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Special Events


When: May 27-29 2016



If the words "Dragon Ball Z" just make you wonder what happened to the first twenty-five dragon balls and Ghost in the Shell isn't your Citizen Kane, you might surmise that there's nothing for you at Animazement, Raleigh's annual anime and manga convention. But in fact, the festival's mission to showcase Japanese culture goes far beyond drawings of saucer-eyed tykes who always seem to be crying, sweating, shouting, or doing all three at once. Japanese guests at the festival this year include classical and jazz musician Toshiyuki Watanabe, who will conduct the Duke University String School in a selection of his works; astronaut Soichi Noguchi, a Discovery crew member; ska band OreSkaBand; and double Dutch team J-TRAP. Of course, many more guests come from the world of anime writing, art, animation, direction, and voice acting, and there will be all the autograph lines, video game tournaments, cosplay contests, themed panels, karaoke, J-pop dance-offs, and artist and dealer tables you can chuck a shoryuken at. —Brian Howe

RALEIGH CONVENTION CENTER, RALEIGH 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Fri. and Sat./9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $25–$65,

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