Anime Expo 2015 has come and gone and the cosplay has remained as spectacular as ever. Anime Expo reigns as the largest anime themed convention in North America. Last years attendance numbers were reported at over 80,000 unique attendees.Long time fans and newcomers flocked to the Los Angeles convention center in order to immerse themselves in anime, pop culture, gaming, Japanese goods, and of course cosplay. Cosplay, a Japanese term derived from "costume" and "play", stands as one of the more impressive aspects of Anime Expo. Having attended various conventions including San Diego Comic-con , I can safely say that the amount and quality of the cosplay on display during Anime Expo ranks as some of the best you will see anywhere. The range of costumes spans from classic anime titles like Dragon Ball Z to the newest releases like Psycho Pass. It should be noted that despite the anime themes, Anime Expo has become a convention that also welcomes all things geeky. It's not uncommon to see Batman or Spiderman walking through the halls of the LA convention center.
There is more to AX (Anime Expo) than cosplay of course. Fans and media companies gather to host panels in order to either promote themselves or discuss topics that will interest fans and convention attendees. It also isn't uncommon for large announcements to be made during AX. Kick Starter funded Little Witch Academia 2 is an anime that made its debut in Los Angeles on Friday July 3rd despite it being produced in Japan. The United States is an enormous market and that was made clear when famed Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune announced his latest game Red Ash alongside Studio4°C to a full room on Saturday July 5th. Needless to say, AX is a force to be reckoned with and offers those unable to attend the spectacle that is Comic Con a chance to attend a large scale convention.
[All Photos by Oliver Ayala]