Took a picture with the Vocalist from Magverry (Japanese band that performed at the Sakura Matsuri) ~^_^
Drew Shiro from K project the anime series.
(Note: This is a long and pic heavy blog because it is going to cover 3 days of the con so feel free to read this whole thing if your bored or skip through the good stuff towards the end LOLS.)
Hi everyone! So at the beginning of this month I went to AUSA and I was also a Maid for their Maid Cafe there this year. It was tons of fun because this was my first year going to AUSA and also being a maid for the Maid Cafe inside the con. The con alone was not that great because I hated the structure of the new hotel. It was so spaced out that you couldn’t even get to see everyone’s cosplay. Also, most of the time people were just spaced out everywhere in the hallways, top floor, bottom floor, etc. didn’t like it at all. Hopefully next year they choose a different hotel because this one was terrible. The only one thing I can say that was good about the new hotel is that there was a lot of nice scenery so if you were to have a photo shoot for your cosplay then it would have been perfect. (Pic credits to Bounme) ;)
Day 1 (Friday)
I know most people pack before the big day but I waited until Friday to pack everything because I knew I was going to be unsure about everything; like wth am I suppose to wear since I’m not going to be cosplaying. Oh yeah speaking of that issue, the reason why I couldn’t cosplay as Kagome………. was because the eBay seller I bought from didn’t ship out my package on time and it took forever. I didn’t receive my package until 2 weeks after AUSA and I ordered this about more than a month ago. The thing that got to me was that this eBay seller was a 99.9% positive feedback person, I guess I was that unlucky .1 that didn’t get their package on time.
We finally arrived to the hotel and it was for the most part very confusing. We needed to go pick up our badges but we didn’t have a clue where the staff hotel was located at. The problem about this hotel is that there was way too many wings that led off to different locations and rooms. For anime conventions I prefer a location that is big but very wide spaced, that way you can see all of the cosplays and still be able to move around. After finding the place to pick up our badges we headed out to the Maid Cafe.
Trying to look for the place. (Btw the 2 bows were made my a friend you probably know her Shane. ;) I didn’t have that much time to make the dress cute since it barely just came in on time.
First I had to go find Bebe since we were suppose to meet up before the Maid Cafe.
I found her in the bathroom changing to her Maid outfit and of course afterwards we camhoed.
Alright after camhoing we went to the Maid Cafe, which was just starting to open.
Pictures of the Maids ;)
This one only has some of the Maids, this was before opening the Cafe.
Even in this picture not all the Maids were present. Well for the most part these are the lovely Maids from My Cup of Tea.
Friday was the best day/night for me because Bebe and I got awesome Masters (customers). The best customers we got were these 2 guys, otaku guys LOLS but then again wth isn’t an Otaku when they attend anime conventions. Otaku guys are meant for Maid Cafe’s because the atmosphere is just better, there’s more laughter, lots of moe moe, and we get to be an Otaku ourself which is fun and I like it. So, this one guy just so happened to be dressed up as Kohta Hirano from High School of the Dead, which if you guys don’t know is one of my favorite Anime/manga series. It was really cool to see a cosplay from that series, better yet that cosplayer even had the hand gun that Kohta invented in the anime. It was really creative and looked so legit. I’m glad they were our first customers because they were the ones I remember the most working at MCOT Maid Cafe.
Since Friday was more of a slow/casual day I was able to just get the feel of Maid Cafe and overall its nice, you get to meet a lot of girls who are around your age since everyone has to be 18+ to be a Maid. The girls there mostly have the same interests like you which is great if you are lacking people who like the same things like you too. I’m really happy to have met these girls because a lot of them are very caring and friendly, heck now I’ve even become close friends with some of the girls when we just barely met at the Maid Cafe.
After the Maid cafe was done on Friday we went back to the Hotel because we wanted to change out of our Maid outfits since we were getting itchy from the petticoat underneath our maid dress.
So glad the Maid Cafe was over by now because my feet were starting to hurt since I wore heels for 5 hours. We finally changed and was heading out to McDonalds since we were frekin hungry. Most of us basically only eat at 12pm and then worked for 5 hours straight. Afterwards we had to go back to the hotel to unpack and get dressed. Since McDonalds was the closest and fastest food around the Con we decided to head out to go get some burgers. On Friday night I just hung out with friends and we all went to the Host Club. For those of you who don’t know what a Host Club is it is a club that features handsome young men that you get to pick and sit down with to drink wine or alcohol. In the real world, meaning Japan you would have to pay for everything, yes this includes the Host’s drinks and your drinks. Bottom line you go inside to a fancy Host Club and get to site down with a very HOT guy and you pay for everything. I know a lot of you are thinking like wtf, but that is how it works in Japan, (Real Host Clubs) whereas the Host Club here at AUSA is only for fun but is like a somewhat replica of a real Host Club. For me I like to think that there are two types of Host Clubs. One version is like the real one’s in Japan, where the guys are very alluring, like to drink alcohol with you and chit-chat. Then, there’s another one I like to think of like Oran High School Host Club where the Host Club should have this nice atmosphere and is a place where the Host’s job is to make the girls happy and fantasize in excitement over their Host. Either one is fine but if I were to pick one of course it would be the second one because it would make more sense to go there, I mean come on who wouldn’t like to sip tea and talk to very good looking Hosts.
Check out the Club Ikemen Paradise Host Club FB FanPage ^^ (Too bad they don’t update often)
I was so busy with Maid Cafe that I didn’t even get to take any pictures of some Cosplays. The only picture I got was with Inuyasha because remember how I told you guys that I was going to cosplay as Kagome, well that didn’t go well but I was able to meet this awesome cosplayer. We are actually going to do a meet up at Katsucon because she is going to cosplay as Inuyasha and I’m finally going to be able to cosplay as Kagome.
Day 2 Saturday
Most of us didn’t go to sleep until 3am so when we woke up a lot of us were still trying to get some shut eye. I didn’t even want to budge but I knew that I had to wake up because on Saturday the Maid Cafe was going to open earlier and I needed to use the bathroom to wash up and put on makeup before everyone started occupying it. I really wanted to curl my hair since on Friday I had it straight already but there was no that much time left so the fastest way was to straighten my hair.
We headed out to the Maid Cafe and started work with lots of Moe Moe Power!!!
Oh and of course before the Maid Cafe was going to open I had to camho and take lots of pictures before everyone started getting busy.
Here’s Tida and I, dosen’t she look so cute and different with long hair.
With Ying, or Maid Milk. (I love her crazyness!)
Too bad I didn’t get to take pictures with all of the Maids. I did however took pictures of them individual or in groups so if you guys would like to see more pictures of the Maids from MCOT Maid Cafe then please like our FB Fanpage and also check out/follow our Tumblr Blog.
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Tumblr Blog: http://maids.animeusa.org/
This was my first year as a Maid so for the most part it was challenging but very fun at the same time. I met a lot of new friends and girls there. An Anime Con Maid Cafe is totally different from a Real Life Maid Cafe in Japan, the ones here are more carefree because its not a real paying job whereas the ones in japan are real paying jobs. The girls in Japan take it very seriously because that is their job so they have to be on top of their game everyday. Here at Anime Conventions it’s more of a volunteer in my opinion because the money we make goes to charity. I wish I was rich enough to start my own Maid Cafe in America, that would be awesome, but sadly I doubt it would happen. For those of you girls who wants to be a Maid for an Anime Con somewhere you guys should apply for it, only if you guys are wiling to act Moe in front of people without feeling embarrassed. Just go contact whoever is in charge and apply for it. There may be regulations or rules for applying but that’s how most applications are like. In conclusion, Maid Cafe was a great experience because I got to meet a lot of new people and I finally got the chance to waiter. If I’m free next year I’ll probably apply again at AUSA.
So Maid Cafe was over around 5pm and we went back to our hotel to change. The one thing I was really looking forward to was Mix Speaker’s Concert which was around 10pm. I never heard any of their songs but I do remember hearing about them. I’m happy that AUSA got at least one JRock band to come this year, although I wish there could have been two. The night went by pretty fast and next thing you know it, it was already time for the concert to begin. I went with Ryan and Bebe, we were a little late to the concert but we were still able to see the whole show so that’s okay.
Here is a picture of Mix Speaker’s so you guys know how they look like. I really like their MV’s because they always dress up so every MV is different and unique. They like to have roles and dress up like them. For example the one that they had at the Con was a Pirate Theme. I’ve got a really cool story because I actually got to talk to the two main Vocalist which are the two on the bottom in white and black, their names are Yuki and Miki. The other members names (In order from the left to right): Keiji (Guitar), Seek (Bass), Aya (Guitar), and S (Drums).
Actually before I get into the story of how I bumped into them let me first tell you about the concert. The concert was so fun! Their music is a mixture of ParaPara fun energetic JRock/Visual-K, haha don’t know any other better explanation then that. The reason why the concert was fun and not boring was because they had Para Para in their songs so a lot of the time the fans, Ryan, Bebe and I were trying to follow along and dance with them. There were about 2 songs that sounded a bit sad but those were the two songs that I actually really liked because sad Visual-K/Jrock music always sounds good to me. At the end when the concert was over they had an encore so they played another one of their song and towards the end Yuki threw one of their Mix Speaker’s glow stick heart, which Ryan fought for to get. LOLS
The glow stick that Ryan fought for and got his hand stepped on by crazy fans.
After the concert ended Ryan had to go back to Host Club because he was only free for the concert since he wanted to go. I met up with one of my friend Kitty, who is also a Maid. An hour after the concert we went back to my room because we needed to get something and WTF on the way there we ran into the two vocalist Yuki and Miki who were walking in the hallway leading to the hotel rooms. At first I didn’t really recognized them because they were dressed up in regular clothes and they didn’t have any of their makeup on, but I quickly knew that it was them because I mean who else at an Anime Convention would dress up like this. They were wearing stylish cardigans that overlapped and boots, not to mention Miki was wearing a face mask to cover himself up (like how most Jrockers wear). Once our eyes met we, meaning Kitty and I both waved and said hi to both of them, they remembering Kitty waved back to us and said hi back. Oh yeah let me tell you about that, so Kitty won a chance to go meet Mix Speaker’s because she bought their merchandise from the Dealer’s room and got chosen from the raffle ticket for a free meet and greet with them, there she got to take pictures with them and got their autographs. Well back to the story, so when they waved back to us they asked us where we were headed to and we told them that we were going to the Rave Party and then they asked us where it was at and we just told them it was upstairs. I was so nervous I didn’t even know what to say to them, after that we said bye and went up to our hotel room. Oh boy! I really thought that was going to be the end of us bumping into each other but………….. Sunday morning would prove me wrong.
Day 3 - Sunday Morning
I needed to wake up early that morning because I still didn’t pack all my stuff yet and we were scheduled to check out around 11am or around that time. Since we (some of the Maid’s and Host’s in the hotel room) were working there at AUSA as a Maid or a Host we were able to have staff breakfast. Some of us then went to the staff room to go get breakfast and on our frekin way there we saw the same two main singers of Mix Speaker’s Yuki and Miki. I gasped and told Bebe, Monica and Aaron that they were buying food at the cafe. I wanted to go say hi and take a picture with them since I lost my chance yesterday but sadly I was not wearing my full face LOL, or my makeup. Well I did have on my BB Cream and had my eyebrows drawn but other then that I didn’t have any other makeup on. So me being the hungry coward I was didn’t approach them at the cafe and we went on our way to go get some breakfast. After we were done grabbing some of the breakfast they had we headed back to our hotel room. Let me tell you, it was crazy trying to get an elevator because there was so many people trying to check out in the morning. I think we waited for about 6 minutes for an elevator and when we couldn’t wait anymore we all just decided to go down the stairs. The thing I hate the most is that I always have to use the restroom during the most inconvenient time, so when we finally reached the lobby I really had to go use the restroom so I told everyone that I really had to go and that I’ll just meet them at the hotel. After I was done ^.^ I went back to the hotel room and guess who I saw walking in front of me. Yeah you probably guessed it right, Yuki and Miki WTF right. I was actually really shocked because I thought they would have left for the Autograph session that was in about an hour. I felt like such a stalker because I was literally following them towards the elevator and to the hotel rooms upstairs. What made it even more stalkerish was that there was no one there in the hallway, so it was only Yuki and Miki walking in front of me but they were pretty far from me. I was a little nervous so I actually stopped for a while to see if they would catch the elevator first and then I could take the second one after them but that didn’t seem like the case because I soon made it to the elevator where they were waiting for. When I got there they both turned around and just stared at me, I was pretty nervous because this was the first time I was standing next to any V-Kei/JRock artists.
So when they turned around they took a glance at me and I looked at them and said “Ohayo” while waving. They both nodded and said good morning back to me. At this point I was just thinking like “oh wow they must think I’m a crazy fan who is secretly stalking them, LOL.” While we were three waiting for the elevator to open it finally did and then all of a sudden a guy comes (wearing a staff badge) and I was thinking like ugh is this their bodyguard or something. So when we four got into the elevator Yuki asked me what floor I was on and I told him 4, the funny thing was he already pressed floor 4 for him and Miki. After the other guy who was a staff too pressed floor 2 I then realized that he wasn’t even a bodyguard or anything this guy was just some random staff guy who so happened to catch a ride on the elevator with us. After the staff guy left it was just Yuki, Miki and I on the elevator. It was pretty quiet so I decided to break the ice. I asked them what time they were going to the autograph and photograph session since it was only 30 minutes away, (Note: my Japanese is terrible, I spoke to them in english with a few Japanese words but still it was really bad). I tried my best to talk to them in English slowly and easily so that they could understand what I was trying to say, but then Yuki thought I was asking for a picture so he told me, “shashin” which he thought I wanted to take a picture with both of them and then I realized that’s what he thought I meant and I just went along and told him, “yes can I?” he said “sure sure” and we then started for our hotel room. Bare this in mind that when all of this was happening we were still walking towards our hotel rooms and they were both in front of me while I was walking in the back of them. When we were getting closer to my hotel I noticed that we were all still walking in the same direction. Now we were in the hallway to the rooms and Yuki asked me if my room was this way and I told him yes I was. We finally reached the end of the hall and I told them that my room was the last one on the left and then they both laughed and said, “ehhhh” our room is the one right next to your’s. Such a funny and crazy coincidence that their room was right next to our room the whole entire time! I laughed and told them, “Really? Ehhhhh! How funny.” I asked them if I can go to my room to go get my camera so that I could take pictures with them and they said yeah yeah sure. Okay this was the funniest part, LOL because I was still trying to process this in my mind about what just happened. I went to the room and everyone was still eating breakfast, I then looked for my camera and yelled that Mix Speaker’s was rooming right next to us and told the girls for us to go take pictures with them. Remember that we just woke up an hour ago and we didn’t get ready yet, so some of the girls didn’t have makeup on yet. They said they didn’t want to because they looked like crap and that they didn’t have makeup on but I just told them to hurry up and come outside because this was a once in a lifetime chance. Meanwhile I was looking for Ryan but he was still in the bathroom. We went out in the hallway and saw Yuki standing there while Miki was grabbing some stuff in their hotel room. After he was done we started taking pictures. We took a couple of shots and then after that Ryan walks out with a towel on his shoulders and we laugh at him because he just comes out all of a sudden. Ryan wanted a picture so he went and stood next to Yuki and Miki. After we were all done with our shots I told both of them thank you and waved bye.
During this time I was still trying to process everything in my head. I was really happy I got to see them and take pictures with them, this was the highlight of AUSA for me. After we finished packing we headed downstairs where most of the crew was at and I was looking for one of my friend Kitty. She was the one who won the drawing to go see them. So I was really happy because I got to take another picture with them, because if you show them that you bought a t-shirt then you could take a picture with them.
I think Yuki and Miki probably remembered me from earlier because when I went to go sit down they both waved and smiled. I love how most of them have peace signs. ;) So cute.
Afterwards I said goodbye and we headed back downstairs. AUSA was very exciting and fun because I was able to experience how it felt like to be a Maid, awesome friends and Mix Speaker’s.
On the last day I also got to meet a cosplayer who watches my youtube videos which is awesome. <3 Love meeting and seeing people who watch my stuff. Met Mei-Nya, wasn’t her cosplay cute!
Well I think that about sums up AUSA and the Maid Cafe. I know it was a lot of crap to read but hey if you enjoyed it then great! I mean you can always be lazy like me sometimes when it comes to blogs and just look at the pictures since they already tell you what happens. I’ll probably go to Katsu next year maybe if I’m not busy. If I am then I will definitely be cosplaying as Kagome from Inuyasha.
Also, I will be having a review on the Maid Dress and other good stuff soon. ;D
Talk to you guys next time!~~~~~
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