This was Chibi Media’s first time attending Florida Anime Experience, and it was…an experience.
Let us preface this by stating that we at Chibi Media do not discriminate on the size of conventions. While there is typically less to do/report on at smaller cons, that doesn’t sway our opinion of the overall experience.
That said, we unfortunately don’t have much to report about this convention despite having boasted being the best anime convention in Florida in its previous year. For all the bragging, Florida Anime Experience was massively underwhelming. Even the Facebook page during the weeks prior to the convention were low in traffic and even lower in hype.
Still, we have a responsibility to give you a fair and honest report of our opinions in these reviews, so here we go.
We can’t speak for the hotel stay, however, because we were only at the convention for Saturday. If you attended the convention and stayed at the hotel, leave us a comment and let us know how your stay was!
For the size of the convention (which wasn’t very large at all), the space was just right, although I do have to question splitting Artist Alley up the way that they did. What is the purpose of setting up six to eight tables by registration and cramming the rest in the hallway outside of the game room? Whatever the case, it seemed to work for them. We saw some of the same repeat artists that have been at previous conventions (and one day one of us will be smart enough to grab their cards and give proper shout outs to them) as well as some new faces, which is always refreshing. Hopefully we can meet up with them at a later convention!
I have to give credit to the variety of booths in the dealer’s room. Although there were only two rows of vendors, having a bubble tea booth in the back was well worth working your way around to the back corner. The photo spot area next to it was also a neat idea that we would love to see implemented at other conventions. We even managed to snag some OlyFactory Digimon plushies. Bonus!
I’m afraid there isn’t much else to report. Guests were mostly cosplay guests as opposed to industry related, and because of the less than hype atmosphere, we didn’t really stay long to check out anything else.
Overall, if you were there for the weekend to party in cosplay and not really pay any mind to the convention, then I can imagine you had a blast. If not, and you were hoping for something more mind-blowing from the best anime convention in Florida like we were, then I’m sorry that you wasted the money on this convention. Suffice it to say, there is a good chance that Chibi Media will not be returning to this convention.