Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Anime LA 2015!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2015!  This news report covers our trip to Anime LA 2015 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Los Angeles, California over the weekend of January 9-11, Anime LA 2015 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Anime LA 2015 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend.  Guests of Honor included Carl Gustav Horn, Liz Ohanesian, David Vincent, Matthew Mercer, and Tadao Tomomatsu. Main events included Anime Dodgeball, Twilight Knights Sword Demo, Team Lift XMA Advanced Stunt Fighting, Otaku Debate, Scavenger Hunt, J-Pop Dance Party, Otaku B-Boy Competition, Masquerade Cosplay Contest, Anime LA Dance, Voice Acting for Video Games, and more.  Panels and workshops included Business of Voice Acting, My Little Pony, Playing Pretend for a Living, How to Write About Events, Channel Panda, Positivity in Cosplay, Touhou, RWBY Lore, Singing Anime Songs 101, Crossplay 101, Extreme Anime, Cosplay Wrestling Federation, Tokukatsu, History of Manga, Music of Yoko Kanno, Convention Story Time, Fanfiction, Cosplay Props, SFX Makeup for Cosplay, Posing for Cosplay Photography, Making Sailor Uniforms, Intro to Cosplay, Create a Successful Panel, Team Rocket Recruitment, Figure Collecting, Voice Audition Process, Kingdom Hearts, Project Cosplay, Live Demo of Cosplay Posing, Fuu's Fabric Hour, Hand Sewing, Wig Styling, Jojo's Bizarre Posing Academy, Old School Anime, Ultimate Naruto, Intro to World of Japanese Idols, Maid Cafe Culture, Reflections of Drama, Working in the Anime Industry, Kpop vs. Jpop, Improv Workshop, Intro to Foam Props, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Anime LA saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Vocaloid, Dramatical Murder, Sword Art Online, RWBY, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Dangan Ronpa, Magi, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Black Butler, Free!, Soul Eater, Love Live, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Anime LA stock convention archives!
Report: Anime LA 2015 bidded a final farewell, adieu, au revoir, ciao, adios, sayonara, bon voyage, cheers, toodle-oo, and just plain goodbye to the Los Angeles Marriott hotel and transitioned into the big boys club of a larger venue at the Ontario Convention Center for 2016. 

Registration was a blast as usual. Showing up around 11am on Friday, the line for Pre-Registration badge pickup was effortless and I was well on my way to enjoying the big weekend ahead of schedule. Much of the convention functions carried over in their usual locations. Dealers Hall had plenty of plushies, cosplay wigs and accessories, collectible figurines, posters, games and so forth. Artists Alley featured plenty of art inspired from Free!, RWBY, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Vocaloid, and more. Gaming lounges had a decent selection of pachinko and video games. The video rooms appeared to gather a good crowd for most of its screenings. Karaoke room always seemed to have a good crowd as well as plenty of fine performers. 

Convention staff was typically nice and helpful, dutifully checking for badges here and there and keeping the traffic flow efficient and moving along without blocking major hallways. The hotel staff did their best to do the same but I imagine they also were a bit flummoxed on what to do with so many costumed people cramming into the lobby and hallways when it rained on Saturday. Most of the convention attendees seemed to pass the time away in the lobby waiting out the rain and then quickly proceeded to gather outside on the pool area as soon as it let up. Nothing and no one was going to spoil their weekend, not the elevator lines, not the attendance cap at 4000, not even the thought of losing what would be the last fun times at the Marriott, for better or worse. 

Most people seemed upbeat about leaving the Marriott's tight spaces but at the same time felt a bit anxious about how much memorable parts they'd lose. Will the cosplay photos be posted on the walls of the new center? Will there be cool cosplay gathering areas? Will there be a hospitality suite?  Will there be collectible ribbons?  Will there be open patio decks from which to host all the cool impromptu parties?  Will the basic function spaces hold all the dealers, artists, and then some? What will the parking be like?  What will the new hotel staff be like?  Will Anime LA lose its small cozy cool factor as it grows ever larger into a watered-down vanilla version of its former self?

It's anyone's guess as to how Anime LA 2016 will carry through, but I imagine after a good long 11 years of serving its attendees, the new digs really shouldn't be a problem since it has a history of different locations since its beginning in 2005. The fond memories of the cosplay gatherings by the grand ol' blue poolside, sunny snapshots, frequent lobby parties, cozy fireside chats with the convention heads in the hallways, rainbow benches and cozy beanbag chairs adorning the halls of the convention center are dutifully recorded and I look forward to what the future brings for next year.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Anime LA stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Anime LA!