Here’s what you missed at Kami-Con 2019 at the BJCC

 

Video games galore at Kami-Con 2019. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If you didn’t make it to Kami-Con 2019, then you came to the right spot. We’ll fill you in on what you missed at Birmingham’s annual anime and Japanese-cultural convention so you know what you can look forward to next year.

Kami-Con 2019

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Kami-Con is all about the costumes. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The BJCC was the place to be February 22-24, 2019. The energy at Kami-Con was electric, and we were there to soak it all in.

First, the Games

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Kami-Con 2019. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Kami-Con 2019 devoted several rooms solely to video games, including tournaments, a Japanese arcade, free-play games and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This area of the BJCC was packed with competitors, excitement and dance offs at the dance arcade machines.


Cosplay (costume play, that is)

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Anyone need a nurse? Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Did you spot any costumes outside the BJCC or at one of Birmingham’s finest restaurants? If so, Kami-Con is why! Getting dressed up like your favorite Japanese manga or anime character for Kami-Con is the best part of the event.

From Fandom to Ramen

Everywhere we went, we found rooms jam packed with interesting activities. For instance, two Fan Panel Rooms gave individuals a place to gather and discuss their fandoms. Then, we stumbled upon a group dancing to anime songs, which turned out to be our favorite part of the convention.

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Ready, set, slurp. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Next, a ramen-eating competition struck our interest. Several rounds led up to the final, where top noodle slurpers faced off against each other. Sound like your cup of ramen? If so, we hope to see you at the next Kami-Con convention.


Thank You, Next!

Did you attend Kami-Con 2019, or did reading this make you feel like you were there? Tell us what you thought. Email me at jacob@bhamnow.com.

Know of a future event that Bham Now should attend? Reach out to us at hello@bhamnow.com.

Kami-Con will be back in 2020. If you can’t wait a whole year to don your fave cosplay, check out “8 costume events in Birmingham, plus one online cosplay gathering.”