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Anime alive at UCF for this weekend’s Knightrokon
Source: Central Florida Future, 06/05/14
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By Ashley White
Don’t be surprised if you spot a giant Pikachu or real life Sailor Moon on the UCF campus this weekend — because it’s Knightrokon season.
“The dealer’s room looks great, we have great panelists and guests that everybody seems excited about,” said Rashad Florence, a junior English major and public relations director of Knightrokon. “There’s going to be prizes, contests and a whole bunch of wonderful things. So I’m really looking forward to it and I think students are really looking forward to it.”
The convention will be from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Student Union. In the Pegasus Ballroom, there will be vendors and artists selling various items. In the Key West Ballroom and Sand Key room, there will be special events and the main events. In the smaller meeting rooms, there will be panels run by students and community members.
During the two days, attendees will be able to meet notable anime voices and listen to panels that will cover various things such as voice acting, podcasting, moving to Tokyo and many more. Florence expects there will be about 2,500 people in attendance.
“Students can expect and look forward to really cool guests from different anime and video games and even American cartoons that we’ve brought in that they can meet, they can talk to, they can get stuff signed,” said Sarah Bloom, vice president of Anime Spot and director of operations for Knightrokon.
“And all of our contests have really cool prizes that have been donated by different companies that sponsor us.”
The main events include the Café Peko Peko, Whose Line is it Anime, a Knightrokon rave and a murder mystery inspired by the current Anime Spot president. Some of the guests are Dante Basco, the voice of “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Janet Varney, an actress who voiced “Korra” in Nickelodeon’s “The Legend of Korra”; Jennifer Hale, who has voiced characters from “The PowerPuff Girls” and “Star Wars Clone Wars.”
For UCF students, the convention is free. For non-students, the convention is $15 for both days and $10 for one day. Most of the food venues in the Student Union also will be open and Subway will be open throughout.
The event that Bloom is looking forward to the most is the costume contest.
“That’s something everyone wants me to run,” she said. “They’re kinda like, ‘This is your thing to do,’ because I’ve been sewing and making my own costumes for seven years now.”
She said that she has made about 50 costumes in the past seven years. This year, she won’t be dressing up because she is helping with the convention.
Some of the prizes that will be given away include Wig gift cards from The Art of Wigs, Crunchyroll, an anime streaming site; donated memberships and donated DVDs from different anime companies.
Knightrokon started out as a small idea created by former president Diana Galvin, Florence said. He said that the idea grew and officers helped create the first Knightrokon.
The convention was aimed to create unity among convention goers. Florence said that the convention is great for students because it isn’t as expensive or as far away as MegaCon.