Shutocon takes over Lansing
OU News Bureau
More than 6,000 paid attendees traveled to Shuto Con this March. From the 17-19, fans gathered in the Radisson hotel and the Lansing Center in the heart of downtown Lansing for the annual anime convention.
Anime conventions are events where fans gather to show off their costumes, often called cosplays, and interact with one another. In addition, many well-known voice actors and actresses attend the events as guests, giving fans the opportunity for autographs and meet-and-greets.
Though there are many anime conventions around the country, Shuto Con is only held once per year in Lansing. In 2015, the organizers behind Shuto Con hosted Random Battle Con, though the attendance numbers were low and it has not been hosted since.
This year, Shuto Con hired Tokyo Attack, an arcade company, to provide assorted Japanese arcade games for attendees, with the cost to play these games mostly included in their $55 badge cost.
Most anime conventions have a cosplay contest, and Shuto Con had one, as well. The contest was scheduled for a two-hour time slot, but took up less than an hour of its scheduled time. There were constants in three different categories: novice, journeyman and masters, as well as one skit performance.
Luis Dubuc, more widely known as Mystery Skulls, performed new songs from his upcoming album “One Of Us” and also performed at the Friday Night Electric Dance.
Shuto Con’s theme for next year will be Yokai, or demons. Badges for next year’s event have also gone on sale for $20 off the at-door ticket price.
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