Tekko is Pittsburgh’s premiere anime, gaming, fashion, music, and Japanese pop culture convention presented by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society. This year, Tekko was able to bring in 9,709 attendees, a new record for the convention. During the weekend there were many panels available to go to, including a few with the guest voice actors!
I attended most of the voice actor panels, which were Q&A’s, the screening of The Boy & The Beast, overcoming voice acting challenges, Late Panels with Pop Ramen and special guests, and one on acting. These panels were very fun to sit in on and get to know the voice actors a little better. They would make sure everyone got all of their questions answered and voices heard before they left. The voice actors were all about pleasing the audience, as long as the audience didn’t take it too far. During these panels, they would even sign a few things if they had time. Luci Christian even made it clear that no one would go home without her signature, if they came for it. Another panel I attended was Can I Use a Fork? A Crash Course in Asian Cuisine. In this panel, the speaker went over all of the main foods in all Asian foods, from Japan to South Korea and more. These panels were held all weekend, from Friday to Sunday.
On Friday afternoon, Tekko held their opening ceremonies. This event was hosted by Samurai Dan, who was a very hilarious host. This is where they introduced all of the voice actors: Bryce Papenbrook, Luci Christian, Vic Mignogia, Monica Rial, and Pro ZD (who is also a YouTuber). They brought back Charles Dunbar and Nancy Kepner. Nancy is signer/song writer, her and Charles sang a song together about Alice in Wonderland going to a convention and meeting all of her favorite anime characters. This performance was one of my favorites. They introduced the fashion guests: Saki Tachibana from BABY, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the PIRATES, Kamilah Jones, who started Hard Decora, Haruka Kurebayashi, Toshi Salvino, and Puvithel who is a Pittsburg based J-fashion and alternative designer. The host then announced the band for the concert Saturday night: LM.C! LM.C’s concert on Saturday night was so full of energy! It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to!
Tekko had an exhibition room and gaming room set up. There were card games going, Dance Dance Revolution, as well as a lot of Japanese games! The exhibition room had many dealers, ranging from fashion to art to anime collectables.
During closing ceremonies, they released the theme for next year, MECHA!! This theme was very well received and many people were already planning their mecha themed cosplays before we left the convention center. They took questions and advice for how they can make the convention better for next year during these ceremonies.
See you all there next year for Tekko 2019!
Tekko will be at the David Lawrence Convention Center through Sunday at 5pm. Come on and visit for some Japanese fun.
Autographs from Monica Rial, Luci Christian, and Vic Mignogia.
Tekko is an annual Japanese Pop Culture convention, including all things anime, gaming, fashion, and music. It takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on April 5-8. Tekko is in it’s 16th year, and has one of its best line ups coming this year!
Tekko has announced many special guests, including voice actors, DJs, cosplay judges, fashion designers, and fashion guests.
The band this year for Tekko is LM.C. This will be their first and only US east coast appearance! They are a Japanese rock band consisting of Maya on vocals and Aiji on guitar.
They have 8 full albums and two theme songs from the anime series REBORN!
One of the many voice actors they’ve announced is Monica Rial, who voices Mey Rin from Black Butler, Shiro from Deadman Wonderland, May Chang from FMA Brotherhood, Renge from Ouran High School Host Club, Tsubaki from Soul Eater, and many more! Bryce Papenbrook is another voice actor who will be there. He voices Eren from Attack on Titan, Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Masamoi Kida in Durarara!!, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, and many more! Another of the voice actors is Vic Mignogna, who voices Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suoi in Ouran High School Host Club, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Luciano in Code Geass, and many more! Luci Christian is the last voice actor that will be at Tekko. She voiced Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, Honey in Ouran High School Host Club, Alois in Black Butler, Medusa in Soul Eater, and many more!
Toshi Salvino is a multimedia visual artist that will be at Tekko. She is a visual artist with a focus on style and makeup, who uses her body as a canvas turning herself into a Living Art Doll. She currently lives in NY as a hair stylist and makeup artist as well as character performer. Hard Decora is an apparel and illustration brand, that will be at Tekko, that promotes aggressive individuality. Kamilah Jones started Hard Decora in 2014. She saw a Fairy Kei girl on tumblr carrying a pastel gun, which inspired her brand. Saki Tachibana will be joining Tekko from BABY, the Stars Shine Bright, which is a Lolita fashion clothing brand founded in Tokyo, Japan. The brand wants to make designs that make one feel like an elegant princess when wearing them. Many of Saki’s deigns come from fairy tales, black cats, and other themes.
Tekko will also have some other special guests. Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife Jillian are acknowledged masters of martial mayhem. They teach historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior as well as have high energy, mostly safe stage shows. Dan is also a standup comedian. Nancy Kepner is a guitarist, who writes clever songs about all fandoms! She currently has three albums and a YouTube channel called HeartfeltHumor. Tekko also has a four DJ line up this year for the dance!
Tekko is Pittsburgh’s premiere anime, gaming, fashion, music, and Japanese pop culture convention presented by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society. This year, Tekko was able to bring in over 8,000 attendees, a new record for the convention. During the weekend there were many panels available to go to, so many that I wanted to split myself in half to try to attend them all!
One of the panels I was able to attend was “Did You Know? Shinigami Love Apples. Death Note In Depth”. This panel was all about Death Note, the speakers of the panel were even in cosplay. L asked if we were all Pro-Kira or Anti-Kira, which if you’ve watched this show you’re most likely Pro-Kira. Who wouldn’t love someone who wanted to get rid of all of the bad people and crime in the world? The room, unsurprisingly was Pro-Kira for the most part. They also brought it different aspects of how Death Note relates to the Bible. Another one of the panels we attended was “Sweet Viktuuri- Behind the Scenes of Yuri! On Ice”. This panel was interactive and very fun. You could definitely tell the presenter knew what she was talking about. I learned a lot about who Yuri was based off of and how the author came about making the show.
One of my favorite panels was “The Art of Packing your Lunch- Bento 101”. During this panel, Katy Wolfe taught us the ins and outs of packing a bento. A bento is a single serving meal, that consists of rice, fish or meat, and veggies. Katy told us that we should stay away from the bento kits, which are mostly way more expensive than any other bento box, rice shapers because they are hard to use and are horrible to clean. One of the last panels we visited was “Cooking With a Killer Robot”. This panel was about the video game Undertale and how to make the different foods in the video game. The presenters were Pixel By Pixel Cosplay. They were cosplaying as the main characters in the game: Alphys, Mettaton, Papyrus, Toriel, and Burgerpants. They made Starfaits (Mettaton’s favorite), spaghetti (Papyrus’ favorite), and Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie (Toriel’s favorite). These cosplayers never broke character and were some of the sweetest people.
Tekko held their opening ceremonies Friday evening. Comedian Uncle Yo was the host of these ceremonies; he introduced all of the guests they would have during the weekend. These guests included: MAGIC OF LiFE, Kimura U, Ian Sinclair, Brina Palencia, Jad Saxton, Cherami Leigh, Jeff Nimoy, Haenuli, and a four DJ line up. They also had a booth set up upstairs that helped with your cosplay if something happened to it. They had golden tickets under the seats during the opening ceremonies to win a comic or other special items, and we were lucky enough to get one under our seat. Nancy Kepner (HeartfeltHumor on youtube) was one of the musical guests. She writes and sings her own music, all about pop culture. Some of the songs she performed for us were the weeabo song, the fan service song, there –dere song, and a song about yuri on ice.
The band that performed this year was MAGIC OF LiFE. This was their first concert in the US. Before the concert, they had a Q&A session where we learned a lot about them, for example what they would’ve liked to be if they wouldn’t have made it in the music business, their Uncle Yo was the host of these ceremonies; he introduced all of the guests they would have during the weekend. These guests included: MAGIC OF LiFE, Kimura U, Ian Sinclair, Brina Palencia, Jad Saxton, Cherami Leigh, Jeff Nimoy, Haenuli, and a four DJ line up. They also had a booth set up upstairs that helped with your cosplay if something happened to it. They had golden tickets under the seats during the opening ceremonies to win a comic or other special items, and we were lucky enough to get one under our seat. Nancy Kepner (HeartfeltHumor on youtube) was one of the musical guests. She writes and sings her own music, all about pop culture. Some of the songs she performed for us were the weeabo song, the fan service song, there –dere song, and a song about yuri on ice.
The band that performed this year was MAGIC OF LiFE. This was their first concert in the US. Before the concert, they had a Q&A session where we learned a lot about them, for example what they would’ve liked to be if they wouldn’t have made it in the music business, their favorite anime, and what they like about America. Their concert was an amazing experience, between being in the front row and then getting their autographs afterwards.
Tekko had aa exhibition room and gaming room open throughout the weekend. There were many vendors in the exhibition room as well as the fashion designers trying to sell their merchandise. There was a variety of things to buy in the exhibition room, from gaming, to anime to fashion. There were body pillows, buttons, art, posters, corgi butt purses, and so much more!
One of the things I really liked that Tekko did was the closing ceremonies. During these ceremonies, they released the theme for next year as well as take in advice the audience was willing to give to make next year even better. They even gave a hint for who one of the voice actors might be next year!
I received tickets from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post is my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this event.
Great Entertainment at this year’s Tekko. You really need to join us, to get the real feel.
Here’s what we’ve experienced so far:
Everyone is so friendly, and kind. We are really enjoying ourselves, as will you.
We even tried this, do you know what it is?
If you said “Chocolate Covered Bacon” you would be correct. And it was delicious. Come on down to try it yourself.
We will be at the David Lawerence Convention Center for the rest of the weekend, with more updates for the fans. But, if you can, please come down and join us. You will have a lot of fun, and get to know some really cool people too.
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