By Terry Rogers
Mirufodocon, Milford’s first anime convention, took place October 28 through 30 at locations throughout Milford. The main convention took place at the Milford Senior Center with panels, screenings and social activities held at Abbott’s Grill and Arena’s.
“We have been doing SaikoCon in Pennsylvania for the past five years,” Mike Perfetti, who organized the event, said. “I handled the sound at that convention. All I keep hearing is that there is not much to do for teens and young adults. Dover Comicon was a huge success, so I thought this might be something interesting to bring to Milford.
The event included panels which began at 6 PM on Friday, October 28. Some of the panels discussed convention etiquette which provided insight into some of the actions that were considered inappropriate during conventions. Michele Knotz, a voice actor for several anime series was also on hand to talk about her career, signing autographs and talking to fans.
Several anime screenings were held as well throughout the weekend. Some of the anime screened at the event included Cowboy Bebob, Baccano, Fairy Tail and Mongolian Chop Squad. On Saturday afternoon, Promiscuous Paradox and Nyk Creations presented a J-Pop Dance Party, teaching attendees how to “j-pop dance.” J-pop is a musicual genre from Japan which has been used extensively in anime. In 2009, a fictional anime female band from the anime K-On! released a mini-album in Japan which rose to number one, the first anime character band to achieve the top spot on music charts in that country.
On Friday night, the Mirufodocon Band Bonanza at Abbott’s Grill featured Deprived and Mal Havok. On Saturday night, the Mirufodocon Halloween Hoopla Extravaganza took place at the Senior Center with bands that included Touron, Centripetal Force Steven Lamont and Here for the Night.
Many of the attendees at Mirufodocon dressed in costumes representing some of their favorite anime characters. Handsome Cosplay who was dressed as Moxxi from Borderlands said that she chose the character because she liked the design.
“I’ve been cosplaying for five or six years,” said Handsome Cosplay, who uses only her cosplay name while in costume. “It is a fun way to express myself. I make most of my costumes.” Elizabeth, who was dressed as Meiling from TouHou, said she also made her costumes and had been cosplaying for several years as well.
John Kaczmarcyk, who came to the convention from Middletown, and was dressed as Dio Brando from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. He said he chose the costume because a friend, Lauren Lyles, dressed as Jonathan Joestar.
“When she told me she was dressing as Jonathan, I decided I would dress as the villain from the series,” he said. “I just do it for fun. I usually buy my costumes rather than make them because it is very expensive to create all the outfits and props you need.” Josue Vargas-Flores of Georgetown, who was just dressed in a mask but not in any particular anime costume, said that his teacher recommended that he attend the convention as a way to meet others in the anime world.
Handsome Cosplay said that Mirufodocon was small compared to other conventions she had attended. She said that since it was the first year, they were still learning what would appeal to convention goers. Ms. Lyles said that she thought Halloween weekend may have kept many from attending, especially people with younger children or who planned to attend costume parties on Saturday night.
Mr. Perfetti said that ticket sales were slow, but since it was the first year for the convention, that was to be expected. He said that he does plan to make the convention an annual event and expects that it will continue to grow.
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