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Anime Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center had lots of Entertainment

By Devette Johnson

Los Angeles – On July 4 ~ July 7, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, The Anime Expo took over the South and West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularizing the unique and deep culture that surrounds of Japanese animation. Currently the largest Japanese Animation project managed which was founded in 1992.  Anime Expo is an annual convention currently held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Historically Anime Expo (AX) has been held on July 4th weekend as a 4-day event. Anime Expo has grown in scale dramatically, and is currently the largest anime and manga convention in North America. It is the second longest running anime convention (after A-kon in Texas), which started in 1992.

Popular events include the Masquerade Ball, Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, Battle of the Bands, and the AX Fashion Show. The Expo is a 24-hour convention that offers late-night dances, all night video programming, tabletop gaming rooms, and open-mic Karaoke in the late evening/early morning hours. Many of the attendees cosplay (dress up) while attending the convention, and there are many gatherings for fans of different anime and manga series.

Renowned for its ability to bring famous guests to America for panels and concerts, the Anime Expo has been the site of many U.S. premieres of shows, movies, and bands.

Touring the West and South Halls there were hundreds of booths that had original artwork from aspiring artists, collectibles and original Japanese concept artwork. There were all walks of life represented. Many came in costumes from their favorite band, anime and/or video game character. Most attendees in costume would gladly pose for a picture, all had to do was ask. So if you were familiar with video, graphic novels and comic books, you would have probably seen someone you knew walking around in character.

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