Annual Anime Convention Invades Castle Point

4/7/2014

The seventh annual Castle Point Anime Convention took place Saturday, April 6 on the Stevens campus.

The all-day convention, created by Stevens Anime Club members in 2008, now drew approximately 2,400 high school and college students to campus for card, board and video game tournaments; arts, craft and merchandise sales in the Walker Gym; panel discussions; comedy; and sessions of cosplay — dressup in various anime character costumes.

"This is great exposure for Stevens, because the primary demographic for anime is younger high school students, and it's a way to show them the university in a fun way," said Tyler Romeo '16, webmaster and an executive board member for the Anime Club. "It's also a good exercise in leadership and organization for the students, club members and other student organizations that assist with the logistics."

Speakers and guests included Michele Knotz, a voice actress who has voiced numerous parts in the long-running Pokémon series, and voice actor Crispin Freeman, a fixture in anime productions and video games who voiced a character in animation director Hayao Miyazaki's 2004 film Howl's Moving Castle.

Stevens senior Katie Tiedrich '14, a comic and web-comic artist with a growing fan base, also presented at the convention.