Anime has been a part of my life for a long time, so long that I don't remember when it was introduced to me. Maybe it was when Robotech started airing on PBS, or when my parents bought be a Dragonball Z coloring book from Japantown. Nintendo was already a great source of Japanese animation when it released in the United States. As the internet matured, anime content became increasingly available, and I enjoyed a plethora wonderful, and terrible, franchises.
Growing up, I was often invited to perform at my local anime convention. The community was still quite young at that point. Anime fans were considered outcasts, weirdos, otaku. Even though I didn't consider myself an "anime freak", I was made fun of a lot in school for it. Today, however, I would almost considered mainstream.
A few years ago, I went to Anime Expo to help a friend who was volunteering there. It was my first time visiting during this new age of mainstream acceptance. The community has come a long way, and the cosplay quality is just amazing now. This time, I brought my camera and snapped a few of my favorite cosplayers. These photos were taken on the spot, with no manufactured posing on my part or added digital effects. Just the cosplayers in their candid glory.
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