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home : news : north central illinois   April 30, 2016

7/19/2014 4:33:00 AM
Colorful characters swarm library's 'Animinicon'


NewsTribune photos/Scott AndersonPeru Public Library hosted “Animinicon,” a Japanese-themed event feature anime (animation) which is usually hand-drawn or computer-animated. Library Teen Advisory Group members offered Japanese-style food for event goers. Liam Thompson and Hope Meyer both of Peru pour Ramen Noodles and Pocky into cups as guests arrive at “Animinicon” night inside the Peru Library.
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Peru Public Library hosted “Animinicon,” a Japanese-themed event feature anime (animation) which is usually hand-drawn or computer-animated. Library Teen Advisory Group members offered Japanese-style food for event goers. Liam Thompson and Hope Meyer both of Peru pour Ramen Noodles and Pocky into cups as guests arrive at “Animinicon” night inside the Peru Library.

During the Peru Public Library’s “Animinicon” event Friday night, Anime game play was made the center of attention.  (From left) Maggie Kray, Nattlie Pilch, and Sally Shan all of Peru enjoy playing a pokemon battle game in the library on “Animinicon” night.
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During the Peru Public Library’s “Animinicon” event Friday night, Anime game play was made the center of attention.  (From left) Maggie Kray, Nattlie Pilch, and Sally Shan all of Peru enjoy playing a pokemon battle game in the library on “Animinicon” night.
Lauren Blough
NewsTribune Reporter



People were not themselves at the Peru Public Library Friday night. 

Only because a costume contest was involved.

The library hosted its free “Animinicon 2014” night, pushing bookshelves and reading chairs out of the way to make room for a cosplay catwalk.

Animinicon events take place all over the nation and feature the Japanese anime, or animation, that is usually hand-drawn or computer animated. The event at the library had everything the national events have to offer, just on a smaller scale.

Costume contests, Japanese food, and trivia geared toward anime lovers was just some of the events planned for the library’s own Animincon event. 

The cosplay (costume play) catwalk was outlined in tape before the event started for costume bearers to model for the costume contest. 

Those participating dress up as anime characters and were asked questions by judges about their character. 

Group members from the library’s Teen Advisory Group helped set the event up.   

“Anime is becoming more popular,” said TAG president Liam Thomson. “In reality, a lot of kids watch cartoons and they don’t know that it’s anime until someone points it out.”

This year was the seventh for the event at the library, said Colleen Martin, library program manager. Doors were open to everyone 13 and older. 

TAG members said last year the event brought in more than 100 anime fans. 

Animincon is one of the largest events for the library and also the most expensive to put on, Thomson said.










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