Anime North 2011
This event was held at the Toronto Congress Center, Doubletree and Sheridan Hotels near the Toronto airport.
Attendance last year was about 17,000 and entrance fee is $40 (about 5,000 yen).
Inside near the entrance, a weapons check was setup for cosplayers.
There were many different types of activities during the event including panels, anime movies, games, idol singing contents, maid cafe, Japanese art gallery, etc. There was even anime pro wrestling, only in Canada ….
There were Japanese sword demonstrations which allowed participants to learn some basic (Kendo) moves …
There was also live cosplay chess challenge.
Speaking of cosplay, unlike the Tokyo Anime Fair where there were only a small number of cosplayers, over half the attendees were cosplayers.
There were many impressive costumes from anime, video games, movies, TV shows, etc.
The rest of this blog post will be pictures of cosplayers. Enjoy!
From the Assassin’s Creed video game …
Another game –Bioshock.
From the movie Avatar?
Black Rock Shooter.
The Last Airbender
It’s a lovely Supergirl.
Final Fantasy character.
I think this is Liane K, a local Toronto TV personality and well-known cosplayer.
Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
Compared to the Tokyo Anime Fair, Anime North is much smaller, but is more expensive, though has a lot more different types of activities. The Tokyo Anime Fair booths and displays were certainly much nicer. Finally, cosplayers rule the Anime North convention.