This year however, the sun was out, the temperature was nice enough outside to wear Spring clothes and the Hynes Convention Center was running one of the biggest crowd of nerds and costumed geeks on the north east coast of America like a seasoned pro!
Besides the usual activities you can find in this size category convention like awesome panels of both Industry and fan-based discussions, Cosplay photoshoot meetups, and a gaming room that went all out with newer and more fun arcade games straight from Japan. AB2018 had one thing that really made us look forward to attending it this year. One special guest of honor that is both legend in the global anime fan community and a veteran performer of kick ass live concerts. FLOW.
From Naruto to Eureka 7, Dragon Ball Z to Code Geass and so many more, FLOW is a J-Rock band that has been responsible for many memorable theme songs of many iconic Anime titles both in the past as well as in present new releases.
So you can imagine how energetic and explosive their performance was to sing live for over an hour in front of thousands of hardcore Otaku ravers and Cosplayers. Not a single seat was empty! And unlike other Anime Cons, Anime Boston doesn’t charge a separate ticket for attending music performances. This was first come first seated. We were treated to 3 new songs, and while each of the songs they performed put the entire crowd into a frenzy, it was during the performance of GO “Fighting Dreamers” (Naruto OP) that made all of us go into overdrive and jump around like crazy asylum escapees.
Personally though, it was when FLOW performed Days (Eureka 7 OP) that I felt chills in realization that I was really right there, seated just several feet away from a J-Rock band that I had been listening to for years now performing in front of me. And one clear thought kept crossing my mind, a thought that put me in a state of both exhilaration and serene calm; This is what made attending Anime Conventions worth all the travel hassles and accommodation challenges and expenses. The expectation of both the usual expected activities, and the unexpected special happenings that keep Con veterans looking forward to discovering every year.
So thank you Anime Boston!
Thank you for an even more fun year than the last one!!
Looking forward to what you’ll be bringing for your patrons next year…