We (Andrea and I) find ourselves immersed in the world of anime once again. The convention we historically visited in Baltimore moved an hour south to a much larger venue in Washington, DC. We like the chance to share in a celebration of a common fandom, Japanese pop-culture and anime. The really cool part is that my job writing for Honey’s Anime means we get to attend for free. We also get to interview many of the directors and producers of the animated shows and movies. I was really happy to get the chance to interview Masao Maruyama, one of the producers of “In This Corner of the World,” a touching story of a young woman in the Japanese countryside during World War II. I recommend it as a story of for all ages about how war affects us all.
We also enjoyed the lighter side of the con, especially the cosplayers and the expansive shopping options. We love these chances to meet creative people who are so proud of their costume creations.