Anime convention in Vancouver brings together hundreds of fans


Hundreds of fans of Japanese popular culture, including anime, video games and cosplay, converged at the Vancouver Convention Center for three days this weekend.

This is the first time in three years that Anime Revolution – popularly called Anirevo – has taken place. It is also the tenth anniversary of the event, which was first held at the center in 2012.

Anime is a form of Japanese animation that has become extremely popular in the West over the past few decades.

This weekend’s event included comics, costumes and cultural exhibits, as well as panelists such as Toby Proctor and Brian Drummond, who voiced characters in Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z respectively.

Many of the event’s attendees showed up in cosplay — short for “costume play,” which involves dressing up as their favorite characters from Japanese franchises. Here are some of the best photos from the three-day event.

A participant dressed as Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil helps another person, dressed as an anime character, with makeup. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A woman applies an eyelash pencil, with a Pink Panther mirror.  She is dressed as an anime character and wears a crown.
It’s Anirevo’s 10th anniversary this year, with the first event held in 2012. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
Two groups of people pass each other on an escalator.  On the left side, people are depicted dressed in awesome Japanese character cosplays.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Vancouver Convention Center for the event. Masks were required indoors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A robot figurine holds a machine gun behind dozens of masked people attending a convention.
A Gundam holds a gun aloft behind the event attendees. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A masked person walks through a crowded convention hall.
A person holds a Pokeball plushie in their hands as they walk through the convention hall. The event included video games, comics, and art in addition to anime. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A person points a small fan at another person in the middle of a crowded convention hall.
People were able to purchase merchandise including comics (manga) at the event. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A person is holding an artwork depicting a Japanese video game character.
People could receive tips on how to cosplay, how to draw anime art, and more at the event. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
A man dresses up as a character with an exaggerated mustache and bright yellow eyes, as well as white streaks in his hair.
Event attendee Jonathan is pictured cosplaying as Death The Kid from Soul Eater. Some of the event’s panelists voiced characters from famous anime properties, including Death Note, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball Z. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

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