DETROIT (CW50) – Youmacon is one of the fastest growing anime conventions in North America. For the past several years it has brought thousands of people to downtown Detroit. This year it ran from October 31st to November 3rd.

“Having the convention here brings a lot of business to the Renaissance Center and surrounding areas. The convention takes a little getting used to, but it is definitely good for the area,” said a Marriott front desk worker.

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The main focus of Youmacon is anime and Japanese culture. This does not mean that only people interested in anime can enjoy the convention. Programming includes panels about CW’s show Supernatural and BBC’s Doctor Who.  Competitive gaming is also a large portion of Youmacon. The charity ball and rave are also large attractions. Identification proving you’re over 18 is required for entry to the many adult-themed panel discussions and question and answer programming. If someone is interested in learning about and watching popular anime several rooms in the Renaissance Center are devoted 24 hours a day during the con to screening various shows.

Youmacon is more than a passive event to attend. Costume play, or cosplay for short, is a huge part of Youmacon. Most people will be in costume which makes for fantastic people watching. There are themed photo shoots people can join.

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Con attendee and panel host Leah explaining her attraction to the event said, “Through Youmacon and cosplay I found my love to perform. I look forward to this busy weekend every year. I get to see my friends and make new friends all the time. I’ve come for the past four years and will be back again next year.”

Youmacon consistently grows because it’s consistently brings in new people as well as keeps previous attendees coming back every year. Cosplay is only the beginning of why people attend Youmacon. Many famous voice actors attend to sign autographs and host Q + A panels. The dealers room and artist’s alley are also must-see attractions. Dealers sell merchandise from pop culture and often have imported items from Japan. Artist sell their artwork and take commissions as well.

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(credit:Maria Benjamin)

(credit:Maria Benjamin)

For this short weekend the convention takes over the Renaissance Center and Cobo. If you’re interested in attending next year, start planning now. Rooms in the Renaissance Center and surrounding hotels fill up quickly. Attendee badges bought in advance are also discounted. Learn more about this years convention and stay updated on next year’s con by visiting Youmacon’s website.