This weekend Tim, Leo, Cam and I went to Boston, Massachusetts for the Anime Boston convention. On Friday we took a 5 1/2 hour long bus trip, leaving from the Burlington airport to South Station in the heart of Boston. After the long and exhausting bus ride we walked 3 miles to the Sheraton Hotel where Leo and I stayed, while Tim and Cam stayed across the street at the Hilton. The Anime Boston convention was held in the Hynes center, which is connected to a mall and the Sheraton.
The closer we got to the hotels, the more people we saw in cosplays (costumes). The inside of the Sheraton was packed with people checking in and registering for the con. After dealing with baggage storage we went to the convention. Every time we went into the convention center we had to go through a security check. Friday evening consisted of Subway sandwiches, visiting online friends, and sleeping. We got ready for dinner in our cosplays.
Saturday was the most hectic day at the con. Unfortunately for us, we woke up later than we wanted to. After rushing to get ready for the con and getting food from Dunkin Donuts, we immediately went to get into the con. The line was insanely long. At the time, security was only allowing people to go into the convention center through one door. The line snaked around the drop off area, all the way around the building, into the Sheraton, traveling through the hotel to the mall, and into the convention center.
At 11:00 other doors were opened and people waiting outside quickly got into the center. This was the day we spent most of our money saved up for the trip. There were many booths filled with anime and/or Japanese-based items. This included a giant plushie store!
I went as the character Karuta.
We bought clothing, plushies, key chains, accessories, and posters. Here are some of the cosplays we saw on Saturday:
Super Smash Bros – Bowser, Mario, and Luigi
Howl’s Moving Castle – Turnip Head, Howl, and Sophie
Star Wars – Jango and Boba Fett
Durarara – Kyohei, Shizuo, and Celty
Saturday evening we all went in onesies to see the anime “Erased.”
On Sunday we started out our day early so we could get to the convention center by 10:00. We said goodbye to online friends while we waited for the dealer room to open. We did a lot of last minute shopping because most things were on sale. This was Tim’s, Cam’s, and my first time to the Anime Boston convention. We were sad to leave the convention, but we know we’ll return for AB17.
~Tim, Leo, and Emma