Annual anime, manga, gaming convention returns to Huntington – Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – Halloween might be a few weeks away, but there will be plenty of costumes downtown this weekend as Tsubasacon returns to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The annual anime convention, set for 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, will give fans a chance to dress up, hang out, shop and play video games.

The convention was established in Charleston in 2004 before moving to Huntington two years later, first in the Big Sandy Convention Center and then in the full arena beginning in 2015. Last year’s Tsubasacon had a total of 2,200 guests.

Among the activities at this year’s con, set up throughout both the Arena and the Conference Center, are video game tournaments, a rock concert and a late-night dance. This year’s convention will have a samurai and feudal Japan theme.

“Tsubasacon is definitely a great family friendly fun event for kids of all ages and adults that are into cosplay, video gaming and anime,” David Richmond, vice chair of Tsubasacon, said.

“One of things that is a little different this year is that we are really kicking up our gaming presence. We will have a lot more tabletop, board,and card games. Returning this year is Pachinko Fever, which is a Pachinko parlor. Pachinko is a Japanese game sort of like pinball. Rare Drops will be organizing the game room once again. Also returning this year is Tokyo Attack, which is a group that brings Japanese arcade games to cons.”

There will be several guests visiting the convention, including professional voice actors and actresses like Leah Clark, who has voiced characters in such series as “Miss Kobayashi’s

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