CON REPORT London Anime Con
The fifth gathering of the Anime League delivers fun and fashion reports Ziggy Newman
The Anime League’s Ziggy Newman tells SFX about last weekend’s packed London event:
30 June to 1 July 2012, The Rocket Complex (London Metropolitan University)
It’s sunny July, which means it’s time for Anime League’s London Anime Con to appear once again! Running for the fifth time, the event promised hours of anime fun with video gaming and a few surprises thrown in. After arriving early to the event and staying through to the last hours, I was very pleased to say that’s exactly what we got and far more…
The first morning’s events consisted of light socialising with live music. In every square inch there was colour, whether in the form of those cosplaying their favourite anime and gaming characters, or the array of dealers selling everything from The Best New Manga volumes (editor ILYA himself was present!) to cute “Lolita” accessories that could be seen coupled with charming dresses.
London Anime Con’s Otaku fashion show proved a highlight, showcasing everything from the vibrant fashions of Harajuku to latex worn by alternative modelling agency Spirit Models. The fashion tied in well with anime, with crossovers like the gothic styles of characters such as Misa (from the popular series Death Note) as well as anime hair styles sharing rainbow glory with punk from the early ’80s.
Roll on day two and the crossovers continued in the form of Method Cell. This dark electronic duo had the crowd industrial dancing – a popular style exhibited by the cyber-goth subculture at gigs. Even I couldn’t help dancing myself crazy to this amazing duo, which I would recommend to anyone wishing to get a taste of the darker side of synthpop.
The real star of the show however was Anime League’s own customised DDR machine featuring over 2000 songs. Praise goes to those who have devised such a programme from scratch as the professional look of the game is practically on par with Konami’s original. Anime League certainly have some talent on their team!
Along with my tribute to Portal’s Chell in the masquerade, this made for a fantastic weekend of fun. Though not on the scale of London Film And Comic Con, London Anime Con is a must for anyone wishing to start becoming a fan of conventions in the capital. Those interested may also want to attend Alcon, Anime League’s four-day event in Leicester, which you can read about at www.alcon.org.uk. Happy cosplaying!
Thanks Ziggy! The next London Anime Con takes place in February 2013