Today I attended the London Anime Con at the Rocket Complex Holloway Road.
This event offered a wide range of activities and a number of great performers. Highlights included a Cosplay auction, Unshin live-band, and an exclusive performance in the UK of American Hip-Hop artist Mega Ran!
I began my day at 11am when I arrived there were already a lot of people lining up to get in. The venue has a cosy downstairs bar and stage area as well as a huge concert hall upstairs. The downstairs had a fairly large gaming area with consoles such as PS3, Game Cube and Xbox 360.
It was only early in the morning but everyone was already hitting bar,I didn’t want to look out of place so I had a beer.
This event felt a lot more intimate than Hyper Japan last weekend and had more of a party atmosphere to it. I had a walk around the large amount of stalls selling lots of great Otaku products. There was also tables to play Yu-Gi-Oh!
I met a lot of new people and saw a few faces from Hyper Japan there were lots of people with amazing cosplay outfits, I have also noticed that the amount of effort and hard work people are putting into their costumes is getting better and better.
The best part of the day for me was the performance by American rap artist Mega Ran! Mega Ran! takes samples from classic video games such as Final Fantasy and incorporates them into his raps.
When this guy first got started on the small downstairs stage there wasn’t many people watching him at all but the second he began rapping people were filling the stage area to watch. As he sang he got the audience involved and really brought the venue to life. This was the first time I had heard of this artist but I picked up a copy of his CD that he was selling there as I thought every moment of it was fantastic.
Here is a video of one of their songs and a link to their website if your into computer games you need to check these guys out.
I could have stayed all day but unfortunately I had to leave early but I am planning to return tomorrow evening for “Nintendisco’ The fun and games carried on long after I had left with lots of other performances and even Karaoke until midnight.
This event has something very special and I encourage anyone that can make it down there tomorrow to do so, tomorrows events include another performance by Mega Ran!, Akemi Solloway J-culture talks and a cosplay masquerade, tickets are available at the door and you can get all other information from the website.
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