It can be difficult to find an anime-related event near you, but there are several conventions in the UK that provide a chance to meet other otaku. I have been to a few and always had a fantastic time, and usually come home with crazy amounts of anime merch.
This is a list of anime-related conventions happening this year across the UK. Some are anime-focused, others are more general comic cons, but all are sure to provide something that appeals to you!
Anime, manga and otaku culture are increasing in popularity in the west at rapid speed, and next year is going to be massive for manga fans in the UK.
The British Museum has announced a manga exhibition that will take place at Room 30 between 23rd May and 26th August 2019. It is set to be the largest manga exhibition ever held outside of Japan and will feature all kinds of titles, providing something for everyone.
Anime is a medium enjoyed by countless people around the world, and not all of it is set in Japan. In fact, quite a lot of anime is set right here in Great Britain, and so today I would like to promote some first-rate series that show off locations around the UK.
Part 1 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an essential for anyone who enjoys shounen anime with a hint of comedy. The Joestar Mansion is located in Liverpool according to a letter seen in the manga, and London also features prominently. The later parts of JoJo are set outside of the UK, but they’re still just as fun. The first season, which encompasses parts 1 and 2, can be bought on Blu-Ray on Amazon.
Vampire fanatics will definitely want to watch Hellsing, which tells the story of a secretive organisation that eliminates supernatural threats such as vampires and ghouls in England. The UK DVD is still in print and can be bought here.
A common misconception among anime fans in the west is that merchandise for their favourite shows is difficult to come across on the average high street. That would have been true about five years ago, but otaku culture has recently reached new heights and its now easier than ever to find DVDs, Blu-Rays, manga, figures, plushies and other anime merch on the streets of Britain. I’ve travelled the UK extensively and have managed to find some kind of anime-related merch everywhere from Penzance to Inverness!
Nearly all Waterstones locations now have a selection of manga, the quality of which often depends on the size of the store. Larger cities such as Sheffield and Glasgow tend to stock plenty whereas smaller towns like Barrow-in-Furness and Middlesbrough will have smaller collections, usually only offering the most popular manga, which at the moment tends to be shounen series like Naruto, Bleach and My Hero Academia. If you’re looking for manga and haven’t yet checked your nearest Waterstones branch, give them a look!