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Anime Expo 2018

My very first Anime Expo ever! I have been wanting to go to this event for years, and now that I live about 8 minutes from the venue, there was no excuse! Unfortunately there was a crazy heat wave going on in LA during that weekend (from literally the moment the convention started 'till it ended) but it didn't stop us from having a great time. We also shot a fun video that you can watch below. We'll definitely be back for round two!

Anime Japan 2018

Yup, that's read correctly...Anime JAPAN! As straightforward as this name may sound, this is one of the meccas for fans of anime around the whole world, a whole 152,000 of them! And I'm definitely not exaggerating with that statement either - we saw a bunch of tourists at the convention while walking around.

This would be my second year attending, as my first was back in 2016 and I had the time of my life! I could hardly believe what I was seeing, especially coming from what I'm used to in the Bay Area, which would be Fanime in San Jose.

This convention mostly focuses on new anime for the Spring/Summer season, both brand new releases or announcing highly anticipated sequels! I recall my first Anime Japan when they first introduced Boku no Hero Academia - it's been quite a journey since then! 

Here's a brief recap of the con, as I was mostly immersed into the activities and of course freebies!

SacAnime 2016

The con squad and I had so much fun at Fanime this year that we decided to hit up Sacramento's very own SacAnime for the very first time! 

The scale of the event definitely isn't at the same level of San Jose's anime convention, but still brought a lot of awesome fellow anime lovers and fans. I still saw a good handful of quality cosplays that I tried my best to capture, but was pretty limited as the event space wasn't nearly enough to handle the amount of audience it brought.

I just finished watching Assassination Classroom so I was super obsessed and determined to find some cosplays of it. It's not as popular in America as it is in Japan, but managed to find two solid cosplays! I told them it was the first anime that ever made me shed a tear, and they said a ton of people were saying the same thing - guess I'm not alone!

Here's a recap of the weekend!

Some of the quality cosplays at Fanime 2016

I've attended Fanime a handful of times and it seems to get bigger and bigger every year it occurs - this time around, I decided to take some photos of some well done cosplays that I personally recognized! A lot of these individuals put in a lot of hours of work to become their favorite character for the day, such an amazing commitment for something you love. One day I'll be joining in too!