Oct 26

Yes folks, I iz in AKL infiltratingz ur armegedonz. Armaggeddon Auckland was quite a bit bigger than Armaggeddon Christchurch, but contrary to my expectations, apparent anime fandom is not directly proportional to the size of the event. Here’s my scoop on this event that I was actually heavily anticipating.

With great power comes great responsibility and with great events comes great expectations. I think it goes without saying that the event has hit my expectations of the event actually being a pretty big event compared to Armageddon Christchurch. However, I have one expectation that the organizers probably have less control over.

That’s right, kids. It’s cosplay. And I have high standards. Well, its probably better put this way: Christchurch cosplayers are better. BUT. A round of applause for Akita Neru who was pretty damn obscure except to true vocaloid fans.

Your costume was even better than Len’s. Well, if you would call uh… him Len.(They switched pants to play DDR too.) Len was pretty awesome at it though.

There was a Miku too! Her negi probably went past its expiration date though…

To Heart Lucky Star’s cosplay is back too! Is this Kusakabe? Or Hiyori without glasses?

Captain Harlock was awesome too.

There was also a non-loli Hanyuu desu.

Shana is one of my favorite characters. I didn’t recognize her until I took out my camera and actually looked at my photos. How dare they… never mind. Just a thought, is Suou from Tamaki?

Delicious Meido is awesome. Zettais are awesome. Ribbons on stockings are awesome. Full marks.

OMG. Seifer. Where’s Rinoa and Squall?

Alright enough about cosplayers because there really isn’t anything to talk about. The event was held on the ASB Showgrounds, which was a really big convention center. I’m not sure how to describe its bigness. Let’s just say its 6 basketball courts.

Here’s the back of the building which had the better banner.

And this was the line in front.

It’s nowhere near the Comiket’s line though.

Tragic’s booth is back with lots of B Love.

There was a big telescope but the eyepiece was blocked…

EA games had a band too. Not sure what the beatles thing was all about though.

The Xbox stage was pretty big too. Though they were just showcases of games that were already done to death on youtube.

There was even an R18 section that was guarded by men in orange from south africa.

I was expecting to see something a little more than something 12 year olds already play and know about.

Y…y…you know ,just so you know I wasn’t expecting hentai or anything like that >.>

There were lots of Made in China goods too.

One store of note is a hobby shop that was taken care of by people who uttered Japanese like they spoke it daily. Of course, they had some pretty nice stuff there.

The Evangelion craze lives.

They even have little puchis for sale.

They even had all these awesome Gundams

Jetstream Attack!!!

These little badges that lit up were really cool too. They like blinked and stuff.

There was the goth loli store too. Amu would like some of the dresses here.

In the second hall it was pretty quiet, and there was this funny booth selling inflatables. They even had a decorated car, but they put it somewhere no one to see them.

Its a nice car right? I don’t know why they put it in the corner.

The Wii area. Wii would like to play.

There was also this cool yellow tub with plastic balls…

That you roll around inside of.

There was also this wrestling ring where you don this magnormous suit

And bounce around trying to err… bounce your opponent. This should be turned into an olympic sport.

The playstation castle is also filled with win.

Because games are only fun when you have friends around.

There were also some awesome independant artists. A shout out to the NinjaCats. Get their manga and show them their support! His drawings, despite being simple are pretty inspired. Most of us know that manga takes a lot of effort to draw, but result is really what matters, and the cats were freakin hilarious.

I love it when people bring the Internets to real_life.exe

And finally, this wouldnt be a post by Astrobunny if I didnt talk about how Kagami and Tsukasa dressed up specially for the event.

They are awesome aren’t they.

And now for some fanservice.

For some reason I feel nervous when Tsukasa holds guns up and stuff.

But that was the least of my worries because a yan Rena found me.

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19 Responses to “Armaggeddon Auckland 2009”

  1. 1. jaser Says:

    Damn, they got some sweet Gundams there (Yes, as if you didn’t already know, I take cool mechas over moe figures anytime). The north gets all the cool stuff… Hey, get me some souvenirs… :P

    Oh, and you’re totally expecting hentais in there. Come now, don’t lie

    And about the Beatles thing, its just another version of those music game genres (eg. Guitar hero) that features the Beatles songs.

  2. 2. ineser Says:

    Wow huge armageddon there…. AWSM
    So did u attend all three days?
    OMG Hobby Shop!
    Is that the Rena from Doujin Overload 2009 we met last time?

  3. 3. astrobunny Says:

    @jaser
    Oh. you should’ve told me earlier. I didn’t attend all 3 days.

    @ineser
    Yeah thats the Rena we met last time.

  4. 4. megpo Says:

    -first time commenter-
    THAT KAGAMIKU WAS YOURS?!?!?
    nice to see you had fun!
    the Neru was from chch so you may see her again
    do i get any kudos for cosplaying GUMI? 8D

  5. 5. Sara Says:

    Hey there nice little overview of Armageddon, its great to see another New Zealand figure collector, I headed along to Armageddon on Sunday, just walked from my house :D was fun, but yeah not much anime related things. I watched the Soul Eater new dub though, that was fun. And yeah NZ cosplayers are not that good, but hey in their defence there were way more than last year. It’s only just getting big in Auck’s, lol.

  6. 6. astrobunny Says:

    @megpo

    Yep they are MINE. Oh wut? You were Gumi!? How did I miss you!?

    @Sara

    Woot Figure Collector hi-5. I envy you living so close to the event. I had to take a plane, a bus and a walk…

  7. 7. Akai Says:

    *obligatory post for walking around so much*

    lol i bet you enjoyed yourself; so i suppose you’re still there… how’s things?
    maybe i can visit you next year this time =p

  8. 8. astrobunny Says:

    xD YEAH come over then we can go roll round the city

  9. 9. Sara Says:

    @ astrobunny

    well I am not super close am on other side of cornwall park so had a nice half hour or so walk to get there :) but I get to see sheep and cows and birds as I walk through the park so it all good.

  10. 10. astrobunny Says:

    @Sara

    xD Sheep and cows…

  11. 11. Akito Says:

    ….That Neru Akita and Shana freaked me out….e_O

  12. 12. Arokan Says:

    Heh, I see a photo with me in it there.
    That first day line was insane – bill told us later it was the longest line the ASB showgrounds had ever had. (So glad I preordered tickets). Pretty good event though – far superior to the wellington one.

    Mainly spent my time being an idiot on rockband and wasting money – if you see photos of people playing air guitar next to either rockband stall….
    Masquerade ball was awesome, and I’m way too proud of starting the congo line and that ‘circle’.

  13. 13. kage Says:

    LAWL~ haha no flaming intended but the Akita Neru was actually a Chcher as well XDD

    And in case you didn’t recognize him XD Len was the same person who went as Yuki at DO.

    Oh too many cosplayers are never enough. Glad you enjoyed Auckgeddon.

    <3~

  14. 14. kage Says:

    and Captain Harlock = Australian winner from Melbourne //drools over her Cao Pi ufufu

  15. 15. Sybrigje (From The Netherlands) :3 (12 Years Old) Says:

    Hi.
    You Have A Nice Blog!
    I Really Love It !

  16. 16. Stationary Thoughts Says:

    That Shana… What was she thinking?

    She should be ashamed of her inaccuracy.

  17. 17. Taser For Sale Says:

    Kudos to you! This is a really good blog here and I love your style of writing. How did you get so good at blogging?

  18. 18. soralover Says:

    NERU MIKU LEN RIN!!!! YAY!!! VOCALOID FANS!! Oh by the way LOVE Kagami’s cosplay!!! She even has the leeks!! so cute!!!

  19. 19. soralover Says:

    When you say Amu do you mean Shugo Chara Amu? I <3 Shugo Chara!!

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