Being among the uninitiated, Pree Jamaica didn’t quite know what to expect at Anime Nation 2012, which was staged at Waterfalls in Liguanea on August 10. Once inside the venue, the event billed as a Japanese Anime Convention transported us to a culturally rich space that linked Jamaica to Japan and resonated with creativity, camaraderie, artistry, verve and perhaps even a touch of magic! Cosplay (costume playing) proved to be the main attraction, and although we couldn’t tell a Pokémon from a Naruto character, we did manage to move up the curve by the end of the night.
Dubstep/house music was the soundtrack for the event, which was organised by JA Cosplayaz, a local group of anime aficionados spearheaded by Afayah Prendergast, Fabian Pinkney and Zane Francis. They received strong support from the Embassy of Japan in Kingston.
This is the third staging of Anime Nation, with the previous conventions being held at Studio 38 in New Kingston and Students’ Union at UWI. Video of anime created by Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) alums were shown, and the crowd was treated to a live musical performance.