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I wanted to thank everyone I met, old friends and new, who made our first trip to the Netherlands and Animecon an absolutely amazing experience! The convention staff were incredibly on top of things, making sure events ran smoothly and us judges were on time for all our events, we could never have operated so well without all the gophers XD I have truly the utmost respect for Animecon to have found such dedicated staff with unwavering morale, it's a rarity, and you guys need to know that <3
Thank you to the attendees for showing such support for the guests and events, everyone I spoke to - and myself included - felt so welcomed and happy to be there! I'd love to host some more panels and Q&A's next time because with judging schedules taking up so many hours each day left little time to socialize and mingle. 

I have a special thank you to all the cosplay contestants who spent countless hours building their incredible outfits and preparing their skits in the Animecon contest, BorderCos, CICAF, C4, ECG, CWM, Yamato Cup, and EuroCos. You guys are truly blessed to have access to so many international competitions, and all decisions were very hard to make for us judges. I know it was also very refreshing for several judges to have so many contestants coming back to us after the contests - even if they won an award - asking for feedback and what they could do to improve the next time; I have to believe this is a very Dutch/European trait haha but it's quite impressive to see people placing their improvement over the fear of critique, and we tried to be as honest and constructive as possible both with construction and skits/stage presence. If anyone has any questions about the way we judged your performance and costume, or would like just general feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, or the performance judge Kev (, we want everyone to succeed and have the best experience possible :D 

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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was so amazing to finally sort of meet you! I am part of the team you (among others) picked for CICAF, and we always ask for feedback through mail, but this time I have actually tried to find you(and others). Sadly I only ever ran into you guys when you were busy (or I was prop holder, on Sunday, for another contestant.) xD

I'm glad to see you enjoyed Animecon, and I do hope to meet again. If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it, either here (I have nothing to hide) or through PM, but only if you have the time!
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Thank you! It was an amazing first time in the Netherlands, I will definitely return in the future and hope to meet you again! If you'd like feedback, please feel free to PM me as I realize the weekend judging schedule was so busy but we're always happy to speak to contestants afterward, even if we appear busy haha :) 
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