Well, not really - more like 45 minutes, but why mess with tradition?
Anyhoo - ANIME EXPO rolled into Los Angeles this July 4th weekend and I'm feeling my age because I knew less than 1% of the characters walking around wearing costumes in the convention center lobby. I was almost hoping for the Naruto legions just so I can say I knew something about anime or manga, but I guess that series has run its course. It is to say that I am old and out of the loop and the only version of 'hip' that I know is the one that keeps going out on me when I go on those long-ish weekend runs. So I didn't know any of the characters.
But let me say this (with absolutely no hint of elitism and superiority in the tone and tenor in my voice):
Regardless of your fabulousity, your strong support of manga or anime, your fanatical ideals about cosplay and your closet fantasy of dress-up being fulfilled in an arena that applauds your craftsmanship and fervor...
...please excersise some classy discretion regarding your costume's weight limit, Anime Expo Cosplayers.
And let me be clear - I do love seeing people dress up! How cool is it to see FELICIA or MORRIGAN in a well made costume?! That's AWESOME! But I will say as much as I LOVE seeing people dress up as their favorite characters, I don't care to see a little bit TOO MUCH of the people dressing up as their favorite characters - if you catch my drift?
Okay, I think I'm going to get off of this high-horse how; the altitude is making my nose bleed.
Oh, and this image was inspired by two mind-blowing cosplay people I met while I was in Charlotte. Yikes!
P.S. - I didn't see MAN-FAYE at AX on Friday. I am sad. Also, isn't it scary and amazing all at the same time that Man-Faye has a Wikipedia entry?