Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Kawaii-kon 2013!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to Kawaii-kon 2013 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii over the weekend of March 15-17, Kawaii-kon 2013 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 Kawaii-kon 2013 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 for this year's Kawaii-kon 2013 included Toshio Furukawa, MINT, Iruma Rioka, Noizi Ito, Toshihiro Fukuoka, HachiojiP, Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Lisle Wilkerson, and EMKE. Events and panels included Cosplay Videography, Konomi Dance Performance, Karaoke Contest, Women in Anime, Lolita and J-Fashion Industries, English Dubbing, Anime Family Feud, Voice Acting, Improv Tools for Better Cosplay, Food in Japan, Figure Photography, Cosplay on a Budget, Coloring Comics with Photoshop, History of Lolita Fashion and Culture, Prop Making 101, Music Megamix, Manga vs. Comic, Wig Styling 101, Fashion Show, Cosplay Showcase, Otaku Quiz Whiz, Cherry Blossom cabaret, Vocaloids Live, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Kawaii-kon saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Sword Art Online, Kuroko no Basket, Vocaloid, Avatar, Legend of Korra, Penguindrum, Adventure Time, Hetalia, Black Butler, Madoka Magica, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Kawaii-kon stock convention archives!
Report: If there was an anime convention that combined the excitement of being in the middle of anime nergasms while having easy access to a relaxing warm and sunny beach environment, then Kawaii-kon was definitely that experience.  Located a mere 15 minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, Kawaii-kon resided inside the very airy Hawaii Convention Center with plenty of inexpensive catering available and decent amount of live programming to see.  It's a smaller-sized convention and that's actually really nice because it never really gets too crazy or crowded like the bigger anime conventions on the US Mainland.

Registration was pretty fast for both at-con and pre-reg.  Most pre-reg had nearly no lines however their system for picking up badges is still antiquated - they still look up your name on a list and check it down before handing your pre-printed badge stacked alphabetically and there's only 2-3 staffers manning the reg table.  But hey, I received my pre-paid badge with no waiting period, so clearly they've got very competent and fast reg staffers.  Kudos!

Every year the Dealers Room and Artists Alley gets more and more packed and that is refreshing to see.  It appears this year that nearly every dealer had more plushies and figurines to sell, a growing trend in the popular collectibles market.  Fans are hungry for a solid piece of fandom to take back home and that seems to be the future of what dealers stock up on.  So out with the videos and manga and in with more figurines and posters and plushies and decorative jewelry and shirts and just too many ands.  The same can be said for Artists Alley - it just continues to grow and more artists are bringing out bigger complex displays much like the bigger cons on the mainland.

The general atmosphere of Kawaii-kon has always been relaxing, pretty laid-back.  Friday is fairly slow but attendance really picks up on Saturday.  Most of the attendees are young and the parents have no problem dropping off their kids at the front and picking them up at the end of the day.  Everyone seems to have a lot of fun enjoying what the convention brings and it shows through the long lines of Guest autograph sessions, packed concerts, cosplay, and even some new things like the Manga Library and Moonlight Magic Ball.  

As always, I found it nice to take a break around Friday afternoon and go for a stroll out on to the beach.  I mean, c'mon, it's Waikiki Beach!  You'd have to be nuts to not realize, oh my God, you're in sunny, warm, and tropical Waikiki!  So that stroll took place.  With a strawberry smoothie.  On the beach.  In the middle of March.  Yes, anime fans, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Kawaii-kon stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Kawaii-kon!

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