Photographer Stephanie Agnes (stephxonxmeeh on instagram) trekked up to Los Angeles this weekend for Anime Expo 2015 to get photos of artwork, booths, the crowds, and of course tons of cosplayers. Check out her gallery after the jump!
This year Anime Expo was busier than ever. Lining each aisle were the usual items you expect to see at this genre of event: manga, videos, toys, swords, artists and gadgetry. One such gadget that caught my eye was attached to an HDTV and looked to be smaller than a deck of cards. Onscreen was a vibrant, crystal clear animated video apparently streaming from this box. I stopped dead in my tracks with a “well lookie here” to my partner in crime for covering AX, Andrew. After a short discussion the fine folks at Media Player USA were kind enough to give me a demo unit to bring home for review.
It’s time to get your Cosplay on! With Anime Expo 2011 in full swing this weekend, the crew from Pixelated Geek made its way to LA with very little traffic. Of course with any trip to LA, there was a little here or there, including an overturned vehicle. However James McGinley and myself made it there safely. Upon arrival, it was clear that this was a whole new convention. With it hitting its 20th anniversary, AX 2011 showcased high-quality cosplay; check it out below!
Each year, tens of thousands of anime fans gather in Los Angeles for Anime Expo (AX), America’s largest anime convention. This year, it is held July 1 -4. And, each year, the convention staff holds an auction, in which attendees can bid on items donated by sponsors and industry professionals. All proceeds go to a charity chosen before the event.
This year, given the tragedies that recently struck Japan, Anime Expo announced that it will donate proceeds from the auction to the Japanese Red Cross Society, a cause that is both worthy and fitting, given the nature of the convention. As Marc Perez, chairman and CEO of the SPJA, put it: “While news of the disaster may start to recede from the headlines by July, we know it will still be top-of-mind for anime fans who have a heartfelt connection with the people of Japan.”
The SPJA, or the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, is the non-profit organization that created and produces Anime Expo. You can visit www.spja.org for more information on the organization and its mission, or www.anime-expo.org for more information on Anime Expo and its charity auction.
Backstage in the press/vip room, we got to check out all the Anime Expo 2010 masquerade contestants works of arts up close. We also got to meet up with and talk to, Matthew Mercer, Kyle Hebert, and Kat Steel, the MCs of the event. Check out the videos and photos of the masquerade MCs past the break.
Team Fortress 2 is already a silly game to begin with. It has characters with accents from all across the world, wacky guns, and a drunk one-eyed black Scotsman. In the video past the break, I was surprised to see a small gathering of TF2 cosplayers having lunch. I think the heavy was doing his impression of a drunk David Hasselhoff.
At this year’s Anime Expo, we did our best to take a photo of every awesome looking cosplayer. When I say “awesome” I mean stuff that probably took more than 1 week to think up and create. In the gallery past the break, you’ll see some of the cosplayers from the expo floor as well as the cosplayers that participated in the masquerade event. Enjoy.
For the Anime Expo 2010 Cosplay Gallery part 1, go here.
Please note: if you have not seen seasons one or two of Black Lagoon, there will be spoilers below.
Starting with a recap of seasons one and two, the Black Lagoon – Season 3 World Premiere snared the audience with 5 minutes of laughs and tragedies. Okajima “Rock” Rokuro’s joining the crew, the emergence of Roberta, the vampire twins and Yukio’s dramatic suicide.
Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace has risen to some degree of political clout since we last saw him. He has started a working man’s political party and their grand gala is taking place in the town plaza. A few government turn-c oats and US soldiers have conspired to take him out. With a carefully constructed plan, the combined forces plant a terrorist styled bomb on the stage and destroy everyone in the entire plaza, sans Roberta. Roberta, the gun fighting maid of the Lovelace family, storms off looking for revenge.
We catch up with the Lagoon Company on the streets of Roanapur City. There are rumblings around town that someone is hiding out there, yet no one knows details. Eventually, like they always do, people get around to contacting the Lagoon Company. As their phone rings off the hook for contracts related to this mystery, Revy lets the guys know that Roberta may have been spotted in town. To confirm their suspicions, Rock and Revy make their way to the Yellow Flag. At the bar, we see group after group of the city’s crime organizations plying for intel on the situation.
To get the lowdown on that chaos that ensued, read on… Read On
Anaheim, CA February 18, 2010 — Anime Expo® 2010 is honored to announce anime director
and seiyu Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe as an official Guest of Honor for its July convention.
The United States’ largest anime and manga convention is scheduled for July 1 — 4, 2010 at the
Los Angeles Convention Center. The famed director will participate in guest panels, meet-and-
greets and autograph sessions at the 19th annual Anime Expo.
The charismatic director is among the most well-known anime directors in Japan. Mr. Watanabe
is a favorite among fans for his directorial work on Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, The
Wallflower, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Nerima Daikon Brothers along with many other titles. His
off-beat comedic take on anime has earned him a huge fan following.
“Anime Expo is thrilled to have Mr. Watanabe join our line-up,” said Convention Chair Joyce
Lim. “We are looking forward the excitement that he will bring to our convention!”
In addition to his work as a director, Mr. Watanabe also appears as the voice of Nabeshin. This
caricature and his likeness have appeared in such titles as Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, Dotto
Koni-Chan, EyeShield, Hayate no Gotoku and Tayutama. Mr. Watanabe frequently appears in
public as Nabeshin, so keep a look out for his signature red blazer and afro at Anime Expo 2010!
Check out the promo video after the break…