I went to Anime Expo 2013 on Saturday, an experience that is difficult to put into words, but since I call myself a writer, I’ll give it my best. My daughter has wanted to go for a couple of years so this year we decided to give it a shot, much to her delight.
For those of you who are not familiar with AX, it’s the largest anime and manga exposition in North America and is held annually in Los Angeles the first week of July. It is a 24-hour a day, 4-day party devoted to all things anime and manga and then some (including Disney characters). Needless to say, we weren’t there for all four days. I was lucky to get in most of one day. By late afternoon, Panera for dinner sounded like a wonderful plan.
The best adjectives to describe my Saturday at AX2013 are: busy, crowded, amazing, hilarious, jaw-dropping, and…exhausting. The picture below shows about one-third of the main lobby and the crowd you see there never thinned. And I mean never. At times it even got busier. We’re talking shoulder-to-shoulder from one side to another. So please forgive the busy background in most of my pics. It was that or no pictures at all. If you look closely, you might even find a couple of characters you recognize. Kind of reminds me of “Where’s Waldo?”
Now for my pictures of cosplayers. Below is a picture of Astrid from “How to Train Your Dragon,” obviously busy texting Hiccup, telling him all about her busy day.x
The Link dudes (below) were hilarious. On the left you have the four Links from the “Four Swords” video game. These four had a boombox that they carried everywhere, playing the theme song from the game. You could hear them coming, that’s for sure. On the right are two other Link characters that they matched up with for the picture.
Here are a few characters from the web comic “Homestuck.” I don’t know too much about them, but the costumes were pretty cool.
I have no idea who or what this creature is (below), but he was BIG — the picture really doesn’t do him justice. I wish I could’ve caught him with his wings extended. Quite impressive. Note the guy on the left. That is his handler/prop-master because the cosplayer had a little trouble knowing where he was going.
And what’s a Con without Star Wars? I love the detail on these guys’ armor. Very nice.
Generally speaking, I recognize quite a few anime/manga characters because of my kids, but I’m not an anime/manga expert so I couldn’t identify who all the characters were — my apologies to the cosplayers. Here’s one example below. I have no idea who this girl is portraying, but she obviously put a lot of work into it and she was so happy (with her short sword in hand). Pretty wings, pretty girl. (If you recognize the character, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know.)
The next two images have to go together. The first one shows what happens when you let your kids play with rogue robots. The poor little girl was about to lose her head but she had no idea the danger she was in.
But not to worry! There was a rescuer! Just goes to show you, don’t mess with an angry mom or her kids.
Then we stepped outside to head from one hall to another and what did we find? A dapper young gentleman adjusting the motor on his motorized bicycle. How very steam-punky cool.
And last but not least, Batman and Spiderman. ‘Nuff said.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any favorite anime and/or manga characters? Or if you were to dress up in costume, who would you be?