How has 2020 been treating you so far and which anime treats are you looking forward to? Perhaps you can’t wait to get to grips with Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown, are ecstatically anticipating Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 or awaiting the final season of Attack on Titan with a melancholy mix of triumph and tristesse?
And when it comes to dressing up to the nines in cracking cosplay costumes, which getups have you got your eye on?
With the impending remake of Final Fantasy VII, are you looking forward to dressing as Cloud, Tiffa or Aeris?
Or are you ready to rock retro-futuristic leathers and mean makeup a la Cyberpunk 2077?
Whatever’s floating your boat this year, there’s nothing like sharing your passions with fellow fans from across the globe.
So before you book this year’s holiday, take a look at our list of 2020’s five best anime, comic and cosplay conventions.
If you’re an anime purist, what could be better than attending AnimeJapan2020 on March 21-22 at the Big Sight Convention Centre in Tokyo’s tech-hub Odaiba district?
The event will be ram-packed with international toy, game and software developers, but renowned Japanese production houses like Bandai Namco and Tezuka Productions will take centre stage.
Lovers of comics, costumes and superstar guests from the worlds of film and TV can’t look past CCXP Cologne on 26-28 June this year.
2019’s event boasted a stellar line-up of comic artists including Joscha Sauer, Mavil, Martin Perscheid, Joe Prado and Mike Deodato, so this year’s event will probably turn up the heat even more – find all the details at ccxp-cologne.com.
Comic Con Scotland
With its Neoclassical Georgian New Town and volcanic castle skyline, Edinburgh can arguably lay claim to being Britain’s most beautiful city. And when you bag tickets for Comic Con Scotland on 10-11 October, you’re based at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston – a stone’s throw from the city centre. Past guests have included Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kim Coates and the legendary Bolo Yeung.
Its laid-back Boho culture makes Melbourne a great place to visit any time of the year, but if you’re in town between 7-8 November this year, you’ll also catch the Animaga Expo.There’s a popular cosplay competition, exhibitor zone, artists alley and much more – get the lowdown at 10times.com.
SNAFU Con, Reno
When it comes to nightlife, Reno, Nevada has much to recommend it. And it’ll get even livelier between November 13-15 this year when SNAFU Con rolls into town once again.
Awesome artists who previously attended this conference include Ruffled Raven, Sasha and Hannah, and Super Adorkable – and the accessible artist’s alley is set up so you can take home plenty of original merchandise and goodies for reasonable prices. Book tickets at snafucon.com.
To grab the cheapest flights to any of these excellent events, check kayak.co.uk as soon as possible and you’ll find airport parking at Looking4.com for East Midlands, Edinburgh and everywhere else.