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Anime takes over Rockville Centre Library

Frenada Bernarades, 14, of Clark, N.J., portrayed Sora

Frenada Bernarades, 14, of Clark, N.J., portrayed Sora from "Kingdom Hearts" during the second annual Anime Tosho-con at the Rockville Centre Public Library. (July 16, 2011) Credit: Ursula Moore

If walking around in orange spiked hair, a sailor suit or a cat mask is your idea of a good time, then the second annual Anime Tosho-con at the Rockville Centre Public Library was the perfect place to be Saturday.

Dressed in a long black coat adorned with silver-beaded pull strings, 16-year-old Nicolette Fasola of Lynbrook came as Axel from “Kingdom Hearts.” Who wouldn’t want to walk around portraying a character that wields fire?

“He’s awesome. I like the hair,” she said.

Tosho-con is the brainchild of 23-year-old librarian trainee Marissa Wolf of Oceanside. She said the event was the best way for teens to express themselves anime-style. A fan of Gohan from “Dragon Ball” since she was 13, Wolf said she became fascinated with the Japanese culture.

“I love anime. It’s so much fun,” she said. The event got its name because “toshokon” is library in Japanese. (She exchanged the “k” for a “c” for the convention.)

Tosho-con featured four rooms – Baltic, Allied Powers, Axis Powers and Nordic. The Baltic room offered anime film screenings; Allied Powers played games based on the TV show “Minute to Win It” and had an anime dance party; Axis Powers featured anime graphic novelist Misako and panelists discussing anime; and Nordic showed anime enthusiasts how to make candy sushi with Rice Krispies, chocolate sauce and marshmallows.

It doesn’t matter how young or old," Wolf said. "All are welcome to the Tosho-con.”

Wolf also has an Anime Club for teens each Saturday at the library from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit toshocon.com or call the library at 516-766-6257.

 

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