Category Archives: Events

Anime Expo 2017 Invites Fans to Vote for Guests

Anime Expo is a hell of a convention. Being the largest anime convention in the country, it’s hosts an array of amazing guests from artists to voice actors to directors and more. That being the case, I think it’s pretty incredible that Anime Expo 2017 is offering a chance to the fans and attendees to voice their picks for potential guests next year. (I’ll say upfront; if this is a yearly occurrence that I’ve managed to miss up till now, I apologize for saying it’s new. But it’s still a cool thing to do!) Anime Expo is taking interested parties votes through a survey hosted on Zoho, which you can...


BentoByte Will Be At Nan Desu Kan 2016

Hello everyone! As you all may have surmised at this point, we are constantly going to cons (as is evident with our cosplay photos). This labor day weekend we (a few of us) will be at Denver’s Nan Desu Kan. So if you think you are going to be there as well, be sure to come find us. As with most of the conventions we go to, we will be wearing our BentoByte blue shirts and conducting interviews as well as taking cosplay photos. Unlike other years though, our interviews won’t exclusively be just with the guests who are attending the cons. This time, we are also going to be...


Mario Appears in Promo for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Before we dip into the content here, I have a spiel for you. If you don’t want it and just want the news about the 2020 games in Tokyo, skip down to the bold text. Here at BentoByte, we try to cultivate a culture of understanding and curiosity when it comes to cultures there are different from are own. We believe understanding different perspectives is not only something that is important in modern society, it’s a path towards a sort of global empathy that the world desperately needs. That being said, every two years there comes a certain unique time. A time of fun and thoughtless pride in one’s country. A time...


Hatsune Miku Receives a Unique Look at MET Gala

First and foremost, think about the fact that Hatsune Miku was even in attendance at the Met Gala, let alone receiving attention from fashion designers. Our favorite and famous vocaloid, not only attended, but also received a new look from fashion designer Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. Shown below, check out the Givenchy Haute Couture look she was given: The Met Gala is a high fashion fundraiser that takes place in New York City every year that benefits the Costume Institute. So it is no wonder that someone as popular (maybe not as much in the United States) as Miku would be there. Donned in lace, with crocodile trim, and a few diamonds (because...


Starfest 2016 Thoughts & Impressions

You know you have hit an interesting point in your life when you are seated at a bar debating Star Wars lore between a cosplayer dressed a Zap Brannigan on one side and Harley Quinn on the other. But that is just how life is in Denver over the weekend at a con. Welcome to Starfest 2016, one of Denver’s oldest cons. Due to renovations this year, the location for Starfest 2016 was a tad different this year. This year’s Star Trek (and really any space science fiction) con relocated to a hotel near Denver International Airport. According to onsite staff, the Crown Plaza (where this one is held) is the original location of...


Top 7 Cosplays of Starfest 2016

Now that the full album of cosplayers is out, it is time for us to decide on our favorites while at Starfest 2016. Everyone had great outfits at Starfest this year and it is always great fun going out and meeting everyone. We hope to see you all next year! 7. Dr. Doom – Fantastic 4 There is nothing quite as classic as a good Dr. Doom cosplay. This cosplayer’s green outfit is made out of a plethora of different materials but assembled in a way that pays the perfect homage to the original Dr. Doom from the Fantastic 4 (no, not two terrible live-action films that have come out in the...


The Cosplayers of Starfest 2016

Now this year at Starfest in Denver Colorado, we tried to get as many pictures as possible of all the cosplayers that were there in attendance. We were not able to get them all, and some of the pictures did make the cut (that is our bad). Below is are all the folks we met. If you see a picture of yourself and would like a high resolution copy, send us a message over at info@bentobyte.co. Check it out below:   As always, we will be posting these images on our Facebook page so that you all can tag yourselves from the weekend’s activities!


I Went to My First Convention and It Was Katsucon

A few weeks ago, I went to Katsucon over in Maryland. I’ve abstained from writing about it for the time being because I was going to another anime convention after that one, so I wanted to let the convention hype die down before I focused and actually sat myself in front of a computer screen to write about this. It’s a good thing I did because now I’m able to separate the two experiences, with one event providing insight for the other. But this is about Katsucon. And Katsucon was my first anime convention…ever. Now, some of you might be thinking, “Hey, don’t you write about anime professionally and waste...


The Cosplayers of Katuscon 2016

From February 12th through February 14th, BentoByte attended Katsucon 2016 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. We had an absolute blast meeting so many different people and coming together as a community. The convention had its ups and downs (there was a small kitchen fire that caused the entire convention to be evacuated for about an hour) but all in all it was a fun convention. Below are some notable images taken over the three day span with various cosplay ranging from Star Wars to League of Legends. Kuzco himself even made an appearance and caused the crowd to go into a hilarious uproar. Hopefully, we here at BentoByte...


Top 10 Reasons To Go To a Con

After attending my first convention this weekend with a couple of members from the BentoByte team, I was able to understand the hype behind going to conventions. We have compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why we think you need to check one out ASAP. A place that you can meet people with the same interest as you. Going to a convention it is amazing to see people come out of their shells and enjoy being around people that have the same interests as you do. The open community that surrounds these conventions is amazing to see how open people are with complete strangers. It does not matter...


Tokyo in Tulsa: A Safe Haven for Weirdos

Thousands of eager anime fans swarmed to Tokyo in Tulsa, July 17-19th. An array of glorious cosplays seemed to stop traffic in downtown Tulsa, with varying reactions to a beautiful occurrence: many of Oklahoma’s nerds had united in one place! For those who deeply enjoy table top games and role playing, there was an entire floor devoted to playing these games, with plenty of others who share the interests. Many who enjoy such activities have gone most of their lives being told how weird and borderline unacceptable it is to play Dungeons and Dragons and the like; at Tokyo in Tulsa, you can find an abundance of fellow fans to...


Denver Comic Con 2015 Experience

I’m not especially versed in conventions. I’ve always been interested in going to conventions but for one reason or another I’ve only made it to a handful. So even though I don’t have a lot of other events to use as a reference, I can still say that Denver Comic Con 2015 was something entirely apart from conventions I’ve been to in the past. When you hear Comic Con you probably think of the San Diego Comic Con, which is understandable considering it is the largest even of its kind. Because of the popularity of the San Diego event, the name Comic Con conveys an image of massive amounts of people coming together...


The Escape From the Walled City US Tour Reminded Me How Bad I Am at Puzzles, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

Attack on Titan is a worldwide phenomenon and if you’re seeking evidence of that fact, you need only look to the New York Times Best Seller list. While there have been some recent upsets by Naruto and Monster Musume, one thing remains consistent — you’ll always find Attack on Titan somewhere within the top ten. The manga, which has been available since 2012, is still going strong and there seems to be a full-on craze. Even websites and magazines that typically cover music are getting in on the action. With so much success, it only makes sense that the people behind it would want to capitalize that popularity. And what better way than...


Animeland Wasabi 2015: Thoughts & Impressions

It was quite the journey attending this year’s Animeland Wasabi 2015 powered by Sukoshi Con. Matt and I weren’t exactly sure what entirely to expect throughout the duration of the 3 day event. We did our best to attend as many panels as possible and meet all the fantastic people within Denver’s community attending the con. We had a lot of fun, from devising clever ways to move quickly through the crowds to purchasing merchandise. And to top if all off we hung out and had great chats with all the guests in attendance which included: Jessica Merizan, Kyle Hebert, Lucien Dodge, Stuart Zagnit, Warumono, Umbra Cosplay, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Steve Warky Nunez. For those of you not from Denver,...