Day three of Sakuracon had to be the best day of the whole show, because it was warm and sunny here in Seattle and because the cosplayers turned out in force in the back quad at the show. That and the gaggle of photographers bombing each other’s shots was pretty funny to see. But the best Cosplay of the show was definitely on Day 3, so if you are looking for awesome pictures this is the day to look at and get a feel for what was happening. While not a lot was happening in the dealers hall (and there will be a full report on what it was like to be a dealer there, and some of the post con gripes from the dealers as well) over the weekend, some dealers did well, but there were some who were really ticked off that the kids were not buying like they have in previous years.
The focus of Sakuracon 2012 this year seemed to be more in the large theater movies, and the Cosplay rather than anything else. All the panels were packed, people wanted to see what was new, what was happening, and what companies were planning on next. There was almost a desperate sense to what was happening over the weekend as 2011 was a troubling year for Anime with Tokyopop and Bandai dropping out of the book market. I am hoping that this is not the last hurrah for Anime and Manga, there are amazingly good things coming to market, but there really are few characters outside of Pokémon and the Mario Brothers that has any staying power in the market. Anime desperately needs a Batman or a Superman character that can stabilize the market, and help keep this art form alive. I was catching whiffs of this over the weekend, and again I’ll talk more about this later on in the week once I get the some 1000 pictures from the show uploaded and cleaned up.
In the meantime it was an awesome show, which is what an Anime convention should be all about, our favorite characters, and how we relate to them. Please enjoy the pictures, and remember to share and share alike, always credit the photographer.