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SUGAR GAMERS: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 Prt. 1

Finally after a 40+ hour work week, a ton of technical trial and error and a mass purge of photos and video here is our two-part coverage of this past weekends Anime Weekend Atlanta..!


Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 just ended this past weekend and with a huge turnout we were lucky enough to get inside to cover it. With tons of Anime panels from dominating companies in the industry like Crunchyroll and Aniplex we were gifted some awesome sneak peeks at upcoming Animes and hoards of super cute gifts. Over this past weekend Cobb Galleria outside of Sandy Springs (Georgia) filled to the brim with eager attendees and cosplayers. This four day/24hr event is host to some of the hottest merchandise, photo-ops and artist alley’s in the southern United States. Spanning through multiple exhibit halls and The Waverly ‘Renaissance’ Hotel this gathering is a force to be reckoned with.

The reason we say”gathering” is due to its organizers striving to separate from the mainstream convention and provide its attendee’s with something entirely different.. An “ANIME WEEKEND“..!

Dating back twenty-two years ago AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) was just an idea. The creators of AWA were passionate enthusiasts of Japanese animation and wanted to bring Atlanta its very own Anime gathering. But little did they know that in two decades it would become one of the biggest to hit the southern states. With new panels, previews/premieres, cosplayers and events AWA proves to be a sought out event for the fall season.

Every year, AWA brings out some heavy hitters from its highly anticipated live concerts, to its inspirational workshops and table-top game tournaments. There is literally something that AWA will and would provide for any type of Anime nerd and gamer geek.

This year there were some top notch guest appearances that are an absolute must mention. Crazed fans lined up and waited for what seemed like hours just to have their moment with some of the special guests.

Zach Aguilar is Bang Zoom! Entertainment and Aniplex’s winner of the “Magi 2 Voice Acting Open Auditions” from Anime Expo 2014. Zach at 16yrs (at the time) is one of the youngest to ever win the audition and was soon after cast in “Magi: The Kingdom of Magic”. Some of Zach’s other notable characters range from Genos in “One Punch Man” along with Slaine Troyard in “Aldnoah.Zero and even Takaki in “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans”.

zach Find out more about Zach Aguilar by clicking here: http://www.zachaguilar.com

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AirZach

Vic Mignogna is a well known American voice actor and musician with an impressive set of accomplishments in both the animation and music world. As a musician he’s released several albums of which include songs and English covers from popular anime shows like “One Piece” and the “Dragonball Series”.

At the start of his career Mignogna made his debt as Vega in the video game based Anime “Street Fighter II V” following his early success most of us fell for him when “Funimation” picked him up for the voice of Broly in the “Dragon Ball Z” films and my personal favorite Edward Elric in the widely successful Anime series “Fullmetal Alchemist”. Some of his other voice over roles include Keldeo from “Pokemon Best Wishes” (Season 2) – Kyurem vs. Seikenshi along with supporting roles in Bleach, One Piece, Naruto: Shippuuden, Initial D (Series) and more.


This year Vic sported some Japanese inspired fashion forward looks by the popular underground designer duo 50% Dangerous in this year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta: Fashion Show.

Want to check out 50% Dangerous well don’t hesitate click here: http://www.50dangerous.com/

Find out more about Vic Mignogna by clicking here: http://www.vicsworld.net/

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicmignogna

Johnny Yong Bosch was first discovered in his roles as the black ranger in the original 1994 series “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. In 1996 soon after his role as Adam Park (black ranger) Bosch’s character was cast as the green ranger in the series “Power Rangers: Zeo” which soon led to his final stint in the television series in “Power Rangers: Turbo” where his character Adam passes the green ranger powers off to a new member.

Bosch is now more notably recognized for his English voice overs for popular characters in Anime’s such as Vash The Stampede in Madhouse and TV Tokyo’s “Trigun” along with the hugely successful animated series “Bleach” as Ichigo Kurosaki. Now for most of us he is currently known for working with Viz Media’s reboot of “Sailor Moon” as the voice of Artemis.

johnnyFind out more about Johnny Yong Bosch by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/johnnyyongbosch

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnnyyongbosch

Jez Roth is a known entity in the cosplay world for his jaw dropping handmade garments. His award winning successes have been noted by fifteen awards in “Best in Show” for his dazzling presentations and choreographed numbers to back up his creations.

Jez has worked with numerous organizations like “The Venetian” designing their Opera Gowns and also finding himself behind the scenes with the world renowned “Cirque du Soleil” water-production of “O”. Jez travels the country attending conventions and continuing to “awe and amaze” us with his on point cosplay showcases. As of now Jez is currently working as a freelance cosplayer/designer out of his own studio. This year Jez not only appeared in costume as he graced the floors of Anime Weekend Atlanta, but he was included as a presenter at this year’s cosplay contest, along with making an appearance in the fashion show in several of “50% Dangerous” garments.

jesFind out more about Jez Roth by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/Jezerothcosplay

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jezeroth

For the full list of guest appearances at this year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta you can find them below by clicking the link provided.

Anime Weekend Atlanta (Guest List) 2016: http://awa-con.com/guests/

During Anime Weekend Atlanta the main hall is filled with attendees as they scramble to secure some of the hottest merchandise from the stock piled booths in this years “Dealers Room”. Though unable to directly take photos and video of the dealers and their display booths, we can confidently say that we were blown away at what was out there to purchase. Anything from Anime figures, to full body hentai pillows, keychains galore, handmade merchandise and even an abundance of Japanese snack vendors to provide you with all the edible goodies you would find in Tokyo, Japan. For most it was a spectacle to wander through aimlessly, and for others it was the chance to splurge and spend every penny they had on some irresistible fandom products. This being the first time Sugar Gamers has attended AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) we can safely say that the diverse selection of vendors and the versatility of their products was an ultimate visual experience so ‘kudos’ to AWA for that indeed.


 Next in our two-part article we will introduce you to new cosplay ideas to get you excited for 2017, an interview from a talented artist from the “Artist Alley” at AWA and of course what everyone loves to see, tons and tons of cosplay photos..!


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Kyle Barboni

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