Anime North 2009, Canada's premier anime-focused convention, opened its doors today. I was there this time last year, though when I say "there" I mean "in the parking lot of the Toronto Congress Centre." I only entered the doors once, back in 2003, where among other things I encountered a bearded, somewhat hairy man dressed in a Sailor Moon costume who seemed, from a distance, like he had to be on stilts. He wasn't.
I did, though, take some pictures. Cosplayers are one of the prime attendance groups of a convention like Anime North, and a lot of them put a lot of effort into what they do. In this photo I took of the line to get in, you can see quite a few. That replica of Cloud Strife's Buster Sword is as big as a person on its own, as it should be.
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