As I strolled through Sakura-Con at the Convention Center in Seattle on Saturday I was suddenly transformed into another dimension of anime enthusiasts, comic book heroes, and video game villains. The sun was shining and Freeway Park was filled with choreographed dancing, singing, laughing and plenty of picture taking. Lisa Weeks, who has been attending the convention for 10 years, says Sakura-Con is all about the celebration of creative costumes. (See Lisa in the closing sequence of my gallery below.) There are plenty of games, panels, and events but seeing the characters you know and love come to life is what makes Sakura-Con so special. — Annie Laurie Malarkey, photographer.

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  • FrankCatalano

    Side note: Sakura-Con reportedly drew about five times the audience of Norwescon, both on the same weekend. Be curious if anyone has the final numbers for Sakura-Con; Norwescon hit about 3,600. That said, each had a different emphasis (and Norwescon had a hard attendance cap due to its hotel location). Busy weekend for fans of the fantastic.

    • Alicehearmargatroid

      19,040 attendees.

  • Isaac Alexander

    Sakura-Con had just over 18,000 people in 2010. They were expecting over 19,000 this year. One of the reasons both events are on Easter Weekend is because both of their venues offer a cheaper rate to use their facilities on a holiday weekend. It’s too good of a deal for the events to pass up on.

  • Kevin Lisota

    It was funny seeing the contrasts at the Paul Allen Town Hall meeting on Friday night, which was only a block away. The Paul Allen crowd was pretty conservative, while a block away there were swarms of anime “otaku” in full regalia dressed as Zelda, Pikachu, etc.

  • Todd Hooper

    Cool. I love the character with the Fallout themed mini nuke launcher. Could definitely do with one of those!

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