Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston. This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna T...
Well, this is our last cosplay gallery for Anime Matsuri. I swear there was a lot more awesome cosplay, just check out last year's galleries. However, the venue change made it a bit a difficult to move around for everyone and with even more attendees than last year just maxed out the hotel's capacity.
Yes, have some even more Madoka Magica cosplay. Look at me point my bow at that orange thing's butt! I found another picture of the lovely ladies of Aurum Cosplay again (as Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi) with my friend dressed up as Mami Tomoe. That Gene Starwind cosplayer impressed me with his smokemachine gun prop along with his awesome cosplay. I love it when cosplay prop weapons have some extra functionality, like that that Juliet Starling (from Lollipop Chainsaw) cosplayer who sported a chainsaw that has moving chains on it.
I even made a new friend (who loves Nichijou), Sarah Marschman, at the con who made a poster with these really cute Jellybean aliens poster that a lot of people loved! The Jellybean aliens (she really needs to think up of a better name) are actually from a newly-launched webcomic she's making about that's about a girl trying to find her long lost mom and finds out that aliens have something to do with it. Found out more at The Spaceverse.
That's pretty much it for this year's Anime Matsuri celebration. One person in a classy white coat and trinity knot tie just cannot capture all the amazing cosplay in this convention. I highly recommend you check out their site for more information on next year's Anime Matsuri.
Here is the second wave of awesome cosplay from Anime Matsuri 2013 for your eye organs to feast on! Speaking of feasting, there were plenty of yummy food available to con goers thanks the awesome food trucks. These food trucks (pictured in the gallery) provide good food at reasonable prices and a different fare from the usual hot dogs you can buy from street vendors.
Back to the cosplay talk, we have more for you to see from cosplayers from all over and not just from Houston. Also behold my obvious bias towards Madoka Magicacosplay since I also did some cosplay as "Bromura", a male genderbend of Akemi Homura from the aforementioned anime.
Check out my picture with that rockin' Lara Croft cosplayer from the recently released Tomb Raider, she even has the detail down on to the large puncture wound on Lara's side (Ouch!) which you can see in the picture. Check out those impressive big cosplays such as that full-sized Dalek and that Ruby Weapon featured in the last post, showing the person inside to show the actual scale of the costume.
Also in our gallery is Anime Matsuri musical guest, The Lady Spade, who just happened to stop by my friend's table at artist's alley. I was there when they dropped by and my friend had to point out that it was them. I reflexively gave an awkard (but properly pronounced) konnichiwa to them. They also said my bow was awesome. They're cool.
It's that time of the year again when springtime comes to the heart of Houston, Texas. When the annual Anime Matsuri anime convention, gathers fans of Japanese pop culture for three days to celebrate our love for well... Japanese pop (and nerd) culture. Located in downtown Houston, Anime Matsuri is an annual Japanese Anime and Pop Culture convention and is a classic Japanator haunt. It's not just nerdy celebration just about anime, but also about Import Reactor, where import car and tuner aficionados show off their sweet rides for everyone to admire.
Dressed up as male genderbend Akemi Homura (referred to as Bromura), I ran around with my classy coat and tie with kickass light up bow and arrow, and took a bunch of awesome cosplay pictures. Check our awesome gallery here for a sampling of the cosplay at Anime Matsuri, from anime, video games, cartoons, and movies.
I even met up with Rose and Kitty, who are the lovely ladies pictured above from Aurum Cosplay. They did such an amazing job cosplaying as Madoka Kaname and Akemi Homura from Madoka Magica, that they won third place in the intermediate category for the cosplay contest, all while facing tough competition. Check more of them out on our gallery (and on their site), they're the Madoka and Homura duo with my light up bow and arrow.
Now, I wasn't able to get a lot of pictures like last year, because there so many more people this year, that the hotel couldn't contain all that awesome. So, if you're looking for more pictures, I recommend checking out the Anime Matsuri Facebook page for pics from fellow con attendees.
As we deliver the finishing blow to the cosplay gallery for Anime Matsuri 2012, the final gallery will show only photos that were taken by Ashley Vilardi (Shown in the header image above.). Besides the amazingly spectacular Lotita dress that she wore, she also cosplayed as Caroline from Portal 2 (In accordance to the information given to us by Ed Baylon.).
To kick off the finale of this segment, Ashley has taken photos of people performing random antics as various Valve characters, along with other cosplayers that were not shown in the last three galleries.
It turns out that Persona 4 Arena was not available to play at Anime Matsuri 2012, since Ed did not come across it. However, he did get to play Phantom Breaker, and a game called Kung Fu Srike by 7Sixty Games. Either way, the event still does not top the panel to end all panels!
Lets give a huge GLORIO cheers to Ed Baylon and Ashley Vilardi, for taking the time to take such splendid photos of the cosplayers that were running around Anime Matsuri 2012.
Based on the information and photos that were presented to us by those two, the convention looks like it was a huge blast -- It kind of makes me wish that I did not move out of Houston, TX back in 2004. On the bright side, I will try to attend next year's Anime Matsuri, since it will also give me an excuse to visit my friends that still live over there.
A huge thanks to both of you again, since I was given an idea of what I missed out upon during these last few years. In case you haven't seen the other photos, be sure to also check out part one, two, and three of the photo galleries.
It turns out that the person that was cosplaying Mr. Destructoid was none other than Ed Baylon himself. This must also mean that he has a partner in crime that was helping him out with capturing every cosplayer on camera. To make up for the last few parts, lets also give a huge GLORIO thanks to Ashley Vilardi, who also has a long history with the main people at Japanator. On the other note, it is neat to hear that Japanator and Destructoid also have a bit of history with the people running Anime Matsuri, and that the folks behind the con are awesome (In accordance to the great words of Ed Baylon.).
Now that Anime Matsuri 2012 has ended, I think it would be a good idea to mention some of the things that Ed got to experience at the convention. An obvious one might be getting the chance to play the arcade version of Persona 4 Arena. Besides that, there were also a few fighting game tournaments held, thanks to the owners of the con also being owners of a local arcade. Because of this, many national level tournament players got to join in on the action.
Now the next bit of information is going to make everything else about the convention irrelevant, and it might as well make any other panel from other conventions irrelevant. Anime Matsuri 2012 held a hentai bondage panel where Shinichi Watanabe aka Nabeshin (Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers) performed American and Japanese style rope bondage on two girls! Unfortunately, there was a rule that does not allow people to take pictures, so Ed and Ashley were not able to get any photos of this event.
Lets give a glorious salute to Ed Baylon and Ashley Vilardi, for working together as a dynamic duo. If you are new to this post, here is part one and part two of the photos that they took of the cosplayers attending Anime Matsuri 2012.
I don't know the explanations, but somehow Mr. Destructoid found a way to invade Anime Matsuri 2012. And here I thought that no one from Modern Method was going to attend the con (I might be wrong.). Actually, that is most likely a cosplayer, because the real Mr. Destructoid is out accomplishing important duties for the sake of the world.
The con is about to be over, but the photos have just begun. Part one's set was only the people that were around during the first day of the convention, and part two is the first part of the second day. As a quick warning, make sure you are not at work when you view the Team Rocket cosplay. The reason is that he is doing a gesture that most people might get offended by if they look at your screen. However, it is kind of hard to notice from far away.
Once again, lets give a round of applause to Ed Baylon, for utilizing the Photographer Kick to conquer the evil villains that got in the way of his goal in obtaining photos of every cosplayer that inhabits Anime Matsuri 2012.
Anime Matsuri 2012 is currently still in session during the weekend in the Woodlands area north of Houston, TX, and we manage to come across photos of the cosplayers that attended the con. There are also some photos of characters from western series such as Adventure Time, Batman, Scott Pilgrim, and various characters from Valve's video games. Who cares if they are not from a Japanese series, the shows/comics/video games mentioned are fun in their own way, and there is no rule against cosplaying as western characters in an anime convention.
Lets give a huge thanks to former Japanator editor and current community member Ed Baylon, for using his dynamic super mega photography skills to capture the essense behind the cosplayers at Anime Matsuri 2012.
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