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Anime Boston 2012Following up on Sunday’s blog piece about Anime Boston 2012, the cosplay crowd has more or less vanished from the streets of Back Bay and life is back to business as usual on Boylston Street. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I do miss this endearingly friendly bunch of costumed characters who show up here each spring.

Anime Boston is an annual Japanese anime convention held at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. This event is the largest Japanese anime convention in the Northeast, attracting a majority of attendees ages 16-26, although people of all ages attend.

I did not go into the convention myself. Rather, I strolled around near the Hynes’ front door, the Hynes’ back door (inside the Pru), the inside of the Pru mall, the two-level concrete plaza in front of the Pru, and just Boylston Street in general. I am always surprised by how friendly and eager to pose the anime conventioneers are.

If you missed the imaginative array of sailors, bumblebees, pink-haired warriors, feudal lords, pig-tailed schoolgirls, aviators and superheroes, they’ll be back again next year, a little later in the season, from May 24-26, 2013.

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It’s Easter weekend in Boston and all manner of bunnies, steampunk ladies, ninja warriors, plaid-skirted schoolgirls, goth brides, sailors, spider men and more are roaming the streets of Back Bay. This year’s attendees of Anime Boston 2012, an annual Japanese anime convention held at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel, are as playful and camera-friendly as ever.

New England Anime Society, a non-profit organization, is the parent organization for Anime Boston. This annual event is billed as the largest Japanese anime convention in the Northeast. While it attracts a majority of conventioneers ages 16-26, people of all ages attend. For three days each spring, an imaginative assortment of pig-tails, aviator goggles, patent leather platform boots and multi-colored wigs descends upon Boylston Street in the Back Bay.

On my walk from the South End to the Back Bay yesterday, strolling through the Christian Science Center grounds, I happened upon the three lovely ladies below in black. I thought the stark angular stone setting was a terrific backdrop for photographing them, and as you can see, they were eager to accommodate.

I’ll be posting more Anime Boston 2012 scenes over the next few days, so come back soon!

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All photographs by Paula Ogier.

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