The Memorial Day weekend was full of fun for fans across North America, as Anime North in Toronto, Anime Oasis in Idaho, Phoenix Comic-Con in Arizona and Animazement in North Carolina gave many reasons to gather, party and revel in cosplay, manga, anime, gaming and Asian pop culture. In San Jose, California, over 14,000 fans came out to the McEnery Convention Center for the 16th annual FanimeCon.
Billed as an event "by fans, for fans," Fanime offers four full days and three nights of non-stop anime and movie screenings, eclectic panel discussions, J-pop concerts, social events, a busy artists' alley and dealers room and of course, lots and lots of cosplay.
Check out the first batch of photos posted in my 2010 Fanime Photo Gallery, and see some of the eye-popping costumes that made the scene this year, including a group of steampunk Hetalia cosplayers, and fans dressed as characters from Black Butler, Reborn!, Claymore and even a two-person Catbus, ala My Neighbor Totoro!Stick around, I'll be posting more photos to this gallery over the next day or so, and adding a report from the Dark Horse Manga panel, with some interesting tidbits about upcoming CLAMP manga releases and much more.
Did you go to Fanime, or any other Memorial Day weekend anime fun fests? What were your highlights of the weekend? Add your stories in the comments below!
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