May 27-May 28 2017 – Toronto
Mitch Normand has been attending the Anime Convention since age 15 and has been to 9 conventions. He told Mosaic Edition the convention “is basically celebrating video games and animes from Japan.”
“It is a gathering of people who love the art and would like to get together as well as celebrate with others.”
A lot goes into the creativity. “I do a lot of cosplay here myself- designing and working on the costumes can take months and months.”
Every one at he convention put a lot of effort in their costumes so they can be different and unique.
Though majority of the convention attendees are young, adults in love with gaming were seen at the convention cosplaying.
A participant told Mosiac Edition that lovers of the convention are often introverts who come out during the anime convention to meet like minds and dress in the costume of their loved video game characters.
People at the convention recognize the characters cosplayed. They show their appreciation for the effort made in designing the outfit of their favourite character.
“Do not be afraid of what you love and do and gravitate towards those who understand you.
“We are not different from sports fans who gather in a stadium and cheer very loudly for their teams.
“ We too can go crazy with our fellow cosplayers at the convention.”
Sarah as she agreed to be called made her own costume. It is from a character of a video game. She decided to make her costume in appreciation of the efforts of those who make their own costumes to honour their favourite anime characters.
Sarah also made a lance to go with her costume.
The costume took about a year. She was able to cut the cost of the outfit by using leftover curtain fabric from her house that nobody wanted.
The shoes were from the Value Village Thrift Store.
The hat was made out of a cowboy’s hat that her sister was tired of wearing.
Sarah took classes in graphic design and sewing.