Heaven on a Stick!
I think Yaoi-con was best described when someone said "it was like a family gathering...but with smut." I have yet to see a convention of people so close, despite the fact that they hardly knew one another. Each with a common bond that separates them from the "normal" people with which the can identify in one another.
It was like home!
For starters....my requisite lesson on yaoi (for the uninformed).
What is yaoi? Yaoi is actually an acronym for the phrase "yama nashi....imi nashi...." something something something... ^^* Ok, I don't remember what it is, but it translates to "no peak, no point, no meaning." Basically it refers to male/male relationships in anime (the opposite, female/female is called 'yuri'). I don't know what it is, nobody can quite name it, but there's something very attractive about two hot guys all over each other. An 'x' between two character names designates them as a pair, with the name going first the seme (the one on top, or the one doing the...giving) and the second name the uke (the bottom, or the one...getting it ^^ ::evil laughter::). For example, TasukixChichiri would be Tasuki and Chichiri together, with Tasuki sticking it to Chichiri. ::more laughter:: Yaoi-con is a convention dedicated to male homosexual relations in anime and manga and to bishonen (pretty boys) in general.
In San Francisco! ^^ Held at the Golden Gate Holiday Inn in SF, the convention area was...a bit small, but comfortable. I actually slept this year, in a room! ^^* (as opposed to in my car...) The dealer's room was...bigger than Ani-magic's, hella smaller than AX's (as most everything is..). Video room was nice sized; plenty of panel rooms. Because it was small, everything was close together and easy to find. I approve. ^_^
What the angels wear~
Three days, three cosplays, two with the same name. ^_^ My cosplays this time around were Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket), Omi Tsukiyono (Weiß Kreuz), and Yukito Tsukishiro (Card Captor Sakura).
I'd decided to do Yuki at AX. We were sitting around, talking about cosplay, and I joked that I should do him so I could do "Yuki and Yuki," as a pun on my Yukito outfit. ...and it was decided. ^^ But it turned out really well! My outfit looked relatively good (even the wig!) and I had a Tohru, Kyo, Hatsuharu (*heart*), and Momiji (the ears! so cute!!) with me. It was a good group. ^__^
Omi I didn't decide to do for Y-con until a few weeks before. I wore it both days last year, and it occurred to me that I really really wanted to do it again this year. It's become my Yaoi-con tradition cosplay; I will do it every year! ^__^ (have I mentioned it's also one of my favorite cosplays to do? ^^ ) There were a couple Yohjis and an Aya and a Ken there too, so we were able to get a few cute pics. ^,^
For Yukito...this was retribution. I'd worn him at AX, and on that day ended up suffering from a minor depressive spell...I spent most of that day alone. Now I had a chance to get back for him, with the aide of my To-ya. ^_^ We made a wonderful pair, playing around and being carried and...spanking and such. ::laughs:: My only problem with this cosplay is that I look like an uber dork with those glasses on! ^^*
I was a tad bit disappointed that I couldn't find very much stuff I was interested in in the dealer's room...at first. ^^
What I bought:
Angelique - OscarxRandyxZephel doujinshi (squeeeeeee!)
Card Captor Sakura - Touya+Yukito doujinshi ("Flora's Secret")
Card Captor Sakura - Touya/Yukito letter paper
Gensomaden Saiyuki - SanzoxGoku doujinshi
Gensomaden Saiyuki - Goku figurine
Gundam Wing - 2x1 doujinshi ("Sugar Baby!")
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Art book (*heart heart*)
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Shimon/Inori file folder
Weiß Kreuz - Mini stamp of Ken (kawaii!)
What I managed to get for free ^__^ :
Gensomaden Saiyuki - Chibi Goku notebook (from Elisa.. arigatou!! ::glomp:: )
Gundam Wing - 9 random doujinshi (from some random person... arigatou!)
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Tenma shitajiki (from Kim.. ::glomp:: arigato! ::smooch:: )
Sailor Moon - American comics, volumes 6 & 7 (from Dai-chan...I think.. ^^ arigatou!)
People just kept giving me things... ^^* Thank you everyone! I love you all!
I call them "happys" and "sads". ^^
Dude...it's Yaoi-con.... Everything! ^^ ...ok, ok....
Eating crepes at Japantown
Getting picture taken with cute little girl at Japantown
Playing around in the Japanese market
"Living in a Yaoi World" song
Shiki, the Y-con concubine
Listening to various drama clips at the seiyuu panel
Hearing Hikaru Midorikawa act out an orgasm in one of said drama clips ^^*
Convincing them to play 'LOVE and LUST' at the seiyuu panel
Fruits Basket cute cosplay group ^_^
Seeing so many familiar faces
Kim's Gojyo/Hakkai pinup getting first page in "Shounen Hump"
Hanging out with Chris, a cosplayer I see all over the place but had never really spoken to before
Being obnoxious at the pizza place
New game - Plushie Toss!
Meeting Randee (Zell-kun) - so cute!
"I'm certainly not sleeping with my chef..." ¬_¬
Getting violated with corn and a cell phone ^^* (but not really! ^^*** )
Kind-of seeing Level C
Playing 'Parra Parra'...so badly
Sitting on Yohji's lap ^^*
Yohji, Omi, Aya, Yohji2, and Gotan...all on one chair!!
Eating pizza in Elisa's room...and stealing her coffee!
Actually...stealing a lot of people's coffee... ^^*
Going out to eat with good fun people
Watching people have fun dancing
Omi the security guard ^^*
Dancing with Kimmy
Seeing 'Secret Secret' perform
Everyone in our room screwing around until 3:00am
Sandra and her gold panties...
Spanking Touya ^^***
Kimmy buying me Tenma shitajiki
To-ya carrying Yukito around the lobby
"You guys look cute together no matter what costumes you're in!"
Being obnoxious in the hotel restaurant
Hanging out...I mean...working at the volunteer table
Cute/cool/touching/silly music videos
Long, hot kiss good-bye ^^
Winning a gumball machine.. ^^** "I'm gonna fill it with 'Dick-lets' and 'Tit-tacs' and put it on my desk at work." ::grin::
Getting pizza...again...and loading up on other treats
Showing off the 'Duo dreams about getting into Heero's Spandex Space' tape ^,^
Having someone with me on the drive there and back ( ::glomps Tara:: )
Dude...it's Yaoi-con.... Nothing! ^^ ...ok, ok....
My sewing machine being a bitch and making sewing Touya's tie difficult
Missing Kim in the masquerade
Having to say good-bye to everyone
$75 for parking! >.<
Heh...asome of the pictures I took were very, very random.... ^^* You have been warned.
Trowa in his work clothes. ^^
Faust VIII and his dear Eliza on a...date...
Gojyo, in all is sexiness.
Horohoro (..I think) shows a friend around.
Tachi, Ma-kun, and Schuldig hang out in the snowed-in cabin at the LARP.
...where many bad things happened.
...many bad, bad things.
It came to the point where chef Sanji wanted to cook a cat...
Then engaged in a game of Twister. ^_^
Which completely wore Ranma out...
Aieee! There was a Laures cosplayer!!! ::flying tackle glomp::
Very pretty Nuriko.
Omi is caught sitting on Yohji's lap while Gotan pretended not to notice. ^^
Ken Hidaka and Touya Kinomoto. ^_^ Yes, we actually yelled out "are there any other Tomokazu Seki character cosplayers around?!?" ...but this is all we got. ^^*
Seishiro got himself a pet.
Go towards the light! ^^
The "Ghetto Artist's Alley"
Seishiro can be creepy when dancing with Subaru.. o.o
General dance pic.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with me! I love you all so much, and can't wait to see you all next year!!! yaoi = love always!
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