Anime Fans Gather for Sabakon 2016

By Ashley Glenn, Informer Media Group

Recently, anime fans gathered at the Alexis Park All Suite Resort for a weekend filled with cosplay, panels and Japanese culture. Sabakon is an annual anime convention that’s been held in Las Vegas for three years as a way for anime fans to come spend time together to celebrate the shows and fandoms they love. For three days, fans flooded the venue with colorful cosplays and anticipation for the main events.

This year, Sabakon featured entertaining panels, some of which included special guests. Topics included cosplay meet ups, where fans got to show off amazing costumes as well as meet and talk with voice actors from popular anime. Actors included Cherami Leigh, best known for her roles as Lucy in Fairy Tail, Asuna from Sword Art Online and Sailor Venus from Sailor Moon Crystal, and Ben Diskin, best known for his roles as Joseph Joestar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Sai from Naruto Shippuden. Guests interacted with voice actors and received autographs.

When not busy with main events, guests could go to a game room to play with some of the latest technology gaming has to offer or play originals such as Dance Dance Revolution. The Dealers Hall and Artist Alley also allowed for venders and artists to sell figurines, plush dolls or home-made art goods. Sabakon was not dull for even a second, keeping participants always busy between the flurry of activities and vivid attractions.

Large-scale events ranged from slumber parties that lasted until late in the evening to a royal ball where elegant attire was mandatory. Guest connected with one another and socialized with others who share a common passion. While Sabakon is over now, it’s never too early to get ready for next year.

If interested in attending Sabakon next year, visit its site for more information at

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