Anime conventions aren’t about the guests, bands, contests, merch, or even cosplay. They’re about relationships. While the festivities are the impetus behind bringing otaku together, serving up event after event as fun offerings for these sometimes massive gatherings, the communal aspects of conventions are what matter the most to the majority of con-goers. It’s funny… Read More A-Kon 31 (2022): Remembering Community
Summertime means barbecues, fun at the beach, and of course, anime conventions! As we do most years, our staff is descending upon anime cons over these next few months. While we’re spying out a number of them, including Hyper Japan festival (London) in July and Crunchyroll Expo (San Jose) in August, we’ve confirmed a couple… Read More Our Staff is Attending Anime Conventions This Summer! What About You?
The extreme hype and popularity for vtubers seemed to be plateauing in the past few months, so I was expecting this panel, hosted at AnimeNYC 2021 last weekend, to be in a small room or venue in the convention. Still, wanting to get front row seats, I decided to go to the panel location two… Read More AnimeNYC 2021: hololive EN Council Panel
On occasion, I’ve interviewed voice actors during the evening hours of a convention. It’s not ideal—the guest is often drained by that point, and besides, I feel uneasy about delaying him or her from resting after a demanding day. At Ecchi Expo, and 18+ anime convention I attended last week, rest was what Michaela Jill… Read More From ATLA’s Toph to Studies at Yale, Michaela Jill Murphy Walks Her Own Path
What is it that makes an anime con an 18+ convention? Going into this past weekend, I didn’t really know. Would it be because the convention featured more panels with frank and sexual language? Alcohol? General debauchery? I admit that the “18+” prefix attached to Ecchi Expo, which took place here in my home base… Read More So, A Christian Walks into an 18+ Anime Convention…
Austin Tindle has been a mainstay at anime conventions over the past decade, having lent his voice to characters in some of the most popular anime of recent years, including Assassination Classroom (Karma), Tokyo Ghoul (Kaneki), The Ancient Magus Bride (Ruth), and Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Yu). We recently had a chance to visit with… Read More Interview with Kaneki and Karma’s Voice Actor, Austin Tindle
Another “Cosplay Beats,” but this time from Paris herself! I had the opportunity to represent our blog at a convention for the first time and it was a blast! Being at Anime Matsuri for the first time since shut down was a surreal experience. I was surprised to see so many people again. The cosplayers… Read More Cosplay Beats! Anime Matsuri 2021