Matsuricon 2019 Post-Show Field Report

When the carefree summer season starts to trail away, soon to be replaced with autumn leaves and pesky adult responsibilities, Ohio congoers gather in Columbus to celebrate all things anime before the first chilly breeze drifts in. Matsuricon is going strong in its 13th year, bringing in 18 special guests and over 6500 attendees for this event. We immersed ourselves in the con for all three days, so we’ve got details on everything you need to know about Matsuricon 2019. Let’s get started!

icon-to-trending Purple Haze Feedback Light Novel Review - Fugo Finally Gets His Dues

Written by Kouhei Kadono (of Boogiepop fame) and peppered with illustrations by Araki, Purple Haze Feedback is a light novel spinoff of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind that stars Pannacotta Fugo. Six months after the conclusion of part 5, Giorno sends Fugo off on a mission to take out the rogue narcotics team and its mysterious leader, Massimo Volpe. Joined by new companions Sheila E and Cannolo Murolo, Fugo sets out to prove his loyalty to Passione and perhaps even forgive himself for deserting Bruno’s team on that fateful day.

5 Best Evolving Anime Endings

Anime ending songs are generally low-key affairs, consisting of a simple tune and unobtrusive visuals to allow the viewer to reflect on the episode they just watched. In other words, they don’t usually command much attention for themselves. But today, we’re shining the spotlight on 5 anime EDs that are always worth watching because of how they change over time.

These shows mix up the formula by adding new characters, swapping out the song, foreshadowing future events, and all sorts of other techniques to keep fans engaged all the way until the next episode preview. Let’s check out the 5 best evolving anime endings!

Top 10 Weirdest Pieces of Anime Merchandise

We anime fans love our merchandise—figures, plushies, t-shirts, key chains, and the like are all pretty par for the course at any convention booth or special interest store. But though this kind of swag is undoubtedly nerdy already, it’s nothing compared to the bizarre anime-branded products we’ve dug up for you today. Some of these are readily available on sites like Amazon or eBay, others are Japan-exclusive oddities that ran for a limited time, and a few may only exist in the ethereal realm of internet rumors. Let’s start this wild ride!

Manga authors all have their own art styles, but there are few as distinctive and iconic as Hirohiko Araki's illustrations for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Over the course of his nearly 40 years as a manga artist, Araki has created some of the most recognizable characters, poses, and scenes in the history of the medium – in fact, so many other series pay homage to him that spotting JoJo references is practically a sport at this point.

But where did Araki's wild designs come from? How did he get the idea for Jonathan's dramatic hand pose, part 5's avant-garde outfits, or all of those stylish chapter covers? ...From museums and fashion magazines, of course! Today, we're here to shed some light on how classical art and fashion illustrations inspired the unique look of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and how JoJo's cultural impact eventually led to collaborations with the likes of Gucci and the Louvre. Strike your favorite pose and join us!

5 Saddest Deaths in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

In the JoJo universe, it’s not unusual for characters to die. And it’s not just limited to bit players—even the main protagonists can be wiped out by a powerful foe or get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today, we’re here to talk about the saddest deaths over the course of the series—beloved characters who were taken from this mortal coil too soon, whose death scenes were expertly written and directed to wring as many tears as possible out of our betrayed hearts. Grab some tissues and join us...