AX 2013 Day 3 & 4 RECAP: Masquerade anime costume competition delights, MYTH combines illusion with erotic and it all comes to an end with Closing Ceremonies

BRING IT- Details over the upcoming “DragonBall Z: Battle of Z” game, coming soon to video game consoles, are announced at the Anime Expo 2013 on Saturday.
(Photo by Jesus Figueroa)

Written by Jesus Figueroa and Sergio Berrueta

Day 3 of the Anime Expo 2013 kicked it up a notch with much anticipated events making it one of the biggest days for the Anime Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday.

Namco Bandai Games gave new details into their upcoming game “DragonBall Z: Battle of Z.” “Battle of Z” adds 8 player online multiplayer to the series along with new “what if” scenarios and characters from the latest DargonBall Z film, “Battle of the Gods,” not available to the United States.

Game play allows for co-op or versus modes and incorporates two ways to co-op a double team attack and a string of attacks. The game looks to surpass the previous games.

THE CAST- Magicians and Burlesque performers take the
stage one last time this year at the Anime Expo 2013 in the
Los Angeles Convention Center early Sunday Morning.
(Photo by Jesus Figueroa)

An erotic showcase of illusion, “Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic” thrilled audiences with mystifying magic acts and seductive burlesque performances hosted by Vixen DeVille and William Draven.

The show had the audience wanting more and more. The comedy was well timed, the performers were incredible and the pace of the show flowed well. The mixture of of burlesque performances and magic acts combined for a fun show.

Kyle Hebert, famous for voicing the Narrator and Gohan on DragonBall Z and Ryu in the Street Fighter series, delighted the crowd at his guest of honor panel with his own brand of humor and engaging the audience in asking questions about current projects.

Kaya poses for pictures
before talking with the
press at the Anime Expo
on Saturday.

Japanese artist Kaya performed for the first time at the Anime Expo 2013 on Friday. He discussed many serious concerns over the music industry of Japan.

Dressed in a glamorous beige gothic dress Kaya spoke on his music influences and about being able to work towards fulfilling his dreams.

One of the main topics of discussed was the need for the music industry in Japan, and the rest of the world, to be united and allow for a method to distribute music for a wide audience to listen to. To continue on Kaya discussed being in the process of developing an app or some method to distribute his music.

The annual Masquerade cosplay contest ended the day for some with cosplayers coming out in a friendly competition to see whose cosplay costume was the best. Including a wide variety of recent and classic anime characters spanning several years of manga and anime.

HAMMER TIME- On stage at the Masquerade Ball of the
Anime Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
on Saturday. (Photo by Jesus Figueroa)

For the first time the participants were able to show a video intro along with their stage presentation.

Many cosplay groups entered to show off the magnificent costumes created for the Anime Expo 2013. Some large costumes and some more human based characters roamed the stage for the cheers of the audience members.

Day 4 ended the Expo with a closing ceremonies bringing out some guest of honors to say farewell and wish their fans the best. Vic Mignogna, famous for voicing Tamaki on ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ and Edward Elric on ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’, was especially grateful by going up to the camera to tell everyone he loved them and to not let anyone bring them down because they admire something.


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