So I got to attend Delta H Con this year. I have to say that when you're used to a larger con like Oni-Con or Anime Matsuri, downshifting to a smaller con like Delta H....is a recipe for disappointment. The dealer's room was a fraction of the size of even Oni-Con's dealer room in the Galveston Island Convention Center. The selection was much more limited and the figurine prices were on par with Anime Matsuri in the bad old days, e.g. Highway Robbery. That said, I did walk away with a single figurine that was moderately reasonable in terms of price, namely Sinon from SAO II, voiced by Michelle Ruff in the English dub on Toonami.
According to the vendor who sold her to me, she was originally a figure whose container was designed to be sold from a vending machine in Japan. The gun and stand are actually sold separately in Japan. I didn't like not being able to have Sinon with her iconic sniper rifle, but the figure he had of her posed with said rifle was over $100 and I was unwilling to spend that much. Sinon is my favorite character of the entire SAO franchise so just having her was more important. She can stand up on her own, but it's a careful balancing act, and I have her propped up a bit in this photo so she's steady.
I basically went to Delta H Con so that I could show my friend Frank around who loves anime, especially Naruto, but has never ever been to an anime convention before. We hung out all day dividing our time between artist's alley, the dealer's room, and the gaming hall. We ate out for dinner at a local Asian fusion place. We topped off the evening by attending a live performance of two geeky bands, Otaku Accoustic and the solo artist Sugar Joiko. Then the clock struck midnight (well, 11pm) and it was time to retire back to Sugar Land where we watched an episode of SAO Unabridged on YouTube, then raided my DVD collection to watch an episode of Tweeny Witches, then continued watching Log Horizon on Blu-Ray. I had fun getting the permission of Cosplayers to photograph them and they always obliged and I always thanked them. BUT, I've been regretting carrying around my heavy Canon Rebel SLR camera around my neck for close to 11 hours straight. I'm still hurting in the neck and shoulders area this long after. But it was worth it to show my friend his first anime convention and I think he enjoyed it. It also made me more excited than ever for Oni-Con this year down in Galveston. I got new tires for my car just today and am so ready for the Halloween road trip down to Galveston Island this year....we're staying through Sunday night and checking out Monday morning for the full convention experience. I loved last year but I hated feeling so rushed on Sunday morning to check out and get the heck out of dodge. Now I'll be able to properly enjoy the last day of the con and the panels planned for those days and maybe get some last minute steals in the dealer's room and/or artist's alley. I'm also eager to show off my new Star Trek TNG cosplay, mixed in with my ST: TOS cosplay. Gonna be fun.