D&A Anime Convention Review: Zenkaikon!

Hey guys, and welcome back for some more awesome content we’ve got right here on the blog! This time we’ve got another anime convention review to share with you, and its on our first ‘out-of-state’ anime convention which was only 90 minutes from us. Zenkaikon is a three-day anime convention held at the Lancaster Marriott in Penn Square in Lancaster, PA. This year was our second time going and of course being who we are, we had a blast!

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D&A Founder A. Goldman with Hestia cosplayer
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D&A Founder D.J. Lewis with Junko Enoshima cosplayer

So basically this convention is a sci-fi/anime convention, so you won’t just be seeing anime cosplay, you’ll also encounter some Star Wars and possibly Doctor Who, as well as anime characters from the sci-fi genre (mecha, anybody?). The con itself is set in a hotel/convention center, which means that the convention center is infused with the actual hotel itself – making it easier for travel when looking for places to eat both inside and out. Zenkaikon is a mid-sized convention; meaning that you’ll get the pros and cons of both a bigger and smaller convention, nevertheless the total attendance is around 3,600 or so. One cool thing about this convention is that fact that now that have specialized panels called ‘CON-fessionals’ where its kind of like a round-table panel set in a quiet setting where you have to sign your name on the guest list, and there’s a limited number of spots available.

The outside area of the hotel/convention center’s courtyard is amazing! There’s plenty of places to do a cosplay photoshoot, plus all the eateries are only a half-a-block away! Also at this con we’ve made TONS of friends and met some of our Twitter and Facebook fans as well, so if you plan on heading to Lancaster, PA next year for Zenkaikon 2020, stop by and say ‘hi’, we’ll be there! 🙂

That will do it for this post, but as always guys n’ girls, stay nerdy! 😉

 

D&A Anime Convention Review: Animore!

We LOVE anime conventions! To us they’re like small meccas filled with people who are just as nerdy about anime and manga as we are. They’re the one place where you feel like you can be your true self without having the fear of being judged. The community is diverse and growing in numbers each and every day. Granted there are a few cons that may need to re-evaluate themselves in terms of the message that they’re trying to portray, but all-in-all anime cons are awesome!

Since 2008 we’ve been going to one of the largest anime conventions on the east coast known as Otakon. Back then we’ve never even heard of an anime convention, but being the anime fans that we were we decided to check it out. All the way up to its final year in 2016, we’ve been going to Otakon in Baltimore (now in D.C.) for eight consecutive years. It was also during the 2016 year that we were about to discover a new con home. After Otakon’s last ride in the Summer of 2016, we’ve set our sights on one of the best up-and-coming cons we’ve ever gotten the chance to be a part of! That con, was Animore!

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D&A with Captain Jack Sparrow! (Not really!)

With Otakon out of the Baltimore area all together, it seemed like the anime convention scene was nothing more than a dry wasteland. Though 2016 was its last year, it also gave birth to a new convention that has a more relaxed feel – a more family feel. Animore is one of those conventions that is hotel-based (meaning that everything is one one floor, but the area is huge!), treats their guests and attendees like family, and even helped get us more exposure in the convention scene. In fact Animore is the first convention where we debuted as D&A Anime Blog! One of the best memories of the con was almost getting snowed in during Snowmageddon 2016; where fans and guests alike were ‘seemingly’ trapped inside the hotel among 3 feet of snow.

It may be a small convention with an attendance of around 2,000 or so people, but there’s plenty to do as well as plenty to see (now that we’ve got inside connections of course). This is also one of the conventions that has the most creative panels that we’ve ever gone to, in fact we’ve even had the privilege of doing a few panels ourselves back during last year’s con! Although its only going on 5 years old, Animore is one of those cons that gives you that old-school convention vibe; like back in the late 90’s (early 2000’s) when anime was just starting to grow in popularity, so only a few hundred people actually attended. The hotel where the convention is held is the Hyatt Regency of Baltimore, which has gotten slightly larger since its renovation back in 2018.

Even though it may not hold a candle to Otakon’s large following and attendance, we see Animore as a convention that wants to stand out and be more inclusive of its fans, guests, and attendees. They treat them like family, and everyone these has a great time! For this review we give our NEW home convention…

4.8 / 5 Stars

The con itself is still growing, but I think it will one day turn into something amazing. There’s a certain spark about it that we can’t really put our finger on even to this day. One thing’s for sure, we will continue to establish our presence (as well as our connections) there for as long as it is in Baltimore!

That will do it for this post but until the next one, stay nerdy! 😉

Animore 2019 Convention Review

Whew, what a fantastic weekend! Animore has returned to Baltimore, MD for its 4th consecutive year, and has brought the all-star cast of The Devil is a Part-Timer to this awesome hotel-based anime convention. We of course made our presence known for the three-day event, but this time as guests of the con itself. There is so many awesome things to be found at this convention, and it continues to grow each year. Since its inception back in 2016 Animore has become more than just another anime convention, it’s become family.

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My Hero Academia cosplayers at Animore 2019

When Otakon made its transition to Washington D.C. after its last summer run in 2016, the anime convention scene seemed like a distant memory, that is until Animore stepped in to fill the void that the largest convention on the East Coast left behind. The vibes that you’ll get from coming to this con are so amazing; from its hard-working staff to the vendors themselves there’s no doubt that you’ll have a blast! One of the things that makes this convention so great is the may ideas for various panels that come from the con-goers themselves; including us. Animore has that classic and chilled-back 90’s convention feel; where the voice actors themselves are roaming around the con (who you get to talk to), you don’t have to worry about crowded lines for autographs or even waiting in lines for panels like you would for larger conventions.

Although its a small con, Animore does indeed have a late-night ‘rave-like’ dance party on Friday and Saturday nights. Guys and gals 18 and older can get their dance on, as DJs spin the night away with some bass-thumping treble-smacking tracks that you’ll hear from the club, as well as EDM festivals. This convention is like a mini vacation for con-goers and voice actors, and although it may be work for the staff and some of the vendors, we appreciate everything they do to help make this con safe, fun, and open to all! From the founders of D&A Anime Blog, we thank you Animore! 🙂

SEE YOU IN 2020!!

[Animore Cosplay Mosaic Pics]