How many Anime Expos can you GO?
Anime Expo is around the corner. Well, it's coming up this week and many of us are going again. For some, it will be their second or third year. For others, it will be their eighth or ninth year. Which begs the question, how many can you go to before you get bored and burned out?
Anime Expo sure has changed over the years. We saw a lot of anime companies go out of business. It used to be an expo to push product and go all out but now, the companies have been reduced to really just a few major players. Is it because anime is dying in North America? Or something else?
What it really is... is that anime is digital now. You can access it anywhere. No longer do you have to go to the store or go to a convention to buy a box set. So why do we still go to anime conventions? It's really just to hang out and socialize. And to buy anime related merchandise. Think about it!
People are now into figures, models and collector items. You see anime DVDs and manga go on discount sale like a firestorm. No one wants to hold the inventory. Manga can be as cheap as $3 from the price of $9.99 a few years ago. Of course, people are still there to see what news are being released about upcoming anime but for the most part, anime is not that big of a deal. It's about goodies, guests, cosplaying and hanging out.
If you are wondering if you are too old or too out of it to be going to Anime Expo anymore, you need to change your mindset. Anime Expo can be anything you want it to be. A place to meet new people. A place to buy things. A place to cosplay. A place just to party for the weekend. Unless you are just disgusted by anime or completely broke, there is no reason for you to stop going to Anime Expo. This is a place where you forget life for the weekend and live your pure desires.
Anime Expo 2012 is 6/29-7/2. See you there!