WHAT: ColossalCon 9
WHEN: June 3-6
WHERE: Kalahari Resort
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ColossalCon 9, the annual anime, gaming and Japanese culture convention, will be returning once again to the Kalahari Convention Center from June 3-6. The event will feature a plethora of panels, guest speakers, art galleries, games and much more.
Registration will be open every day of the event, starting Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Attendees can purchase single day passes for Friday, Saturday or Sunday ($25, $25 and $15, respectively), but the far better bargain is to purchase a full weekend pass for $45 dollars, which will not only allow access to each and every event Friday through Sunday, but also allow pass holders to participate in the initial events on Thursday night.
The official website for the event has a great wealth of information about the convention, including a handy FAQ guide, a list of general rules for the convention and short bios of each of the featured guest speakers for the weekend, as well as notes about each of the weekend’s events, from cosplay (short for costume play) to the Artist’s Alley.
As most fans of anime can attest to, the cosplay events are perhaps the central thread around which the rest of the convention is woven.
There will be a multitude of homemade costumes worn by fans of all different anime — some very elaborate — all demonstrating the passion that the fans have for their favorite characters. There are cosplay events for all ages and interest levels, too, so don’t be intimidated if this is your first time.
On top of the usual cosplay events and dances (including an “after dark” cosplay, with skits featuring more adult language and content), there will also be judges awarding ribbons in the hallways to cosplayers who simply rock their costumes. In addition, this year’s ColossalCon will feature the first-ever “formal ball,” an event in which all of the attendees must strive to look their formal best. A dress code for the dance, as well as other info about the cosplay, can be found on the website.
If cosplay isn’t your cup of tea, the event features a ton of other things to keep people quite happily busy. As always, there will be several video rooms screening various anime for the entire weekend. The game room, which by all accounts was a big hit last year, has been expanded even more in preparation for this year’s event, including a music-specific game competition area, featuring games like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution.
The discussion panels, which in the past have covered topics ranging from ancient Far East military tactics to the role of women in anime, will once again be chock full of informative speakers and insightful guests, including anime voice acting stars Vic Mignogna (Dragonball Z, Bleach), Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist) and J. Michael Tatum (Ouran High School Host Club).
If you love Japanese culture, art and gaming, ColossalCon 9 is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed. For a relatively low price, you can spend the entire weekend with likeminded fans watching old anime, looking at art, playing in game tournaments and interacting with some of the biggest stars in the world of anime today. Come out to Kalahari Resort to share your appreciation of Japanimation with fellow fans, make new friends and most of all have some good, clean fun with a community of fans that is both friendly and passionate.