Concerns at Anime Expo 2022: cosplay, crowds and COVID

Anime Expo 2022 drew tens of thousands of visitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday and, like many times before, drew the attention of firefighters working to protect the crowds.

“For the safety of all attendees, LAFD has asked the hosts to open a portion of the convention center to ease the crowds that have gathered on the street,” LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said in a statement, according to KTLA.

With spillover events such as Tune in Tokyo and Mari Iijima concerts at Novo, the fair contributed to its reputation as a superspreader event. Video shows the crowd gathered and full halls in the convention center (Are you following the Comic-Con lead?) from Anime News Network made the rounds on social media, and despite that the organization reinstating vaccination requirementsComplaints about the exhibition overcrowding and racism further, together with demands more responsibility.

Of course, the visitors were not deterred. Booth dance parties, video game trailers and demos, TV show reveals, and activities celebrating Japanese pop culture all took place at the convention center, as enthusiastic guests purchased clothing, toys, jewelry, films, manga, original artwork, posters, and knick-knacks from the hundreds of stalls and artist exhibitions.

However, nothing is as big and colorful and attractive as cosplay. Often chic, relatable costumes are just as fulfilling as the elaborate constructions, giant foam weapons, and feats of engineering that roam the halls. Posing for photos or videos is a must, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.

A gif of a person wearing a kimono and a wooden helmet and face mask with puffed out cheeks

Sam Galloro as Hotaru Haganezuka from Demon Slayer.

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A gif of a woman in an orange turtleneck sweater holding up a magnifying glass.

Varsana (@varsenex) as Velma from “Scooby-Doo”.

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Four people cosplaying with white faces and red and black costumes.

Jennie Zuniga (@krispycake53_) as Husk, left, two unnamed contestants and Danielle Bradford (@countess_samhain) as Angel Dust from Hazbin Hotel.

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A woman with long, straight, dark hair holds a huge sword above her head.

Nicole Perkins (@nickynicole44) as Akame from Akame Ga Kill.

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A gif of a sci-fi creature pointing a glowing gun at the viewer.

Daniel (@foldingchair130) as Shinra Security Officer from Final Fantasy VII.

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A gif of a cosplayer with two large bladed weapons.

Logan Bulnes (@loganspacecowboy) as Tengen Uzui from Demon Slayer.

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Six men and women wearing baseball uniforms with the word "jujutsu" written on the front.

Aya (@aya.party) as Maki Zen’in, left, Kumi (@sidewayscat) as Nobara Kugisaki, Ernesto (@ernest_falsegreatness) as Yuji Itadori, Will (@f_used) as Toge Inumaki, Jonathon (@isaiahjonathon) as Yuta Okkotsu and Donavan as Baseball Choso from Jujutsu Kaisen.

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A person in black, with a black face mask and visible blue colored skin.

Alex Uceda (@alexp1xis) as Muffet from Undertale.

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A gif of a man in a Pikachu face mask with little stuffed Pikachus all over his body.

@garrzpika, aka #thepikachuguy, on day two of Anime Expo 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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A gif of a woman holding a green gun in one hand.

Stella (@im.stella.cn) as Hatsune Miku from Vocaloid.

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A woman in a white blouse and patterned skirt wears a black headdress.

At Anime Expo 2022, Bella Drawson (@whatthepeck_) models an original costume that she made herself.

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Two smiling girls, one with yellow hair and one with blue hair.

Jessie (@hywy227) as Kagamine Rin, left, and Stella (@im.Stella.cn) as Hatsune Miku from Vocaloid.

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A person wearing a blonde wig, green glasses, a spotted tie, and a light jacket over a blue shirt.

Rashad Jamison (@otakuhooper) as Kento Nanami from Jujutsu Kaisen.

(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

A person wearing a blonde wig and cat ears holds a fake decapitated head, also with blonde hair.

Whitney Nguyen (@whit_san) as Neferpitou from Hunter x Hunter.

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A blue cosplay monster with big bat ears and big pointed teeth.

Burlap (@burlapped) Cosplay as “Monstrosity Stitch”.

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A person with a blond horned wig stretches out a hand to the viewer; the other is holding a plush monster as if about to throw it.

@all_the_way_cosplay as Arataki Itto from Genshin Impact.

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A gif of a person with an elongated heir wearing a bow.

Roberto Vergara (@kurztkoffin) Cosplay as “It’s just something I bought today.”

(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

A gif of a person in a jujutsu baseball uniform throwing a baseball.

Ernesto (@ernest_falsegreatness) as Yuji Itadori from Jujutsu Kaisen.

(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

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Sarah Ridley

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