Crowds were pouring in for cosplay through July 4, celebrating the culture, art and industry of Japanese-spawned print and video animation. Also music videos.
The event isn’t limited to art appreciation. It also laughs at itself.
Among the competitions is the Late Comedy Showdown, which began in 2007 and has grown into a popular late-night event.
“Jokes range from video games, anime, manga, nerd culture, Japanese pop culture, and cosplay,” say organizers.
“Late Comedy Showdown consists of two events: Tryouts: Do you think you’re funny? Or do you just want a laugh? … Come on in to contend for a spot in the Finals or simply relax with friends. Finals (Ticketed): The competitors have been selected and it’s now an all-out battle of jokes and jibes where the audience determines who will be crowned the champion!”
Here’s how folks were enjoying themselves on Day 1:
Trash Can waifu #AX2016
Banner should’ve been Onodera :^) pic.twitter.com/2eRYRMoQmK
— アレックス @AX2016 (@_Daboi) July 1, 2016
— RPG Site (@RPGSite) July 1, 2016
— Doodicus @AX2016 (@Doodicus110) July 1, 2016