Monday, November 16, 2015

Kitacon 7 Summary

Hello everyone!

I'm back from Kitacon 7 also known as coming back from my last con of the year, which makes me a bit sad. Oh well, I enjoyed this year's Kitacon way more than the previous year and I had a great time at the con. Now to the con summary ~

Kitacon was a small con held at the heart of Kemi inside the same building as last year, aka Sauvotalo. The con was held during 14th November and this year's event lasted only for a day instead of the usual 2 days. A day before the con during late evening of Friday the 13th, Sacchan came to my place and the following morning she drove me, Shiro Samurai and Kiivi (an old friend of mine and Shiro Samurai's) to Kemi.

All photos taken by Shiro Samurai.

Once we arrived in Kemi and stepped out of the car, we were met by this thing and my con-mood was already up for the day:

Kitacon detected and found!
Kitacon 7 poster with activities on it.
With everyone getting familiar with the surroundings and after a small chat and with Shiro Samurai explaining the activities to Kiivi (who doesn't know Finnish) we all headed towards the con's entrance. Well inside, the amount of people had me surprised. There seemed to be more attendants than last year and at times while I walked around the main area it even felt crammed. This is surely a positive thing and made the con feel more livelier and less empty in my opinion. Every now and then, when I picked up my New Nintendo 3DS to play some StreetPass games; I noticed that several Mii characters that I played with, came from the central and southern parts of Finland and some even from the Swedish side, like myself. Wow! It's not often you have congoers from the south traveling all the way up to the cold north only for a small con. The opposite on the other hand, is fairly common, because we northmen just don't have a choice when all the big cons are -often- in the southern parts of the country. I was happy to receive at least 20+ Mii characters at the con and I'm totally taking my 3DS with me to every con I attend from now on. 

Kitacon entrance.
The part of the Dealer's Hall you see when you enter. First floor.
Pocky galore!
Part of the Fantasiapelit table, who focus on manga and art books.
I have an interest to buy the Hetalia manga but I didn't buy it from Fantasiapelit's table as it was really expensive in my opinion. The price -per manga- was even twice as much than I was personally willing to pay for it. Damn. Nothing more to say than to keep looking for the manga elsewhere and hope that I will find it for a more reasonable price. Here are some more Dealer's Hall photos from the con's first floor!

Dealer's Hall table selling mostly small merchandise such as keychains, wallets, prints, random nerdy accessories etc.
The same seller also had posters.
Another seller called Wannabe selling geeky, colorful/alternative clothing.
The Wannabe seller was a new seller that -I at least- haven't seen before at Kitacon and their stuff was like a splash of color in the otherwise not-so-bright-colored environment. I took a small interest in their Gengar (Pokémon) parka respectively their Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon) parka and hat. In the end, I didn't buy any of these as the interest wasn't strong enough to open my wallet, lol. I thought about maybe buying the Toothless hat some other day but I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. When I was done checking the Dealer's Hall on the first floor I headed towards the second floor to check what it had to offer this time. On the second floor I found the cafeteria, some second-hand sellers selling their manga collections, video games etc and the Artist's Alley inside the main hall of the building where the con's activities took place.

A second-hand seller with a big manga collection.
The hall where Kitacon had their main activities. Artist's Alley was also located here near the entrance.
One artist's table with self-made goods such as gloves, pillows and cosplays parts like old-school Link's hat and Cubone's skull.
During daytime, I and Shiro Samurai kept looking for Ronya, a friend of Shiro Samurai's who had recently bought Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and wanted to play together with us. We were all excited to hunt together and this was -at least- my highlight of the event. We found Ronya at the Artist's Alley but she -just like my company- planned to go to town to eat, so we all went as a group to Subway. I was the only one who didn't feel like ordering anything, as I ate at Subway just a few days before the con. Once back at Kitacon, our gamer group of 3 searched for a calm place to start hunting at. Sadly, in the middle of a hunt -where no Pause buttons exist- our friend Karri showed up and wanted to, of course, spend time with me, Shiro Samurai and Sacchan. I don't know how long Karri had been at the con but I saw him first during the later half of the event. I personally felt kinda bad playing with bro and Ronya, while Karri kept waiting and wanted to hang out with us. But at the same time, I didn't want to leave Ronya alone, as we had kinda promised her that we will play together at Kitacon. I felt pretty torn to say the least, I wanted to be with both of them at the same time! I also hope that Karri didn't feel too bad about this. He dubbed us the "sosiaalikerho" (social club) at one point because well, we were focused on not getting ourselves killed by large monsters in the game. I must also say that Karri's idea to travel to next year's Desucon Frostbite in a house wagon together -so far I listened- with me and my company sounded way too awesome. I hope this will happen and that my school will give me permission to go.

All in all, I had a really fun Kitacon this year and I didn't have time to get bored even once. I spent my con time hanging around with my friends, checking out the merchandise and playing together with Ronya during the later half of the day. I didn't attend any activities as none really caught my interest, as per usual. Our group arrived at Kitacon somewhere around 10:00 Finnish time and we left -I think- somewhere around 18:00 aka around 2 hours earlier than the con would close its doors which was at 20:30. Oh and I didn't cosplay since the weather was crappy and not-so promising, I just rolled with gray pants and my dead sexy Khezu hoodie from the Monster Hunter series. Kitacon was for me a very successful con and I enjoyed it more than I thought, so thumbs up for Kitacon and I hope they keep it up!

That's all for this time and Gute Nacht.

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