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Convention Report :: Anime Evolution 2009

In mid-June, tourists and casual visitors in downtown Vancouver saw a bizarre sight along the harbor side. If they stayed and watch, they might have seen the thirteen Shinigami captains from Bleach face off against various characters from the anime series, Naruto, while a giant Mudkip observed from the sidelines, surrounded by his adoring fans.


Anime Evolution is an annual convention held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It officially started in 2002 and has since grown large enough to require the services of the newly opened Vancouver Convention Centre, which was constructed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


Characteristic Cosplay

The main attraction of the convention is not the events, games, or the vendors selling excellent anime related products. In fact, it is the attendees themselves. Every year, the vast majority of the people going to Anime Evolution participate in costume play, or cosplay.


People dress up as their favourite characters from different anime, manga, or video game and pose for pictures with other fans of the same series. Anime Evolution recognizes their main attraction and hosts several events surrounding cosplay, including fashion shows and themed gatherings for photoshoots.


Special Guests

The other main attraction at the convention this year is the appearances by several special guests that spoke at panels and press conferences and were available for autographs. Included in the mix were such celebrities as Japanese music group MinxZone and Gavin Blair, co-creator of the famous Reboot television series.


There were also many talented voice actors, such as Scott McNeil (One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, InuYasha, Storm Hawks), Adrian Petriw (The Next Avengers, Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Brian Dobson (Escaflowne, Gundam Seed Destiny, Gundam00, Death Note), Cathy Weseluck (Storm Hawks, Hamtaro, Dragon Ball Z, Transformers, Mobile Suit Gundam), and Gary Chalk (Reboot, Mega Man, Ranma 1/2, Transformers), among many others.


From the Land of the Red Sun

Anime Evolution 2009 was an exciting and unfettered success, even in the wake of economical crisis. The convention can only continue to grow and next year looks to be an even bigger and better.


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Jeterfan14
Jeterfan14 posted in Debating:
"David_Teh_Derp" wrote: "Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :) No no, sorry about it confusing. What I meant was I disagreed with the egotistical part and wanted you to know I was a pageant girl and I wasn't that way, however I was too lazy to retype how I felt about this subject so I directed you to my post before cx Sorry. My post is in favor of beauty pageants, I've realized lately that I can't portray what I'm trying to say in a non-confusing way to other people so I guess I'll try and clarify. I feel beauty pageants are helpful to the girls in them, I had been bullied harshly but my mother said everytime I was on stage I seemed to have some confidence which I didnt have any other time. All Im really saying is people judge pageants too quickly without really realizing the deeper meaning behind them, I was just saying it from a beauty pageant girls mind
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David_Teh_Derp
"Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :)
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In general, do you think a country would be run better with a democracy or with someone making all the decisions?  Sorry should have made that more clearer :blush 
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Jeterfan14
Jeterfan14 posted in Debating:
"David_Teh_Derp" wrote:No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel
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David_Teh_Derp
No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly).
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