Foolish Humon, on 30 April 2012 - 11:33 PM, said:
Yeah, it really bugged me that most of the cosplayers, panels, and items for sale I saw were not anime or manga themed. To each there own, but I was upset that most of the cosplayers were either Homestuck, My Little Ponies, or some sort of internet meme. This is one of the reasons why I am debating not coming back next year. I've noticed that year by year it's become less and less about anime which sucks because that's the whole reason I like to go. If I wanted to go to HomestuckCon or PonyCon than I would go to that, but I want to go to an anime convention. But you can't control the guests can you?
Grand Master Brief, on 01 May 2012 - 01:21 AM, said:
quick fix to all of these problems. Harsh as it seems. anime only photoshoots. Brony and doctor who fan though I am, no more pony shoots, no more homestuck,no more Doctor who, no more steampunk. Panels must be somehow anime or manga related or have something to do with Japan. I have no problem with people cosplaying any of these things, just no photoshoots for them. C2E2 is like 2 weeks before hand, save those things for that, there is now a bronycon in chicago. There are plenty of other places to gather. ACen 2008 was my first ACen and I have to say that this one was the best one since them but I was disapointed that anime and manga seemed to fall out of the spotlight that it rightfully belongs in.
These are the posts in question where I think I was thinking people are saying "People should only cosplay anime." Like I said, I understand there was a ruckus at the MLP photoshoot. IF it was that bad, then yeah I guess no more MLP should be allowed but I don't think it should be blamed on the fandom but rather the people who started the problem and/or the people who organized said photoshoot. Sorry, but since I'm not a brony, I won't fight tooth and nail for whatever ACen's decision to that is, but best of luck to those who want to keep it.
I understand you guys don't want (or already believe) Acen to lose its focus as an anime con, and that's fine, but I just strongly disagree with that sentiment. Like I mentioned the Masquerade (unless I missed a rule change) is all anime/manga, video rooms are all anime (and to those saying that's not a legit reason, they easily could have put in My Little Pony DVDs or Marvel animated series if they wished to do so but haven't), except for a few web comic artists the guests are primarily in the anime/manga industry in some way, and there's plenty of panels and vendors dedicated to anime.
Until the video room plays more than just anime, there's 20% panels dedicated towards anime, and Lou Ferrigno, Virgil, Ted DiBiase, and Dr. Who actors are signing autographs instead of people in the anime industry, then my personal opinion they can keep the name of an "anime con" and not a "pop culture con."
I don't mind them being different with their panels though. Mortal Kombat isn't anime or of Japanese origin, but I thought the Martial Arts demonstration was phenomenal and I think the majority of people in the room thought so too. Honestly, if you're having fun, does it really matter what the focus is? Just my opinion though...