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Anime Expo wraps up wide-eyed, robot-filled convention

This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Fan dress up as their favorite My Little Pony characters.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Kristina Gonzalez, dressed as Link, and Kyle Gullotta, as Link's Fairy, frolic around the Los Angeles Convention Center. Originally a bit shy, Gonzalez now feels at home with her Cosplay family.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
A group of characters dance and sing at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Visitors shop for wigs at the Anime Expo.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Sarah Peralta, dressed as her character Ed, join an impromptu dance at the LA Convention Center.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
The Sakura Girls, a J-Pop band, check out the Crunchy Roll exhibit during the Anime Expo.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Girls take a break from the discussion panels and make their own videos in the hallway of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Thomas Tonard (center) leads the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic gathering by taking the group through one of the show theme songs.
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This is the 15th year that Mark Alvarez and his family have attended the Anime Expo. This year he spent three months putting together his Blueframe Gundam Ashtray costume.
Around 46,000 people attended the Anime Expo from June 29th through July 2nd.
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The 21st annual Anime Expo wrapped up in Los Angeles Monday. Nearly 50,000 people passed through the L.A. Convention Center during the four-day festival.

Many convention-goers were sporting anime-inspired costumes. Mark Alvarez spent three months making his Blue Frame costume — a full robot-type suit complete with shoulder-mounted rocket engines.

"I've met a few people here," Alvarez said. "I've actually introduced a lot of people to this convention and they love it. They've never seen anything like it. It's basically like Halloween in July, and hey, why not, lets go for it!"