It’s good to be able to have time to go to another anime convention. After missing the big 20th anniversary of Animethon last year, I was happy to be able to attend this year.
If you haven’t seen my previous posts on Animethon, here are some quick facts:
- It’s a 3-day convention held annually in Edmonton, Alberta.
- It’s the oldest anime convention in Canada that’s still going.
- It’s the largest anime convention in Western Canada.
One of the nice things about Animethon is that it’s probably the most over-looked anime convention by big companies, making it large while still maintaining a close-knit community feel. I think it’s largely due to Edmonton’s lack of global recognition compared to Calgary and Vancouver, but that’s not a discussion for this blog.
I don’t blog about this often, but I am a collector of Sailor Moon trading cards and have been collecting them for 15 years. I won’t bore you with the details of my collecting adventures, but in all of those years I have obtained a few thousand cards (mostly Japanese) and spent a few thousand dollars. The good thing about these cards is that they are now worth far more than I spent on them.
As with every collecting hobby, there is always that one item that every collector wishes he had. In the world of Sailor Moon cards, that one item is Amada’s 5th Anniversary Memorial 22K Gold Card. For those not familiar with gold, 22 carats means something contains 91.6% gold. In order to get one of these cards, you had to have a winning insert card, of which 1995 were printed. You could then mail that card to Amada to redeem your 22K Gold Card. Each card was printed with a unique serial number on the back indicating which card it was on the production line. While there were potentially 1995 of these cards made, I doubt that every winning insert card was redeemed. Even if 1995 were produced, the 22K Gold Card is still by far the rarest, most valuable, and arguably the most beautiful Sailor Moon card in existence.
As you can probably guess from the picture above, I now own one.
With summer coming to a close, blogging projects and carnivals seem to be in full swing. Today I’ll be contributing to a blog carnival that Foxy Lady started called Reflections on Animanga Blogs. Participants write a post answering some questions asking for their opinions on anime and manga blogs. At the end of the carnival, all of the posts will be summed up by Foxy Lady. If you would like to join in or learn more about it, please see her post.
(Warning: Huge image dump below.)
In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve disappeared to this past week, I caught a cold and was buried with work immediately after I got back from Anime Expo 2012. Now that things have settled down, it’s time for a little show and tell :)
To make things easy, I’ve divided the post into several sections:
The Last Day and Regrets
Anime Expo 2012 (or Anime Expo 21) was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center again this year from June 29 to July 2.
A Taste of Animethon (ATOA) took place this here in Edmonton this weekend and I took this opportunity to try out some event photography. From the last Animethon, I learned that I needed a good flash and a wide-angle lens to better deal with the conditions at Grant MacEwan (the place where Animethon and ATOA is held). I have neither and I didn’t want to spend $500 on them so I borrowed some equipment instead. I used a Canon T2i with a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens and 430EX flash. It was my first time using this set-up so it took a while to get used to and some pictures didn’t turn out as well as I wanted, but some of them still worked out. Anyone who is here just for cosplay pictures can scroll to the bottom.