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Day 2 at ECCC 2023

If day one was a blast, then day two was an experience to remember. This was one of the most magical days for me at a con. I decided to switch my cosplay for day two since my Buggy the Clown from One Piece was stressing me out more than it needed to (it will see the light of day one day, but for now I’m going to work on making it better for another con). My Zoro cosplay finally got its time in the light, for the first time I wore it for a full con day (before it was just two hours at a time during a single con day). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, people are so kind to the One Piece cosplayers (the One Piece fans are also some of the nicest and kindest too). In short, today was a dream.

I also had an amazing interview with Bandai Namco (thank you so much Justin Cavender), which included a tour of all three parts of their bigger booth and another of their smaller booth right next door to their other one. Both were packed to the brim with con-goers loving all the merch, and taking photos with all the lifelike statue figures of popular anime characters (I know I was!). I had an absolute blast checking everything and learning the ins and outs of the special figures on sale at the con and the displays of some pretty great ones to come. The 15th anniversary of their Tamashi Nations, the Spider-Man, Gundam, and Son Goku figures in this set were so cool! I of course was drawn to their One Piece, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kiasen and Studio Ghibli side of things (Gundam is very cool too! Especially the model kits to build it yourself). There were quite a few pieces I think I’m going to have to pick up for myself before the end of the weekend, and not only just for myself but for some friends also. There’s a very cute section to the bigger booth, with a Naruto cat statue, that has puzzles, mini figures that are more affordable (although everything is very well priced, much more than some of the other figure vendors…) figures for everyone. I love the cat themed figure sets, super cute and tiny cat versions of all my favorite characters. I did end up receiving some swag (One Piece of course), and am so in love with each piece and can’t wait to add them to my ever growing One Piece shelf. 

I had also happened to find myself led to a man on the con floor today (by a friend), after giving a password (I got it wrong three times). I urged to pick a card, I pulled the tarot card “the moon” with the three eyed cat. This was what I was told next, “The Moon symbolizes a period of time you need to listen to your thoughts and trust your intution to guide you through uncertainty. You only have half the information needed to make a decision. There may be secrets you or others my be hiding under a false facade”. This was a very interesting and fun way to see some of the hidden gems at ECCC, I can sincerely say this was something very cool and I’m looking forward to checking out the booth this was promoting. Mostly dealing in art of the tarot deck (all of which is very punk rock), and printing on goods with the proceeds going to help artists of the musical variety. Don’t worry, I have a fun interview coming with one of the representatives, who goes into more detail about this really great business.

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I hope that anyone who goes to day three at ECCC tomorrow, has a blast and are able to find some of the booths I was talking about! They are definitely ones you do not want to miss!

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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