1,000 Attendees Expected as Cork’s Largest Anime and Science-Fiction Convention Returns

UCC’s Science-Fiction Society announce the launch of Kaizoku-Con 2016.

Cork’s anime and science-fiction convention, Kaizoku-Con, is back for a third year running. Organised by members of the UCC Science-Fiction Society, it will be held on the University College Cork campus from Friday March 4th to Sunday March 6th.

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As Cork’s largest convention for Japanese animation, manga and culture Kaizoku-Con is also suited to anyone with an interest in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy, horror and gaming.

Boasting a packed trade hall with a diverse range of art and merchandise, areas for video games and board games courtesy of UCC Netsoc and UCC WARPS, a great selection of panels with contributions from UCC’s Korean, Japanese and Mythology Societies, guest signings, cosplay events, screenings of popular animated series and of course the ultimate pub quiz to test even the most knowledgeable of nerds; hours of entertainment are guaranteed for all ages.

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Aside from the classic variety of events listed above, new events introduced this year include: Hebocon Ireland, a robot-fighting competition (rules and applications via the website); Cosplay Light Painting and a Puppy Party, in collaboration with Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline, with more exciting events still to be announced.

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Special guests in attendance this year include voice actors Cherami Leigh (the voice of Asuna in Sword Art Online, Lucy in Fairy Tail and Gaige in Borderlands 2), Matthew Mercer (the voice of Levi in Attack on Titan, Trafalgar Law in One Piece and Dungeon Master for Critical Role) and Marisha Ray (the voice of Margaret from the Persona games and Critical Role’s half-elf druid Keyleth). In addition, having thoroughly enjoyed his previous appearance, award-winning performance artist Riuchi is returning to Boole 4 at 8pm on Saturday March 5th, “it means a lot for me to be able to show my performance to people that share the same passion.” Each of the guests will be presenting panels of their own design, signing merchandise and meeting with attendees during the course of the convention.

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On Saturday evening there will also be a charity auction with proceeds raised going to the LauraLynn House Children’s Hospice in West Cork which provides palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families throughout Ireland.

Over the last two years Kaizoku-Con has welcomed over 1,600 attendees, 4 special guests, around 40 artists & traders, over 60 volunteers, and around 50 panelists. Attendees have had a lot of fun, made many memories and friends, helped to raise just under €6,000 for charity not to mention sharing and furthering their passion for Japanese and nerd culture.

What are you waiting for shipmates? Get on board and set sail with the crew from Friday March 4th – Sunday March 6th.

Tickets are available at the door all weekend:

€25 for a weekend pass
€15 for a day pass
Those who purchase a Weekend pass or Saturday pass are eligible to attend Riuchi’s light show, however those interested in attending his performance alone and not the convention itself can pre-book tickets online (only €5 per person, see www.kaizokucon.com/tickets/ for details).

Hours of operation:
Friday: 4pm – midnight
Saturday: 10am – 2am
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

 

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