Characters, Costumes, and Cakes Spotted at Cape Anime Con 2022

Since 2019, Cape Girardeau has hosted ‘Cape Anime Con’, a convention similar to Cape Comic Con but with more emphasis on the anime community, including well-known anime guests, usually held over a weekend of two days.

Anime is a popular form of animation made famous by Japanese studios. The term “anime” comes from the English term “animation” and in Japan, refers to all animated works, regardless of style or location where they were originally made. However, outside of Japan, anime is usually specified as originally made in Japan or similar art styles. These classic examples include Pokémon, Sailor Moon, and Dragonball Z.

This year, Cape Anime Con was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Conference Center on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to attend the event were able to purchase their tickets months in advance, starting in winter 2021, either for a weekend pass or for a single day. They could also buy their tickets at the gates if they hadn’t purchased before. Guests included vendors, artists and voice actors.

Voice actors included Johnny Yong Bosch, known from popular anime such as Naruto and Bleach, and also portrayed Adam Park in the Power Rangers franchise; Lindsey Seidel, known from Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia, and video games such as Smite; and Mike McFarland, known from Dragonball and One Piece, as well as the Borderlands video game series.

McFarland has been known primarily as the voice of Master Roshi for the Dragonball franchise since 1999, as well as being responsible as the ADR writer for English translations to make sure everything works audibly. On his days off, McFarland likes to relax by doing things he enjoys or just resting.

“I like to catch up on shows I have nothing to do with. I like watching Dr Who, and apart from that, I like shopping for no reason, just hanging out. I like to go fishing. But really, I just like to relax and unwind. I’m so busy most of the time that relaxing is like, ‘Ah, this is gold, this is exactly what I want'”

McFarland says that as an actor, he really enjoys voice acting, and he feels honored not only to be part of popular franchises, but also to be among their most popular recurring characters.

Also at Anime Con were many food-related vendors, such as Cakes Reanimated. Dessert company owner Becky Brown attended the event to sell her treats and get more publicity at Cape Anime Con.

Brown started her business in 2011 when she was asked to bake a friend’s wedding cake, and in 2017 she bought a building to expand her business. Since starting Cakes Reanimated, Brown has attended both Cape Comic Con and Cape Anime Con to sell desserts, but she also goes there for her own enjoyment.

“I started at home ten years ago in May and opened the shop a few years ago. And we’re going strong, doing Comic-Con for at least eight years now. What I love, it’s awesome, it’s one of my favorite things to do every year”

Brown also said Cakes Reanimated’s name came from his own love of zombies. This led her to design her mascot as a zombie who likes not brains, but baked goods. Once a concept art was created, Brown created the company name based on the logo.

Cape Comic Con began in 2006, with Cape Anime Con introduced in 2019. The two have held an event every year since, with the exception of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Both conventions have continued into 2021 and regularly update fans on their respective Facebook pages for dates, guests, etc.

With Cape Anime Con having passed this year, Cape Comic Con is set to begin in the fall, currently scheduled for September 30-October 2. Although guests have yet to be announced, Cakes Reanimated will be among the many vendors to attend. To keep up to date with upcoming comic and anime conventions, check out the Cape Convention website.