Zenkaikon is an anime convention held in Lancaster Pennsylvania. This year was it’s tenth anniversary, and we honestly couldn’t have been happier to attend it. Upon entering the Lancaster convention center, which held the marriot hotel, we instantly felt a kind and familial atmosphere. We went to the registration booth and picked up our press badges in a fast and convenient way. Upon receiving our badges, we made our towards the entrance and started taking some photos. Right from the get go we noticed that there were cosplays of newer fandoms such as Undertale and One Punch Man, however we also saw a lot of older fandoms as well. After that, we attended the opening ceremony, which showed a video that highlighted the convention’s ten years, since it was their ten year anniversary, which was emotional, since we saw their humble begginings. We attended the maid cafe soon after, which was fun! The actors were extremely playful fun, and it was a fun experience, especially having different archetypes like the yandere and tsundere. A huge staple in our visit was the vendor's hall. It was in a large room, and had a ton of figurines, shirts and collectible items. It was organized quite well, with the artists and vendors in the same room, making it easy to move between the two. Soon after we went to our interview with Charles Dunbar, an anthropologist and writer who focuses on convention ethics and the progression of fandoms within a convention. The most impressive part of the interview was the fact that it was incredibly organized. We filled out a form on the website saying who we wanted to interview, and essentially reserved a time to interview him. It was efficient and professional. As the conversation went on with Charles, we had an in depth discussion of his work and his views on the current state of fandom, anime, philosophy and we even talked about the perspective and romanticization most American’s make of Japanese culture. We finished our day by going to the ramen restaurant Issai Noodles, which was within walking distance of the convention center. They had amazing traiditonal japanese noodles with flavors such as Shio, Miso, and Shoyu. Overall, it was an organized, positive and fun day.
Day 1 Pictures
Post by: Victor