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Anime con are increasingly becoming popular in the US and other western countries. These events focus primarily on showcasing anime (Japanese drawings), manga (Japanese comics) and other aspects of Japanese culture. They are also famed for their cosplay activities; indeed, no other type of convention comes close to anime con when it comes to the number of attendants participating in cosplay! Anime con are very important because they accord distributors, studios and publishers a platform to display and market their latest merchandise that include posters, clothing, books DVDs, and others. Are you looking to attend an anime con soon? Are you looking to register for one this year? Let us sample some of the top 10 anime con in the US that could help you realise your dream.

You cannot talk of the top 10 anime con without mentioning The Conbust 2012, slated for the 30th of March to the 1st of April, 2012. This Science Fiction Convention - with anime, fantasy and gaming - is organized every spring by students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachussets. The three day event seeks to offer fans of various geekdoms the chance to gather and enjoy their interests together. It will feature a lot of anime drawings, panels, workshops and movies; this year, it especially aims to celebrate the work of women in the male dominated geekdom genre.

From April 6 - 8, 2012, you can catch up with the Anime Matsuri - another one of the top ten anime con in the US - which will be held at the woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre in Woodlands, Texas. This event promises to be a lot of fun for the whole family. This year, it aims at giving the industry members a chance to meet with their fans and gather feedback on their products and services.

The Zekaikon, to be held May 11 - 12, 2012, has been an annual event since 2006. It will be hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Expo Centre at Oaks. It will feature video screenings, special guests, concerts, dances, panels, gamings, cosplay dealers, artists, and much more! Plan to attend this one if you are in the Philadelphia area. In June (22 - 24) you can catch up with the Seishun - Con, Atlanta's summer anime convention; it will provide panels on a variety of topics from a brief history of giant robot anime, to information about the newest industry trends. These two also make the US top 10 anime con list.

The Chiisaicon comes in July (6 - 8) and will be held at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. It is relatively small but very promising and thus it makes the top 10 anime con list, for its sheer determination. Then in August, brace yourself for the Anime World Chicago whose venue will be the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. It will feature fan favourite guests, thrilling game tournaments, spectacular cosplay and fashion events, and art that has so far been described as 'wall - worthy' by the organizers. Plan to attend either of these two events if you can.

The AnimeFest runs from August 31st to September 3rd 2012 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Dallas, Texas. At this anime con, you can buy merchandise and revel in all that is anime. And the Mechacon (September 7 -9 at Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA) brings together anime, Transformers and Japanese culture. Catch them. Closing the last two positions in the top 10 anime con list, are the Hawaii Entertainment Expo (October 20 - 20) and the Pacific Media Expo (November 9 - 11) to be held at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in California, respectively.

2012 Popular Cosplay Costumes

Cosplay Costumers have been popular for a number of years now, allowing you to dress up as one of your popular fantasy characters simply for fun or to attend a particular event. With that said 2012 is set to be another big year in the world of Cosplay. In this article we are going to take a look at some 2012 Popular Cosplay Costumes.


Final Fantasy 7

Final Fantasy 7, the 7th game from the Final Fantasy Series has been rated amongst the best by many, and it is safe to say that the Cosplay follows retrospectively. The past few years have seen some great Final Fantasy 7 Cosplay Costumes and 2012 is set to be a big year as they will have only improved from the magnificent costumes we have seen in the past. Characters such as Cloud and Tifa are said to be amongst the 2012 Popular Cosplay Costumes.

 Final Fantasy Cosplay

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda has featured in 2 of his very own films based around martial arts in the animal world. Of course this type of movie became very popular in a very short amount of time and there are now a range of Cosplay outfits available. Being one of the less serious and more humorous Cosplay Costumers it is rumoured that it will make it as one of the 2012 Popular Cosplay Costumes.


Kingdom Hearts

Much like Final Fantasy, the Kingdom Hearts story is one that many will struggle to forget. The role playing game enticed millions of gamers who took the time to play the game on many different occasions. By incorporating some of the world’s most famous role playing game characters every year we see some great Kingdom Hearts cosplay costumers in cosplay shops. Of course 2012 should see some significant improvements to the already popular costumes so you might want to get to the cosplay shop nice and early this year.

 Kingdom Hearts Cosplay

2012 Female Cosplay Costumes

Within the cosplay world the females often get some of the more interesting costumes to wear. With costumes such as Tifa (previous mentioned), Cantarella, Inori, Alice Rabbit and Sweet Pea available there is no reason why 2012 is not the year to head to the cosplay shop to update your cosplay wardrobe.

There are cosplay costumes to suit a female with no matter what look she seeks on any given date. Some of the cosplay costumes are based around a more sexy female attire whilst others stick to the fun and animated culture of cosplay.


With the 2012 Popular Cosplay Costumes we have mentioned, you should never cease to forget that 2012 might see some new releases that hit the market by storm. New episodes, anima series and games can easily promote a whole new range of cosplay costumes that might become popular in 2012. For that reason you should keep an eye on what it is going on in the cosplay industry and what new costumes your local cosplay shop has in stock week in and week out.

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