Local university hosts Japanese anime convention

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Two Hollywood voice actors will be at this year’s convention.

By Richard Montemayor

rmontemayor15@student.alamo.edu

The eighth annual Mizuumi Con anime convention promises to be a family-friendly anime convention.

The convention will be 10 a.m.–midnight March 21 at Our Lady of The Lake University.

Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

“We have things for both the older anime lover and those who come with their parents,” said Christopher Pagonis, adviser for the Mizuumi Anime club at OLLU as well as an instructor for the center of science and mathematics education at the university. The club has been around for 20 years.

This year, guests include voice actor Grant George, a native of California and best known as the voice of Ant-Man on the “Ultimate Spiderman” TV show and as Elihas Starr on “Avengers Confidential.” Other guests include Jessica Gee George, best known as the voice Panne, on “The Fire Emblem Awakening” video game series.

Pagonis said this year he wanted to get new voice actors who hadn’t visited the state before.

“Our guests coordinator asked our fans who they would like to see and also what anime was popular this year,” Pagonis said. Other guests include returning YouTube sensation Mr. Creepy Pasta. The San Antonio native and writer will read his latest scary stories.

Attending the convention are three cosplayers by the aliases of Missy from Corpus Christi, Dezzy Diamond and Jessica PHG (Pyramid Head Girl) who are both from San Antonio.

“Cosplay” stands for “costume play,” in which people dress up as their favorite character from a certain television series, movie, anime or book series.

Pagonis said there will be a combined autograph panel for fans to meet and greet all guests.

Panels include “All Cosplayers Are Equal” hosted by Jessica PHG; “How Society Praises Women in Video Gaming” hosted by a group called Gamers Without Joysticks; various panels based on the television shows “Supernatural,” “Doctor Who” and “My Little Pony”; and a panel on the web series “Homestuck.”

There also will be cosplay chess and dodgeball and a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony hosted by the Japan America Society.

Admission is $15 at the door, $10 with pre-registration online at www.mizuumicon.org or at the Ninetails Anime Pop Culture Store at 4522 Fredericks-burg, Suite B71B at Wonderland of The Americas mall. Children 12 and younger enter free with the cost of an adult’s admission.

For more information, log onto www.mizuumicon.org

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