Akumakon 2020 Run by Students

Akumakon 2020 Run by Students

Run by students from the National University of Eire Galway, the event takes place at NUI Galway and spans a weekend in January. Akumakon 2020 marked the 10th year this event has taken place (having been established in 2011 by the Anime and Manga Society of NUIG) and has grown consistently annually, with Akumakon 2020 garnering over 1000 attendees across the three days.

Panels and workshops provided by the numerous special guests and by members of the anime community. This year’s panels included a D&D character workshop, a pre-convention preparation guide with their cosplay guest Florencia Sofen and a special inspect the only Boys of Anime “Hot Crossed Boys” presented by members of the Akumakon 2020 committee.

Akumakon 2020Screenings of popular anime series and films, like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this excellent World! A Japanese cafe passes by the Wa Cafe serving authentic Japanese food. A trade hall with traders from around Ireland and Europe, with merchandise from anime, manga, video games, and comic books. Through their Charity Auction, Akumakon raises much-needed funds annually for charities both in Ireland and Japan. This year Akumakon raised funds for both the NPO Animators Supporters and Teach Solais, which are equivalent charities from last year.

At their charity auction alone, they were ready to raise over €3000. The team at Akumakon felt that these charities were extremely deserving of their continued support as both these charities provide unique sources of support for animators beginning in Japan, and for LGBT+ people all throughout the west of eire, respectively.

This year Akumakon’s special guest list included American voice actor Aaron Dismuke, an adaptive writer, and director known for lead roles in anime like Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Deadman Wonderland and thus the Devil could also be a Part-Timer. Another special guest this year was voice actress Sarah Wiedenheft who has appeared in multiple well-known anime like Dragon Ball Super, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Black Clover, Tokyo Ghoul and My Hero Academia.

Others included on their guest list this year were acclaimed Japanese animation director Yutaku Yamamoto and popular European cosplayer Florencia. Also attending at Akumakon 2020 was resident guest Masako X of TeamFourStar, a voice actor featured in many popular fan-dubbed anime on YouTube, a touch just like the Dragonball Z Abridged series.

Anime and manga has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people discovering Japanese culture as a result. Akumakon 2020 provided these fans, new and old, an event where they’re going to meet like-minded people and knowledge a celebration of not only the media and art of anime and manga but of the wonderfully vibrant Japanese culture as an entire.