Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate Staff

Anime marks a return to roots

Anime made its mark in Red Deer at TsuruCon 2014 held at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School on Saturday.

Anime made its mark in Red Deer at TsuruCon 2014 held at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School on Saturday.

Shawn Hansen, president of the Otafest Film and Cultural Festival Planning Committee, a hugely popular Calgary anime convention, said the Red Deer event brought him back to his roots.

“This is very much reminiscent of how a lot of the bigger conventions started,” said Hansen on Saturday, who attended TsuruCon.

“It may seem like it’s not much now but give it time, and if you can be consistent with the event, then people start to find out about it.”

Word of mouth is key, not just social media, he said.

About 105 people attended TsuruCon that showcased movies and film in the style of character drawing used in Japanese graphic novels called manga.

Panel discussions, vendors, classes, a dance and of course a cosplay contest had anime fans strutting in costumes representing their favorite characters.

Grade 11 Lindsay Thurber student Brittanie Penner, one of the TsuruCon organizers, said she has made about 10 costumes as a professional cosplayer.

She said some misconceptions about people involved in anime persist.

“Adults look at us with that weird, ‘what are you doing with your lives sort of look.’ I don’t think they understand the community and the support that comes with liking anime and the culture behind it,” Penner said.

Grade 12 student Keziah Barnes Armstrong, said anime has that — anything is possible magic.

Having visited Japan on a student exchange, she experienced the popularity of anime in the country where it all began.

Amber Traynor, 19, of Red Deer, who was dressed as character Miku Hatsune, said she likes the detail required in anime, as well as the gore and fight scenes.

Brooke Traynor, 14, who attends school online through John Paul II Catholic Outreach School and was dressed as Rin Kagmine, said she’s drawn more to the magical girl anime.

Jei Wong, with Otafest special events staff, said anime isn’t a stranger to the big screen.

Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature in 2003.

Disney distributed The Wind Rises, also by Miyazaki, last year.

“Obviously there’s recognition from Disney, which is a strong player in the animation scene. They realize the quality of the animation and the story line,” Wong said.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Castor murderer vows to fight conviction

Jason Klaus tells courtroom he loved his family who were murdered in December 2013

Advocate poll shows another hospital wanted in Red Deer

Over 50 per cent of voters support second hospital

Olds RCMP has new detachment commander

Staff Sgt. Jim MacDonald now on the job

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

DJ Sabatoge and TR3 Band kick off Sylvan Lake’s Winterfest 2018

Central Alberta’s youngest DJ will open for TR3 Band kicking off Town… Continue reading

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

In photos: Get ready for Western Canadian Championships

Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships and Peavey Mart Alberta Cup 5/6 start… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month