Anime Expo 2010 Opens at the Convention Center
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa poses with costumed attendees of the Anime Expo, going on through Sunday at the Convention Center.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — While Downtown's never really lacking for characters, it seldom sees the sort of colorful costumes as are already making their way down Figueroa for this weekend's Anime Expo 2010, North America's largest anime and manga convention.
It's the fourth year the event has been held in Los Angeles, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today dropped by the Convention Center to welcome the expo and announce that it would be sticking around.
“I am here, excited to that the Anime Expo will be in Los Angeles for three more years," Villaraigosa said while surrounded by villains and heroes. "We are taking a tour to make sure Anime Expo have everything they need. “
100,000 attendees are expected between the show's start today and its close on Sunday, and events are spread between the Convention Center, Nokia Theatre, Nokia Plaza, JW Marriott and Club Nokia.