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Day two of Kumoricon 2023 recap!

Day two is officially over as I write this, and in a few hours we are about to step into day three. Overall day two was pretty great and it would be a shame not to give it the attention it deserves. Full of more laughter, gifts, friendship bracelets, and boba.

I was again shown how amazing the cosplay community truly was, included into conversations by complete strangers I had just met because my cosplay was nice. No matter where I went, if people knew my cosplay, I was getting pulled in to talk. The same thing happened with my friend Gabi, cosplaying as Reigen from Mob Psycho 100, she was pulled in by every other cosplayer cosplaying from the same series. It was sweet to see and so kind of everyone to include us so much! 

As I said about day one… There is still so much cool stuff I am tempted to buy. There is a particular Uta (from One Piece) figure that is just screaming my name. I want her, I need her, I shall have her by the end of day three. 

Artist Alley is also another landmine I have to avoid because of how amazing the art is, and it seems like everyone is making the cutest bags lately. I have made a deal with myself not to buy really anything at this convention, just because I have been trying to save money. Although, I am going to be buying some gifts for friends since the holidays are coming up. I do have my eye on a few small things for me, clothes and of course One Piece merch I really want (hahah, as always). 

We were also able to attend two panels today! The first one was all about Cosplay and TikTok, a way to balance the two. It was also helpful to learn some more tips and tricks to be more creative and to help get your videos seen, along with setting time aside everyday (no matter what) to make something fun. The second panel we went to was a late night one about Kumihimo, braided cords. We made each other friendship bracelets, and the teacher saw mine as said she had never seen someone make the mistake I had before or even knew how it was possible that I had done that (somehow got the braid to braid over itself, and it now looks like the shape of a diamond before it straightens back out to a patterned cord). I’m quite proud of myself for accomplishing this, even though I have no clue how I did it. But, it was a great way to spend an hour just chilling out and doing something creative with our hands. 

Subs was winning by a landslide last time I saw

We ended the night after our panels with a few more TikTok videos, warm food, and a game plan for the final day of Kumoricon! Already, I can’t wait to run back to the convention and play around some more with our video equipment and snag a few more items from the market floor before heading out!

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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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