the fairy tail manga (or would it be best to wait until series end?)
- can you exit and leave the con? if so recommended food places?
- what can you do if you do not know people going and you do not have a "line-buddy" (or are those discouraged)
- I have another commitment I do not want to miss on the Sunday until 3pm downtown Toronto and have a weekend pass. would it be worth it to be there from like 4 or 4:30 until close on the last day? I will be thee anyways form Friday afternoon until Saturday anyways...


- Crunchyroll always has a booth. I think Funimation does. I haven't seen a roosterteeth booth
- The prices of manga are sold in US prices, so they charge 9.99CAD (typically). Usually you can buy 5-6 and get 1-3 volumes free with most booths (You get better deals on Sunday).
- Yes you can leave and exit the con, to re-enter you show your con badge which is received on the day before the con or any day which the con is operating (Thrus to Sun)
- I recommend Montannas, Jack Astros, Air port grill and Tim Hortons for food (Or pack your own sandwiches, gets pretty expensive).
- There's really no buddy-line for buying merchandise. Maybe if you want to get signatures or food at the food truck, it usually helps.
(Sign up for the speed dating, maybe you might can meet someone)
- It's not worth being from from 4 to close (Unless you want dirt cheap artist goodies or for the auction house charity event that runs then).

I hope this answers all your questions and enjoy ~!


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jtesolin wrote:

This will be my first time going as well!

Also a few questions:

- does some the the internet streamers have booths/panels (Crunchy, Funimation, Roosterteeth (love RWBY) )?
- how much would a series of manga cost be. For example if I wanted to buy the fairy tail manga (or would it be best to wait until series end?)
- can you exit and leave the con? if so recommended food places?
- what can you do if you do not know people going and you do not have a "line-buddy" (or are those discouraged)
- I have another commitment I do not want to miss on the Sunday until 3pm downtown Toronto and have a weekend pass. would it be worth it to be there from like 4 or 4:30 until close on the last day? I will be thee anyways form Friday afternoon until Saturday anyways...


- Crunchyroll always has a booth. I think Funimation does. I haven't seen a roosterteeth booth
- The prices of manga are sold in US prices, so they charge 9.99CAD (typically). Usually you can buy 5-6 and get 1-3 volumes free with most booths (You get better deals on Sunday).
- Yes you can leave and exit the con, to re-enter you show your con badge which is received on the day before the con or any day which the con is operating (Thrus to Sun)
- I recommend Montannas, Jack Astros, Air port grill and Tim Hortons for food (Or pack your own sandwiches, gets pretty expensive).
- There's really no buddy-line for buying merchandise. Maybe if you want to get signatures or food at the food truck, it usually helps.
(Sign up for the speed dating, maybe you might can meet someone)
- It's not worth being from from 4 to close (Unless you want dirt cheap artist goodies or for the auction house charity event that runs then).

I hope this answers all your questions and enjoy ~!


Yes, thanks for answering!

Hmmm.... guess I will not be able to get the deals on Sunday.. oh well :)
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Posted 4/24/16
Hi folks, glad to see the interest every year for Anime North. This year the Toronto, Ontario, Canada convention has a lot in store. You can check it out at the main website at http://www.animenorth.com/live/ A lot has been updated including the guests that range from Japanese Voice Actresses from The [email protected] series to English Voice Actors of the original Sailor Moon series that aired on TV. There are also artists, cosplayers, musicians, fashion specialists, performers, Doll North makers and DJs just to name a few genres.

To answer and add to the replies above:

*Check that main site link and on the sidebar on the right you'll locate the Teahouse forums. There you can find topics ranging from Cosplay Photoshoot info to finding info on everything from hotels to events from both fans and staff.

*Check Guidebook if you got a smartphone or iPhone and look up Anime North 2016 on that app. That's handy in case you're more technologically proficient or don't have a Program Book with you handy at any moment.

*Sushi Dragon I believe is the place someone was trying to recall; it's right near the area where there's one of many Tim Horton's, the Milestone and Kelsey's. Harvey's can be very busy if affordable but now they extend late hours during the convention. Also keep an eye out as several food trucks tend to be on site that could be good for a snack or drink.

*For sales or deals too go on Friday to the Nominoichi which has fans selling their wares for cheap. Info's on the site at http://www.animenorth.com/live/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=613&Itemid=118

*And yes most of all meet new people! The gaming area has tons of gamers who you might also get Nintendo 3DS Streetpasses from. There are events from Speed Dating to the Dance and Rave for partying altogether. You can find an event with your interest and go to it for like-minded fans too.

As every year I attend I'll be doing a post-convention report here. Do have fun and maybe will see you there at the many events like The 404s Anime Improv Comedy shows, the Great Canadian Wrestling Anime Pro Wrestling shows, and much more!
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Posted 5/16/16

Daisuki-Suki wrote:


FantasyMaiden wrote:

I'm planning on attending this year! Traveling from the West coast (BC). It'll be my first time attending this year. Any tips?


Yep. Here's some tips and hopefully they'll help,

- Make sure to know when the photoshoot times are if you're interesting. You don't need to show super early, 10-20 minutes is a good waiting time.
- If you're wanting to show up for panels of over hyped shows, BE THERE EARLIER THAN 30 MINUTES. Some panels get busier than others.
- I highly recommend the airport breakfest if want to cheap breakfest (Food gets expensive).
- Bring a good amount of cash, most places don't accept debit and ATM lines are long.
- ALWAYS BUY MANGA ON THE FINAL DAY. You better deals since most dealers don't wanna carry the inventory back with them.
- Plus keep a Program Book on you. It's useful knowing when events are and maps out the dealer room.

Honestly don't be afraid to talk to people! They all love anime like you do I've made some great friends from NYC.
Enjoy yourself is the most important part!

I always liked the late night games, name that anime tune event, and rave are pretty fun events.



THANK YOU~!!! <3

Can't believe it's in 2 weeks~! Those tips are super helpful
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I'll be going! This will be my 5th or 6th year, I think :3
But yes, carrying around water is a definite must, and having cash prepared before the con is your better bet to not waste time in long line ups for the ATM.
I believe the pocket book should have an app that becomes available a few days/a week before the con weekend, so if you forget the physical book, there's always the app. I'd search animenorth.com for it, but I'm pretty sure the apps' called Guidebook or something along those lines.
I think I'm staying at the Marriott or the Holiday Inn closer to the airport this year, so it'd be cool to meet some people.

Hopefully we get brilliant weather this year~
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I'm coming for my...third round...this year! Since homework is a thing, I can only go on Saturday. I'll be with two cousins and one of them is bringing friends. Whee. XD I should be wearing a uniform from Aikatsu for the second time, if it still fits :/ We're from the GTA so no troubles getting there for them - except I'm busing it from Waterloo.
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Hello folks! To update and answer some more questions since my last post:

*The Pocket Program is now up at http://www.animenorth.com/an16/an2016pocketbook.pdf as a PDF download. It's under 60 pages and will be a printed copy with your badge bag but in case you want to plan ahead it's there!

*Lots of social media is available now to see what's going on, from the main Twitter account for the convention at http://twitter.com/#!/anime_north/ to some events like The 404s Improv Comedy shows having their own videos like this primer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6GaTtgy-60

As always check the main website for more guest updates and some new policy info like on Autographs from Guests at http://www.animenorth.com/live/

*Having your own water is best especially between buildings. Inside buildings there will also be free water jugs with cups for everyone as well.

*Some fans on their Teahouse discussion board have a thread about Weather Updates if you wish to check at http://teahousemaplemoon.proboards.com/thread/2293/2016-weather-thread

I've personally have been coming to Anime North for just over 12 years now. Whether you're coming for a day or the weekend, with friends or on your own, there's plenty to see and do so have an awesome time as it's now a week away!
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Posted 5/20/16 , edited 5/24/16

trigunkwan wrote:

I've personally have been coming to Anime North for just over 12 years now. Whether you're coming for a day or the weekend, with friends or on your own, there's plenty to see and do so have an awesome time as it's now a week away!


dude that's awesome, me too. i think this is year 13 for me, totally excited. the panels look way better than last year [yet last year was probably one of the best for my friends and i. it's strange, we all rank it high, but there were only 2 panels we went to]


tips for enjoying the con imo include:

plan ahead the schedule is up right now if you want to scout out a panel schedule and get a feel for the cons layout. you should also make a budget including food for the three days. you should also make a list of things you'll need to pack like the tickets, photo id, credit card and/or hotel confirmation number, money, cosplay, extra clothes, patch kit, first aid, soap/deoderant/ toothbrush, and anything else you feel you would need.
5-2-1 rule 5 hours of consecutive sleep [not sitting in a panel room dozing] at least 2 meals, and at least 1 shower per day. i cannot stress the shower enough. if you're one of those people who camp [i've seen it] ask someone to borrow their shower, or do a quick wash in a sink [and bring deodorant and perfume, you will smell even if you can't tell]
bring a water bottle thankfully there's refiling stations in every building of anime north. unfortunately there isn't any outside, couple that with whatever the temperature is, the distance travelled and the cosplay, and you'll get thirsty more than once and be nowhere near a water station. take a good water bottle [make sure it closes tightly. one year mine opened and soaked my digimon cards] make sure you take a drink every 30 minutes to stay hydrated.
budget for food and/or bring food and by food, i'm not talking instant ramen and pockey. it may fit the theme of Anime North, but you'll get sick. try bringing some fruit and various foods that have vitamins, are filling, and are't all processed sugar snacks and energy drinks.
don't carry all your cash try to divide it up for the 3 days of the con, so you don't blow all your money on the friday. it's also a nice gesture to have some 5$ and 10$ bills so the dealers have change. be sure to also shop around. unless you absolutely know something is going to sell out or is so rare you can't find it anywhere, try and do a circle of the dealers room and compare prices. while haggling isn't as big as it once was, you could try asking for 5$ off [don't go crazy, they need to make a profit and there's already deals like US price, no tax, and buy 4 get the 5 free sales some booths do]
patch kit and first aid for those cosplayers try bringing some string, needle, scissors, hot glue, and extra fabric for patch work for your cosplay. everyone should have a bag with bandaids, pain medicine, sunscreen, sun burn gel, and anti bacterial soap. there is first aid in the TCC as well as the cosplay doctor, but it's a wise thing to have for minor cuts and scrapes.
ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!!! while planning your perfect convention is good, be flexible, meet new friends, go to random photoshoots, check out other panels, or just sit in a dub room and relax. so many fun things have happened to me while i was just relaxing. one time i was reading a manga and 3 random girls walked up to me and we went to a Heltaia photoshoop. it was so much fun!

anyway, i hope to see you guys, come over and say hi if you see me, i'm cosplaying Popula from Wagnaria!!! and you'll know it's me because i always take my Gabumon plushie with me. [i should also have my 3DS with me, and my Mii is also named Nekoshema]
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Great advice everyone!

The convention starts officially tomorrow. If you come to The 404s Anime Improv Comedy shows do drop by and say hi and enjoy the shows!

Crunchyroll will have some panels too! On Saturday and Sunday they got a few in the International Plaza Hotel's Video Room 1, with stuff about the industry and more! Check the program book you get or the PDF file at http://www.animenorth.com/an16/an2016pocketbook.pdf or get the Guidebook app at https://guidebook.com/guide/67317/

Safe travels to all and enjoy the weekend in Toronto!
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