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Anime Expo

Once a year, nerds around the world make the pilgrimage to the Anaheim Convention Center. Once a year, a four-day convention covering everything from anime and manga to J-culture—the largest of its kind in the United States—is held. And once a year, you can hang out in Anaheim and laugh at all the costumed geeks walking up and down Katella in their full-on regalia.

Anime Expo offers all sorts of cool shit: screenings; workshops; discussion panels; exhibits; karaoke contests (with a selection of more than 4,000 anime and J-pop songs!); plus lots of swag from your favorite 'toons, you know, like current faves Naruto, Bleach or Fullmetal Alchemist or more classic, well-loved anime such as Cowboy Bebop or the various gems from Hayao Miyazaki and the highly esteemed Studio Ghibli. And for those interested, some merch booths also offer a nice array of hentai—which is basically anime porn. Sometimes hentai is "normal" (as normal as cartoon sex can get, I guess), and sometimes it involves gooey monsters with many, many, many phallic tentacles.

Yeah.

But seriously, even if you don't like anime or, uh, gooey tentacle porn that much, going to the Expo just to observe attendees of all ages and races is the best part. Especially those involved in cosplay—a portmanteau of "costume" and "play," obviously. There are cosplay contests, masquerades and skits, and yes, these are as nerdy as they sound. Participants go all-out—spending hundreds or even thousands on a single costume, ranging from Optimus Prime and Sailor Moon to Master Shake—and all are completely handmade. It can be pretty astounding.

Okay, still not convinced? Fine.

But at least go YouTube "cosplay skits" for some fun times at the office.

Please?

Anime Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 765-8950; www.anime-expo.org. Sat.-Tues. See website for details and times. $30-$55.

 
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