As I recall, Sunday morning began how I usually start my mornings - with a tall mocha Frappuchino (no whip cream). There already was a line at the Starbucks, but I was able to wait with good company. I was able to answer frequently asked questions regarding the Black and White Ball - "Do I have to wear black and white?" and "Do I need a date?" The answer to both questions is "no." So as long as you're in formal attire, you'll be fine. There are plenty of single mixer opportunities at the dance.

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Sunday morning was the CLAMP gathering. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles remained to be the most popular CLAMP series represented followed by Card Captor Sakura. However, there were other cosplayers present on Sunday morning. Photographers were reading to aim and shoot. I was rather happy to see a Ranma 1/2 group. Good to know that people can still appreciate the classics.

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Our group did characters from Card Captor Sakura. Julia had planned to do the "Platina" variant of Sakura. I have always had my Nadeshiko Kinomoto (the mother) in the closet and ready for wear. Years ago, at Fanime 2004, the closest I had to a Fujitaka Kinomoto (the father) was an Aoki (X/1999)plushie (same character design) I carried around with me. Now, I had Jared to be my Fujitaka-sensei.

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The biggest surprise was Deb and Stan coming out as Yuki and Touya from Card Captor Sakura. It remained to be a secret from Julia. It was planned the week before. We researched the summer uniform on Van Donovan's cosplay website. It was an easy cosplay project to do right before Fanime. Julia was very happy to find out that Stan and Deb joined us for Card Captor Sakura times. For the record, Stan and Deb would like to believe that Yuki and Touya are bros rather than boyfriends.

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Now that we had a mommy, a daddy, and their kids, it was time for family pictures. Back in 2001, when I told friends that I would be cosplaying as Nadeshiko, Eurobeat King once suggested that I should have a full family to take family picture shots. Eight years later, that dream finally came true. I'm really happy with how this group came out. Not to mention, a few people recognizing the Fujitaka and Nadeshiko pairing! Of course, we invited our xxxHolic friend, Warashi (Caitlin), in a few of the group pictures. It's CLAMP - you never know who will crossover!

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Best Kinomoto family moment? Fujitaka has guy talk with his son Touya.


The CLAMP gathering had a very nice turnout. Even Code Geass folks joined us. I found it funny that there was only one Chii (Chobits) since I am used to seeing at least five or ten Chii's at CLAMP gatherings. Thanks to Caitlin for taking a few of the shots!

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After the gathering, the family (sans Sakura) went to Peggy Sue's for lunch. Many thanks to Deb for treating me to lunch!

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