- Why should I let my kid go to this convention?
- What is this anime thing?
- Do I have to stay with my kid all the time?
- Common anime terms
- Common misconceptions about anime
Why should I let my kid go to this convention?
If your child has asked to go to Naka-Kon, he or she has at least one thing in common with every other attendee: a love for anime. Your child will be able to meet new friends with similar interests, attend fun and educational panels on anime and Japanese culture, and even meet the voice actors he or she has heard on TV.
The convention area is in a safe, enclosed area that is patrolled by both convention security, hotel staff members, and a police presence. If your child is old enough (13 or older) to wander alone, he or she will be safe and comfortable on convention grounds. In addition, convention badges identify the attendee's age group, so your child will not be allowed to purchase materials or attend panels or events which may be inappropriate for his or her age group.
What is this anime thing?
Anime is a style of animation developed in Japan. Examples include Pokémon, Naruto, and Spirited Away. Television shows, movies, video games, and graphic novels/comic books (called manga) can be made using this style. The majority of anime shows and manga are Japanese.
Anime is not restricted to young audiences like most American cartoons. This highly versatile animation style can be applied to any fiction, or even non-fiction, storyline. The complex plots, dynamic action, and character development appeal to viewers of all ages.
Do I have to stay with my kid all the time?
Children ages 13 and older may attend the convention alone, but children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a convention badge at all times. If you do not have a badge, you will not be allowed to take your child into a convention area even if he or she has a badge.
Common Anime Terms
Anime Music Video, Clips from anime set to music.
A style of animation developed in Japan.
Short for costume play. Dressing and acting like a character.
Elegant Gothic Lolita. A Victorian-influenced fashion style characterized by white and black dresses with abundant lace and ribbon.
An enthusiastic hug, usually given to good friends or people wearing popular costumes.
Anime that includes explicit sexual content. Attendees younger than 18 are not allowed to view or purchase hentai.
Anime graphic novels/comic books
Giant battle robots, typically piloted by humans
Girl, Shoujo anime tends to emphasize human relationships and emotions.
Boy, Shonen anime tends to be action-oriented with less emphasis on emotions.
Anime that contains purely emotional homosexual male relationships.
Anime that includes explicit homosexual male content. Attendees younger than 18 are not allowed to view or purchase yaoi.
Anime that includes explicit homosexual female content. Attendees younger than 18 are not allowed to view or purchase yuri.
Common Misconceptions About Anime
Misconception: Anime has no plot, and is just for kids.
Reality: While some anime may have little noticeable plot, many other shows (such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, and The Story of Saiunkoku) have gripping, thought-provoking plots that leave viewers, even adults, begging for sequels.
Misconception: Anime is just pornography.
Reality: Anime encompasses all genres, from children's shows to science fiction and fantasy. Some anime does include pornography (called hentai, yaoi, or yuri as defined above), but the majority of anime does not include explicit sexual content.
Misconception: Anime causes kids to be antisocial, violent, and disrespectful.
Reality: The amount of violence and disrespectful behavior in anime is comparable to American TV shows aimed at young viewers - some shows are mildly violent, but others contain little to no violent behavior. As for being antisocial, if your child wants to attend Naka-Kon, he or she is asking to go to an event with approximately 3,000 other anime fans!
Misconception: Female anime characters are weak and submissive.
Reality: Many shows, such as The Story of Saiunkoku, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Scrapped Princess tell the stories of strong female characters overcoming obstacles.
Misconception: Anime is just a fad.
Reality: Anime was not invented in 1966 with Speed Racer - the first known anime, a two minute silent film, was screened in 1917. Now more than 90 years old, anime has reached millions of people worldwide, and influenced animation techniques in many other countries (including the United States).
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