Sangawa Project is an adult anime convention (18+) run by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society. This convention allows anime fans to meet a couple of their favorite voice actors, cosplay, play some games in the gaming room, and attend some panels. The best part of it all is the mature environment surrounding the convention!
This year, Sangawa brought Colleen Clinkenbeard, who plays Ema Hinata in Brothers Conflict, Momo Yaoyorozu in My Hero Academia, Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, and many more! They also brought Rob McCollum, who plays Reiner in Attack on Titan, Shinya Kogami in Psycho-Pass, Mifune in Soul Eater, and many more!
Sangawa Project also held a couple alcohol events for the 21+ audience that came, including the Taste of Japan and the Sangawa Social. The Taste of Japan is where you can enjoy a selection of Japanese alcoholic drinks and learn the basics to tasting. The drinks they had this year were: Awa Yuki Sparkling Sake, Plum Fu Ki, Yoshi No Gawa Junmai Ginjo Sake, Hibiki Suntory Whiskey, Hana Lychee Flavored Sake, and Sakemoto Premium Junmai Sake. The Sangawa Social is a place to just hangout or to participate in a recipe challenge.
There was also an Exhibition Hall where you could buy all the anime merch you could want. They played different anime during the weekend in the video room, some being One Punch Man and Food Wars.
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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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Tekko is a convention for all things anime, gaming, fashion, music, and Japanese Pop Culture. Tekko takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the David L Lawrence Convention Center on April 6-9.
They recently announced MAGIC OF LiFE as the international band coming to the convention. This will be MAGIC OF LiFE’s first performance in the US. They are a Japanese Rock band, who have done intros for two anime: Yowamushi Pedal and Joker Game.
Tekko has announced many special guests, including voice actors, video game experts, fashion designers, and the creator of the website “Study of Anime”. One of the voice actors is Jade Saxton, who plays the dubbed Carla in Fairytale, Adelie in Space Dandy, Nona in Death Parade, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Yoriko Kosaka in Tokyo Ghoul, Komissa in Psycho-Pass, and many more. Another voice actor is Cherami Leigh, who voiced Lucy in Fairytale, Asuna in Sword Art Online, Lizzie in Black Butler, Patty in Soul Eater, and many more. Another voice actor is Brina Palencia, who voiced Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, and many more. She has also voiced many video game characters including Mad Moxxi from Borderlands, and others. Ian Sinclair is another voice actor coming to Tekko. He voiced Whis in Dragonball Z, Brooke in One Piece, Dandy in Space Dandy, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free!, Bard from Black Butler, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, The Reaper from Assassination Classroom, and many more!
Kimura U is an international Fashion Designer coming to Tekko this year. She is also a voice actor and model. She has been appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Kawaii Ambassador and Japanese representative of Harajuku fashion. Another fashion guest is Haenuli, who is Korean fashion designer. she mixes the aesthetic of Lolita fashion and she own unique concepts. The fashion brand coming to Tekko is Royal Princess Alice, inspired by princesses from Europe. This is their first major US appearance. Kimura U also models for them frequently.
Comedian Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer, local musician Nancy Kepner and “Study of Anime” website founder Charles Dunbar will also be there.
Tekko will have panels, an 18+ room for anime programming, vendors, artist’s alley, fashion shows, cosplay contests, gaming, a four DJ line up, and much more!!