We Went to Manchester MCM Expo

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MCM Expo Manchester happened on Saturday 20th July. My friends and I headed up North on Friday morning but I missed my coach as I was busy sorting out personal errands for my family. So I ended up getting to Manchester 2 hours later than my friends. However the coach I sat on was more spacious, comfy and allows a pit stop at a service centre compared to the other coach I missed. This, I believe, was due to price as the first bus cost £5 and the one I rode on cost £17 on the day.

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Once in Manchester we shopped around in the city centre and ordered pizza to the hotel as we failed to find Pizza Hut before it shut. It was a fun evening.

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We arrived at the Manchester MCM Expo the following day. This venue was smaller than the London version but was very busy. So busy that the entrance was blocked for 10 minutes to control congestion. There were a variety of stalls where some exhibit in all the MCM expos so there were a few familiar faces. There were many new stalls local to Manchester that I’ve never seen before. People sold cute hats, tote bags, cuddly toys, jewellery, shoes, comics, art, t-shirts and much more. I didn’t buy an awful lot because I restricted myself and didn’t want to fill up my, already tiny, room with more toys.

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After a while of shopping, my friend called me to come over to the DDR machines. In London MCM the arcade/gaming area is always full and hogged by gaming enthusiasts. So to my surprise the DDR and Pump machines were clear and there wasn’t much of a queue nor crowd around them! My friend and I played a fair amount of games and on normal to hard modes which people thought was amazing. They should come to London, I’d be embarrassed to show my skills there with all the pros! However I loved how people of all levels were encouraged to play and weren’t scrutinised. I think it allows people to try out new games and ultimately have fun.

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I even tried out Picmen on the WiiU which I found was fun! The member of staff said I did very well and managed to get the hang of the game, plus almost finish the level, in 2 minutes (I jumped on after a few people attempted the challenge). *does the V pose*

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We left around 5:30 before the rush for the exit began. Had a shower after a ‘gym session’ on the Pump It Up machines and headed out for dinner. We went to Hard Rock Café at The Printworks since none of us had been there before. The restaurant had a good atmosphere with good music and really good food. I tried the local burger of the day which was a lamb and mint burger with fried carrots and onions on top of lettuce and tomato in a bun. Nom nom nom! If you follow my instagram you would have seen my array of foodie photos from my trip.

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The brownie ice cream was big! It was delicious. The strawberry cheesecake tasted really creamy too but it wasn’t as solid as a normal cheesecake should be. The presentation was disappointing compared to the brownie. Although costing the same amount we didn’t think the cheesecake lived up to the cost. Overall our dinner was delicious, the venue was very entertaining and had lots of really cool decorations. Our waiter was very friendly but would be MIA half the time. I guess we were very busy chatting a lot. *le shrug* The dessert was yummy but we just expecting a slice of cheesecake rather than a shot glass filled with the dessert.

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We all enjoyed our mini weekend road trip and plan to do it again next year!! MCM Manchester 2014 I’ll be waiting!

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With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hyper Japan Summer 2013

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So I visited Hyper Japan over the weekend on Sunday 28th July. There was a lot to see! The venue was massive but there was a lot of unused space. This may have been due to allowing extra room for people to walk around in.

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Sunday wasn’t too busy, there wasn’t a queue at the door compared to Saturday. There was a gaming section where new and retro games could be played! I tried out Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. This is a cooperative game where two people fight monsters together using the joypad to create shapes to create weapons. The weapons are created from people, imagine pikmen and calling your minions to group together and produce a sword for you.

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I also played on the Taiko drums which I found rather hard to play since the drums weren’t as responsive. The second time I played, I used the controller but unfortunately I picked up the wrong one and was playing my friends drum; so we had two players on one drum. No wonder Player1 such a high score and Player2 zero points!

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Next I tried out a very old game called Ghouls and Ghosts. Its a Japanese game where you control a spear throwing knight to kill skeletons that pop up from above or the ground. This was a fun game. It was damn hard though! Every time something would catch me out like a random skull being dropped on you or a skeleton happening to emerge where you’re standing. There was also the Nintendo SNES and Sega Mega drive too but u didn’t have a chance to play. The 8-bit and retro console machines will be at Eurogamer in October!

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Shiro-A, an electro pop performance group, performed at Hyper Japan. They were also selling tickets for their event at their stall. I’ve seen them on YouTube and love them! Its so quirky and cool. They were wearing tubes on their head and was running around the whole hall. If you visited their stand they would also let you put the tube on :)

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The food court had so much to try but it was always very busy. Queues everywhere! By the time it died down and I was able to get some the stalls had sold out. :(

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There was a small stage in one corner where they were doing small performances. I saw a lady perform Rococo, usually a male act, which is a comedy performance told by one person. Her story was simple, it was about two kids buying takoyaki but was a coin short. So the older one tricked the owner by asking for the time mid-counting his payment, so he just continued from the number the owner said. Thinking this was clever, the younger kid decided to do the same the next day. To not screw up the trick he reenacted exactly the same scene, word for word at the same stall. This made the store owner worried and asked if the kid needed to see the doctor (because he was talking to himself, hehehe). When it came to payment, the kid asked for the time half way through counting his coins but of course the time was earlier than where he stopped so he ended up paying more than he needed. The end!

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The performer had really good emotions and acting skills! I found it funny ut think she could have told a better story.

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There was also a music performance from an international flute player, shimikansen and drummer. Separate it was boring in a way but it was what they would normally play in the theatre. The flute was piercing and really high pitched but when you put them together and add in a beat it sounds amazing.

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A singer was also singing along to them and taught the audience part of the lyrics. Its so cute! Da pon da pon da pon pon. Doesn’t mean anything but it’s catchy. Some lady was looking at me weirdly because I was singing along… I gave her a “What?! She taught you too yanno!” look.

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I saw many stalls selling cute items. However I only bought a few items because I didn’t take any money out in the morning! Only had £20 on me. Luckily some stalls took card ^___^ I’ll do a full post on that later.

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Did you visit Hyper Japan? What do you like about the Japanese culture? Would you like to visit Japan? I know I want to go again!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

MCM Expo London Cosplay 2013

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As mentioned before, I attended the London comic con festival in the bank holiday weekend in May.

Ryu an Ken Cosplay
Ryu and Ken at a cupcake store

There were a lot of cosplayers this year, most in onesie costumes of unicorns *raises hand*, Pikachu or Hamtaro.

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We tried on Necomimi’s!

There were many lolita girls too, plus lots of famous game and anime characters as usual.

League of Legends was there too and held a tournament. Many fans attended and purchased merchandise. It was so nice! However I didn’t plan on spending money during my attendance so I didn’t buy any champion hats.

Teemo hat
He had a Captain Teemo hat on!
Rammus Hat
He had a Rammus hat on!

Here I’ve showcased the ones I loved and thought were really cool.

With Love,
Kekidoll xxx

MCM Expo London Comic Con May 2013

On 24th-26th May I attended the MCM Expo in London at the ExCeL centre as a dealer as well as a visitor. I’ve been to this expo many times before but the event was massive this year and is continuing to grow.

The stall I had was in a prime position but I found my sales being taken away by my friends who was sharing the table and who was situated at the stall next door. Not to mention I was in the very ‘Pink’ zone so it drove a fee people away… This caused a blow to my profits. Anyway, the experience was amazing and really fun to do! The reason why I shared a stall rather than outright rent a whole one was because it was my first time and I wanted to test the waters. I was so nervous. I learnt a lot from the weekend manning my stall and the techniques for selling to the public. It was an interesting experience and I found many of the visitors to be very friendly and lovely people.
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There was also a lot of cosplay this year from all ages. I was surprised at the lengths people go through to create costumes, in great detail, to match their favourite characters. I will create a different post to showcase my favourite cosplays rather than ram all the photos on here ^____^

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Me with some friends

League of Legends was at the expo this May. They held a tournament on Saturday but was unfortunately badly organised. Fans and gamers weren’t pleased with the delays and the frustration it caused.
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A lot of LoL merchandise being sold :D

Overall I had enjoyed my time at the expo. I managed to sell one out of two suitcases of stock and still have some items left over for next time.

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There was a lot of there massive inflatable minons dotted around!

Will you be at MCM Expo in October? Do you attend conventions? Let me know in the comments below!

With Love,
Kekidoll

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