The Hague, city of peace and justice
Honestly since the day I came to Netherlands, if there is really something called peace and justice in The Hague, it is only at Animecon! You will meet a lot of good Dutch people at there. No black, white, yellow, any fucking religion or politic shit here. All people from lot of different country, all united under this j-pop culture anime. It my best day ever in The Hague 🙂
The Experience: A
It feels like I’m going to a school. The students is the attendance. The event organizer is the teachers. The boss is the headmaster. This event have a lot of rules! They use zone system rules, the deeper you go, the rules is more tight. Even the teachers hate the rules you know. They have a lot of workshops where you can learn to make sushi or you can get some lecture about space, history of comics, or the situation of japan business today. Cosplay is everywhere. You can see a mix of all cosplay from game, anime, comic or fairy tales. There is this game room where you can play lot of games. There is this dealer rooms where you can buy stuff. Video room to watch anime. I really enjoy this event.
The Attendance: A+
Lot of people who came use costume, it’s like a dress code. It is not mandatory, but best to use some costume. (I did not use any costume) They are very nice. You can ask them politely, can I take your picture? they will say yes sure with a smile. (I just use a cell phone). They are very supportive. I never get rude treatment here. All people socialize, laughing together, full of smiles.
The Organizer: B
The staff is nice. When you ask question, they will answer it nicely, even to same question. The will refuse people who break the rules, like bringing food or drink to game rooms. They refuse them nicely. The organizer is somewhere between amateur and pro. While they have lot of flaws but they are nice.
The Master of Ceremony: A+
For cosplay competition, there is this master of ceremony, a duo of man and woman. (I’m sorry I don’t know their name) They make pretty good joke, I never get bored with them. They are superb!
Sushi Workshop with Chef Taji: B
He is pretty funny Chef. The workshop a little bit of rush and being spitted into two teams which makes different sushi. One maki, one nigiri. The thing is I can not feel the difference between the Chef and workshop’s student… or we automatically become awesome sushi maker under Chef Taji 😛 The result of the sushi is good, make sure you wash your hand before. by the way its require additional 10 euro ticket. But yes, i think it can be better workshop if its not so rushy. (My stomach is still good, i eat all kind of sushi being made during workshop, it taste good)
The Game Room: B
They said its bigger this year, but I’m not satisfied. Thanks to Bandai Namco, I can play Tales of Xilia (boy what a crap voice acting, if you compare it persona, million years away) The evangelion pachinko is broken I think. I think they should be able to organize event on game room better, its pretty chaos.
Cosplay Competition: B
Some good, some pretty plain. The costume is good, the acting can be better. The music sometimes fail or the light can’t keep up with the act. I can’t really feel any competition. The people who perform do it because they love it.
Special Guest-Altima: A++
I’m not their fan. I don’t even like their song yet. But they are so awesome and down to earth band ever! Motsu is the best rapper from Japan, Maon definitely kawai and can sing! Sato…. can be better. There is no song that is catchy in my ear except CYBER CYBER. In fact I buy their single which contains CYBER CYBER and get it signed with them 🙂 The concert really turned on the heat after this song! Here I come the C-Y-B-E-R, What is this power called? Hey CYBER CYBER! They sing a new song for the first time special for this event. (Sorry I don’t remember, already on trance due CYBER CYBER ^_^!) There is also this unknown DJ… anyway my eye definitely see Maon and Motsu more….
Novotel World Forum: D-
The place already bankrupt and I’m not surprised if its went bankrupt. The management is crap. When you use “World” in the name of your place, you would think a world class of service, but nope. It is arrogant place with do nothing for this event except renting its place. That’s it, nothing else. The toilet is broken. (I poop and panic because the water to flush it can’t came out). Once you get in, its like you are in jungle. To navigate the places, you definitely need a map. It is so confusing. People get lost. There must be no single drop of water to be dropped on its carpet. The organizer really have to try so hard to keep everything good. I can feel their fear.
Food and drink: E
I wish the food can be something that is little bit related with the event. The only japan thing that you can get is expensive sushi which no one buy. Other than that is pretty plain of snacks like hamburger, kroket, pizza, bread,hot dog. It is pretty basic. The noodle also crap for 5 euro. They charge the drink with like you want to drink unicorn blood. 3,5 euro for 500ml of cola/fanta/nestea. Don’t blame the organizer. World forum is bankrupt so they try to make money as much as possible. There is this too exclusive restaurant. Anyway, I can’t feel the food and drink to integrate with the event.
Not much choice other than novotel for a best place to stay. By i mean the best place is because its near and that’s it. if you want to fully attend this event, then there is no choice but novotel. The event is non-stop, but you can not sleep anywhere in the room during the event. I choose to go home 😦 I miss lot of midnight event 😦 There is no cheap accommodation around. 😦
There is no additional public transport or whatever. The public transport schedule is stay the same. Nothing. Nada. On the last day, when we want to go home, the tram 17 doesn’t stop at all and left us in the cold. Check your fucking log HTM, there is complain log on that day. The tram is super full on the last day. People are tired, have to wait in cold in the halte, have to stand in the tram.
The Hague definitely not ready for non-stop 3 days event. I don’t feel the support of the city for this event at all other than promoting it on its web site. Its a non stop event, you know what that means, say I want to attend the event till 2 am, but I can’t do it because I can’t go home due no transport. There is no additional something for this event. Its like there no event at all.
Best Day is saturday
Friday is okay, Sunday everything is slowing down
The total cost for me approximately somewhere around 200 euro.
Ticket admission, sushi workshop, 3 days lunch and dinner, public transport and Altima’s CD+DVD+T-shirt
You can add accommodation cost to that 200 euro and transport cost to The Hague.
While the bag storage is free, the que que is insane, try to avoid to bring bag if you are peasant like me so its easier for you move around. For better experience, wear costume. Even the event is non-stop, know your limit. Just go home first, take a rest, continue tomorrow.
No camera when altima on the stage 😦
Who is this Kimberley van den Hurk ?
UPDATE : I found her at here http://megumii.com/
She is a beautiful cosplayer with some kick ass costume!
This is her video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuhHcsGkAU4&feature=youtu.be
This her brand https://www.facebook.com/CasualityFashion
There is this dealer room where you can buy stuff, but once you buy stuff, lot of important room become inaccessible due you bring stuff with you. So it gets complicated. I think the organizer should think about this issue.
There is a nice place to cosplayer and photographer can do their thing.
Overall: Yes, you have to attend this event
The organizer is good but can be better. The people is so awesome and will be the first reason of why you attend this event.