For this edition 2012, I decided to return to meet these crazy germans at the Connichi in Kassel (middle of Germany). The Kongress Palais welcomed more than 20.000 visitors: a great success for the convention.
The prices are still expensive but I was lucky that Shui bought a ticket in advance and sell it me back for 30€ (3 days tickets).
Best topics of this edition:
– AMV Nacht
– AMV contest
– the Cosplay park !!!
– German beers
– Shui puking (because of german beer of course, this swiss guy is so weak :D)
For going there, I drove from my place to JCD’s place (Trier near to Luxembourg frontier) on thursday afternoon (6th of September). Then we drove to Kassel (around 3h and half driving) to meet the first editors already there.
Thursday night (6th)
Well not much to say: we had dinner at a german restaurant then go back to the hotel in our room (JCD, Shui and me) with like 10 people in the room. Of course we made a lot of noise and the receptionist came 2 (or 3) times knocking at the door to tell us being more quiet. After the 3rd time we had to go out the hotel and keep drinking beer and dancing (GG Cenit) to fight against the cold and the night.
I taught a (french?) drinking game named “caps” to JCD and Shui. You have to shoot the beer bottlecap of your opponent and he has to drink. Unfortunately Shui lost many times and had to drink a lot. But we were punished by him when he puked in our room during the night. So we had to clean everything on the morning. Fortunately all was good after a while.
Well easy day. We were quiet tired. I visited the city and went to convention the afternoon. I assisted to the AMV workshop: it was about editing, sync, and all the stuff that editors like about.
Zest did a lot of jokes during the panel. I did not understand them because this guy was speaking only german! It’s inadmissible, one guy (me) was not able to speak german ^^ But I pardon him because he told some nasty french words during the interviews.
The AMV meeting: just before the AMV Nacht, there was a place to meet all the editors. That was really cool. We ordered pizzas and drink beers. I even met the first winner of Connichi 2002.
The AMV Nacht
This year again Cenit, with the help of Jadecharm, was organizing the night of AMV. As usual a lot of good videos (even few frenchies – Nostro, Creed, Skydean) but the best was like every year : Sempai Says by Douggie, all the public was completely involved during the screening of this video.
After the AMV Nacht, there was an extra time for screening AMV in a video room (holding by JCD).
Saturday 8th: Cosplay time !!!
Saturday was just the perfect day to shoot cosplay models in the park just behind the convention center. The weather was just perfect: a very beautiful sunny day.
So I won’t talk too much for this part, just enjoy the pictures (especially the last ones of the selection)!
Best cosplay concept
Top SEXY !!!
And a special one for the bronies.
To conclude this cosplay sequence, I present a Cosplay Music Video made by zest (with a guest star in it, look at the end :D)
After this short distraction, please follow me to the AMV contest.
The AMV Contests
The contest took place in the amphitheater: the conditions of screening were just awesome despite the sound was sometime not that good (according Shui’s advice).
Results of the Free contest:
The selection of the 16 videos were actually quiet good (really better than last year). Unlike last year, I sent something for this contest and I can really tell you when you hear the music of you video in this room, it’s awesome! There is no comparison with the creepy condition of Japan Expo in Paris (we really need to do something about it guys).
Actually the top 3 between the Jury choice, Editor choice and Audience choice was exactly the same!
Very quiet day as usual. Doing some stuff like a go contest at the morning, taking extra pictures of cosplay, attempting the closing ceremony,etc… But this time I profit of my free time to interview few german editors and I compile all of them in the following video (+ cosplay and ceremonies).
And we finish by the usual dinner at the argentinian restaurant with wonderful piece of beef.
This year again, Connichi was actually a big success.
Here is the facebook link to the Connichi pictures: Connichi 2012.