Anime and comic book fans from around the Midwest will have a weekend of fun, dancing, and a whole lot of wackiness when Anime Milwaukee comes to downtown Milwaukee Feb. 15-17, at the Hyatt Regency and Delta Airline Center.
Anime (pronounced Ahn-e-mae) is a genre of Japanese cartoons, ranging from ones little kids can watch to those with adult content (blood, gore, etc.). It came to the U.S. in the 80’s and just blew up after. The most well known animes are Beyblade, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh!
Anime conventions are where people gather and celebrate loving anime.
“An anime convention is the only time of year where one can be completely socially unacceptable and be praised for it,” said Peter Chiconas, a senior at Whitnall High School.
All over the world there are anime conventions (Sakura Con in Seattle, WA; aCen in Rosemont, Ill., etc.); people even save their money just to go to one.
The most popular thing to do at anime convention is cosplay. Cosplay (Caus-play) is short for ‘costume play’ — dressing up as a character from a video game/anime/comic book/ or band.
At anime conventions people go to panels (a one- to two-hour discussion involving people who attend, some panels being only 18 and up to attend), attend photo-shoots for certain shows, dance, shop, and play video games.
This is the first year that Whitnall High School junior, Sarina Stovall, is going to Anime Milwaukee.
“I’m curious about seeing all the events,” she said.
The cost is $40 for the whole weekend (without pre-registration online fees) or $25 for one day. Come early, due to the line being 2 to 3 hours long.