Dragonball Z. Street Fighter. Pokemon. I’ve been a fan of Japanese cartoons for as long as I can remember, which is why it would have been an insanely dumb decision to not hit my first ever anime event in China.
I had just finished teaching English at a training center in Kunshan and that's when I saw it--an unadvertised-to-the-English-speaking-expat-population anime event going on at the Kunshan Convention & Exhibition Center.
The party for me started outside. I saw a bunch of locals cloaked in everything from bright, neon colored wigs, fishnet stockings, and lengthy wardrobes, to colorful maid uniforms and full fledged Halloween-esque styled costumes. It was the closest thing to Comic-con I had ever seen in China, so hell yeah I was going in!
The entrance was only a meager 45 RMB—though I found out that was actually an overprice—and inside were a bunch of booths selling all types of cool anime products.
And bunnies? I have absolutely no idea what the relation was but hey, it must've been a inside thing!
I didn't get a chance to see a lot of products from some of my favorite Japanese shows, so after awhile I whipped out my camera to snap pictures of some of the guests in tow.
To my surprise there were 2 special guest that looked like vampires...err, I mean something out of a Final Fantasy video game.
I never found out exactly who they were dressing as, but I did know that all of the women in the building couldn't wait to get their autographs.
The last leg of the event was a cool dance performance by a group of girls cloaked in cosplay fits, alongside a few entertaining games played out on the stage.
At the end everyone gathered around to take a photo, and I left feeling pretty good about having experienced my first anime/cosplay event in China.
Shanghai Comic-Con, you're next!
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