Round Rock, Texas - This year's con, for better or worse, felt like more of the same. Familiar friendly faces all laughing, sweating, eating, shouting, and mingling. The communal feel of the convention is still here and the bonds that have already been formed are growing stronger still. From opening ceremonies to the Idol festival to the guest panels, AnimeCTX is what all conventions, big or small, constantly strive to be. Safe, communal, and consistent, yet flexible.
Only thing missing was a beautiful, sweet sounding, Zelda-themed violin tune swelling throughout. The cozy, comfy con is easily one of The Nexcrew's favorites to date. Until next time AnimeCTX!
Cedar Park, Texas - This year's Anime Expo looks to be a big deal when it comes to it's pop musical guests. Check out the lineup below, starting July 4:
From the looks of it, this year's lineup looks to be chock-full of crowd-pleasing acts!
Austin, Texas - Saturday was close to one-hundred degrees outside, but it didn't stop Anime Pop and Kick Butt Cafe from hosting a successful event. For Anime Pop, a quaint, polished and sanitized little shop; the sheer number of patrons popping in and out of the establishment turned the store into more of a museum. All over people were speaking on their favorite anime series, models they've worked on, and wishes for new merchandise down the line. The Anime Pop Austin staff mingled and educated the masses, all while promoting their partner business, Kick Butt Cafe next door. There were door prizes, aptly named drinks and, later that evening, a nerdcore hip-hop extravaganza! Overall, Anime Pop Austin and Kick Butt cafe should look forward to more weekend endeavors such as this, as it is a great way to bring the community together, under the brutal sun.
Round Rock, Texas - The 2nd year convention has a strong list of guests for this year's event. Voice actors such as Chris Patton, Emily Neves, Morgan Berry, and Sarah Wiedenheft. Cosplayers like Sledgehammer Cosplay, Katfish Cosplay, and Mika Nicole. Bundle of energy hosts, Vitamin H are returning from last year as is the troupe of entertainers, Take Zero.
Cosplay contests, anime screenings, a maid cafe, and the Texas Summer Idol fest are among the heavy hitting activities during the convention. There's also going to be the dealers room, artist alley, and panels hosted by various interest groups. The website doesn't make it immediately clear as to whether or not there will be a gaming room at the convention, although there typically is.
The following link is to the convention's ticket sales page--Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass (June 29th-July 1st) and the sale ends July 1st. As of this post, AnimeCTX's eventbright page did not give an option for 'Day Passes'. For more information on the matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
***The Nexcrew will be on site, covering specific aspects of the convention as well