Every summer, freaks, geeks, otaku, and the like of San Antonio, TX come out in droves to take over the Riverwalk. The occasion? San Japan, San Antonio’s largest anime convention. While only in it’s seventh year, San Japan has grown exponentially. Since its third year, I’ve attended without fail and have always enjoyed myself.
This year at San Japan: Samurai 7, I experienced something quite magical. Any nerd who’s been on the internet has gotten at least a taste of the turmoil of the evolving cosplay community. More cosplayers are demanding tolerance and acceptance for all, no matter if you’re rocking a corset with bouncy cleavage or waddling around in the fabled Gundam Box. For the first time in my four years of con-going, I’m starting to notice a dramatic shift among the cosplay reflecting this sentiment. And as a plus-size woman-of-color who cosplays for fun without shame, I couldn’t be any more thrilled. Cosplayers of all genders, sizes, skin colors, ages, and skill levels crowded the halls in anime, video game, live-action, and cartoon cosplays.
Here are a few of my favorite cosplays from the diverse community of San Antonio cosplayers. To the few cosplayers out of hundreds featured in this album, I extend my thanks and virtual high fives. Keep on rocking the way you know best!
Photo credits go to Richard Crowder, otherwise known as Boyfriend, Awesome Guy, or #yoloswagjesus4life.
If you see your cosplay in this small album, please email or comment with any links, names, pages, etc and I will be happy to credit you!