One of the biggest Anime conventions in North America, Anime Expo (AX) took place over the weekend of July 4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Boasting over 61,ooo attendees, it was truly not a convention to miss on the West Coast. With media participants like our partner Crunchyroll, VIZ, Funimation, and many more attending, fans were ready to enjoy everything AX had to offer. Combined with the panels, events, and signings, these four days passed by in a flash. Some of the biggest excitement came from the guests of honor such as Porno Graffiti, Alodia Gosiengfiao, KANAME✩, both the latter being popular international cosplayers.
Cosplay for Everyone!
Not only did we have amazing international guests, AX attracted so many talented cosplayers all across America. From beginner to advance levels, favorite characters could be seen walking the halls and attending gatherings. This year, the biggest anime cosplayed (that I saw) had to have been Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin, for others.). Many of these cosplayers even created the impressive 3D maneuver gear. The second biggest cosplayed series (again, from what I saw!) had to have been from League of Legends, a MOBA game that has just shot up in popularity in the past year. There were many old and new series that were being cosplayed that I felt could only be seen at AX.
This year Cosplay Photographers (that’s us!) partnered with Anime Expo to take pictures of attending cosplayers and provide a professional quality experience with our photographers. In all my time, I do not think there has been any other Anime convention that has done something of this nature or scope. Though it was our first time doing a large scale photo booth at a convention, we worked hard to bring our best at our booth. We had many photographers at our booth The Bui, Tim Vo (FiveRings Photography), Ray Lum (Ray Lum COStography), Ger Tysk (Chou-wa Photography and Cosplay), Fernando Brischetto (Photographes Sans Frontieres), Al Lin (Shunichi Al Hayahsi) Wei He (OneWei Cafe), Doug Ho (Hko Cosplay Photography), Vince Milum (Darkain Multimedia), Rendy Lai (Rendy Lai Photography) and even half of the Cosmeko girls, Yume and Kitsurie! It was an exciting experience for us to meet and work with so many amazing cosplayers! All of the cosplay portraits we’ve taken are in AX’s galleries for viewing. The feedback we have received so far is overwhelmingly positive and we hope to be back next year!
With so much to do and a location that focused on downtown LA, AX was very impressive. The convention center itself has many locations that one can use where there is enough space to experiment and explore. There was the back concourse between the two halls, just outside the West Hall, and to the back outside the South Hall. Away from the convention center, LA Live was across the street and provided an impressive location both day and night.
Providing press coverage for us was Fernando Brischetto, Doug Ho, and Fokita Magna (Twisted Manga). You can see their press coverage photos below.
So far, many of the things that I’ve been hearing from attendees and friends who attended enjoyed the convention were rather positive. There has been little negative feedback besides the crowding (there was a lot) of people. Is there such thing as too many people attending a convention? Who knows. What I do know is that even with too many people aside, AX did a pretty amazing job this year. See more of our Anime Expo 2013 coverage photos here and here.