Bold Matsuri is a celebration of anime and cosplay in Jacksonville, Florida that recently took place at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. And the event was phenomenal! This was only the event’s second year, and it had an amazing turnout of more than 6,000 attendees.
Prior to the event, Florida Comic Cons gave you “3 Big Reasons to Attend Bold Matsuri.” And now we’ll tell you all the reasons it was phenomenal!
Reason #1: Guests
Bold Matsuri had an amazing line up of voice actor guests to meet like Ben Diskin, Darrick Snow, Darren Dustan, and Dan Green. As well as, a great group of cosplay guests like BlackFlame16, Caught Red Handed, and the Sailor Scouts of Jacksonville.
Ben Diskin voices Sai from Naruto and Joseph Joestar in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Battle Tendency. He was available to meet to take photos with and get autographs from all weekend. On Saturday, he participated in the Naruto Q&A panel with Kyle Hebert, Neil Kaplan, and Cherami Leigh. Also he was in a Sunday Q&A panel with Cherami Leigh.
Derrick Snow participated in two panels over the weekend. First was the My Hero Academia Q&A for which he voices Mimic, and the second panel was a Fire Force Q&A for which he voices the main character Shinra Kusakabe.
BlackFlame16 is local Florida cosplayer, and is the leader of Guilty Pulse, an idol and dance cover group. Florida Comic Cons got a picture of her cosplaying as the female lead in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Caught Red Handed
Sailor Scouts of Jacksonville
Sailor Scouts of Jacksonville were founded in 2015 and have made it their goal to spread joy around Florida. At Bold Matsuri, they were maids and butlers.
Reason 2: Vendors
Artsy Posey began selling their art at Metrocon 2019. They’ve always had a love for art and want to spread that joy with others. They sell prints, stickers, keychains, and buttons, and they’ve newly added Ita Bags to their shop! Artsy Posey got the idea to make primogem ita bags because they know that Genshin Impact cosplays don’t come with pockets. And its nice to give cosplayers a bag that matches their cosplay. The Kickstarter Artsy Posey started got overfunded, which allowed them to create the bags in different colors and sizes. And their next convention will be Metrocon and Tamp Bay Comic Convention.
Pluviiox has done art all her life, but got serious about it at 16 and decided to sell in it 2021. She sells stickers, buttons, keychains, and prints, but has recently added plushies! She started making Avatar the Last Airbender Duck Plushies and started a Kickstarter in order to fund it. The Kickstarter went viral and got over funded allowing her to create more duck designs! She was even abe to give a duck to Zuko‘s voice actor, Dante Basco, which helped spread the awareness of the ducks after he posted it on social media.
While some of her art is inspired from anime and cartoons, she does create original artwork. Pluviiox especially focuses on art that address mental health issues. Also, this winter she will be launching a WEBTOON called the Society of Teens to address mental health issues. Pluviiox does all this not only because she loves art but also because she is a mental health therapist.
Reason #3: Cosplay!
Bold Matsuri was filled with anime fans and cosplayers. Florida Comic Cons always wants to present a few of Bold Matsuri’s cosplayers in a photo gallery.
Cosplay Photo Gallery
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