Anime North 2009

anime_north_2009_day2_4
My apology for the late post coverage for Anime North 2009 as I was tired after I got back from Anime North 2009 on Sunday and it took me sometimes to organize photos and upload them. Another year with another great convention here at Anime North 2009 and this year was somewhat different since my girlfriend came with me on Saturday so I was having a blast more than usual. It was her first anime convention ever and she was shock to see so many people at the convention (who would not ? ^^). Similar to previous year, I went to all three days and my target was only one which is cosplayers. As you may already, I am really picky on which cosplayers I take some pictures of and of course, the cuter they are, the better ^^. Without further ado, here comes my coverage for Anime North 2009.

Day 1

anime_north_2009_day1_1

I came to work at 8am on Friday and was hoping to finish by 4pm but no luck, I finished at 5pm but it’s still good enough. I went back home first to have a quick dinner and off I was to Anime North 2009. My excitement was building up at this point and so was everyone else. I had my pre-registration email confirmation ready and took me about 10-15 minutes in line before it was my turn. One thing that I noticed right away about this year Anime North 2009, on the badge, there is actually some text behind it which was used as an anti-fraud. I guess there were many fake badges from previous year where people just went to photocopy their friends’ badge. Everytime you go in and out, the staffs checked the front and back of the badge and it seemed to be working really well to prevent fake badges.

anime_north_2009_day1_2

After I got in, I went straight to the dealer room while looking around for cosplayers that interest me. Nothing in the dealer room seemed to peek my interest (Thank god, no impulse buying on Day 1, is this a good sign ? ^^). I wondered around for about 3 hours until 10pm before I called it a day (gotta save some strength for the next day). Cosplayers photo at the end of the post so be patient ^^;;

Day 2

anime_north_2009_day2_1

I woke up around 7am and planned to leave around 8am but gf was not ready as she woke up late……. -_-;;. We left around 8:30 am. The reason I wanted to come early because the line up for badge would be very long especially on Saturday based on my previous experience at Anime North. We were on the line up for 30-40 minutes; it was not as bad as I thought it would be since the line was moving up really fast. My gf got really excited seeing so many cosplayers around ( I guess since it’s her first time) ^^.

anime_north_2009_day2_10

I showed my gf around the location of Anime North ( Toronto Congress Centre and Double Tree hotel ). I saw quite a few Team Fortress 2 cosplayers as you see above. I was tempted to back stab him ^^;;.  Check out ‘Meet the Spy’ video below.

The best place to take photos of cosplayers is right outside Toronto Congress Centre during the day so you don’t need to worry about using flash or mess around with your camera manual settings. There are many interesting stuff happening outside like the picture below. I had totally no idea what they were trying to do here ^^;;; I assume they were going to start a brawl lol. Thanks to Izuki for letting me know that the characters below are from The World Ends With You rpg game ^^.

anime_north_2009_day2_11

Around 11:30 am, I promised that I would take some pictures of the winner for ACG school club contest. The winner is Anime and Manga association at University of Toronto.
anime_north_2009_day2_2

They all were cosplaying as Guilty Gears characters.

anime_north_2009_day2_3

After wondering around back and forth various locations, we went for lunch at nearby japanese restaurant and due to hunger, I ate all the food before I had a chance to take some pictures ^^;;. After lunch, we went around again looking for cosplayers until we got tired and decided that we needded a break and went to Tim Horton for some snacks and ice coffee. Any food place near the convention is always packed especially during lunch/dinner hour so it’s better to pack your own lunch/dinner and save you some $$ along the way. More anime merchandise is always good , right ? ^^;

anime_north_2009_day2_12

anime_north_2009_day2_14

While enjoying our ice coffee, we saw this guy taking some photos of a cosplayer while laying down on the floor. I couldn’t help but took a quick picture of him. He reminded of myself when I took some pictures of my Asa Shigure figure at Harbour Front ^^;;.

anime_north_2009_day2_13

My gf asked me to take her to Renaissance hotel since she wanted to see the manga library and gaming rooms. You can read manga there for free (I think) and they have a wide selection of manga. Below is some of the mecha models for the competition

anime_north_2009_day2_15

anime_north_2009_day2_16
anime_north_2009_day2_17

anime_north_2009_day2_18
anime_north_2009_day2_19

That basically summarized my Day 2 of Anime North 2009.

Day 3

anime_north_2009_day3_1

Finally,  it’s the last day of Anime North 2009. At this point, I was already tired so I didn’t stay long on the last day and I felt like I was getting sick  >.<. Despite it’s the last day of Anime North 2009, there are quite a line up when I arrived there. Although, the parking lot was a lot emptier than the previous day so it’s easy to find a parking by the entrance.

anime_north_2009_day3_3

The door was not open yet so I went to Timmies for some delicious breakfast ^^

anime_north_2009_day3_5

anime_north_2009_day3_6

anime_north_2009_day3_7

Hmmmmm delicious breakfast sandwich from Tim Hortons. After some delicious breakfast, I started my day 3 of Anime North 2009 by cosplayers hunting ^^. One thing that Anime North 2009 was lacking of is garbage bin. There were not enough of them around and the distance between one bin to another bin was far away. As a result, con goers just left garbage wherever they want. I wish they care more about their surroundings. It’s not a hard task to put your garbage in a bin where it’s supposed to be.

anime_north_2009_day3_8

Just before I left for the day,I saw bunch of Soul Eater cosplayers right outside the entrance.

anime_north_2009_day3_12

I left quite early around 2pm because I didn’t feel really well and practically exhausted from yesterday. I didn’t want to get sick and call in sick from work so decided to take it easy and went home to take some rest.

Anime North 2009 Cosplayers

I bet you all have been waiting for bunch cosplayers photos after boring coverage above so enjoy…. ^^.

anime_north_2009_1

Chiyo’s dad from Azumanga Daioh

anime_north_2009_10

Kenji and Tenma from School Rumble

anime_north_2009_11

Lee, ,Ero-sennin and Kakashi

anime_north_2009_12

Cute maid cosplayers <3

anime_north_2009_13

Name this anime series/characters (from Tales of something I think Tales of Vesperia. Thanks Rin)

anime_north_2009_14

Yoko and Nia (Thx to GNdynames) from Guren Lagan (not sure what character for the girl on the right)
anime_north_2009_15

Master Roshi from Dragon Ball

anime_north_2009_16

Maka Alban from Soul Eater

anime_north_2009_17

Mio and Yui from K-ON!

anime_north_2009_18

Cute maid <3

anime_north_2009_19

More cute maid <3

anime_north_2009_2

Dizzy and Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear

anime_north_2009_20

Cute Lacus from Gundam Seed

anime_north_2009_21

Name this character Anju Maaka from Karin/Chibi Vampire (Credit to Mikaa ^^)

anime_north_2009_23

Llyod from Tales of Symphonia

anime_north_2009_24

Jupiter and Mercury from Sailor Moon series

anime_north_2009_25

Group photo of Sailor Moon characters

anime_north_2009_26

Syaoran from Tsubasa Chronicles. Awesome staff ^^. He did a really good job on the staff.

anime_north_2009_27

Elwyn from Shinning Wind ( I think)

anime_north_2009_28

Lala from To Love-ru

anime_north_2009_29

Dejiko from Digi Charat

anime_north_2009_3

Sakura Kinomoto from Card Captor Sakura

anime_north_2009_30

Bridget from Guilty Gear

anime_north_2009_31

Anzu, our ACG mascot

anime_north_2009_32

Name this character (I think she is from Trinity Blood) Seth from Trinity Blood (Thanks to Elfen Proxy)

anime_north_2009_33

Mio fan club members. I want to join their club ^^;; lol

anime_north_2009_34

Cloud and White Mage

anime_north_2009_35

Ulquiorra Cifer Full form

anime_north_2009_36

Spy from Team Fortress 2. Watch out for backstabs ^^;;

anime_north_2009_37

Chii from Chobits. She is cute ^^

anime_north_2009_38

Guilty Gears group photo

anime_north_2009_39

Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashite

anime_north_2009_4

Some random person playing God Knows

anime_north_2009_40

English maid ? Not sure what character she is from. Roberta from Black Lagoon (Thanks to zzeroparticle)

anime_north_2009_41

Lulu from FFX

anime_north_2009_42

Name this character (I know he is from Guilty Gear).

anime_north_2009_43

Another photo of Anzu, our ACG mascot

anime_north_2009_44

Card Captor Sakura characters

anime_north_2009_45

Woohoo, it’s Rin from FS/N

anime_north_2009_46

It’s over 9000

anime_north_2009_47

Harribel from Bleach and Riku from FFX

anime_north_2009_48

Tsubasa Chronicles characters

anime_north_2009_49

Domo-kun

anime_north_2009_5

Mio <3 from K-ON!

anime_north_2009_57

Euphemia li Britannia and Suzaku from Code Geass (correct me if I am wrong). Nice dress ^^

anime_north_2009_50

More Suzaku and Euphemia ^^

anime_north_2009_51

Irene from Claymore. Nice contact lens.

anime_north_2009_52

Team Fortress 2 group photo.

anime_north_2009_53

Char and Zaku ? lol

anime_north_2009_54

Shunsui Kyōraku and Lisa from 8th Division, Bleach

anime_north_2009_55

Kagami and Tsukasa from Lucky Star

anime_north_2009_58

Suigintou, Shunku and Kanaria. Kanaria is so cute ^^

anime_north_2009_59

Suigintou from Rozen Maiden
anime_north_2009_6

Name these characters.

anime_north_2009_60

Archer and Rin from FS/N

anime_north_2009_61

Llyod from Tales of Symphonia

anime_north_2009_62

Kos-Mos from Xenosaga. Awesome cosplay and cool contact lenses

anime_north_2009_63

Yuki, Haruhi and Mikuru with Bunny costume
anime_north_2009_64

Yuki, Haruhi and Mikuru with Bunny costume. One photo is not enough ;p

anime_north_2009_65

Trinity Blood characters.

anime_north_2009_66

Liz, Kid and Patti. Everything has to be symmetrical I guess, even their pose.
anime_north_2009_67

Yui and Mio from K-ON!

anime_north_2009_68

Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden. She is cute ^^.

anime_north_2009_69

Just adorable ^^

anime_north_2009_7

Name these characters Ultimecia & zell, FF8 (Thanks to Nick)

anime_north_2009_70

Hetalia Axis characters ( I think)
anime_north_2009_71

Akari and Alice from Aria. Very rare cosplayers and good job ^^

anime_north_2009_72

Gundam cosplayers

anime_north_2009_74

More Gundam cosplayers

anime_north_2009_73

and More Gundam cosplayers

anime_north_2009_75

Tieria from Gundam OO

anime_north_2009_77

White Mage AF1 from FFXI. Cure V , can I have it ?

anime_north_2009_78

Haruhi (Gekisou version ?)

anime_north_2009_79

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, it’s Saber.

anime_north_2009_8

Yufie from FF7 AC

anime_north_2009_80

Resident Evil 5 characters (Unknown, Jill and Albert Wesker)

anime_north_2009_82

Jill from Resident Evil 5 (nice pose)

anime_north_2009_83

One Piece characters

anime_north_2009_84

More Soul Eaters cosplayers

anime_north_2009_85

Awww… Chrona is crying.

anime_north_2009_9

Can’t never have enough maid cosplayer, can I ? ^^

My coverage of Anime North 2009 ends here. I hope you guys enjoy it and please do let me know if I made mistake on the characters/series name. For those cosplayers appear above, if you don’t want your photos to be posted here, please let me know by posting a comment and I shall remove your photos. In addition, if any of the cosplayers want the NEF(raw) version of the photo (and without the watermark) , please also let me know by posting a comment and I will send them to you.

Wait a second…. how about my loot ? unfortunately, I didn’t buy anything during this convention since I would like to use some $$$ buying some furnitures for my new place after I move out. Sorry if I have disappointed you guys ^^;;

Other coverage of Anime North 2009 can also be found on other bloggers:

Koi Aichaku

Memories of Eternity

Inferno Project

  • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

    @Onasariel: Thx :D

  • http://www.cosplay.com/member/119025/ RabiaZeph

    ‘lo. I’m the Zell cosplayer. Thank you for taking that photo of Ultimecia and I.

  • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

    @RabiaZeph: Very nice cosplay there. It’s rare to see Ultimecia and Zell from FFVIII

  • http://www.cosplay.com/member/119025/ RabiaZeph

    Quick question, would I be able to put this picture upon my cosplay.com account,my DeviantArt account, or both perhaps?

    You would be credited as photographer of course and I would also include a link back to this website or wherever you would like me to ^^;;;

    But you are, of course, free to say no xD

  • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

    @RabiaZeph: Feel free to put your picture anywhere you want and I would really appreciate it if you credit me or link back to my blog.

    I will send you the high-res one.

  • http://www.cosplay.com/member/119025/ RabiaZeph

    Do you need my email to send the high-res one? I have to type it in to comment, but I’m not sure if you can access it is why I ask ^^;;;

  • http://www.sakuafk.com Saku

    @RabiaZeph: I will send you the high-res one today ^^. Sorry for the delay.