Otaku Sanctuary Presents SoCal Cosplay Ball
|Mikarin before her performance at SoCal Cosplay Ball|
Throughout the afternoon, guests were treated to a variety of performances from Ani-Maid Cafe, Takeriya Samurai and Angel Hearts. We were particularly impressed with Mikarin and Hagi of cosplay duo Takeriya Samurai. Mikarin is featured in the second issue of Otaku Sanctuary.
Dressed as virtual pop star Hatsune Miku, Mikarin performed a selection of anime songs (as well at least one Miku number). Despite the lack of a functioning microphone, she gave a good performance. She's a talented singer with a knack for making cool costumes and has a great rapport with the crowd.
As Burton pointed out when we spoke with her, Southern California doesn't have much in the way of anime conventions in spring. The year begins with Anime L.A. and San Diego now has Anime Conji in March, but, in between March and July, when Anime Expo takes place, there aren't any local, anime-specific conventions. SoCal Cosplay Ball helped fill the void nicely. It was more structured than a meet-up, but didn't have the same hustle and bustle of a convention. Whether or not the Otaku Sanctuary crew will organize another gala next year, though, remains uncertain.
"We'll definitely think about it," says Burton.
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