New Zealand’s First Anime-Con!
Although it’s not exactly Comiket, New Zealand is finally getting its first anime-con. The closest we’ve ever had to anything similar to an anime convention would be the Armageddon Pulp Expo (the largest fantasy convention combining sci-fi and comics in NZ) which Aussies in Melbourne may also be aware of, but the anime sections at Armageddon (the Wellington at least) have been a reasonably small portion of what makes up the entire expo. Although there’s been cosplay, screenings and even a Kamehameha contest, the main focus isn’t really on anime.
New Zealand’s first anime-con will be held in Dunedin, in the Castle Complex at the University of Otago on the 8th and 9th of May 2010. It is also being organised by the same people who host the Armageddon Expos and according to them, it’s for the “die-hard anime fans in New Zealand”. I doubt there are any otaku self obsessed to the likes of those marrying the Love Plus DS girlfriends, but I’m sure there are some fans out there happy that an event like this is going to occur. Dunedin’s finally getting something (previously other conventions were all held at Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch) and tickets are $15 NZD from iTicket. I’ll be done in Dunedin next year as I’m attending Otago University next year, so chances are I’ll probably head along and see if this will be any good.
Little has been announced so far as to what they will do and have, but it is very unlikely for any seiyuu from Japan to make a guest appearance. They’ve said as it’s their first one, they’ll take suggestions on their forum and just see how things go in May. The current information promoting it appears to be a guest appearance by Johnny Yong Bosch, an American voice actor (Lelouch Lamperouge, Kurosaki Ichigo, Koizumi Itsuki) work permitting.
I guess I’m looking forward to see what will become of this. If they ever bring in the big names, not just the American VAs, but Japanese seiyuu as well (English dubs have become very scarce in my viewing collection) then I’d certainly make an effort to go to this regularly. Ultimately, I would love to go to Comiket or some other huge anime event in Japan someday, but for now, this will do.