With only a few weeks remaining until our next/last anime convention of the year, for this post we’ve decided to look back on a convention that we’ve had the pleasure of attending last year. Anime USA is a three-day hotel-based convention located in the Woodley area/district of Washington D.C. inside the Marriott. Last year we got the chance to attend this convention and meet a lot of great people, fans who recognized us from other cons, and voice actors that we’ve been trying to meet but never got the chance to – until now! The hotel itself is conveniently right next to the DC Metro, and is also next to a bunch of eateries as well, so you’re not too far if you’re looking for food or if you’re trying to get to the hotel.
On the outside the Marriott doesn’t seem like much, but once you walk inside, it’s actually larger then you’d expect. The hotel itself has its convention built right in, so there were many conference rooms with high ceilings and a couple hundred chairs. All of the main panels as well as the Dealer’s Room were all on the same floor, which is very convenient for fans and other consumers of anime and manga. With it being a mid-sized anime convention, AUSA has its Autograph area on the upper floor, and made it easier on fans wanting autographs from beloved VAs by putting them all on the same floor.
We of course got the chance to chat it up with a few favorites; such as Lisa Ortiz, Kira Buckland, Monica Rial, Crispin Freeman, and more! There were a lot of great panels that we’ve gotten the chance to go to, and the gaming area? Wow! It’s like they have a built-in arcade with classics from the 80’s and 90’s. Nerds and geeks of all ages and creeds have got to check this con out, and although it’s been around for 20 years, its mid-sized 3,000+ attendee size has something for everybody. This year will be our second consecutive year attending this con, and we’ve gotta say, we’ve made a lot of friends last year, and we plan to do the same this year!
That will do it for us on this anime convention review on AUSA. If you didn’t get the chance to go last year, there’s still time, but you’d better hurry! Until next post, take care of each other, and stay nerdy my friends! 😉