First off you should know that my birthday was also during this time peroid so I may be a little overly pink goggles because of it but I digress.
Anime Weekend Atlanta(which will be refered to as AWA from this moment on) is an anime convention held every year in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s one of the few conventions that I have been going to for a couple of years now.I think my first time going was like six or seven years ago.I even did my first cosplay there.
It is held in Cobb Galeria Centre,and it a moderate sized conventions,not the biggest anime convention in the country by no means, but it is one of the largest ones.It’s focus is….lol anime of course.
What can you do see?
There was no shortage of cosplayers.
Like if I were to be totally honest I’ve never went to a single AWA panel, why… well I’m just too busy doing stuff with my friends to ever make time for it… honestly…
First of all I am a bit biased by this because one of my besties works there.But this is one thing I’m gonna let you just experience on your own.These are based on maid cafes in Japan
Ok so, I’ve been to some massive dealer rooms before,and I gotta say I love AWA’s because it isn’t a huge convention.You’re probably wondering what that has to do with it.Well it’s not big like Dragon Con,which means that your average everyday Jane and John can afford to sell their awesome stuff there.Though there are a few people that have worked for the big 2,I feel like there are way more indie comic book artist at AWA. Also this festival is about anime which is done in Japan, so you get massive amounts of Japanese styled things.So much ramune. Other than ramune, pocky , green tea kitkats, along every other Japanese snack.
SECRET: Ramune the colorful drink in which you pop a marble into the drink to open it,it is not a super popular drink in Japan.Though conventions would try to convince you otherwise,while in Japan(Tokyo/Kyoto) I only saw one of those glass bottles being sold on the side of the road.Someone was selling them in a Styrofoam cooler along side other stuff.Now I did see Ramune in a Daiso store,but it was in a tin bottle,for just about a dollar.
Another thing that makes me happy is the amount of lolita clothing there.I do believe there are like four different booths dedicated to on of my favorite clothing styles.Too bad I can’t afford any of them.Now one thing I always look forward to at buying is Gundam(Gunpla) and Mecha Model Kits.Honestly I prefer non-gundam model kits.I managed to find two for my birthday.
Like at most conventions that I’ve been to there is always a couple of balls,raves,or other type of dancing.My problem with Dragon Con and AWA’s raves are that well after walking around all day .I refuse to stand 30 minutes just to get into a rave not knowing if i’m going to like it or not.So I snubbed the rave and went swing dancing for the first time with my friends.What I learned.
Well I learned that I’m not good at swing dancing.
Fifties dollars for two days jammed pack,and I have no regrets,Happy birthday me