SacAnime hosts a convention twice a year, with the tagline of “Where the Anime Fans Go To Play.” Anime is a term for Japanese animation, but this event isn't limited to cartoons. The weekend offers celebrity panels, game rooms, costumed chess, voice acting classes, and even ballroom dancing workshops.
Last year more than 9,000 people came out to celebrate all things anime, manga, Japanese culture, sci-fi, comic books, cartoons, and TV shows. In other words, anything with a moderate fan-base merits representation. This year convention organizers expect more than 10,000 visitors by the end of the weekend.
Convention announcer, Joe Deas, said this is the biggest SacAnime convention so far.
“We had 33,000 pre-registrants alone,” Deas said. “The preregistration line is a lot longer than I think they were planning it being, but it’s fine. It’s what we want. People come, word of mouth gets out, more people come. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.”
On day one the main floor of the convention was packed with vendors selling t-shirts, toys, and original art.
Upstairs they had panels with famous voice actors from video games, like Steve Downes, the voice of Master Chief in the Halo games. Many of the attendees just mingled and took pictures with each other. Lots of people attend these conventions to meet other fans of the shows and media they like. Sometimes sitting around talking, sometime choreographing dancing together.
One popular convention practice is called cosplay, short for costume play, and it consists of people dressing up as characters. Many cosplayers take their craft to an artisan level, with elaborate tailoring, props and armor.
Here's a selection of our favorite cosplays from Friday afternoon at SacAnime 2014.