AnimeNext 2011 Thoughts/Reviews/Ramblings

Well, another AnimeNext in New Jersey has come and gone, and the Otaku who visited have bid Somerset another goodbye. As is the case with last year, I stayed at the Staybridge Suites, and it's still the best per dollar value stay at the convention. My group went from Thursday to Sunday and it was worth every dollar including the Free Breakfast every day.

But food isn't everything. To the con itself. The weather is an uncontrollable factor and I think it helped make things seem a little more crowded. Despite that, all of the con-goers and assorted rabble were great. Staff has improved, and the people cosplaying were very gracious with stopping for pictures. Mr. T and Deadpool were definite highlights. I personally, cosplayed (big surprise) as Barf and had a blast and was flattered by anyone who wanted to take a picture of me and my dopey wig. :P

There are some things the convention can improve upon though however. Perhaps in part due to the weather, but certainly due to the fact that the con is growing by leaps and bounds yearly, the Doubletree/GSEC are starting to seem a bit cramped and crowded every year. It was kind of tough to get around on some occasions. A good example is the fact that they moved the Artist's Alley in order to make it bigger, and it still was packed. The Dealer's room got smaller, but didn't feel any smaller. Crowding is to be expected in there. The declining size of the Dealer's Room likely has more to do with the state of the economy. I can imagine alot of vendors needing to tighten their belts a bit.

As I said, though, the Con is definitely growing. This was the reason it was decided to move away from the Meadowlands a few years back, and I think it's going to be time for Con Staff to explore a larger venue again soon. The thing is, where else in Jersey, is there for them to go?

Now, that said, the people, the panels, the Cosplay Burlesque show, and many other things including the Fanboy Soze fanfilm were all epic and I can't wait until next year.

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I uploaded most of them to photobucket. :) Here you go. Barf's AnimeNext Photos.

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I'm so glad there are Cons for people to go to... because maybe they will stop going to E3 and making my job that much harder to do.

Nice recap. If you have any pics, I'd love to see them!

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