Photograph of cosplayers dressed as: A mimic eating Frieren, Maomao from The Apothecary Diaries, and Tori-Bot

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Anime Boston 2024: Cosplay Makes The (Anime) World Go Round


Anime Boston has sought to make cosplayers feel welcome since their very first weekend in April 2003. Back in that inaugural weekend, it felt like one stepped into wonderland, as folks cosplaying as Belldandy, Sailor Moon, Sae Sawanoguchi, and more mingled with one another across the Park Plaza.

In the following years, the event welcomed tens of thousands of cosplayers through their doors. Dioramas were set up along the top floor of the Hynes to host impromptu photo sessions, and the event’s Masquerade has become a spectacle that draws the best and brightest artisans on the East Coast every year. To say that cosplay is vital to the event is to undersell things. They make this event into something genuinely special every year, and their enthusiasm for the works they bring to life each year is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Anime Boston 2024 proved to be no different, as the capacity event saw countless cosplayers return to the Hynes. Their costumes covered the gamut of fandom, from loving, living tributes to Akira Toriyama, to stunningly accurate recreations of characters from Persona, The Ancient Magus Bride, and Oshi no Ko. That’s to say nothing of quirky creations like Master Yoshi.

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to everybody we featured in this segment. You’re all incredible folks, and Anime Boston would be a pale imitation of itself without you.

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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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