Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Fast facts| What's a Tosho-Con?

For fans of anime, life imitates art

Visitors to the Largo Library Saturday might have thought a spaceship had landed.

There were young girls with blue hair wearing platform boots and miniskirts. Boys sporting lip rings and heavy eyeliner. Kids with swords, kids carrying stuffed animals, kids dressed up as who-knows-what. ¶ No, it wasn't a convoy from outer space. It was Tosho-Con, an anime convention for teens.

The event started at 9 a.m. and drew hundreds of teens from throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Anime is another word for Japanese animation. Examples of the genre include Speed Racer, Sailor Moon and Pokemon cartoons. ¶ Saturday's event featured video game tournaments, a costume contest, teen art displays and more. ¶ By 4 p.m. it was over. The last of the costumed characters left and normalcy again returned to the Largo Library — at least until next year.

Carrie Weimar, Times staff writer

Tosho-Con is a convention of anime fans. The name is a play on toshokan, which is Japanese for library.

Okay ... so what's anime?

The term is used in Japan to refer to animation in general, in English the term generally refers to material originating from Japan. It derives from manga, Japanese cartooning.,

For fans of anime, life imitates art 04/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 3:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Once 'angry' about Obamacare, Republican David Jolly came to see it as 'safety net'


    Former Congressman David Jolly, who ran against Obamacare in 2013, said in an interview Monday night that he now considers it a "safety net."

  2. Five children hospitalized after chlorine release at Tampa pool store


    Five children were sickened at a pool store north of Tampa on Monday after a cloud of chlorine was released, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

  3. Deputies find unidentified decomposing body in Dunedin canal

    Public Safety

    DUNEDIN — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies found an unidentified male body floating in a Dunedin canal Monday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office said.

  4. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  5. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108