Post by Hannah Heath
Do you like anime? Go ahead. Raise your hand. You’ll look dumb doing it at a computer, but it’s okay. C’mon.
To those of you who raised your hands: YES. You have excellent taste.
To those of you who didn’t raise your hand: This post isn’t for you.
Because this post is all about AnimeExpo: An amazing event in LA built around the culture of anime.
Running from July 1st through July 4th, AnimeExpo takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and it looks AWESOME. The type of awesome that would make an anime character’s eyes get really big as bouncy music starts playing and stars start floating around his/her head.
Now, AnimeExpo isn’t just about anime. Put simply, it is a celebration of Japanese Pop Culture. There will be anime premiers and screenings, gaming, butler cafes, J-pop concerts and dance battles, cosplaying, and panels covering manga publishing, anime films, and pretty much anything related to Japanese Pop Culture. And that’s just to list a few.
There’s something here for everyone.
The list of special guests is quite extensive and industry panels include a Your Name panel, Kodansha panel, Yen Press panel, Attack on Titan panel, and many, many more. The Artist Alley located in Kentia Hall will showcase original artwork, prints, crafts, clothing, comics and more.
As for cosplaying? The entertainment hall will be full of cosplayers: There are even be photo sets for all of the cosplayers who did amazing work and want to get the perfect shot.
There are also cosplayer gatherings located all around the convention. Cosplayers of the same fandoms can meet up to do photoshoots together….And, of course, people like me can gather around to get some awesome pictures.
Sound a little overwhelming? That’s okay. There’s going to be a manga reading lounge that boasts 4,000 titles. You can hang out there to rest and discover some new reads. This is a rather genius idea that, as an introvert, I find very pleasing.
And, of course, AnimeExpo will have their usual premiers and screenings. Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Ghoul are premiering during this event. AND there will be a special screening of This Corner of the World.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? AnimeExpo has a lot to offer and it’s only a few days away. I’m really pumped to be going. If this seems like something you’d like to do, you can get tickets here.
If you’re already going, please let me know! I’d love to try to arrange a meet up!