Convention Coverage

Anime Boston 2023: The Cosplay Cometh

Editor: Samantha Ferreira

It seems that each Anime Boston finds new ways to add to the electric hum that emanates from fans’ excitement, as attendees embark upon the spacious halls of the Hynes Convention Center. This year’s event proved to be no different, as fans adorned with branded lanyards filtered into the convention center, forming what could rightly be called a rolling sea of people.

Still, there was a cheerful, carefree energy that seemed to spread from one fan to the next, as friends and strangers alike chatted with one another like old friends. It was a happy familiarity, that everybody was excited to take part in.

Like previous years, Anime Boston 2023 saw literal thousands of cosplayers wandering the event, as they brought their very best to the Hynes. From Love Live! to Madoka Magica, nearly every series a person could imagine found a representative through cosplay.

I should note that this year, Anime Boston relaxed its masking policy. As such, many had opted to go without protection. Those who did, though, displayed great creativity in making KN-95s and other protective gear a part of their costumes.

I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to everybody featured in this segment. You’re all amazing, and Anime Boston wouldn’t be the same without you.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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