NekoCon 20: Day three roundup
Adam Flores | Senior Writer
NekoCon 20 continued in high gear into Saturday’s second full day of events at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. From animé in our social lives, Zombie preparedness and costume craftsmanship contests to Western and Shakespearean literatures in animé, photoshoots and music concerts, NekoCon, again, had everything covered for everyone of all ages.
Aimee Blackschleger is an American singer-songwriter currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. Vocal credits include performing vocals with Japanese artists such as Kiyokiba Shunsuke and AKB48.
She can be heard in popular animé and games including Attack on Titan (“D.O.A.”) for which she gave a rocking performance of the song within her set.
Joe Inoue is a Japanese-America musician born and raised in California. He came to the forefront of the industry singing the song “Closer” for Naruto Shippuden OP4.
His first time in Virginia, Inoue’s energetic performance included a nod to American rock ‘n’ roll as he slowed the pace within his set to play acoustic guitar and sing two Foo Fighters songs.
Diana Garnet is a lifelong animé fan turned professional singer. Originally from Washington D.C., she is now based in Tokyo. Garnet has performed themes for animé including “Spinning World” for Naruto Shippuden as well as Tantei Team KAZ: Jiken Note’s “Nankai Mystery.”
Her vibrant and animated set had fans dancing non-stop within the concert hall.
Daniel and Kat Thrush presented panel discussions on Western and Shakespearean literatures and their influences on animé.
From narrative constructs such as overarching themes, character archetypes and exploring big name literary influences from Western literature along with Shakespeare’s plays (comedies and tragedies), the discussion was informative exploring a wide variety of literary titles crossing the genre boundaries into animé.
NekoCon 20 will continue into Sunday with more engaging panel discussions and a variety of events for all attendees concluding with the closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. For more information on NekoCon 20 and a possible glimpse into next year’s convention, NekoCon 2018, please visit www.nekocon.com.