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Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2013

Wednesday April 10th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

All images are taken by Mage TV unless otherwise stated.

I had a blast with my friends during Easter weekend at the first anime convention of the year that I was able to attend :) MTAC is Tennessee’s largest Anime/Gaming convention with an attendance of 9,691 this year! This will seem like a small amount compared to some conventions such as Dragon*Con, Anime Expo, Fanime, NY Comic Con, etc that usually hosts tens of thousands of attendees every year but it is still very much well worth going to.

Established in 1999 and located in Nashville, TN, MTAC has been growing at a significant amount year to year with attendees more than doubling since 2010 alone. The first MTAC convention I went to in 2011 was small enough to be hosted at a hotel (a fairly cramped hotel…). The following year, it was moved to the Nashville Convention Center downtown where we were able to fully enjoy the spacious 3 floors of the convention center as well as it’s rooms and the hotel lobbies. Next year, the convention will be held at the brand new (huge) convention center that is currently being built downtown and will be able to hold even more guests, dealers, events, panels, photographs, etc! Each year, the convention grows not only in size, but also in the arsenal of guests that are invited. Last year I was able to meet Jason David Frank for the first time, definitely a childhood dream come true!

This is the first time I’ve done a convention a little differently. Normally, I’m all about chasing after people and collecting as many photos as I can (as you can view in photo albums here, here, here, and here from 2011 and 2012), but I took it easy this year and spent more time hanging out and enjoying the time with my friends.

Luckily for me, my friends were nice enough to let me look through their photos and use some for the blog :)

This was probably the best cosplay I saw all weekend, Rilakkuma!

She was so cute waddling through the convention center.

I’m so sad the image came out blurry :( Why is that most of my friends take blurry photos of meeeeee D: I tried to clear it up a little bit with photoshop. As for the random sakura, it’s to cover my ugly shoes. The boots I had brought with me suffered an ill fate (I found out the hard way they are not waterproof) so I had to make do with some slip ons that I happened to take with me.

(You can’t tell in the photo but I’m wearing my Totoro cloak) :3

This is one event I brought my camera to and shot some photos. Although, because of the bad seating and lighting, the photos didn’t come out as great as I would have liked them to. I need to look into a better zoom lens sometime in the future.

My friend was part of a Japanese fashion show, with clothing designed by fashion designer: Sixh.

And with Sixh himself:

More photos next year, I promise :) My next convention will be Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, where I’ll be sure to cosplay.

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