I visit the MondoCon in autumn 2013. This convention is each quarter of the year. Similary to the situation in Germany with the AnimagiC and AnimaniA is in backdrop of MondoCon the MONDO Magazin. The event location is the Hungexpo in Budapest. There are an extensive area with a small pond and many colonnades.
It is usual, for a convention, that fan exhibitors displaying products of her fandom for visitors. I have see a stand for Stargate and a feisty LARP group. The gamesroom was a separate hall. The visitors were very jollily. I was missing some chairs at stage area. Unfortunately the theatre style was only in a norrow area before the platform. There are a lot of cosplay contests with facinating performances. I like the idea that submissions of drawing contests will be shown to public at the event. The food was good, but the plastic dishes caused a lot of waste.
In my opinion is the MondoCon a well organized event in a suitable exhibition grounds. I would like to go back whein it’s warmer.
The Connichi can congratulate themselves on being the “biggest annual Anime- and Manga Convention in Germany”. It will take place in month of September. There are in Kassel a centrally located city in Europe.
In this year I visit this convention very spontaneous. It was a pleasure to meet Yaya Han and get an autograph from her for me. I was surprised to hear that she can speak in German language.
This convention have many merchandise stores but oriental stores too. I think that toe socks are nice however to put on clothes need much time. Howsoever I find a Daruma doll is a droll figure. This is just a small part of the Connichi. When you are there you see many cosplayer. On the lawn behind the building are very many of this people.
I am sorry to say but I didn’t really like this event. My problem with the Connichi is difficult to explan but I think the organizers relying on the quantity and make not really new things. I think the right word of this situation is “decadence”. For me personally, it’s important to do something new and undergo changes.
In August 2013 I visited the AniNite in Austria. This convention is the biggest event for Japanese popular culture there. In this year was the for the first time in Mulitversum near Vienna. This is a big multifunctional building for different events.
There are a lot of contest for exemple: greencat’s photo-challenge, several cosplay contests, Seiyū quiz, Pokémon tournament, Austrian otaku of the year. The way of functioning was very simple at the photo challenge. Every of the three convention days there is a theme that will be announced in the morning. The photo must be take on the day of the theme publication. A jury assessed the creativity, quality and implementation of the default themes of the pictures.
I had my pleasure at the AniNite 2013. The hamburgers were excellent but the Asian food was little bit bland. It were very hot days and that’s why I like the aircon. There are vastness in this building and I think this is a enormous potential for the future of this convention.
The Tokyo Melodic-Core / Japanese Anime Rock Band The Asterplace from Tokyo based in New York play in Frankfurt (Main) on their Sakura stream Germany tour 2013. They were on the event CosDay².