Anime Expo 2014: A cosplay fan’s photo gallery

July 04, 2014 | 4:19 p.m.
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People dressed up as anime characters attend opening day of the Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 3, 2014. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Twenty-one-month-old Aria Chan, from San Francisco, dressed up as Chun-Li from the video game "Street Fighter," and Jonathan Hernandez, 21, of North Hollywood, dressed up as Peter Pan. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Derek Fu, 20, of Diamond Bar, dressed up as Fujitora from the anime show "One Piece." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Artist Sylvia Shi, of Baltimore, displays her art that is for sale at her booth during the opening day of Anime Expo. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Hope Donovan, left, of San Francisco, dressed up as Rin from the anime show "Free!," adjusts the scarf of friend Cyrene Cruz, of Los Angeles, dressed up us as Haru, a character from the same show. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Kim Zak, left, of Los Angeles, dressed up as Elsa from Disney's "Frozen," gets help with her gown from friend Tyler Amano-Smerling, of Los Angeles, dressed up as Ursula from Disney's "Little Mermaid." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Kimura U, right, the Ambassador of Cute, makes her way inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. She was appointed by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to promote Japanese culture abroad. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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A fan is dressed up as the male version of Ahri from the video game "League of Legends." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Kevin Nakashima, left, of Whittier, dressed up as Colossal Titan from "Attack on Titan." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Justin Boaz, right, of Vista, dresses up as Tuxedo Mask. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Klaura McKelvey, 15, dressed up as Aradia, a character from the web comic series, 'Homestuck." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Fans gather inside the Los Angeles Convention Center during Anime Expo. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Mikaylee Collins, left, dressed up as Grell Sutcliff, and Jenny Joboyan dressed up as Angelina Dalles, both characters from the anime series "Black Butler." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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From left: Renee Wallin, Danielle Smith, Lily Kim, Emily Tran, and Alex Tanguay, all from Arizona, pose for pictures. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Emily Moreno, 6, dressed up as Satoko from the anime show "Higurashi When They Cry," shows her new stuffed animal to Katie Ehrlich, 18, left, dressed up as Raven, and her friend Liza Woythaler, dressed up as Starfire, both characters from "Teen Titans." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Elyse Campos, 25, of Glendora, wears an original character she designed and named Allen, a white German shepherd. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Dakota Dennis of Woodland Hills, wearing the titular mask from the "Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" video game. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Johnny Yang, of Corona, portraying Gray Fullbuster from the anime show "Fairy Tail," walks around with his ice cannon. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Joshua Gainey, left, of Chino, dressed up as Kurloz Makara from the web comic series "Homestuck." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Tiana Jellum, of Los Angeles, dressed up as Stocking from the anime series "Panty &Stocking with Garterbelt." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Avery Perez, of Ventura, holds his bed foam and cardboard creation that he made in the likeness of Bad Batter, a character from the "Off" game. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Nathalie Urrutia, left, and Joseph Escobar, both of Burbank, dress up as characters from the puppet video series "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Devin Izmirian, of Colorado, dressed up as Rem from the anime show "Death Note." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

At Anime Expo 2014, the wigs are out, big time. Organizers had promised to push the cosplay quotient at the annual anime and manga festival, and fans have shown their approval by filling the Los Angeles Convention Center with the surreal costumes, painted faces and most excellent hair of their favorite characters.

Over here, the spiked red locks of Grell Sutcliff  and the V-shaped bangs of Angelina Dalles, both from “Black Butler.” Over there, the muscled face of Colossal Titan. And over there, the white eyes and bloodied forehead of Fujitora from “One Piece.” Somewhere amid all the fur, the horns, the hats, the high stockings, the Pokemon onesies, the blue-painted faces, the skeleton-painted faces and a fair amount of skin, you could even see an Elsa from “Frozen,” a bit out of place, seemingly lost on her way to some other convention.

As my colleague Haley Goldberg wrote in her Anime Expo preview, the event runs through Sunday. About 60,000 are expected to attend. Information: anime-expo.org

Check back with Hero Complex for more coverage from Anime Expo, including a visit with the “Japanese Ambassador of Cute.”

— Craig Nakano | @LATHeroComplex

[For the record, 2:28 p.m. Monday: A caption in a previous version of this post incorrectly stated that “League of Legends” is an anime show. It is a video game.]

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