by Liz Tarnof
With Comic Con leaving everyone with con withdrawals, Anime California swooped in to save the day. This year marked the first year of Anime California, run by the CEO Jeff Suddarth. Anime California, an anime convention, was held at the Hyatt Regency in Anaheim, California. The convention went on for 3 days, and they offered one day passes or three day passes. Their website said that they were hoping for a whopping 5 thousand guests to attend. According to their Facebook page, they reached a little over 3 thousand guests. Not too bad for a first time con! I attended the con on Saturday. I was amazed and thrilled to see how many people were cosplaying. For those of you who are not familiar with these nerd-like terms, cosplaying is when someone dresses up as a character from a movie, book, or video game; primarily from Japanese anime or manga. I myself went dressed up as Sailor Jupiter, a key character in the ever popular anime show Sailor Moon. Anime California had booths set up for registration which was easy to navigate. The staff were very communicative and friendly which made checking in a lot easier. I was given the Anime California booklet which gave snippets on their featured guests, the vendors and a very detailed map. It also had a detailed schedule of all the events which included things such as the Sailor Moon Pool Party, a video gaming room, anime dodge ball (who wouldn’t want to watch Anime characters annihilate themselves with dodge balls!) and much more. I can say, for this being a first time con, there was a good variety of events throughout the day. The vendor’s had everything an anime geek could want: artwork, plushies, figurines, clothing and costumes. Being at Anime California felt like I was transformed into another world, where all my favorite anime characters came to life. We look forward to seeing more activities, more vendors and hopefully a bigger venue! For all of you con viewers, keep Anime California in mind. Bravo, Jeff Suddarth of Anime California, I can definitely say my friends and I will be more than happy to attend next year! For more information on Anime California, please visit their website at http://animecalifornia.com/.