Bak-Anime 2017 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)
March 4, 2017 by Derek Orchard
Bak-Anime 2017 February 25 and 26 at the Kern County Fairground in Bakersfield, CA
The 9th annual Bak-Anime, Bakersfield’s one and only Anime convention was held in the final week of February 2017.
In previous years, the event has been held in a much smaller venue which they had outgrown. I have gone to other events where they had changed locations and the new locations were really too big for the event.
From my personal perspective, it was a smart choice for the convention to make the move, as there were plenty of dealers and plenty of attendees.
In fact, Bak-Anime had a record attendances with over 3,500 attendees.
The dealers room was not too crowded and t was really easy to shop around and find deals if you are looking for something special. And for those who were hungry, a Okamoto Kitchen Japanese comfort food truck and Pappa John’s Pizza were there on hand.
Bak-Anime 2017 had a returning favorite, Actor/voice actor/composer/singer/producer Vic Mignogna. And new to Bak-anime, Actress/voice actress/Producer Cherami Leigh and Voice actress/gamer, Danielle McRae.
On Saturday only, David Yost, Karan Ashley and Walter Jones from the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” were special guests at the event.
All the guest had panels and were available for signings.
All the lines seem to move pretty fast, I thought everyone was having a good time.
Pro Lab gaming was there at Bak-Anime for the video game tournaments, Paladins Game Castle and the Gaming spot sponsored the collector card games, demos and other hobby games.
They also had their 4th annual swap meet which is an event only for fans. On Saturday night, they had their late night electric dance party open for all ages. And on Sunday, the event had an art contest.
There was plenty a Cosplay to be seen throughout Bak-Anime 2017.
There were plenty of people walking around in different costumes from anime, comics, video games and movies. On Saturday afternoon, Bak-Anime 2017 had an adult cosplay contest, where just about everyone had skit or a dance routine that they did. And I actually think there was an actual marriage proposal that happened during the contest.
On Sunday, they had another cosplay contest which was for the kids only. Even though the kids had help sometimes, it is really amazing to see all the talent that is out there. People with the skills to make these elaborate and awesome costumes.
I have personally been really impressed with how Bak-Anime has continued to grow and has been so well supported by the community out there in Bakersfield.
I really do think it is a show that is worth your the time , even if it is just for one day.
If you’ve never been to a “Anime con” or a “Comic-Con” this would be a great first time show to get a taste of the con experience.
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