It's just over a three hour drive to Detroit from where we live. Last year, we arrived around 9pm. Finding a parking spot was a nightmare, not to mention we totally missed the registration line. So this year we left around 3pm hoping to avoid all those problems.
As you can see, it was a tight fit. But despite our obvious weapons and armour, we were allowed across the border with no problems!
Check-in and registration went smoothly this year. Well, we had a minor glitch of someone somehow registering Lisa's badge before we got there, but it worked itself out. It seemed like Youmacon staff were generally much more organized this year than last year, which was reassuring.
We didn't take many pictures Thursday, mainly because we spent the night in various lines checking into the hotel and getting our registration at the COBO centre.
Friday morning! Time to get into cosplay!
For our Friday cosplay, we decided to re-wear Rurouni Kenshin, which we premiered at Anime North this past May.
Here's a group picture taken later that day.
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We make a huge mess while we get ready lol
Kenshin's hair down somehow = needing to take Battousai photos LOL
And back to regular cute Kenshin /o/
Misao getting ready.
Our lovely Kaoru.
And dashing Aoshi.
Poor Kaoru, Kenshin is so oblivious to your advances xD
A photo of our cute couple.
...ruined by creeper Aoshi...
Finally dressed and out exploring the con!
hahaha the muggles behind us! We went to Tim Hortons for lunch that day, and boy did we get stares! The perks of Friday cosplays in a busy centre xD
This... isn't awkward at all.
Apparently Aoshi's man chest had to be stroked too.
We ran into this cute Sophie from Tales of Graces ^^
And on the people mover to the COBO we were entertained by Daft Punk cosplayers! They even played music. It was amazing
The people mover was usually pretty packed, but it beat walking in the cold!
Creeper Aoshi strikes again.
Walking through the COBO we saw Voldemort!! D:
So Lisa just had to get a picture with Tommy.
We pretty much spent the rest of the day going through the dealers room and artists alley. It seemed much bigger than last year, and yet still much more spacious than we're used to. At Anime North it's always a struggle walking through the aisles haha
Appropriately in character even when acting like themselves x'D
Can't say the same about these two haha wtf is going on here
After we finished our shopping spree, we hurried to get in line for Little Kuriboh's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series panel. And as always, it was hilarious. Unfortunately, LK had hurt his leg before the con, but hopefully he still had a good time He showcased his new episode of Cr@psule Monsters for us, then did a bit of a Q&A with his wife on stage too. Aaaand... we didn't take any pictures. We're getting really bad at that, aren't we? OTL
After the panel, it was time to head back to the hotel and grab some food. We ended up eating late suppers every night we were there. Good thing the hotel restaurant Volt is open late!
On the people mover again. Kaoru struggling to stay on her feet, clinging to an unwilling victim
We actually bumped into Nicole's penpal, Dana, while we were riding back to the hotel! We invited her to supper with us and had a great time hanging out!
And she spoiled us with treats we totally didn't deserve! ;u; Thank you!
We spotted these guys while we were chilling in the Wintergarden area. Such a clever idea!
Since we didn't taken many pictures that night, here's some more group photos instead.
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We were seriously blown away by the reception our Rurouni Kenshin cosplays received! We noticed at Anime North that very few people seemed to recognize us, which was a huge shame considering what a classic anime RK is. But at Youmacon, everyone was so excited to see a RK group! Lots of people really seemed to appreciate how classic Rurouni Kenshin is It's likely due to the fact that RK never aired on Canadian TV stations, so many of us north of the border would have only seen it if it was recommended by someone else. Again, huge shame because the anime is incredible!!
So thank you to everyone who took our picture, told us they liked our cosplay, or just generally fangirled with us over the series! We were so happy to meet so many other RK fans!
We'll have Part II up before you know it!