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Sakura Con

In April, the 22nd through the 24th, 19,040 nerds, gamers, cosplayers, and Defenders of the Realm descended on the city for the annual, and very epic, nerd fest known as Sakura Con.

The convention hosted over a 100 panels, from topics ranging from Advanced Cosplay Photography to You Laugh, You Lose- a game based on a popular internet forum. The organization for these were top notch, and if the con goer was organized enough there were no problems meeting each and every must see panel. Outside of wanting to go to panels run at the same time, for which a Time Turner was required. Unfortunately such devises were not being handed out at the Con, a major oversight this year. However, this reporter hopes to have that rectified for next year. Stay tuned for the petition.

Some of the more notable guests in attendanc included:

The Voice Actor Tiffany Grant, noted for her idolic role as Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

The much coveted Japanese fashion brand SIXh and brother brand and Visuka Kei artist h.NAOTO. This reporter was fortunate enough to not only score some epic, one of a kind h.NAOTO swag, but to snag a photo with the creative minds behind the brands, h.NAOTO and MINT. A fantastic end to day one at the convention.

6% Doki Doki was also in attendance with their mounds of cute, punky and unique Japanese Street Wear. They also culminated their appearance with a fun and creative fashion show. Its very rare to see Decora brand fashions in the US and it was treat to meet the models from Japan.

It was also very exciting to see Jason Thompson at the Convention; an editor for Viz and Del Rey, who also edited the English editions of Dragon Ball, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, and many others as well as the first several issues of the American edition of Shonen Jump magazine.

Cosplay this year was a little lacking as the rainy weather chased away some of the more top tier cosplayers. However there was a Unit Zero suit from Evangelion and a very impressive winged Sephiroth.

There was also no end to raves, dances, and balls. The Washington State Convention and Trade Center is a huge venue and Sakura utilized every inch. Local as well as out of state DJs set every tone imaginable and kept the party going until well into the AM.

Gaming was also on the list of must do’s. Sakura boasted two huge convention rooms of every popular game known to existence, including DDR, Rock Band and some Japanese drum beat game this reporter had never seen before. There were also rooms for RP, CG and table top games.

Not to ignore issues close to home, Sakura set up a Charity Auction with some of the most choice original artwork. All proceeds from the auction went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non profit organization devoted to fulfilling the fondest wishes of children with life threatening illnesses. Each year Sakura-Con raises enough funds to grant numerous wishes and supports the community they are so much apart of.

In another generous act of charity, the convention joined forces with the Seattle Japan Relief fund and a percentage of sales in the dealers room went to help alleviate the destruction that Japan has suffered due to the devastating earth quakes. There were also donation stations around the convention and an official kiosk so that con goers could donate to the cause directly.

Three days of swag bagging, gaming, fashion shows, cosplay and more was exhausting, exhilarating and over the top. This is defiantly a Convention not to miss.

Only 328 days, 13 hours and 30 mins till the next party starts!

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