Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan takes place in the popular post-apocalyptic setting. Though this trope is common in the anime kingdom, Attack on Titan does not disappoint, nor does it "cheese-out."  The world is captivating and the characters are likable.  The first season ended recently, and I cannot wait for more. If you enjoy anime, and you haven't seen this series, I recommend giving it a whirl.  

Episode one begins by  introducing us to the main characters and to the world in which humans live. Most of the population has been wiped out due to the Titans, giant humanoid beings whose only purpose seems to be to eat humans.  Humankind has adapted to this threat by building giant stone walls around their remaining cities. The cities have not encountered a Titan attack in years..... 

The next development.... you guessed it, a very unpleasant encounter with the Titans.  This is the catalyst for further story and character development which mostly centers around our main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. 

PROS- The story, the characters, the beautiful art, the opening theme, and the representation of the human spirit. 

CONS- How does the Survey Corps' maneuver gear propel in the way that it does? (Whether you apply physics or not, it's freakin' cool.)

The series is based off the popular manga series, which has sold millions of copies. The numbers do not lie. This anime is worth checking out. 

Find an anime convention near you

March 15-17, 2013 DGI-byen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Kawaii Kon
March 15-17, 2013 Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI

March 15-17, 2013 Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

March 15-17, 2013 Overland Park Convention Center
Overland Park, KS

FARM - Farsang Miskolcon
March 16, 2013 Földes Ferenc Gimnázium
Miskolc, Hungary

Birmingham MCM Expo
March 16-17, 2013 The NEC Birmingham
Birmingham, UK

March 16-17, 2013 Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Brooklyn, NY

March 17, 2013 The Moon Gallery
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Anime Island Convention
March 17-18, 2013 University of Tasmania
Hobart, TAS Australia

Tora con -March 23rd-24th in Rochester, NY

Tokyo International Anime Fair
March 21-24, 2013 Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo, Japan

Anime Salt Lake
March 22-23, 2013 Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, UT

March 22-24, 2013 Holiday Inn Palo Verde
Tucson, AZ

Kitsune Kon

March 22-24, 2013 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, WI

Triad Anime Convention
March 22-24, 2013 Winston-Salem Marriott
Winston-Salem, NC

March 22-24, 2013 Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

March 22-24, 2013 Lancaster County Convention Center
Lancaster, PA

March 23, 2013 Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

March 23, 2013 Douglas College
New Westminster, British Columbia

March 23, 2013 Northern Illinois University, Holmes Student Center
Dekalb, IL

March 23, 2013 Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, TX

Shobou Con
March 23, 2013 Greenbrier Library
Chesapeake, VA

March 23-24, 2013 Seaburn Centre
Sunderland, UK

March 23-24, 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Anime Matsuri
March 29-31, 2013 Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, TX

March 29-31, 2013 Smith College (Seelye Hall)
Northampton, MA

Middle Tennessee Anime Convention
March 29-31, 2013 Nashville Convention Center / Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville, TN

March 29-31, 2013 Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Seattle, WA

CHS Otaku Fest
March 30, 2013 Centennial High School
Ellicott City, MD

March 30, 2013 McDaniel College
Westminster, MD

Middle East Film and Comic Con
April 5-6, 2013 Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi Hall
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Animation & Gaming Ohio

April 5-7, 2013 Crowne Plaza Hotel - Cincinnati North
Cincinnati, OH

Arkansas Anime Festival
April 5-7, 2013 Holiday Inn Springdale/Fayetteville Area
Springdale, AR

April 5-7, 2013 Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Shuto Con
April 5-7, 2013 Lansing Convention Center / Radisson Hotel Lansing
Lansing, MI

April 5-7, 2013 David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

April 6-7, 2013 Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA

Atlanta Anime Day
April 7, 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta - Marietta
Atlanta, GA

Castle Point Anime Convention
April 7, 2013 Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

Anime Conji
April 12-14, 2013 Town and Country Resort Hotel
San Diego, CA

Anime St. Louis
April 12-14, 2013 Gateway Center
Collinsville, IL

No Brand Con
April 12-14, 2013 Plaza Hotel and Suites
Eau Claire, WI

Sabaku Con
April 12-14, 2013 Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

Shinboku Con
April 12-14, 2013 Ramada Elyria
Elyria, OH

April 13, 2013 Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee, FL

Anime Park
April 13, 2013 Canton High School
Canton, MI

April 13, 2013 University of Dundee, Students Union
Dundee, UK

Kappa Kon
April 13, 2013 Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI

April 13-14, 2013 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC

Anime Detour
April 19-21, 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South
Bloomington, MN

April 19-21, 2013 Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr
Rockville, MD

April 19-21, 2013 University of Buffalo, Student Union
Buffalo, NY

Anime Days: Sabakon
April 20-21, 2013 Texas Station Casino
North Las Vegas, NV

FanExpo Vancouver
April 20-21, 2013 Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia

April 20-21, 2013 Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus
Hamden, CT

Lucky Con
April 26, 2013 The Priory Centre
Lincoln, UK

April 26-28, 2013 Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley
Dublin, Ireland

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
April 26-28, 2013 BMO Centre
Calgary, Alberta

April 26-28, 2013 Université Laval
Quebec City, Quebec

Kentokyo Mini-Con
April 27, 2013 Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY

Plymouth Anime & Comic Expo
April 28, 2013 Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
Plymouth, UK

May 3-5, 2013 Clarion Hotel Conference Center
Davenport, IA

Khaotic Kon
May 3-5, 2013 Sheraton Tampa East Hotel
Tampa, FL

May 4, 2013 Parks Leisure Centre
North Shields, UK

May 4-5, 2013 Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen
Ludwigshafen, Germany

May 10-12, 2013 Brno Expo
Brno, Czech Republic

May 10-12, 2013 Crowne Plaza Pittsfield - Berkshires
Pittsfield, MA

May 10-12, 2013 Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
Jacksonville, FL

May 10-12, 2013 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, LA

Bristol Comic Expo
May 11-12, 2013 Brunel's Old Station - The Passenger Shed
Bristol, UK

Anime Central

May 17-19, 2013 Hyatt Regency O'Hare / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

May 17-19, 2013 University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Big Wow! ComicFest
May 18-19, 2013 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

May 19, 2013 Somerset County 4-H Youth Center
Bridgewater, NJ

May 23-26, 2013 Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC

Phoenix Comicon
May 23-26, 2013 Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Anime Boston
May 24-26, 2013 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Anime North
May 24-26, 2013 Toronto Congress Center
Toronto, Ontario

Anime Odyssey
May 24-26, 2013 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, TX

Florida Anime Experience
May 24-26, 2013 International Palms Resort & Conference Center
Orlando, FL

London MCM Expo
May 24-26, 2013 ExCeL Convention Centre, Royal Victoria Dock
London, UK

Anime Oasis
May 24-27, 2013 Grove Hotel / CenturyLink Arena
Boise, ID

May 24-27, 2013 San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

May 25, 2013 Cumberland University, Edward Labry Hall
Lebanon, TN

May 31 - June 2, 2013 Hilton Anatole Dallas
Dallas, TX

Anime 2013
May 31 - June 2, 2013 World Forum
The Hague, Netherlands

May 31 - June 2, 2013 Von Braun Center
Huntsville, AL

June 1-2, 2013 University of Central Florida Student Union
Orlando, FL

June 1-2, 2013 Bürgerhaus Kastel
Wiesbaden, Germany

June 2, 2013 Scottish Rite Center
Sacramento, CA

June 6-9, 2013 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, OH

June 7-9, 2013 Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, NJ

Anime Mid-Atlantic
June 14-16, 2013 Chesapeake Conference Center
Chesapeake, VA

June 14-16, 2013 Riviera Casino and Hotel Convention Center
Las Vegas, NVDesucon
June 14-16, 2013 Sibelius Hall
Lahti, Finland

June 14-16, 2013 Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
Miami, FL

June 14-16, 2013 Julian Carroll Convention Center
Paducah, KY

June 20-23, 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, ME
South Portland, ME

Ancient City Con
June 21-23, 2013 Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, FL

Anime Blues Con
June 21-23, 2013 Hilton Memphis
Memphis, TN

SoDak Anime Convention
June 21-23, 2013 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rapid City, SD

June 27-29, 2013 Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center
San Diego, CA

June 27-30, 2013 Truman Hotel & Conference Center
Jefferson City, MO

June 28-30, 2013 Fredericton Convention Centre
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Anime Evolution
June 28-30, 2013 University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

June 28-30, 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South
Bloomington, MN

Hetalia Con!
June 28-30, 2013 Wyndham Indianapolis West
Indianapolis, IN

June 28-30, 2013 Winston-Salem Marriott
Winston-Salem, NC

June 28-30, 2013 Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, NI UK

June 28-30, 2013 Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, GA

June 29-30, 2013 Chateau de Calcasieu
Lake Charles, LA

Senshi Matsuri
June 30, 2013 Chelsea Studios
New York, NY

Japan Expo
July 4-8, 2013 Paris-Nord Villepinte
Paris, France

Anime Expo
July 4-7, 2013 Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA

Florida NetCon Postponed
July 4-7, 2013 International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Orlando, FL

lorida Supercon
July 4-7, 2013 Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami, FL

Anime Midwest
July 5-7, 2013 Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

Anime Overload
July 5-7, 2013 Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
Austin, TX

London Film and Comic Con
July 5-7, 2013 Earls Court 2
London, UK

Oz Comic-Con: Melbourne
July 6-7, 2013 Royal Exhibition Building
Melbourne, VIC Australia

July 12-14, 2013 Winnipeg Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Anime Festival Wichita
July 12-14, 2013 Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS

Anime SouthEast
July 12-14, 2013 Sevierville Events Center
Sevierville, TN

July 12-14, 2013 University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

July 12-14, 2013 Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT

Delta H Con
July 12-14, 2013 Crowne Plaza Houston Northwest Brookhollow
Houston, TXI

July 12-14, 2013 Grand Wayne Convention Center
Fort Wayne, IN

July 13, 2013 Middlesbrough Town Hall
Middlesbrough, UK

July 13, 2013 Reading University Students Union
Berkshire, Reading, UK

Comic-Con International: San Diego
July 18-21, 2013 San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

SukoshiCon: Pokécon
July 19-21, 2013 Crowne Plaza Airport Expo Center
Louisville, KY

Manchester MCM Expo
July 20, 2013 Manchester Central
Manchester, UK

KuroNeko Con
July 20-21, 2013 Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA

London Anime Con
July 20-21, 2013 London Metropolitan University, The Rocket Complex
London, UK

July 26-27, 2013 McAllen Convention Center
McAllen, TX

July 26-28, 2013 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, IA

July 26-28, 2013 Paroquet Springs Conference Centre
Shepherdsville, KY

July 26-28, 2013 Hamilton Convention Centre
Hamilton, Ontario

July 26-28, 2013 Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

July 26-28, 2013 The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Niagra Falls, NY

July 26-28, 2013 Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre
Mississauga, Ontario

July 27-28, 2013 Holiday Inn Sacramento - Capitol Plaza
Sacramento, CA

Anime Festival Orlando
August 2-4, 2013 Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

August 2-4, 2013 Nampa Civic Center
Nampa, ID

August 2-4, 2013 Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint
Pontiac, MI

Harbour Con-Fusion
August 2-4, 2013 Saint John High School
Saint John, New Brunswick

Tokyo in Tulsa
August 2-4, 2013 Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, OK

August 2-5, 2013 Ampthill & Woburn District Scout Ground
Milton Bryan, UK

August 3-4, 2013 Seneca Park
Rochester, NY

August 9-11, 2013 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta

Auto Assembly
August 9-11, 2013 Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel
Birmingham, UK

Cos & Effect
August 9-11, 2013 University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Kin-Yoobi Con
August 9-11, 2013 Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel
Newark, CA

August 9-11, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

August 9-11, 2013 Fernwood Hotel and Resort
East Stroudsburg, PA

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show
August 10, 2013 Sydney Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW Australia

Anime Revolution
August 16-18, 2013 Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia

August 16-18, 2013 Holiday Inn Kansas City SE / CoCo Key Water Resort
Kansas City, MO

August 16-18, 2013 Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

San Japan
August 16-18, 2013 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Antonio, TX

August 17-18, 2013 Fresno Convention Center
Fresno, CA

FanExpo Canada
August 22-25, 2013 Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario

August 23-25, 2013 Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

August 23-25, 2013 Madison Marriott West
Madison, WI

August 23-25, 2013 Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr
Rockville, MD

August 23-25, 2013 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, OH

August 23-25, 2013 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA

August 23-25, 2013 DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Orlando, FL

August 24-25, 2013 Middlesbrough Teaching and Learning Centre (MTLC)
Middlesbrough, UK

Meta Con
August 30 - September 1, 2013 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

August 30 - September 1, 2013 Sacramento Convention Center
Sacramento, CA

Sogen Con
August 30 - September 1, 2013 Sioux Falls Convention Center
Sioux Falls, SD

August 30 - September 2, 2013 Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, TX

August 30 - September 2, 2013 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree Plaza
Atlanta, GA

August 31 - September 2, 2013 Hilton Vancouver Washington / Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
Vancouver, WA

August 31 - September 2, 2013 Renaissance Glendale
Glendale, AZ

September 5-8, 2013 De Montfort University
Leicester, UK

September 6-8, 2013 Clarion Hotel Lexington
Lexington, KY

Kishi Con
September 6-8, 2013 Palm Aire Hotel and Suites Weslaco TX Hotel
Weslaco, TX

UmiCon Daytona
September 6-8, 2013 The Plaza Resort & Spa
Daytona Beach, FL

Scotland MCM Expo
September 7, 2013 Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Glasgow, UK

Anime USA
September 13-15, 2013 Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

Nan Desu Kan
September 13-15, 2013 Marriott Denver Tech Center
Denver, CO

September 13-15, 2013 Provincetown Inn
Provincetown, MA

Mississippi Anime Invasion
September 14-15, 2013 Oxford Conference Center
Oxford, MS

September 20-21, 2013 The Riverside Centre
Derby, UK

September 20-22, 2013 Camp Woodstock
Woodstock Valley, CT

Animeland Otaku Mex
September 20-23, 2013 Crowne Plaza Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

Anime Weekend Atlanta
September 27-29, 2013 Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA

September 28-29, 2013 William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
Anchorage, AK

October 4-6, 2013 Grand Hyatt Tampa
Tampa, FL

Tomodachi Fest
October 4-6, 2013 Boise Hotel and Conference Center
Boise, ID

New York Comic Con
October 10-13, 2013 Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, NY

Akai Con
October 11-13, 2013 Clarion Inn and Suites
Murfreesboro, TN

October 11-13, 2013 Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center
Huntington, WV

Another Anime Convention
October 18-20, 2013 Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
Manchester, NH

October 18-20, 2013 University of West Florida Commons
Pensacola, FL

October 19-20, 2013 Flanders Expo
Ghent, Belgium

October 25-27, 2013 Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, TX

October 31 - November 3, 2013 Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center / Cobo Center
Detroit, MI

Bakuretsu Con
November 1-3, 2013 Hampton Inn and Event Center
Colchester, VT

November 1-3, 2013 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, VA

November 2-3, 2013 Jacksonville Marriott
Jacksonville, FL

Pacific Media Expo
November 8-9, 2013 Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, CA

November 8-10, 2013 Best Western Merry Manor Inn
South Portland, ME

Doki Doki
November 9, 2013 Sugden Sports Centre
Manchester, UK

Quinte Mini Con
November 9-10, 2013 Travelodge Belleville
Belleville, Ontario

November 15-17, 2013 Sheraton Stamford
Stamford, CT

Kollision Con
November 15-17, 2013 Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

November 29 - December 1, 2013 Schlitterbahn Beach Resort
South Padre Island, TX

December 8, 2013 Scottish Rite Center
Sacramento, CA

Anime Crossroads
December 13-15, 2013 Indianapolis Marriott East
Indianapolis, IN

December 13-15, 2013 Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
Lisle, IL

Otakon Vegas
January 3-5, 2014 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Animé Los Angeles
January 10-12, 2014 Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Los Angeles, CA

January 11-12, 2014 Gloucester County College
Sewell, NJ

Ring of Fire Con
February 28 - March 2, 2014 Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk
Virginia Beach, VA

Shuto Con
April 4-6, 2014 Lansing Convention Center
Lansing, MI

Anime Central
May 16-18, 2014 Hyatt Regency O'Hare / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

San Japan
July 18-20, 2014 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Antonio, TX

August 1-3, 2014 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA

Anime Weekend Atlanta
September 26-28, 2014 Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA

Southwest Animation & Gaming Expo January 30 - February 1, 2015 Hyatt Regency San Antonio:San Antonio, TX

Southwest Animation & Gaming Expo info

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Otakon 2013


Are you a fan of anime? Do you like dressing in cosplay? How about getting lost inside a stunning world of animation, culture, and adventure? Of course you do! Fear not fellow Otakus- the 2013 Otakon Anime Convention is on its way. Otakon , simply put, is a must on the  to-do-list of any anime or manga lover.  Even if you are an anime noob, Otakun has a lot to offer. The people-watching is a feat in of itself. Just picture it- thousands of people hording in the streets of Baltimore dressed as T.V and video game characters. It is truly a sight to behold. Most convention goers have elaborate and creative costumes, everyone is friendly and willing to pose for pictures, and the "normals" walking the street who have no idea what an anime convention is-well, their facial expressions are priceless!  :)

The convention will be held August 9th -11th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Hotels sell out fast, so get yours as soon as you can. Oh, and speaking of hotels, another great part of this convention is the hotel party block. If you book your hotel at an Otakon sponsored hotel,  your room will be in the anime block, so you and your anime cronies can keep the party going all night long! 

Otakon features concerts, contests, art expos, anime screenings, and a large bazaar. 

The hardest part is choosing who to become. I have a hard enough time deciding what to have for dinner! So many good characters, so little time.