Anime Expo 2011: Sunday (100+ photos)
Sunday’s attendance seemed to drop when compared to the heights seen on Friday and Saturday. In addition to all the normal activities you’d find at a convention like Anime Expo, the official AX 2011 cosplay masquerade was scheduled to happen on that evening. Due to my incredible experience at WonderCon’s masquerade earlier in the year, I was extremely excited for the chance to see award-winning costumes getting a moment to shine on stage for the chance at winning thousands of dollars in prizes.
Other than that, I still spent the majority of my day hopping around from place to place with my trusty camera in tow. By nightfall, my photo count for Sunday was nearing 140 pictures. Hit the jump when you’re ready to head into the breach once more.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Oh wait, he’s already here.
Two girls combine to form Dodrio.
That’s the first time I’ve ever seen Amnesia: The Dark Descent cosplay. Keep uncommon cosplay like this coming and I’ll be happy!
Sora and his main squeeze Kairi.
Daily doses of Misty cosplay can only benefit you.
Naruto and Sasuke after skipping forward in time.
Sena Kobayakawa may be lacking in size, but he has the heart of a hero.
Two Haruhi bunny girls kept an eye out for otherworldly beings entering the expo.
Tranzor/Mazinger Z, depending on where you grew up.
Jonathan Morris went solo after Portrait of Ruin.
Luna Lovegood wears the lion hat to boost Gryffindor’s pride.
Two of gaming’s most famous boxes.
A small band of medieval warriors, although I’m not sure if they were from a specific series.
After hitting puberty, Meta Knight grew taller and lost a few pounds.
You never see anyone cosplay as Deep Roy’s Oompa Loompa, which once again shows that the remake sucks.
A Death Knight wielding Shadowmourne.
I’m not sure who this person was cosplaying as.
Tron Bonne is the one pulling the strings in her Servbot operation.
Alice batted away rowdy fans with the Hobby Horse.
Kanta Mizuno, the Desert Punk.
Does anyone know the named of this armored character?
Bass.EXE surfaces from the Undernet.
Gwendolyn and Velvet from Odin Sphere.
A team of Katanagatari characters poses at NIS America’s anime section.
Zelda fans sure do love their Fierce Deity Link.
When asked for a photo, Duffman obviously replied with “Oh yeah!”
More Catherine costumes are beginning to surface, such as this Vincent cosplayer.
Samurai Shodown’s crane maiden, Iroha.
Ms. Marvel chatted with me briefly about Comic-Con and Marvel VS Capcom 3. Perhaps she’ll make the cut in the rumored Super Marvel VS Capcom 3.
Katanagatari’s tattooed Kyouken Maniwa.
Power Girl, fresh from a live stream appearance on Niconico. Internet fans were dying to know about her relationship status and bra size.
Hazama, Noel, and Carl from BlazBlue.
Dabura and Buu were sent to Anime Expo in order to do Babidi’s bidding.
Nami and her long locks of hair.
Garnet til Alexandros XVII, or Dagger for short.
Several Dragon Quest visitors step out from the Stornway Inn.
Captain Morgan assumes the position.
Sonic races after his portly arch-nemesis.
Mother Gothel has allowed Rapunzel to leave the tower for a day.
A zombie maiden finds comfort in the arms of Death himself.
The giant defender of Earth known as Ambassador Magma.
I-No’s mysterious orders from That Man have lead her to AX.
Devil Jin and Ling Xiaoyu were working with Namco Bandai as official models.
The Onechanbara’s bloody heroine, the cowgirl Aya.
Two of Jin-Roh’s iconic soldiers.
Lei Fang heads to AX in hopes of catching up with Jann Lee.
An Elite gains the upper hand in a struggle.
The original Game Boy make an excellent dress.
White Ranger, Tiger Power!
One of Tomax and Xamot’s elite Crimson Guards.
Akira from Rival Schools was secretly a girl. I don’t know if this cosplayer was staying true to the game.
They all live in a yellow submarine.
Dizzy shed her wings, so no longer has to worry about Necro and Undine’s bickering.
Vivi makes money by playing classic video game tunes on her violin.
Another member of the Hatsune Miku guild.
Deerlings acting like deer stuck in the headlights.
Mitsurugi seeks to master unarmed combat like in the Soul Edge days.
An unidentified cylindrical object spotted in the exhibit hall.
Nnoitra Gilga’s uses his Resurreccion transformation.
Blue bloods stick together like glue.
Kamen Riders…ASSEMBLE! Saban’s Masked Rider and Ferbus weren’t invited.
Soul Calibur’s female fencer, Amy.
Furry ladies love Sly Cooper.
Rini lounges around in her older Wicked Lady form.
Cool mask, but I don’t know what it’s from.
KOS-MOS wants to pretend that Xenosaga will remain a six-part series.
May the Force pimp you out all over a galaxy far, far away.
Jin and Xiaoyu were joined by Jun and Lili while promoting Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
Kite leads his friends from the World on an exciting adventure.
Master Roshi and Bulma play with Shenron’s balls.
With his help and basketball, Sean can help YOU parry like Daigo!
Free Coke products were being given away at L.A. Live. Perfect for anime fans who didn’t want any of the convention’s overpriced sodas.
A variety of food trucks formed a convoy near the middle of the convention.
Kairi and Sora look quite regal in these outfits.
I’ve got no clue on this one.
Contrary to what Odin made people believe, it’s actually quite easy to lift Mjolnir.
A Deku Guard from Zelda planted itself on the floor.
Morrigan and Lilith decided to spend some time together with their clothes on.
Sheena’s learned to tolerate that womanizing Zelos.
Steve Blum took a short break from starring in every goddamn anime and video game to make an appearance on Crunchy Roll’s stage.
Sheva’s got a nice surprise waiting for her chainsaw-wielding buddy.
I don’t know the name of this cybernetic being.
Help me out on this one, too!
Make that three in a row thanks to this ginger with a massive sword.
Princess Zelda’s excited to be surrounded by so many friends.
Thor continues to be amused by Earth’s reverence for people of Asgard.
Maggie Q’s character from the “hit” film Priest.
Sengoku Basara cosplayers unite to stop Nobunaga’s conquest.
Natalie Portman channels the evil Black Swan while dancing for a one-eyed demon.
Are these what typical otaku look like in Japan?
Skipping the tank mode, the Power Rangers went straight for the Megazord transformation.
A couple showcasing gothic fashions
Shin-Chan surprised everyone by not exposing himself to the crowd.
Temari has really big fans.
Babydoll sparkles in her white outfit.
A litter of colorful kitties.
You want more Odin Sphere? You’ve got it!
A Hello Kitty raver displays her special style.
*Bites lip and puts on sunglasses* Dat abs!
The Street Fighters have come upon hard times in this economy.
Interesting clothing modeled by a female and male attendee.
The Code Geass team relaxes for a photo shoot.
The popular Kanu Unchou from Ikki Tousen.
BlazBlue’s super happy fighting squirrel, Makoto.
Flareon keeps this girl nice and hot.
Two artificial beings, Chii and Miku, exchange friendship data.
If San could walk with the animals, talk with the animals…
The Metal King Slime ran before I could kill it for tons of experience points.
Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!
A group of energetic people lined up in the corridor to beg for high fives.
Zoey and Bill have survived for so long that they don’t need to exert any real effort when fighting the undead.
Catherine attempts to cut right to the chase.
Latios and Latias twin powers… ACTIVATE!
Lum was actually G4′s Sara Underwood, who was covering the event for G4. Here she is during a break in the shooting.
The size of the crazy high five gang exploded, and they screamed at anyone passing by to join in on their madness.
A prismatic raver who supports same-sex relationships.
The popularity of the MS Paint Adventure trolls continues to astound me.
Thanks to my press badge and an early arrival to the convention, I scored a pretty good ticket for the Anime Expo masquerade. However, I’m not going to lie. It fell far short of my expectations due to a lack of totally wild and crazy costumes that would be too extravagant for the expo.
The two hosts of the masquerade, including Kyle Hebert, seen on the left. He does the voices of Street Fighter 4′s Ryu and adult Gohan in Dragon Ball Z.
BlazBlue’s Makoto and Kisara kicked off the event by fighting over homework.
This woman’s parasol dance was unfortunately delayed for several minutes due to lighting issues.
Sephiroth and Goku fought one another, transforming several times for power boosts.
Amy slew Raphael after a very quick duel.
This robot from Star Diver ended up being the fanciest thing on display in the masquerade.
An Ace Combat pilot requests extraction from the masquerade.
A performer who tried to glorify some of the lesser-known Vocaloids.
A group of well-dressed Puella Magi Madoka Magica cosplayers in a skit.
An act involving Hetalia’s Italy and several whacky transformations caused by GLaDOS.
Yazoo, Kadaj, and Loz participated in a dance battle against Tifa.
Solid Snake battled Priss from Bubblegum Crisis.
They soon had to team up against a giant GA-KO duck with glowing red eyes, and were defeated.
A Code Geass group poses proudly after finishing a fan dance.
An act starring several Queen’s Blade characters. People were expecting it to be more risque.
Steiner and Beatrix reenacted the love letter scene from Final Fantasy IX.
Ryu Hayabusa shared some dating advice for convention attendees looking to find the love of their life.
The last act that I photographed was the flatulent Great Fairy from Zelda.
I didn’t manage to get a good shot of them when they were on stage, but I did get a photo of the Dragon Quest 5 team and their wagon chock full of slime monsters.
Sunday’s photo gallery is now over. Anime Expo went on for final day, so check back in a little while for the grand finale in a post covering Monday’s fun and games. Once again, if you happened to be in any of these pictures and want the original 18-megapixel image, contact us!