"The purpose of the Midwest Animation Promotion Society is to promote the development of the animation industry in North America and to further the appreciation of anime and manga as valid art forms. The secondary purpose of the Midwest Animation Promotion Society is to educate people about Asian culture and traditions." This is from Midwest Animation Promotion Society's own web site.
Obviously, not premier or anime/manga enough to be cut short by a non-anime/manga related rave event.
I hate to be griping in one of the first posts I do here where I have been lurking for a while. But, the decision to cut the Masquerade short this year is just so ridiculously comical that it warrants this babbling.
First of all, I wish to say that the Masquerade Staff is SPECTACULAR! I have never seen a more professional, caring, and polite Masquerade Staff in any of my convention going years, from smaller cons to larger ones like Dragon*Con. You guys worked so hard throughout the year to prepare for this one event, and the clueless people pretty much pulled the rug out from under you and left you to crowd. If the decision makers had any backbone, they should have accompanied you to the Green Room that night to break the news to all the skit cosplayers. Instead, they hide behind their curtains in some unknown locale, speaking into their earpieces, and let you face the crowd of crushed cosplayers.
What is ACen? a rave party with anime/manga in name only? Like someone mentioned in another post, a Japanese musical guest from Friday was delayed for two hours, and we cannot delay a rave Saturday night? A rave in which there is no anime/manga theme whatsoever? Instead, let us trump Masquerade, where people have worked for weeks, if not months for, spending money and swear equity, practicing over and over again, so that we can entertain the crowd properly. And, then you just cancelled it so that a rave can start on time (when everything else on Friday and Saturday has been delayed left and right).
Sure, the fire alarm did not help. But, that is not an excuse.
For most part, masquerades at most cons, at least the ones I have been to, usually do run over its allocated time. It's an event with a lot of variables and hard to control. But, NO ONE anywhere else cut their masquerade short just so that a rave can start on time. This is simply amazing, bordering on comical. It's like the beginning of a bad joke.
Sure, not everyone goes to Masquerade at a con. Some people think it's a waste of time. A panel may get cancelled here and there. But, nowhere else in a convention where you have participants who have spent weeks/months on costumes and skits so they can entertain a crowd, only to be told in the last minute that they're not important enough to continue, but instead, some rave has to start on time. Again, when almost everything else in that Hyatt Grand Ballroom had started late in one way or another throughout Friday and Saturday. The decision is totally insane.
So, based on what others had experienced at Crystal Ball and what people experienced at Masquerade, one thing is certain. This is no longer an anime/manga convention. It's place where people come to party, get drunk, and try to pick up underage girls.
This post has been edited by MH121: 30 April 2012 - 07:04 AM