AnimeNEXT 2016 was an amazing convention experience with lots things to do, many people to meet and share similar interests with. Whether you like anime, manga, gaming or the culture around any of those, conventions are the place to go and AnimeNEXT 2016 celebrated their 15th anniversary in their new home in Atlantic City, NJ which was within driving distance for us and we had the opportunity to go. They had many great activities to go and see or even partake in. For example, the gaming room, karaoke, panel rooms, video programming rooms (mostly the first the episodes of some anime shows), Manga Library, they also had the Cosplay Masquerade and the World Cosplay Summit in their main event rooms and the exhibit hall combined with the artist gallery. There was also a cosplay repair center within the convention where you can get your costume fixed if something happened to it. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and respectful. There were a handful of AnimeNEXT help desks scattered throughout the convention where you could ask for directions or help with anything you needed and was greatly appreciated.
We spent a big chunk of our time inside the exhibit hall and the artist gallery checking out what they had. Without surprise, we left AnimeNEXT with lots of figurines and posters from the exhibit hall and the artist gallery. The game room was jam packed with lots of old and new games and a plethora of arcade-style Japanese rhythm and DDR-like games.
Also, The guest list at AnimeNEXT 2016 was extraordinarily great, especially the Japanese artists from big studios in Japan. For example; Megumi Kouno who works for A1 Pictures. MINT from MINT NekO who’s a personal inspiration for myself as a freelance designer. The TRIGGER directors also were at AnimeNEXT 2016, Akira Amemiya, Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi who all worked on big TRIGGER anime shows. Unfortunately, we did not interview any of the guests of honor due to equipment limitations but we hope to do so next year.
Catch us at next year at AnimeNEXT 2017!
AnimeNEXT 2016 Pictures
Post by: Ryen