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Sakura-Con Day 2 and 3 recap

Day two of Sakura-Con was probably one of my all time favorite days, because of all the fun things that took place. Day three was also a lot of fun even if it was shorter, being it was the last day. I have also never been so tired at a convention before, there were just too many fun things to do this weekend and I could barely keep up.

What made the second day one of my favorite days ever at a convention (so far) is the fact that I got to go and be in a One Piece cosplay photo shoot! I only heard about it due to the unofficial Sakura-Con group on Facebook listing all the photo meet ups for different popular anime and games. It was an absolute blast and I loved every moment of it! I made so many new friends and they all love One Piece!

The photos for the photoshoot also looked very good (I’m still waiting for the official ones to be uploaded, but the ones we were able to take looked great!). I was able to connect with a lot of others at the group photoshoot and start planning out mini One Piece photoshoots/group cosplays. I honestly really loved that this was my One Piece anime con, all the merch and friends I was able to gather was the best.

The cosplayers that came out to shine at Sakura-Con were absolutely great! I have never seen some of the cosplays that I got to see at there with one of the most memorable being two cosplayers who did different versions of Guts, from Berserk. The armor they made, plus the giant greatswords?!!! Holy cow, so amazing and inspiring. Looking back at the photos, I am still amazed at seeing such great cosplays for such a beloved series/character that you don’t normally get to see.

I also noticed so many new artists in artist alley and in the vendor hall, I had to keep walking both sections multiple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I sadly did miss much, and some of the things I really wanted were sold out. It’s all okay though! I talked with many of the artists about their online shops, and when they would be restocking. I was really happy to see that an artist (Pluvial Riot) I met at Kumoricon, who was just getting their start, has a full blown booth and even more art (all that I love and could not stop myself from going back to multiple times during con this weekend to buy). 

Sadly, I could not stay long on the third and final day of con, but I was able to meet so many great and amazing people. I was also able to get so much very cool merch for some of my favorite series (mainly One Piece as you all know), and some of my most loveable figures yet!

Did you go to Sakura-Con? Let us know in the comments or chat with us on Twitter at @TheConCollectve!

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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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