What can anyone say about the biggest event of the weekend, the Masquerade?  By far it is the largest and most anticipated event ever for anime fans from all walks of life and this year's AX2003 was perhaps the biggest yet!

Anime Expo 2003
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Let the show begin!  From sword fights and stage acrobatics, glorious walk-ons and musical concertos, 
AX2003's Masquerade displayed characters from Kingdom Hearts, Wish, Tokyo Mew Mew, Pita Ten, Spirited Away, 
Street Fighter II, Gundam Wing, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, Clover, .hack//sign, Inuyasha, Final Fantasy VIII, Dead or 
Alive 3, Card Captor Sakura, Final Fantasy X, Guilty Gear X, Hellsing, Chobits, X, Ayashi no Ceres, Cowboy Bebop, 
Lupin III, YuGiOh, Final Fantasy X-2, Maho Yugi, Summon Nights 2, Tokyo Babylon, Trigun, Pokemon, Darkstalkers, 
Macross, Fushigi Yugi, Paradise Kiss, Hunter X Hunter, Digi Charat, Rose Duelist, Ranma 1/2, Witch Hunter Robin, 
Gundam 8th MS Team, Evangelion, Crayon Shin-chan, Final Fantasy 6, Battle Angel Alita, Hand Maid May, Speed 
Racer, Rurouni Kenshin, Soul Calibur, and much more!

Drama!  Romance!  Music!  Following are just some of the highlights of those amazing 
skits and craftsmanship walk-ons for this year's Masquerade.

The AX2003 Masquerade night opened up with the Golden Tiger Theater Percussion Ensemble from Delano High School performing the musical theme from XenoSaga!
The Light Warriors reenacted the dark and perilous journey of popular characters from Kingdom Hearts with sword fights and powerful dialogue.
Winner!  Best of Show, Presentation

Angels from Wish were bestowed upon the stage as they danced to the tune of Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel.
Mini-Magical Girls introduced all the characters from Tokyo Mew Mew and their cute magical powers.
Winner! Best of Show, Junior/Youth
U.F.O. with characters from Pita Ten led a whimsical barter exchange of Hentai for Yaoi for those maturing anime fan minds!
Winner!  Max & Debbie Callahan's Judge's Award, Presentation

Bika cosplay group displayed all the popular characters from Miyazaki's latest award-winning hit Spirited Away.
Winner! Best of Show, Group Craftsmanship

Master Zero represented the Peace and Love wesside rhythms 'o Gundam Wing cosplay.

The war is not over as Masqued Bandits reintroduced characters Dilandau and Van fighting it out in a tiny little sequel to the Escaflowne series.
Winner! Design Award, Craftsmanship
With violin concerto and acrobatics, Neo Princess Sailor Neptune demonstrated her colorful skills to the tune of Enya.

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