Whether it’s Japanese animation (anime) or Japanese culture, the Anime Expo has it all. Being held at the Los Angles Convention Center, it’s marked as being one of the biggest anime conventions of the year. With fans coming from all over the country, it’s the one-time people can meet up and talk about anime live in person. An event this precious to many anime fans is a once in lifetime event.
What is Anime?
Anime is really the same thing as the word animation. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation” in Japanese, where this term references all animation. Outside Japan, anime is used to refer specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastical themes. Arguably, the culturally abstract approach to the word’s meaning may open up the possibility of anime produced in countries other than Japan. For simplicity, many Westerners strictly view anime as a Japanese animation product. Some scholars suggest defining anime as specifically or quintessentially Japanese may be related to a new form of Orientalism.
What’s Anime Expo Los Angeles like?
Let’s just say that the event seems like it’s overbooked, but more people show up every year. New types of anime fans of all ages show up in their favorite cosplay and talk to others about their loved anime series. Cosplay is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.
Anime Expo, abbreviated AX, is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). With rare exceptions, the convention is traditionally held on the first weekend in July, which typically coincides with the 4th of July, and lasts for four days. While currently hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in the past Anime Expo has been held in other locations such as Anaheim, San Jose, New York, and Tokyo.
We are all excited for the event to take place in the heart of LA. Most likely, we will be trying to cover the event live from the Convention Center. Be sure to check back 4th of July weekend to see the newest info from the convention. Find out more about anime news and video games here on The EXP Grind.