Anime Expo Adventure: Enchanting LA 2014

Introduction

It was a day that would forever be etched in my memory โ€“ when my friend gifted me an invitation to the mesmerizing world of Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. The anticipation bubbled within me as I prepared to embark on this exhilarating journey for the first time. Little did I know that this captivating event would unfold into a whirlwind of enchanting cosplays, thrilling encounters, and cherished friendships.

 

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Table of Contents

 

Person in a crowd holding Anime Expo ID and piece of paper

 

NYC Sightseeing Pass

 

Embracing Our Inner Teens

Group picture near displayed sakura trees
With the teenagers

As we ventured into the Anime Expo, my friend and I chaperoned her enthusiastic teenage cousins, we were the only adults amidst the crowd. Despite our mature status, we couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of how we still resembled teenagers ourselves! One of the teens donned the remarkable attire of Anbu Kakashi Hatake, sporting the kid version of the legendary character. As we strolled further, we stumbled upon another Kakashi cosplayer, this time perfectly embodying the adult version, igniting our excitement for the day ahead.

 

 

Kakashi Hatake Cosplay in Japanese classroom backdrop
Kakashi Hatake cosplay in Japanese classroom backdrop

The Allure of Anime Backgrounds

Throughout the convention, our journey was adorned with plenty of anime-inspired backgrounds, creating picturesque spots to capture memories in photographs. Armed with a piece of paper bearing the emblem of my gaming guild at the time, we found ourselves creating banner pictures amidst the vibrancy of the expo. The joy in our hearts knew no bounds as we embraced the playful essence of the event.

 

An Expo of Boundless Wonders

two people with tons of anime bags
The stuff we bought and with tons of freebies also!

In awe, we explored the myriad of attractions at the Anime Expo. From spellbinding cosplayers to captivating booths offering a treasure trove of freebies, costumes, and figurines, there was no shortage of amazement. Our cameras incessantly clicked as we eagerly posed with cosplayers and reveled in the captivating ambiance.

two people with artwork in the background
With Artist Yuumei

 

Unexpected Encounters and Artistic Marvels

Amidst the bustling crowd, my eyes were drawn to an artist’s corner, adorned with captivating artwork on display. To my delight, I recognized the distinct style of one of my favorite artists, Yuumei, whom I had been following on Deviant Art. I did not know that artists would be there. Summoning my courage, I approached her, and to my joy, she confirmed her identity. We chatted amiably, and I couldn’t resist capturing the moment with a cherished photograph. It was a delightful surprise to find artists exhibiting their talent at the expo, adding a unique dimension to the experience.

 

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