Animania celebrates manga, anime and video game culture, with cosplay featuring heavily on the showroom floor
On the weekend, we headed down to Sydney for the [[xref:http://animania.net.au/2010/|8th Animania Festival 2010]]; Australia's largest Japanese pop culture event. Each year, Animania celebrates manga, anime and video game culture, with cosplay featuring heavily on the showroom floor. The festival hosted a wide variety of displays, performances and lectures geared towards the medium's vibrant fan culture. Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's show.
These Resident Evil cosplayers were cold, hardened professionals. During the day, they regaled the audience with a variety of rehearsed skits. For our money, they were the cosplayers of the event.
You can always rely on a dodgy Mario moustache to show up at these events. Nice mushroom though.
Princess Peach also turned up, looking pretty in pink as usual.
Free hip-hop lessons were given out at the event. We have no idea why.
Phoenix Wright cosplay at its finest. The comic book explosions are an awesome touch.
Neliel and chum from the manga series Bleach.
Several lectures were given at the event, including tips on how to make your own cosplay gear.
What's Slash doing here? Well, we suppose he did star in [[artnid:201487|Guitar Hero III]].
These Super Smash Bros. Brawl cosplayers were a favourite with the crowd. We especially like Snake's cardboard box.
An anime convention wouldn't be complete without some old school consoles to play. In this case, it was Mario Kart 64.
Is it just us, or do these guys make cosplay look effortlessly cool?
Ditto, these guys.
When props upstage their owners.
We have no idea who these guys are supposed to be.
Er, we're struggling to place this guy too. Is it Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist? (We really need to bone up on our manga.)
Twister in full cosplay regalia. Sweet.
These Final Fantasy fans did a great job with their costumes. Vanille and Fang are especially faithful.
We're pretty sure this is supposed to be Aspharr from the video game Ninety-Nine Nights.
A pokemon trainer, yesterday.
These guys look like a Samoth tribute band. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
WoW elves: a staple of the cosplay circuit.
Gundam and pal strike a pose for the cameras.
Hip hop dancers or zombie cosplayers? You be the judge...
"Yeeeeeeeah, boiiiii!" (etc)
Invisible [[xref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Dance_Revolution|Dance Dance Revolution]] is actually more fun that it seems.
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