Staying on the Hilton side had a few advantages. We were right at the dealer's room side of the convention center, thus, the entrance was facing the Hilton entrance. We were also close enough to the maid café. More importantly, we were on the Starbucks side of the convention center. There is nothing like starting your convention off with a nice, caffeinated, refreshing Frappuchino. By 9AM, the line was already rivaled the line for the maid café.

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Cosplay was alive and kicking on Saturday morning far livelier than the previous day.

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For many cosplayers, Saturday was masquerade preparation and practice day. Stan, Deb, Carolyn, Caitlin, and Julia went off to get their costumes judged. For the most part, we were hanging out with Miguel, Becky, and Abe.

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I stopped by the Saturday noon doll meet up. I only brought one doll to the convention, Sherry (Custom House Choa), but because I was carrying around so much equipment, she did not get any face time. However, it was nice stopping by the doll meet up for a little bit.

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Jared and I cosplayed as Aoki and Karen from the X/1999 TV series. Many thanks to Becky and Old Man Mike (ConPix) for the photos!

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The most ironic part about cosplaying as the Catholic Karen Kasumi was that the bible thumpers decided to come out and protest Fanime Con. Like the previous year, they stood outside of the convention center spewing nonsensical babble. However, convention attendees decided to have fun with it. Buddy Christ and Raptor Jesus cosplayers came out to pose with the zealots. DJ Saturn and his crew were Rickrolling and Yattarolling the evangelicals.

After much shenanigans, we decided to look for a place to have lunch. Unfortunately, the service at Johnny Rocket's was ever so slow and very crowded. We ended up just going back to the hotel room to enjoy leftovers.

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Because it deserves a mention of its own, Brock finally scores a date with Nurse Joy at the local bakery.


On the way back to the hotel room, we ran into a Kamui and Fuuma cosplay duo. Though the impromptu X/1999 group was not as epic as Fanime 2003's X/1999 gathering, it was still nice to see that people remember this classic (and unfinished) CLAMP series.

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