MetroCon 2023 was a spectacular experience that left attendees captivated and inspired. The 20th anniversary event, which is Florida’s largest anime convention, allowed fans to be immersed in the magical world of anime and cosplay. From thrilling activities to jaw-dropping cosplays, the vibrant spirit of the community permeated the entire convention. This blog is part 1, with more photos coming your way in the summer issue of Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine to be released soon.
Constantly surrounded by amazing cosplay
One of the highlights of MetroCon 2023 was the jaw-dropping cosplays that adorned every corner of the convention center. From iconic characters like Naruto, Sailor Moon, and Goku to lesser-known gems from niche anime series, the level of creativity and attention to detail was astounding. Florida Comic Cons caught-up with many talented cosplayers, and decided one pic is not enough. Every cosplayer we encountered was eager to pose for photos, engage in character banter, and share their love for the art of cosplay. Thanks to all of you! And some cosplayers shared their Instagram- and we added links. (photos below by Florida Comic Cons)
When cosplayers came together at MetroCon 2023
Our friend Leo Nocedo of Nocedo Photography is known for bringing cosplayers together for group photos at conventions in central Florida. And we’re sharing some of his best from MetroCon 2023.
Want more anime in Tampa Bay?
Keep the anime magic going with Anime St. Pete 2023 on September 30 – October 1 at the historic Coliseum in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. The huge 2nd annual event, which is a celebration of anime and the cosplay it inspires, features 5 big-name voice actors who collectively portray nearly 40 major and significant characters in popular anime shows, animated movies and series, and video games. In addition, there are 3 contests — a Cosplay Contest (sign-up), TikTok Film Festival (sign-up), and Lip Sync Competition (sign-up) — led by 4 guest cosplayers with $1,500 in total cash prizes. Moreover, there will be video games, including a tournament, an assortment of fan-led panels, and a special TikTok filming area to share your Anime St. Pete experience with the universe.
The video below tells you more about Anime St. Pete 2023, which is followed by a quick look at last year’s Anime St. Pete. Tickets are affordable at $25 for single day, and $40 for weekend pass (prices increase $5 at door). Get tickets today. And Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine will be there snapping photos for its October issue.
Anime St. Pete 2023 trailer
A quick look at last year’s Anime St. Pete
Last year was big, with more than 4,000 attendees! Here are several snapshots from last year to give you a glimpse into Anime St. Pete.
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