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Day three of Kumoricon 2023 recap!

After spending most of the night of day two hopping around late night events and silly packing shenanigans, day three was all about the last look over, and being comfortable! 

My friend (Gabi) and I spent the morning making sure we had our game plan ready, and that we were all packed up. We spent the majority of our time in the KumoriMarket, making sure we grabbed the things we couldn’t (more like wouldn’t) live without. It wasn’t all about us though, we did do quite a bit of holiday shopping and talking with vendors about custom orders. I made sure to grab a whole bundle of things for my other bestie, since I was able to find things she’s going to love!

It was also really great chatting again with friends before heading out, since I had met most, if not all of them, last year at Kumoricon. It was really nice to spend more time hanging out with them and chatting about future projects, cons, and hangout dates (outside of a convention for once). I just love that so many cosplayers and fans are able to come together at conventions to create these long distance friendships that go past the “only friends at con” stage. To be friends who talk daily and really care about each other. I made so many of these types of friends at last year’s Kumoricon and I am so lucky! Each and everyone of these friendships mean the world to me, the funny thing is…it’s not only the con that bonds, but also our shared love of One Piece (the one friendship that stands out was because of Jujutsu Kaisen and Haikyuu). This tells you that Kumoricon is not just your average anime con, oh no, it’s a place you feel welcomed and a place where true friendships are made.

On another note, I sadly did not make it to any more panels this year at Kumoricon. This will always and forever be my goal for each and every con I go to from now on. One panel per day, more if I can be more aware of the time and am not in the middle of assisting/interviewing, or spending time with friends. Although, the panels I did go to were lots of fun and very inspiring. My bestie, Gabi and I were already making a schedule for more content for our channels and podcasts because of this. 

Day three cosplay was also so good! We (Gabi and I) went for casual comfy and still looked super cute in our My Hero Academia cosplays. It really brought back my joy I always used to have for my Bakugou cosplay, which has been burnt out for a bit (he’s just a very diva cosplay with so many little parts). Everyone was so nice and stopped us like crazy because they loved our take on the characters, and what we believed would be an amazing secret friendship between the two. I’m already planning to bring back this version of Bakugou for more events, and to make a few more casual comfy cosplays for other characters. 

It’s sad that Kumoricon is already over and I’m here back home unpacking, but I am so happy for all the new wonderful memories it gave me to end the year. I know I will be loving looking back to all the good food I ate this past weekend, and the many new friendships I made! 

I can’t wait to go back next year when Kumoricon returns from November 8–10, 2024!

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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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