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ANIME LA 2009 | by Mark Berry - Photographer & Graphic Designer
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Venue: Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Date: 2-4th January



Here's the first batch of photos from the amazing AnimeLA Convention at the start of the year. These were the ones that appeared in Bizarre Magazine's Party Pages (Issue 149).


Far East collided with the Wild, Wild West at the 5th Anniversary of Anime Los Angeles, by all accounts the biggest and brightest thus far of this young and still intimate event.


Over 3000 attendees decorated the hotel with a Kaleidoscope of cutesy kitty kung-fu, giant robot shine, fairy boot fashion and ninja assassin action. In a weekend of gaming, live music, guest panels, vendors, workshops and partying, how many conventions have you attended boasting a ‘Costume Repair Station?’ With over three quarters of fans in elaborate attire this was shrewd planning; the Cosplayers were in force, hair-gelled and displaying their regalia at the obligatory masquerade ball and turning the courtyard pool into a kickass photoshoot heaven.


Kudos to fans that hit the convention circuit the day after New Years, a testimony to a hardcore dedication that started this 2009 with Anime aplomb.


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