Shore Leave Cosplay BBQ & Mini Iwai

That's right, dear readers - after spending many a night laying on your bed, sighing and staring at the ceiling and longing for the day that your heartthrob Anime Iwai would call, it has finally happened! Better yet, Anime Iwai is asking you out on a date. Wait, double that - two dates! May 20th and June 18th, to be specific. Gwenblairessica, your arch-rival, is going to be sooooooooo jealous.

May 20th is the date of Shore Leave, Anime Iwai's 2017 cosplay barbecue. You think fondly back on last year's backyard barbecue rendezvous, your heart skipping a beat:

Looking at your calendar, you gasp - May 20th is this Saturday! What will you wear?! The thought of missing an opportunity to have your amazing cosplay in a photoshoot with three different photographers for only $15 fills you with dread. You can already imagine Gwenblairessica's shrill, annoying laughter as she shows off the photos of her "totally retro-nouveaux Sailor Moon/Attack on Titan mashplay" outfit. You unconsciously clench your fist, vowing to buy a photoshoot slot and show up that snob before it's too late.

Mini Iwai 2017

You shake the thought of revenge from your head, focusing instead on June 18th, the date of Mini Iwai 2017. You've been prepared for this day for months - your admission to Mini Iwai is free because you bought a weekend pass to Anime Iwai: Soar. You pause a moment to feel pride in your shopping savvy, knowing that it takes a pretty smart, beautiful person to pre-register and receive both a $10 discount on the door price and free admission to Mini Iwai (normally $5). That's 4 entire days of heart-pounding excitement with your dreamboat, Anime Iwai, for only $30!

You feel a momentary twinge of sympathy for Gwenblairessica. She has been complaining for months that her family is forcing her to go on vacation with them to the moon that weekend and she won't be able to attend Mini Iwai. If you can, you'll try not to brag to her too much about the amazing events at Mini Iwai, like the Legend of Zelda Pool Party, the Glow Party, and the Mini Iwai Costume Contest. Your mind wanders a moment, envisioning the banners you had seen for the events and the links to the Facebook events that were contained within them:

You even heard that there might be an exclusive preview of a new event. How exciting! You feel certain that 2017 is going to be you and Anime Iwai's best year yet.

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