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Anime events this upcoming Bank Holiday weekend

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Wednesday 28th April 2010

Planning a getaway this for the upcoming May Day Bank Holiday weekend? Well if fancy something to suit your hobby then you've got a choice of the Asahi Anime Festival in Brighton or Sci-Fi London's Manga All-Nighter.

Read below for full details of these two great events for anime and cosplay fans.

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Tokonatsu 2010 cancelled

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Thursday 25th March 2010

Bad news for anyone planning to attend Tokonatsu this year. Due to a structural issue and health & safety concerns, the wardens and chairman of the venue have decided to close it down until these issues have been addressed. As it is unclear how long this will take, coupled with the difficulties of finding a new venue at this short notice, the committee has decided not to run this year and are looking to return in 2011.

This is a real shame as Tokonatsu was a truly unique anime convention, being held outside in a field with attendees camping for it. The event is known for a community spirit and a similar atmosphere to that of a music festival. Kudos to the committee for making the above decision though, as it will no doubt mean a triumphant return in 2011.

For further information, view the announcement on the Tokonatsu forums:
http://tokonatsu.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=31627

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Kitacon and Minami updates

Article by Kat B (Delusional) posted Saturday 20th March 2010

Spring is here and the con season is starting to get into full swing. As such we have a few updates from the early conventions of the year - Kitacon and Minamicon.

With Kitacon just around the corner a lot of you will no doubt be frantically sewing. In your panic though, don't forget to register for their events - the masquerade, the cosplay competition and Kita's Got Talent. The deadline for Kita's got talent is Wednesday 24th March, whilst the masquerade submission deadline is 11am on Saturday 27th. Register now and don't miss out! All the information and the registration forms for the events can be found on the cosplay section of their website.

For those of you heading to Minamicon in April, the masquerade registrations have now opened! If you want to pre-register before the event, online registration will be open until midday Saturday 17th April. For any questions or queries, drop an email through to the team at cosplay16@minamicon.org.uk.

Due to popular demand both of these events are sold out so if you haven't got a ticket I'm afraid you'll need to wait for the next one. Don't worry about being left without an event to plan for though, May Expo is just around the corner...

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Amecon 2010 registrations open this Monday!

Article by Tom Phillips (drowned_panda) posted Saturday 13th February 2010

Registrations for the biggest UK anime convention of 2010 - Amecon - open this Monday (15th February).

Held at Keele University near Newcastle-under-Lyme, the convention will run from 13th - 15th August with a capacity of 1000+. Onsite accommodation will be available to book upon registering.

For those who have not been to Amecon before, I thoroughly recommend attending. It is a weekend of pure anime joy from panels, guests, screenings, dealers and some of the best parties you will ever go to! Cosplay is also huge at Amecon, with the vast majority of attendees wearing it and then strutting their stuff at the always popular masquerade. The final night also plays host to a formal Cosplay Ball, which is a great way to round off the weekend.

For those of you who have been before, you know it'll be awesome!

I'm sure you all join me on Monday in registering for the event on their website here - http://www.amecon.org.uk

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A stranger in cosplay land

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Monday 8th February 2010

Yes it's another news post from me, don't worry I won't let this become a habit. However you may be interested in a short documentary about a normal guy taking his first trip to a UK anime convention and trying out Cosplay.

This 15-minute version is available to view free online, and apparently a 40-minute version is forthcoming. I for one am glad to see some nice UK cosplay video coverage where I didn't have to edit it myself ^_^

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Better late than never

Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Wednesday 3rd February 2010

With the Grand Cosplay Ball Valentine's Prom just around the corner I figured it was time to get the video report of last year's ball edited and put up on the site. Nia brings you intereviews with one of the ball's organisers and one of the acts, so please check it out.

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