Whether this is your first anime festival or your tenth, it’s always good to be aware of some general do’s and don’ts to make sure you and your fellow festival-goers have an awesome day!
- Consider cosplaying! Cosplay is optional but highly recommended!
- Bring a bag to carry your belongings. If you’re cosplaying and don’t want to carry a bag, you’ll need to get creative with how you can carry your belongings without drafting your friends as a pack mule
- Bring a bottle of water (and drink it!) and a snack to stave off hunger before you hit up our amazing Japanese food carts at lunch time!
- If you’re cosplaying, bring an emergency sewing kit. You never know what might happen to your costume! No one wants a wardrobe malfunction!
- Make a meeting place inside and outside the center in case you lose your group
- Be polite and considerate towards other attendees, staff, and volunteers
- Take a good look through the program so you don’t miss out on anything
- Read the weapon’s policy
- Bring manga or a handheld game to keep you busy if you happen to be in a line
- Ask for permission before taking someone’s photo. If they say no, gracefully accept the fact and move on
- It may seem obvious, but go to panels! The excitement of the exhibition hall may keep you occupied all day, but with the plethora of awesome guests attending you won’t want to miss out!
- For cosplayers, make sure you check your costume carefully at least a few days before the event to avoid any last-minute panicking
- Come with your cash ready. While many vendors will accept card payments, you don’t want to be running between ATM’s at the venue all day
- Be mindful of where you’re taking photos. Try and avoid posing in doorways and other bottleneck areas. We encourage the use of our free Cosplay Photo Zones!
- Bring a portable charger, if you have one. You’ll be taking so many photos and videos your phone battery may run out quickly!
- Have fun, and make friends!
- Touch other people, their costumes or props without asking. Dressing in cosplay does not mean festival-goers want to be touched or grabbed. That Pikachu cosplayer may have a super cute tail, but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to squeeze it without asking. Be respectful to those attending, and please keep your hands to yourself.
- Run – there are many people in a confined space, make sure you plan your day so you don’t have to run
- Tackle / hug / glomp without someone’s permission. No yaoi paddling without permission, either!
- Poke or hit people with props, or swing your props around
- Talk or play on your phone during a panel
- Approach guests without permission. Please be mindful of this and respect their space
- Cut in front of people in line
Essentially: be nice, be cool, be safe, and you’ll have a great weekend!