Written by: Aimee MacPherson
If you’re a fan of anime and Japanese culture, Anime North is most definitely the convention for you to attend. Coming up May 26-28th this year, the convention is held in Toronto at the Toronto Congress Center and will be filled to the brim with fans! This is all for good reason, with so much to see and do in just 3 days. There are lots of larger events happening throughout the weekend, including an American Idol-like competition for members to get on stage and perform their favourite anime themes and even an entire masquerade ball one night! There’s also a maid café running all weekend for tired con-goers to relax and be served tea by some well-dressed maids and butlers. In addition to all of these events, there are plenty of guests attending the convention as well. This year fans can look forward to meeting the voices behind some of anime’s most beloved characters. This includes people such as Monica Rial, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Lex Lang and Derek Stephen Prince. Here are some of their characters:
- Ken Ichijouji/The Digimon Emperor/Veemon (Digimon) – Derek Stephen Prince
- Uryu Ishida (Bleach) – Derek Stephen Prince
- Shino Aburame (Naruto) – Derek Stephen Prince
- Soichiro Kuzuki (Fate/Stay Night 2006) – Lex Lang
- Wargreymon (Digimon)- Lex Lang
- Mey Rin (Black Butler) – Monica Rial
- Shiro (Deadman Wonderland) – Monica Rial
- Renge (Ouran High School Host Club) – Monical Rial
- Viral (Gurren Lagann) – Nobuyuki Hiyama
- Link (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) – Nobuyuki Hiyama
- Ikkaku Madarame (Bleach) – Nobuyuki Hiyama
And that’s just a sample of some of the talent that will be attending over the weekend. In addition there are artists selling fan art of all kinds in the Artist Alley, next to the dealer’s room which holds a wonder of merchandise including anime, manga, figures, plush toys, cosplay and more.
If you’re interested in attending the event, there are tickets still available for Friday and Sunday, and the website with all information can be found here.
Perhaps you’ll see some people you know there, it will be a wonderfully nerdy good time!