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RTX 2016 Review

RTX 2016 Review

As stated in my previous publications, RTX is widely known for early releases, great games, and info about all things Rooster Teeth. This was my third year at RTX, and I’d consider it one of my most fun experiences working as media staff there.

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RTX 2015 Review

RTX 2015 Review

Review of RTX 2015 by Agent Nikkz.

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RTX 2014

RTX 2014

Nikkz' Report on RTX 2014.

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San Diego Comic Con 2014

San Diego Comic Con 2014

There's nothing quite like SDCC. I've been to conventions of all types—big ones, small ones, first-year conventions, conventions running for longer than I've been alive—but few conventions have evolved quite like this one. S

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Dashcon 2014

Dashcon 2014

Dashcon 2014 was held on June 11th - 13th, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL.

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Fanime 2014

Fanime 2014

There were a lot of expectations riding on Fanime this year; after last year's registration "line-con" fiasco and Artist's Alley movement, the staff of Fanime had a lot of slack to pick up if faith was going to be restored...

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Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con is a three day convention held in Seattle, Washington on April 18th to the 20th at the Washington State Convention Center.

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South Texas Comic Con 2014

South Texas Comic Con 2014

This was the first year for The South Texas Comic Con, a two day convention located in McAllen, Texas at the McAllen Convention Center, on April 26th -27th, 2014. This convention went above and beyond my expectations for a convention’s first year.

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Otakon Vegas 2014

Otakon Vegas 2014

Otakon Vegas was an interesting beast of a con: a small, intimate convention focused mainly on fan-run events, run by the same corporation as one of the largest anime conventions in America. I was fortunate enough to have an excuse to be in Las Vegas around New Year’s, allowing me to attend the nascent convention.

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Anime Matsuri 2014

Anime Matsuri 2014

This year, Anime Matsuri was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas from March 14-16, 2014. Now, Anime Matsuri has become a big name in Texas anime conventions since its beginning in 2007. They were notorious for promising big and delivering little, and even I had been warned about the cancellation of panels, guests, long line times and overall disorganization.

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Katsucon 20

Katsucon 20

After attending Katsucon 19 in an unofficial capacity and staying in the wonderful Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, I absolutely HAD to give this convention another go. This time, I was even under direction to attend the World Cosplay Summit Eastern Regional Qualifiers held at Katsucon!

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Fanime 2013

Fanime 2013

Fanime has always stuck by its motto, “By Fans, For Fans,” meaning no industry presence in either the convention itself or in the dealer's room.

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Sakura-Con 2013

Sakura-Con 2013

For all that Fanime will always have my allegiance as my home con, Sakuracon is swiftly becoming one of my favorites, and it’s only slightly because it is close and grants easy access to delicious food that friends and I look forward to months in advance.

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Otakon 2013

Otakon 2013

Otakon delivers a diverse, fun, and incredibly smooth-running festival with con-goers from around the United States - and beyond - celebrating Japanese culture and art through interactive panels, competitions, and other events.

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New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

Every year, NYCC has given me reasons to make that trip over and over again. Last year really put NYCC on the map, with the big TV and movie studios finally taking a chance and treating New York much more like they would San Diego, with exclusive content, big panels, and even bigger stars.

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Anime Expo 2013

Anime Expo 2013

Let's get one thing straight: Anime Expo is an exhausting convention. As North America's largest anime convention, it's got a long history and a big reputation to uphold, and it does so by pulling out all the stops: huge guests, big concerts, and a huge cash prize for winners of the cosplay masquerade.

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Anime Boston 2013

Anime Boston 2013

It's time for another installment from Anime Boston! After a five-year hiatus, I decided it was about time to give the first con I had ever attended another chance...For those of you who have never gone before, Anime Boston is set squarely in downtown Boston, a small subway's ride from Fenway Park.

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CyPhaCon 2013

CyPhaCon 2013

Lake Charles, LA,USA. April 19th – April 21st, 2013. Reporter(s): Alaska & Nikkz TitleDateWritersCyPhaCon 2013 Review by Alaska05/18/2013AlaskaCyPhaCon 2013 Review by Nikkz06/07/2013Nikkz  

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Oni-Con 2012

Oni-Con 2012

Oni-Con 2012 was my second time attending this particular convention. Going to a convention out of town for the first time always gives the unique feeling of exploring a strange, new world. Going back there for the second time gives an equally unique feeling, sort of like returning home.

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Anime Expo 2012

Anime Expo 2012

This year's Anime Expo 2012 marked the 21st year of the convention, and by now, it can (and does) most definitely market itself as the largest anime convention in the United States, behind only Japan Expo in Paris for conventions outside of Japan. As such, Anime Expo draws a huge amount of attendees and top-tier guests, like Japanese pop sensation LiSA and renowned composer Yuki Kajiura.

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MechaCon VIII

MechaCon VIII

If I had to pick one trait of Mechacon that I love more than any other, it would be their ability to be ready for anything and overcome challenges. In their first year, they were unfortunately on the same weekend that Hurricane Katrina ravaged South Louisiana, and from what I understood the staff went above and beyond the call of duty to help the attendees in their trying time of need.

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New Orleans Japan Fest 2012

New Orleans Japan Fest 2012

On October 20th, the annual Japanese Culture Festival was held at the New Orleans Art Museum thanks in part to the Japan Club of N.O.

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PortCon Maine 2012

PortCon Maine 2012

PortCon Maine is thus far the only anime convention I’ve managed to attend. My last visit was in 2006 and going back again six years later was a nostalgic experience. I got there at about noon on Friday, and it was bustling with people.

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E3 2010

E3 2010

By Drake Well, it’s that time of the year again, folks – the time when the biggest names in the video game Industry flock to one location and showcase the latest and greatest from their respective companies for an entire week and leave the entire gaming community drooling. That’s right – it’s time for the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short. Over 40,000 attendees from 60 different countries are all packed into...

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Sakura-Con 2012

Sakura-Con 2012

Sakura-Con 2012 was by far one of the best cons I've been to in a long time, largely due to all the awesome friends I got to see and a total lack of drama. Furthermore, it was one of the con’s biggest years for guests. This year there were three major musical performances and a whole bunch of industry people. Voice actors, directors, and producers came in droves, and for good reason: this was Sakura-Con's fifteenth year, and the staff gave it their all to make it their best.

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Otakon 2012

Otakon 2012

Baltimore, MD, USA. July 27 – July 29, 2012. Reporter(s): Psycho Red Another year, another huge convention that has come and gone. My involvement with Otakon was in more of an unofficial capacity this year, but I still cared enough to bring you some highlights. The Guidebook app for iPhone and Android was once again incredibly useful, helping con-goers organize their schedules and ensuring that any changes were received far enough...

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A-Kon 23

A-Kon 23

Another 1,500 miles from home, and another A-Kon was upon us. As I mentioned to you all in last year’s report, I was excited to come back to one of the greatest conventions being held in the United States today, and in 2012, I was definitely not disappointed. With the official numbers being 21,982 attendees, it's not hard to imagine the number of cosplayers enjoying themselves.

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Puerto Rico Comic Con 2012

Puerto Rico Comic Con 2012

Every year in Puerto Rico, the last week of May brings thousands and thousands of people waiting in line for Puerto Rico Comic Con. You can see the joy on everyone’s faces, since the convention is a huge deal here; it would be completely depressing to miss it. When I first arrived, I saw was Kratos from God of War and had an epic fanboy moment in the car. Then, the second I got out of the car, I saw Luffy fromOne Piece, and I knew the weekend was going to be big.

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Aquari-Con 2012

Aquari-Con 2012

UltimaCon was an upcoming, first year anime convention that was making its first time appearance in New Orleans and had many cosplayers excited to have something new to attend to. It was to be located at the Sheraton in New Orleans the weekend of May 25th through the 27th, however, there was a setback in which the Sheraton decided to cancel UltimaCon’s reservations of the venue two weeks prior to the event. With it being so last minute

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Louisianime 2012

Louisianime 2012

When Louisianime announced its move from Baton Rouge, LA to neighboring city Lafayette, I was not certain what to make of it. On one hand, I was beyond excited and filled with nostalgic memories of the experiences from the Lafayette-based MechaCon days.

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Oni-Con 2011

Oni-Con 2011

Oni-Con 2011 was my first Oni-Con attendance. I arrived on the scene close to the end of events on Friday, October 28 to a very convenient parking place. That was the first thing I noticed about this convention, the little conveniences. Parking was simple and easy, as there was a parking garage beneath the convention center. Across the street from the convention venue was a local store, which made getting food during the convention easy and inexpensive.

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Kumoricon 2011

Kumoricon 2011

Well, once again Kumoricon has come and gone, and once again the staff impressed. It was in Vancouver, WA this year, right across the river from Portland. For the first time, it filled two hotels, and it seems like the staff are really pulling it together and optimizing everything to make sure all attendees have the best time possible. I'm very pleased with the results.

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A-Kon 22

A-Kon 22

Well, here we are again. Another year gone by and another A-Kon has come and gone. Let's get right into it. The pre-reg line moved quickly for the amount of people that were there. However, if you had not managed to pre-register , you had quite the wait ahead of you. The on-site registration wait time ended up being about 60 minutes or so depending.....

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New York Comic Con 2011

New York Comic Con 2011

New York Anime Festival. Or, New York Comic-Con (NYCC), depending on who you talk to. For the second year in a row, the two were the same convention. After New York Anime Festival had had three years to cement itself as the New York anime con, Reed Pop brought back NYCC from its hiatus in 2010 and combined the two conventions into one mega event, to varying results.

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MechaCon VII

MechaCon VII

MechaCon has just completed its seventh year in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hilton Riverside, and I must say Convention Organizer, Jon Russo’s words about this year being Lucky Number Seven were totally spot on. In my six years of attending this convention, I have got to say this was probably the most fun I have ever had at any con in recent memory. However, as I say this, let me also preface this with this is the first convention I’ve attended where I have stayed at the convention hotel.

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Otakon 2011

Otakon 2011

Being this was my first time at a con without someone else accompanying me, my attempts to sit down and really take in every single thing the con had to offer were kind of put to the wayside and it was more about taking in the con experience as a whole.

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Anime Expo 2011

Anime Expo 2011

Last summer in Los Angeles was the 20th anniversary of Anime Expo - the #1 convention in North America. It was a 4-day bonanza of Japanese culture. I’ve attended various cons and events in Canada and Japan, including Anime North in Toronto and the famed Comiket in Tokyo, but AX2011 was my first event in the USA. Straight off the bat, I could say that the scale was quite impressive, not as large as.....

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AM2 2011

AM2 2011

We arrived at the first AM² event ever with high hopes and even higher expectations. Heading toward the Anaheim Convention Center brought back a flood of memories. The first anime convention/event that I ever attended was here, and now that original event was elsewhere. But I was back and this time it was a new beginning.

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Sakura-Con 2011

Sakura-Con 2011

Sakura Con 2011 was quite the experience. It takes place in Seattle, WA, and is the largest anime con in the Northwest. With a massive crowd in the tens of thousands, it pulls out all the stops, almost being overwhelming at times. However, that leaves you with plenty to do and plan for, and it is definitely worth it.

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Louisianime 2011

Louisianime 2011

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. April 22 – April 24, 2011. Reporter(s): Chyanime I received the OK for my first Anime Secrets assignment in the nick of time and I rushed to the 3rd annual Louisianime, held in the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. I attended last year and fell in love with the small con. This year, however, it was a bit different. Everything was bigger, yes…but also the staff struggled to keep up. Not only was registration,...

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MechaCon VI

MechaCon VI

When convention organizers Jon Russo and Peter Bares announced at the opening ceremonies of MechaCon V that they would be relocating from Lafayette, LA to New Orleans, LA, I must admit that I was skeptical. This wasn’t just a move from one facility to another in the same city but rather a move from one city to another, two hours east. On the surface this seemed like a brilliant move; New Orleans is no doubt bigger.......

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Kumoricon 2010

Kumoricon 2010

Kumoricon is a convention like any other, but it holds a special place in my heart. Set right in the heart of downtown Portland, it's the biggest anime con in Oregon and one of the largest in the Northwest, second only to the well-known Sakuracon in Seattle. Kumoricon is special to me because it's everything I love right in the city of my birth, so it feels like home.

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Katsucon 16

Katsucon 16

My last time at Katsucon, it was my first time attending a convention on the East Coast; I didn't know anyone who was going to be there, and I was already tired out from a 12 hour bus ride to get there. Even so, the convention managed to exceed my expectations, and I had a great time. This year saw Katsucon (nicknamed KatSNOWcon by many, due to the fact that it took place during the snowpocalypse of.....

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Colossalcon 9

Colossalcon 9

There’s a certain level of expectation that arises from attending a convention that is self-titled as “colossal”: impressive events, engaging panels, astounding cosplay, big-name guests, and a venue to match. This being my first time to both Colossalcon and the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio where the con took place, I was expecting something on par with the size of Ohayocon, in both physical con space and attendance numbers.

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Cosplay Day Out 2010

Cosplay Day Out 2010

Once you’ve been to about two or three anime conventions, bets are you know what to expect before you arrive on the scene. However, this was not true for Cosplay Day Out 2010, an outdoor picnic event held in Humble, Texas for cosplayers to have a day of fun. Why might this be, you ask? Simply put, there are not many major cosplay picnic events of significant size out there, and not many people really ever mention their experiences at one. In fact, a quick Google search brings up a handful of cosplay picnic events, and most of those are not in America, or are small and intended for local anime clubs. So what compelled me to make the four hour drive from Lafayette, Louisiana to Humble, Texas to check out Cosplay Day Out?

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Anime Expo 2010

Anime Expo 2010

This year marked my eighth Anime Expo, the ninth anniversary of the first year I attended, and my eleventh con overall. In these eight years, I have attended and graduated high school and college, worked full-time and supported myself, and most recently, started preparing for a new career as an English teacher in Japan. My anime fandom has waxed and waned several times over, as has my participation in the online community.

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Comiket 77

Comiket 77

To an anime fan, especially one who enjoys fanworks, Comic Market—better known as Comiket—is the trip of a lifetime. Held twice yearly at the spacious Tokyo Big Sight, it is certainly a sight to see.It's a mistake to think of Comiket in the way you'd think of most Western anime conventions. Panels and showings aren't a focus, and while there's cosplay it's not a main event either. The best way to think of Comiket is a gigantic......

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Yaoi-Con 2009

Yaoi-Con 2009

Yaoi-con. Just the name might send a few shudders down your spine, and not necessarily the good kind. These days, the word yaoi tends to conjure up images of screaming underage fangirls, the kind that tend to give fandoms, not to mention fans in general, a bad name. However, if one was in the area and decided to drop by the hotel where Yaoi-con was taking place, the San Francisco Airport / San Mateo Marriott, he or she would be in for a treat.

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Nan Desu Kan 2009

Nan Desu Kan 2009

This year’s Nan Desu Kan was amazing… and busy. Started back in 1997 as a film festival at a local movie house in Denver with just over 200 people attending, in a little over a decade they have grown to become one of the most popular conventions in the Rocky Mountain region. The con has a yearly estimated 6,000 attendees from not just the US, but from around the world. For the last four years, NDK has been held at the Denver Tech Marriott Hotel, the con's best venue yet.

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Anime Matsuri 2009

Anime Matsuri 2009

As far as conventions go, Anime Matsuri has one of the worst reputations around. To those of you who haven’t heard of it, here is a brief history: in its first year, it simply tried to be too big too fast. Voice actors canceled, panels were canceled, events just did not happen. The lines seemed to last forever, and some people could not get in because day passes cost far too much. Staff members were less than helpful and volunteers were downright rude.

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Otakon 2008

Otakon 2008

After many years of anime and manga fandom, Otakon 2008 was my first con experience. It was suitably impressive in scale, with over 26,000 attendees wandering the halls, many in elaborate cosplay. It also boasted hundreds of different scheduled events, from anime and live action screenings to panels and workshops and concerts. There were tons of interesting things for your average diehard fan to do, but unfortunately not so much for an overly discriminating fan like myself.

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MechaCon IV

MechaCon IV

I’ve attended MechaCon at the Hilton Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana for the last three years now, having only missed its premiere in 2005. However, before I go on to discuss MechaCon 4.0, I’d like to spend a moment highlighting something about the convention that originally gave me an immense feeling of pride (other than the pride I felt in it being in my small hometown, of course).....

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Katsucon 14

Katsucon 14

Chaos. It’s the term I affectionately use to describe the cons I go to, and for the most part, its pretty accurate- not much else can describe the experience of the noise, color, and sheer activity of an anime convention. Even the tiny cons I attend are usually a mess of people running around, back and forth between buildings. This was my first time at Katsucon.....

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Anime Matsuri 2008

Anime Matsuri 2008

Anime Matsuri 2008 is a two-year-old convention based in Houston, Texas, run by Emotiongear, the parent company to Anime Matsuri, Showdown Championships, and Import Reactor. Ever since its conception in 2007, Matsuri has strived to set itself apart from other anime conventions by taking events from its child companies and implementing them into Matsuri, such

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Anime Expo 2008

Anime Expo 2008

Anime Expo. There really isn’t any way to describe the biggest anime convention outside of Japan to someone who hasn’t been there before. No matter how prepared you think you are, unless you’ve been smack-dab in the center of the organized chaos affectionately referred to as AX, you’ll be blown away. The 16th Anime Expo completely took over the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3rd to the 6th. This was AX’s first year.......

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Anime Boston 2008

Anime Boston 2008

Anime Boston was (not-so) affectionately referred to as Line-Con 2008 this year, and I’d have to agree. As this was my first year attending Anime Boston, I had to take it on the word of staff and other attendees that last year’s registration and pre-registration lines weren’t the 10-hour monstrosities that wound throughout the halls this year. While the pre-reg line didn’t quite reach the 10 hours that the regular registration line did, my friend and I did

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Otakon 2007

Otakon 2007

For yet another year, Baltimore hosted the largest Japanese animation fan convention on the East Coast, Otakon, on July 20th through the 22nd at the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC). The attendance topped 20,000 eager participants for the fourth straight year, a testament to the con’s staying power and the loyalty of the fans. As always, there were many different things to see and experience, ranging from industry panels where companies........

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Oni-Con 2007

Oni-Con 2007

Oni-Con 2007 marks my second Oni-Con attendance, my first being in their inaugural year of 2004. Right off the bat, the improvements of Oni-Con from their first year to their fourth were very evident. Everything was top notch in their new venue, the George R. Brown Convention Center, which was more than spacious enough for the task. However, while the improvements were amazing, there were also some major let-downs this time around.

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Nan Desu Kan 2007

Nan Desu Kan 2007

This September 2007, my husband Kyle and I attended our fourth year at Nan Desu Kan (or, commonly known as NDK). NDK has been hosted at the Denver Tech Marriott Hotel for the past two years now. It’s always a pretty popular convention, and was claimed this year to have been the best in the region. We always have a good time at this con, and because it was really my first time staying the whole weekend I’d have to say that it was......

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Anime Expo 2007

Anime Expo 2007

July 2007 marked my sixth consecutive Anime Expo (AX), which was an unusual year for several reasons. It was the first time in five years that the con was held at Long Beach Convention Center, rather than the more spacious Anaheim Convention Center, since the Shriners took over the ACC for Fourth of July weekend. It was my first year at AX without my usual convention companion, who is in Germany for the summer.

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Otakon 2006

Otakon 2006

Every year, Baltimore denizens welcome (whether they like it or not) thousands of screaming, sometimes rabid, otaku to the largest anime convention on the East Coast: Otakon. This year, Anime Secrets was able to send a few intrepid field agents along with the flood to the Baltimore Convention Center (BCC) to cover this annual three day orgy of cosplaying, impulse spending and Japanese culture. The experience was unforgettable, for a myriad of different reasons and.......

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Otakon 2005

Otakon 2005

Baltimore, MD, USA. August 19-21, 2005 by Kuzu Ryu Sen [Operation Codename: Camden] [Event and Location: “Otakon: Convention of Otaku Generation,” Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America.] [Investigating Agent: Kuzu Ryu Sen] [Primary Objective: Investigate and report on movements in the animation industry.] [Secondary Objective(s): Investigate and report on the nature of the event, focusing on fanbase and organization; to...

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Fanime 2004

Fanime 2004

Anyway, Djudge, taking a moment from my hiatus here to give all you readers here at AS a small peek of what happened, through my perspective, at FanimeCon 2004, one of the largest conventions right here on the West Coast and in the U.S. for that matter. This year's event was spread out over four days and spanned a good part of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the adjacent San Jose Hilton....

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Oni-Con 2004

Oni-Con 2004

Houston, Texas, USA. October 22nd – 24th 2004. Reporter(s): Drake, Zoomi Greetings everyone, Agent Zoomi and myself have taken some time from our busy schedules to bring you a small peek into Texas’s newest anime convention: Oni-Con. Oni-Con made its debut into the anime community on October 22, 2004, and spanned until October 24, 2004 at the Sheraton Hotel in North Houston. This first year convention walked away that...

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Animecon 3 / Finncon 2004

Animecon 3 / Finncon 2004

This is the the story of our brave posse of three (myself and my two friends Pauli and Tomi) going to the third anime related con here in Finland, aptly named Animecon 3. I live in the capital Helsinki (located on the southern coast of Finland), and the trip up north to the city of Jyvaskyla, where the con was arranged this year, takes about 5 hours in one direction. This year Animecon was arranged in connection with Finncon......

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