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July 09, 2012

Cosplay photos: Anime Expo 2012, a look back

Posted in: Anime,Fans

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Cosplay and anime fans gathered at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. (Jay West / For Hero Complex)

Even with Comic-Con, Botcon, Power Morphicon, Wizard World and Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo all in play, there may not be a convention that matches the costuming originality and gusto of the Anime Expo.

There were three masquerade showcases this year, but most of the cosplay warriors pictured above were decked out for the love of their creations. Jay West was on hand to watch the fans flaunt an impressive array of characters derived from comics/manga, movies, TV, pop music and video games (plus original creations) in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Anime Expo has already announced that the 2013 edition is scheduled for July 4-7.

– Jevon Phillips

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