This year was my first time attending AnimeUSA, and I definitely had a blast!
AnimeUSA is a much smaller con compared to what I’m used to – Otakon, AnimeBoston, and Katsucon have so many people that it’s much more difficult to find friends and meet up. I really enjoyed the benefits that come from a smaller con – to name a few, shorter lines, less crowding, and a friendly, local-community vibe.
Since it was Halloween weekend, not only the congoers were dressed up! I was cosplaying Junko Enoshima from Dangan Ronpa, and the cosplay meetup for Dangan Ronpa was a lot of fun. Being a smaller con, there weren’t as many good venues for large photoshoots. Still, it was amazing!
On Friday night, I attended the dance lesson – AnimeUSA holds a formal ball each year, and the lesson definitely prepared me for the night’s antics. We learned how to dance the rumba, the cha-cha, and east coast swing, and I managed to keep from tripping over my own feet. I also got to admire two cosplayers with incredible totoro-inspired formal dresses!
The highlight of my weekend was getting to see the voice actors for Cowboy Bebop. They read the script from the episode ‘Toys in the Attic’, and it was amazing seeing it narrated in real-time.
All in all, AnimeUSA was a small and friendly convention, conveniently located a short walk away from the Woodley-Park metro station. I’d definitely recommend both experienced and newbie congoers to attend!