The Anime Nation event aimed at all anime, manga, video game and movie fans in Jamaica was a tremendous success. I went to the event last night held at the Pepsi Playaz Club (Students Union) on the campus of the University of the West Indies and had a great time. Anime Nation aims to be Jamaica’s premiere cosplaying event and it is the first official event of it’s kind here in Jamaica. It had official support and sponsorship of the Japanese embassy here in Kingston and even the Japanese ambassador came out to show his support for the event.
Cosplayers from far and wide came out in there favourite costumes from popular (and not so popular) anime like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, One Piece and Spirited Away. Some cosplayers came in original costume designs while others were inspired by video games like World of Warcraft or Street Fighter – there was even a Sith Lord there complete with a lightsaber!
There were a few aspects of the event that could have been imporved such as having it a location more conducive to a large crowd as the heat was almost unbearable inside the venue, also as a photographer I wished there was a dedicated stage area with proper lighting for cosplayers to show off their costumes. All in all though it was a great event that I hope will be a yearly one and the start of great things.
Embedded video below that I am not too proud of because of the really bad lighting as well as lots and lots of pictures. Visit the JA Cosplayaz Facebook Group for more pictures and videos!
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.