Last Saturday I attended Anime Go!, a new local event in Wallsend hosted by North Tyneside Libraries! Fellow cosplayer Little Rascal told me about the event a few months ago, and I volunteered to run some events for them. The event was aimed mostly at children aged 12+, but was open to all ages and was great fun for it’s first time running!
The library itself is lovely and spacious, with lots of activities to take part in for Anime Go! – tables laid with supplies for drawing and colouring in, a huge manga selection, a games console with Pokemon games to try, and of course the presentation area! There was even a small dealers hall with local artists and traders located on the lower floor, which was a lovely ‘welcome’ to the event. All of the library staff were wonderful and helpful throughout too!
Photo by Arphrial
I held a Cosplay Talk at 11am in the presentation area, covering basics like what is cosplay?, how do I get started?, and how to buy/make costumes, as an introduction to the hobby! For such a small event, every seat was filled and there was a small crowd gathering too! It was only a 30 minute session, but once it was finished up I caught up with some of the audience to answer some questions, show some costume examples and generally say ‘hello’!
As you can see above, I wore Taruto from Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto! It’s a remake of an older costume, but pretty much everything besides the apron is new. It’s a really basic outfit but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out on the day, and even though nobody else knew the series I got lots of lovely comments from people!
Photo by North Tyneside Libraries
At 12:30 we had a little Cosplay Contest! With the event being aimed at beginners and children, I wanted a nice relaxed atmosphere and to get as many people as possible involved, so it was lovely and relaxed. Anyone in costume could get involved and join in at any time, introduce themselves and their costumes! There were still a few nerves, but pretty much everyone at the event in costume joined in, which is a win for me.
There was a huge range of different costumes from anime, manga, games, movies and original characters too! We all gathered at the end for a big group photo!
Photo by Arphrial
Once the Cosplay Contest finished, the library had a screening of Howl’s Moving Castle to enjoy before going home. I really hope they run more events like this in the future, and that I might be part of those too!