Everyday we see conventions popping out of every corner of the country ranging from personal to glamorous events. As with every convention, there are things that people don't realize with going to places like this, and it gets a bit troublesome for our expectations are only being comprehended by lack or organization from their part and at the same time plenty of guys who wanted to get what they paid for. In the growing community of otaku-related businesses this is the time that we must refocus from our priorities. This is the time that we should treat our clients, the people, the definite respect and appreciation that they reserve. We are being shadowed by the fan-fare, stardom, and glamour of celebrities and models in every corner.
Nevertheless, for how they will be able to hear us. You ask? Then stop going to conventions. It's a weird irony really. Allow me to explain why.
|People love cosplay especially when it is properly organized|
More Crappy Cons
Nowadays, there are tons and tons of conventions which the primary motive is to loot money from otaku goers and regular people like you and me. Should we deserve much of this? We usually argue that their places are too crowded. The stages are also small and there are more photographers in the vicinity treating the place as if it was one big studio party. And the worst part if they are creating another next year the only thing organizers do is to put a cosplay icon or celebrity, and that was it.
The Spirit Was Lost
From the start of Philippine Otaku culture there will always be the hardcore fans who appreciate it because of their sense of happiness. Notice most of the time people go to conventions to socialize. From my perspective, it seems that the rise of Philippine cosplay has somewhat overshadowed the true purpose of conventions. For every con-goer, it can anything from meeting up with friends to buying merchandise. On the other hand, photographers wanted to go to conventions to practice their skills (and trying to pick up on them). What's the bad part? There are tons of pickpockets, stalkers, and perverts lurking at every corner.
Making Blame To People Who Are Doing Their Job Right
The biggest hiccup right now is blaming people for making the community more like a trash bin full of rejects than appraising them for all of their hard work and dedication. Blame a certain cosplayer for her celebrity status? You should all thank him/her for pushing our culture mainstream. Is the security personnel being a pain in the back? Thank them for keeping us safe and sound. Cosplayers treating the place like they have it? That's a no-no. If cosplayers, otaku's, and photographers would act decent and have manners, then the regular problems with the organizers and staff would never happen.
I Cosplay To Be Famous
This is really getting boring but it seems most cosplayers have the misinterpretation when it comes to this line?Do they really mean it or it something more like "I cosplay so that I can be a celebrity like *Name of Cosplayer Here*" There are cosplayers that are making a living trough the trade and never did they wanted to get attention from other people. As for the females, I suggest you get into cosplay not because your good-looking and mostly otakus are males but to entertain everyone. I had always seen people get harassed in conventions for the most stupid reasons. Alongside those, males should know the difference between decency and have complete understanding when it comes to anime culture.
We Are Gold!
Since organizers are complete idiots when it comes to satisfying out taste, we have control. We are the ones who save our hard-earned cash to go to conventions. For us, they won't be making business. One thing that separates the best from the worst conventions is how they treat their patrons. I'm going to be honest with you but seems like they don't give a damn about what we want. If they had just listened for once they wouldn't have any problems facing the reality that conventions are getting too crowded and disorganized. Think of us like customers. We always get what we want.
It looks harsh at first, but if you think deeply it just feels right. Take a break from conventions and show to them that we have the power and control into what the future of Philippine Anime should be. At least once or twice a month would be great. If the scene is getting repetitive why not take a break and do something that's highly productive. It would definitely help you in the long run.