OUTSIDE ADVENTURES: ANIME NORTH (AND WHAT TO EXPECT FOR NEXT TIME)

My partner and I went to Anime North 2016 and I had a less than pleasant experience. Seeing everyone cosplaying and meeting my favourite ar...

My partner and I went to Anime North 2016 and I had a less than pleasant experience. Seeing everyone cosplaying and meeting my favourite artists were both pretty rad, but the general experience of the event was actually kind of disheartening. The staff was strangely rude, dismissive, and aggressive -in how they answered the con-goers' queries, how they asked people to go towards certain places to open up areas for accessibility, that sort of stuff. It was almost like they were specifically trained to be that way, and it bothered me a lot because there's a way to be authoritative without being aggressive. There were a few other things Anime North-specific, and non, but I would rather not have to relive those memories.

If you've ever thought of going to Anime North, here are a few things to expect:
  • Wear sunscreen. A lot of it. Douse yourself in SPF50+ for you will burn.
  • Don't be shy to ask cosplayers for a photo, 
  • and if you're cosplaying (and you're doing it really well), expect people to ask you for a photo.
  • Attend the photoshoots, especially for your cosplay. (They provide you a booklet with the schedule). The shoots are a really fun way to meet people.
  • Bring a lot of snacks and if you can, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day. Grabbing food from the surrounding restaurants and fast food places will be arduous as you, along with thousands of other people, will be waiting in line for rushed orders.
  • Bring as much water as you can. Refill stations are very scarce and empty out very quickly.
  • Look up the panels ahead of schedule and plan out which ones you'll want to attend. Some of the ones you'll want to attend happen in different buildings, some of which can be a good 25-30 minute walk from the Toronto Congress Centre.
  • Room with people you know, people whose living habits you can deal with for a night or two.
  • Drive there. As much as possible, please do not commute to the event.
  • If you have questions, you're better off asking one of the attendees than the staff.



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