Top 5 Peeves of Anime Expo 2016
There are up and downs to any event. If you have ever been to Disneyland, you know how insanely long the lines are. Anime Expo is no exception. I do have several favorite moments of this year’s expo that outweigh my peeves, but the peeves cannot be ignored. To be clear, my peeves are not a result of the convention, but the attendees. If you’re confused, I’ll break it down.
A lot of the staff are volunteers that want to attend the expo for free. This is a great idea for people low on cash and for people who want to be surrounded by anime. Unfortunately, most of the volunteers know nothing. While waiting to enter the exhibit hall, the guard initially told us we can sit on the chairs up against the wall. Thirty minutes later, his supervisor passes by and says we need to leave that area. Several volunteers had no idea where press registration was and many seemed to be doing the bare minimum to fulfill their job. With that said, the people at the press registration desk were extremely helpful. I wish they were all like that.
- Effects of Their Largest Crowd Ever
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Anime Expo and the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) went all out to create an amazing expo. This led to world breaking numbers in the history of Anime Expo attendees. Now, can you imagine how much traffic that leads to? Both vehicle and foot traffic was insane around the convention center. I felt bad for the cars that had no idea about the convention and were stranded in the middle of the intersection because dozens of people decided to cross even though the light turned red. This brings me to my next point.
- Lack of Common Courtesy
Crossing a red light knowing it will affect the cars’ ability to pass through the intersection is both illegal and rude. For whatever reason, out of all the conventions I go to throughout the year, Anime Expo consistently has the most people with a lack of common courtesy. So many people don’t say “excuse me” when they bump into you, don’t cover their mouth when sneezing, don’t clean their hands if they sneezed into their hands, and stop walking in the middle of an aisle to only block other people’s path. I saw one guy who went straight out of the stall and into the exhibit hall. What’s worst is that these aren’t even the worst gripes I have on people with lack of common courtesy.
In my top five moments of Anime Expo 2016, I mentioned cosplays and fan service. There are many women that cosplay, work, and attend at Anime Expo. Unfortunately, many are unmotivated to attend for good reason. That reason is creepers. Yes, many women cosplay for the attention and to promote themselves as a model and cosplayer. They are however NOT promoting to be touched, groped, and stared at awkwardly. If you want to take a picture of them, ASK for permission. Treat them with respect and respect the courage they have to walk around thousands of people in an outfit that covers less than 50% of their body.
- Body Odor
Earlier this year, I went to Coachella. It’s in the hot desert with people dancing, jumping around, and this leads to body odor. Anime Expo attendees had worse body odor than the people at Coachella. I understand if you’ve been wearing your cosplay outfit all day or if you have body odor after a long day at the expo. However, if you have body odor at two hours before the exhibit hall opens, then that tells me you didn’t shower and you have poor hygiene. I passed by one too many people who made me want to scream in my best Gabriel Iglesias voice, “PUT ON DEODORANT!” If you’re one of the people that shower AND bring deodorant in case you develop body odor, I love you.
Do you have a bad Anime Expo moment that wasn’t on my list? Tell us below.
Anime Expo 2016
Anime Expo itself was amazing and you missed out if you didn’t attend. If you do attend, be aware of bad body odor, horrible traffic, and lack of common courtesy.