This past Anime Expo had all sorts of shenanigans.
On one of the days my friends and I went to the cluster of food tracks
located a block away from the con to get some lunch.
There wasn’t exactly anywhere in that area to sit
and we were about to stand in the 40-degree weather and get cooked alive.
I mean I guess our food would stay warm.
but… No, It was just too hot, okay?
It’ll hurt to be outside.
I don’t know how you cosplayers do it, but,
but man, you guys are troopers. Kudos to you
So we head over to the block that’s apparently called the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza
across a street to the first some sort of shelter.
During the Anime Expo weekend,
this area’s pretty popular for cosplay gatherings
and just general lounging for people who needs some air from the jam-packed convention.
The hot blazing sun is still present but fortunately there’s a few trees to provide a bit of shade.
granted you’d have to scooch over every few minutes
as the Earth rotated then the Sun angle shifted.
So we picked this spot and plopped our staff down.
While we were munching on our grub we noticed that
not too far from us was a Haikyu cosplay gathering
where people were having group photoshoots with others in similarly themed cosplay.
If you are so unfamiliar with Haikyu
after I’ve been indirectly shoving it in your face this past year,
It’s an anime about high-school volleyball.
因此这个人群主要是Hinatas, Kageyamas 和 Nishinoyas 这些人
So the plaza was pretty much filled with Hinatas, Kageyamas, and Nishinoyas.
Off to the side from the main gathering was a small group of friends
who were also cosplaying as Haikyu characters,
rallying their volleyball around.
And just by looking at them you can tell that
they actually did know how to play volleyball.
They had total control and knew how to hit the ball safely to each other.
Now enter another group of Haikyu cosplayers.
Seemingly younger than the previously mentioned group,
these cosplayers just arrived at the gathering, looking excited to see other brethren.
However, they didn’t look particularly interested in being with the main crowd,
so after a minute or so they branched off to the side.
I guess to figure out what exactly they wanted to do.
As they were walking by, I overheard one of them asked one of their friends,
“Have you ever played?”
然后他们回答 “嗯 玩过一次”
And they replied with “Yeah, I’ve played volleyball once.”
And you’d think with that kind of uncertainty,
it’s probably not a good idea to rally a ball with inexperiened players,
especially in a pedestrian traffic area.
Not for these kids.
I think because they saw the other group of friends playing volleyball,
they figured it was appropriate for them to attempt to do so as well.
Assuming because they think they can contain the ball if they play it within a circumference,
the group of friends got into a circular formation, maybe 10 meters away from us.
The girl who asked the “Have you ever played volleyball?” question gets the ball
and doesn’t underhand serve to the other girl who she knew was inexperiened with volleyball.
Ironically enough, the first girl made a pretty poor serve for a friendly rally.
No offense, just being honest with my observations.
The ball gets lobbed up pretty high, way past where she intended to serve it.
And no one went for the ball.
甚至没人喊 “球是我的” 在排球游戏中交流是很重要的
No one even called for it, and in volleyball communication’s pretty important.
Literally, everyone in the circle had their feet planted,
and watched as the ball went up, and landed on a Sailor Pluto cosplayer’s staff.
Like it could’ve literally gone anyway but,
on that day, that volleyball just decided, “I’m gonna wreck some shit today.”
Now if the staff was laying flat on the ground, it may have stood a chance.
But because it was partially resting on a bag,
the volleyball kind of came in like a meteor and obliterated the staff in half.
好吧 也许没有那么激烈 但是权杖确实坏了
Okay, probably not that violent, but it broke nonetheless.
你们记得那个Gun Bound 游戏吗？
You guys remember that video game Gun Bound?
You have those boomer players shoot those super high angle shots,
and you suspect them of hacking because it was almost as if they were homing missiles.
Yeah that’s kind of what we saw.
And remember my friends and I were sitting pretty close to the Haikyu crew.
and the Sailor Pluto cosplayer and her friends were sitting right beside us in the shade.
So the staff snaps and the Sailor Pluto girl starts crying.
Obviously, cosplayers spend a lot of time with their costumes and props
so naturally they’d be upset if something broke.
And then I look up, and the Haikyu kids are frozen.
Deer-in-the-headlights, still with their feet planted.
The girl who served the ball just had her hands over her mouth
and kind of just looking at each other, not knowing what to do.
我的天 我不知道诶 是不是要道歉？
OMG! I don’t know, maybe apologize?
Sailor Pluto’s friends are trying to comfort her and it’s like,
the Haikyu kids are just thinking that if they wait long enough, maybe it’ll fix itself.
It was just too sad of a sight so eventually
my friend Phil gets up and also joins in to comfort Sailor pluto.
and asks the other kids to come and apologize and figure something out.
Eventually they did say sorry after hibernating for like three years
and offered to take the girl to the cosplay repair.
And I just couldn’t believe that literally happened in front of my eyes.
You know, it was almost scripted.
“Do you play volleyball?”
“No, not really.”
“Well, okay, here’s a serve.”
不知道为什么 这个事件传的很快 因为当我们之后回去主场的时候
And for some reason this incident spread like wildfire because we headed back inside the con right after,
and we were already hearing people gossiping about it.
“Did you hear about that girl whose staff got broken by a volleyball?”
“You won’t believe what happened at the Haikyu meetup.”
” Oh my god, this girl’s staff broke up there.”
好吧 就是一个流言展 对吧？哈哈哈哈
Alright, a gossip Expo, am I right? Hahahahaha.
I’m not sure if she was able to repair her staff,
but I hope the Sailor Pluto cosplayer were still able to enjoy the rest of the con.
And you know damn well she’s gonna steer clear from Haikyu gatherings from now on.
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Ashi! You all know I can’t mention Haikyu without inviting you guys to join crunchyroll.
and having some Anime and chill.
If you’re behind on Haikyu, now it’s your chance to catch up.
If you head over to crunchyroll.com/domics link in description,
you can get a free 30-day trail of premium membership.
Ad-free, professionally subtitled and in full HD.
It’s my favorite place to watch anime.
But on top of that, they have manga and drama titles as Well.
I know Christmas may be over, but it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself,
or, even a friend.
Again, that’s crunchyroll.com/domics.
或者点击下方链接 享受吧 新年快乐
Or click the link below, enjoy, and happy New Year!