RALEIGH — They sported horns and rainbow leggings, showed off kilts and green hair, carried sunflowers and spigots and swords down Raleigh streets in an oddball parade.
The eye-catching Animazement convention wrapped up Sunday after a three-day run that drew 8,000 fans of stylized Japanese animation most of them in elaborate costume.
As they checked out of hotels wearing top hats and wings, giving awkward farewell hugs through cardboard and satin outfits, the downtown streets turned a shade duller. On Monday morning, nobody will be wearing a T-shirt that says, cryptically, I glomped your mom.
Starting in 1998 with a showing of just 700, Animazement grew via the 36-Hour Anime Marathon, an event orchestrated by N.C. State University students in 1997.
My favorite part was the rave last night, said Melissa Kulowitch, who came from Georgia dressed as a lime-green venusaur from the world of Pokemon. The rave actually moved outside last night. Man, can they dance.
Im a Lugia, explained her 17-year-old daughter, Daulton, from under a white mask. Its a legendary flying psychic.
They left the Raleigh Convention Center together, passing Little Red Riding Hood on the way out the door, bound temporarily for a more ordinary world.