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Tora-con 2009!

Jane Homan on Tuesday, 28 April 2009. Posted in Clubs, Student Life

One of the largest clubs here at RIT is the Anime Club. Although I'm not a member myself, I am interested in the activities that they do, such as the huge convention they put on every spring called Tora-con. It's open to everyone, including the public, and it's a very popular event here at RIT. Tora-con was on April 25 (this past Saturday) this year, and I decided to go. I pre-registered a while back, but even then the line was extremely long. Over 1,400 people attended the convention, and if you ask me, it was lots of fun. This was my first convention, and at first I was a little worried I would not like it, or just feel awkward the whole time. But, I was completely wrong!

First off, cosplaying is awesome. It's where you dress up as a character from your favorite series, video game, anything! It's like having another Halloween, and it's lots of fun. So many people put a lot of work into their costumes, and a lot of them were fantastic! They're very creative, and I give them credit for the effort they put into them. I decided to do one myself, being Cardcaptor Sakura. It turned out really well, and I felt like a celebrity! Everyone kept asking me for photos, and then I even received some hug requests...haha.

Many people are weary about these conventions, finding them strange. I felt the same way at first, but after attending one myself, it was great and I enjoyed myself. As long as you are into it, then you'll enjoy it. Even if I did look a little bit funny walking around campus in a poofy costume, I wasn't the only one, and I was having fun so I really didn't care.

I can't wait for next year! I highly suggest to everyone that you try new things, because you will be surprised most of the time to find it's lots of fun and totally worth it in the end.

sakura and group