Anime fans sporting their best costume play take over the Los Angeles Convention Center for the first day of the 2014 Anime Expo. Phil Furey reports.
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Anime fans descend upon Los Angeles for the 2014 Anime Expo.
The annual event is a celebration of all things anime, the term to describe Japanese style animation.
Meg Amo, brand manager of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese animation, is herself a big anime fan.
SOUNDBITE: Meg Amo, saying (English):
"it's not just an industry event where people are trying to sell things to the attendees, it's really a celebration of both the attendees and the industry coming together."
The event gives die-hard fans of the genre the chance to let loose, surround themselves with fellow animephiles, and even dress up as their favorite anime characters.
It's a practice known within these circles as "cosplay," short for costume play.
The four day event, billed as the largest anime convention in North America, is expected to attract a total of approximately 200,000 fans.
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