New anime convention draws thousands of fans to Fort Worth – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



A new convention is expected to draw around 10,000 fans to Fort Worth this weekend, convention officials say.

Anime Frontier began Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center and will last until Sunday. Anime is a Japanese style of animation known for its distinct characters.

Marketing Director Lauren Dabb said the convention brought together famous guests and “an authentic Japanese experience in Dallas-Fort Worth.” Their exhibition space includes several shops and vendors, with the “Attack on Titan” gallery being one of their main attractions.

“The ‘Attack on Titan’ gallery celebrates the finale of one of the world’s most popular Japanese comics. It’s in partnership with the official publisher of the book, ”said Dabb.

This is their first convention in Fort Worth, Dabb said. Initially, it was scheduled for May 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic.

“We work with a lot of Japanese publishers and they called Texas. They know there is an amazing fan base here. So it’s at their request, ”Dabb said. “Then [in] Fort Worth is the atmosphere, the hospitality.

Several fans lined up outside the convention center about an hour before the doors officially opened at 10 a.m. on Friday and dressed up as various anime characters. Cori Adkins is from the Carrollton area.

“My favorite thing is seeing people being so passionate about whatever show they’re in and how they take to get into the character or the characters,” Adkins said. “It’s one of my favorite things and that’s why I love anime in general because you have such a healthy and respectful community.”

With thousands of fans in town, Dabbs said the convention should be a boost for businesses like nearby hotels and restaurants as well as vendors attending the convention.

Sierra Castleberry is part owner of Todd’s Toys, which launched in February. The Arlington-based company sells collectibles ranging from cartoons to vintage items.

“It’s just exposure for us at all levels, like getting our name known, our products,” Castleberry said. “The conventions have really been like, ‘Hey, we know you! It was really cool to see people like, ‘We saw you online… we saw you on TikTok’. This stuff makes my heart beat so it was cool to be there.

All Anime Frontier participants aged 12 or older must present a negative COVID-19 test result to participate. Participants who are vaccinated may present proof of COVID-19 vaccination instead of proof of a negative test.

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