Since 2012 when SunnyCon had their first convention in Sunderland it has always been my favourite convention and each year just keeps getting better and better. SunnyCon has always been a massive success each year up in the North East, this is their first time hosting a SunnyCon event outside of Newcastle and the perfect place to host an event was over at Liverpool, which felt like a little gamble at first wondering if it would be a success for their first event at Liverpool Exhibition Centre I was amazed how well it did and the large space they had for the whole weekend.
Quite a few people like myself loved SunnyCon from the very beginning met some amazing cosplayers, guests and friends I've made over the years; there were many people including myself would be in cosplay for that weekend where ever it comes to Gaming, Manga, Anime or Movies. Travelled down by train with a few friends and even did some sightseeing on the Friday when we arrived in Liverpool, got a great view of the whole city thanks to St Johns Beacon we got the lift to the very top of the beacon and seeing everything from Anglican Cathedral, Beetham West Tower to St George's Hall. We even visited one of The Beatles stores down by 31 Mathew Street and spotted both the John Lennon statue and Cilla Black statue.
The weather wasn't that warm as it was back in June in Newcastle it was the complete opposite and kept going on and off when it came to rain and worrying if certain cosplays, wigs or make up would be ruined from the rain. No, in fact, they did have changing rooms at the event, including bag storage if you travel far or close or don't want to walk all the way back to the hotel to get changed you could easily do that at the venue if you wanted to.
I was also surprised how many people said it was their first time at SunnyCon in general and for a first con as well, where most people would say something like MCM for an example. It's also nice to have a SunnyCon event down further down in the UK giving the southerners a chance to experience an amazing anime convention all in one weekend.
There was a Cosplay competition for both the non-competitive and for the Masters where you could win the grand prize of £500 for 1st, £250 for 2nd and £100 for 3rd all for the Masters and there were some amazing cosplays for the Masters and I was blown away how much detail and effort were put in them. Your cosplay guests and judges were both Bladeycakes and TheStarlightFairy who were judging the Masters for the Saturday. I always like to do a cosplay that no one else would think of doing or something you don't see at a convention very often at the end of the day or weekend it's not about the winning it's about being creative and inspiring other people to be creative when it comes to cosplaying. You would be surprised how many people would ask me for cosplay advice or tips in general, when working on a cosplay, if you got an idea of a cosplay you want to do and doesn't look complicated or something heavy to make don't be afraid in giving it a try.
I did cosplayed as Toan (Dark Cloud) which has been my favourite so far out of the cosplays I've done and cosplayed as Aikuro Mikisugi (Kill La Kill) for the Saturday after party which was held at the same venue. There have always been awesome guests at SunnyCon when it comes to voice actors from popular anime shows like FullMetal Alchemist, Pokémon and One Piece. I've met people like Chris Sabat, Quinton Flynn, Cristina Vee Veronica Taylor, Sonny Strait, Michael Tatum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Bryce Papenbrook, Fumiko Orikasa, Cherami Leigh, Catlin Glass, Brittney Karbowski and Erica Mendez. For SunnyCon's first guests they had for Liverpool were very good choices indeed where you had David Matranga, who voiced Todoroki from My Hero Academia, Bertholdt from Attack on Titan and Tomoya Okazaki from Clanned. And the other guest they had was Stephanie Young, who voiced Robin from One Piece, Olivier Armstrong from FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Lynchwood Sheriff from Borderlands 2. Got both my copy of My Hero Academia Movie and FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood signed by both of them and they did also have their own panels at SunnyCon where fans can ask them questions about their favourite characters and upcoming roles for future games and anime.
SunnyCon also had some amazing panels from Anime Room 101, Anime Quiz, Taiko Drumming, Traditional Japanese Music Experince, Japanese culture with Akemi Tanaka, My Hero Academia, Up From The Depths was a panel based Kaiju based on giant monsters from Godzilla to Gamera. Beanie Games had card game tournaments on Pokémon, Magic, Yu Gi Oh and Vanguard. The VRPodz were pretty impressive to see at a con especially at this event, these VRPodz are a 9D virtual reality experience, they have over 200 experiences to choose from and you can choose from various themes such as Adventure, horror, roller coasters and flight simulations, I tried to go on one of these and you can really feel the movement and vibration when going on one of these VRPodz I was amazed in what I saw.
A charity auction was held on the Sunday where all the proceeds went towards FOCUS Autism UK and raised over £554. I've always had the best moments and memories when it comes to SunnyCon every year, but I always look forward to next year's event and making me think what I want to cosplay next. I'll also look forward to their next event if they ever do consider attending Liverpool next year for their first time in a new area they did an amazing job from all the staff, volunteers, exhibitors and guests a job well done.
Here's a few photos that I took and from my friends over the weekend at Liverpool-
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