A Guide for Attending Your First Anime Convention

Genshin Impact teleporter for fans to take photo with –  Gamerbraves

Are you attending your first anime convention? It is time to make new friends, explore your interests, and immerse yourself in the world of anime and manga! Follow our guide to make the most out of your first convention. 

Plan Ahead

Proper planning is the key to a stress-free day! Do your research by checking out the convention's schedule, guest lineup, and panel offerings, then make a list of the activities and events you don't want to miss. This helps you in creating a schedule that maximises your enjoyment of the convention without feeling overwhelmed.

Dress to Impress (or Chill!)

Got a killer cosplay or an itabag decorated with your favourite character's merch? Awesome! But if cosplaying isn't your thing, no worries, just make sure to throw on some comfy clothes. Comfortable shoes are a must, as you'll likely be doing a fair amount of walking.

Itabag filled with badges and keychains

Pack Essentials

Pack water, snacks, and a portable charger (powerbank!) for your devices for a comfortable convention experience. A small backpack or tote bag will come in handy for carrying any merchandise or freebies you pick up along the way.

Prepare a Budget

Before you hit the convention floor, set a budget for yourself as it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and overspend. Having a clear budget will help you prioritise your spending and ensure you don't miss out on the items you truly want. it is all about striking a balance between indulging in your fandom and being financially responsible.

Respect Boundaries

While the anime community is friendly and inclusive, you must respect personal boundaries. Always ask for permission before taking someone's photo, and be mindful of personal space. Most conventions have designated areas for photoshoots, so take advantage of those spaces to capture the perfect shot.

image credit : Yushiro @Yushiroco

Still Worried About Being Unprepared?

Don't worry! We've put together a handy checklist for you:

- Tickets and Confirmation: Double-check that you have your convention tickets and any confirmation emails.

- Accommodation: If you're travelling, confirm your accommodation details, including reservations and check-in/check-out times.

- Schedule: Check for any last-minute changes or additions to your schedules and planned activities.

- Cosplay/Clothes: Pack your chosen cosplay or outfit of the day. Don't forget any accessories or props needed for your costume.

- Backpack or Tote Bag: Bring a small backpack or tote bag to carry your essentials, merchandise, and any freebies you collect.

- Water and Snacks: Pack a water bottle to stay hydrated, and bring some snacks to keep your energy up during the day.

- Portable Charger (Powerbank): Ensure your devices stay charged throughout the day by bringing a portable charger.

- Budget: Prepare a budget for merchandise, food, and emergencies.

Make your first convention a memorable experience filled with fun, friendship, and fandom! So, gear up, pack your bags, and get ready to dive into the amazing world of anime at your very first convention! We'll meet you there!