Animazement returns to Raleigh

Anime fans dressed as their favorite Japanese animation characters returned to downtown Raleigh for the annual Animazement convention at the Convention Center, May 27-29.

The convention includes a Saturday night formal dance, held outdoors this year due to COVID, as well as speakers, shopping and special guests.

Cobe Wilson of Raleigh, dressed at Sabito from the anime Demon Slayer, waits to pose with a group of fellow Demon Slayer characters during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. The four day event offers fans of Japanese animation, educational discussion panels, gaming, music and dance and a chance to see like minded fans dressed in their colorful costumes
Cobe Wilson of Raleigh, dressed at Sabito from the anime Demon Slayer, waits to pose with a group of fellow Demon Slayer characters during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. The four day event offers fans of Japanese animation, educational discussion panels, gaming, music and dance and a chance to see like minded fans dressed in their colorful costumes
Nova from Holly Springs, N.C., dressed as Belle from the Japanese fantasy film Belle, during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. The four day event offers fans of Japanese animation, educational discussion panels, gaming, music and dance and a chance to see like minded fans dressed in their colorful costumes
Nova from Holly Springs, N.C., dressed as Belle from the Japanese fantasy film Belle, during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. The four day event offers fans of Japanese animation, educational discussion panels, gaming, music and dance and a chance to see like minded fans dressed in their colorful costumes
Samantha Loring of Cary, N.C., dressed at Yukari Yakumo from the anime Touhou project during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Samantha Loring of Cary, N.C., dressed at Yukari Yakumo from the anime Touhou project during the 2022 Animazement on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.