Tosho Con 2023

Tosho Con | Cranford, NJ

Written by Cutty 

Tosho Con has returned, and this time it's back in Cranford, NJ. Tosho Con is a free anime convention held for children and anime lovers in small towns. This was held at the Cranford community center and library, where it is held annually. They had a variety of things to do all day at the convention, they had Mario Kart Live, conversations with anime graphic designers, and loads of games for the kids. They had some special guests in the building as well, like Jonathan Todd Ross of YuGiOh, Richard Baratta, a Marvel film producer and musician, and book author Rick Stromoski. There were plenty of other guests that we didn’t get a chance to see, but it was a fun-filled day from start to finish. Ending the event with a cosplay contest, all of the kids who dressed up were able to win a prize for best dressed, and they also gave out prizes all day with free raffles, with plenty of kids leaving happy with a winner's package. There were characters of all kinds roaming around the anime convention, plenty of smiles, and kids having a great time.

The start of the event was great, as young kids from all over came to hear and see their childhood hero, Jonathan Todd Ross, who is one of the voice actors in the world famous cartoon YuGiOh. It was a great time for them, as they were able to ask questions and find out more about the cartoon they grew up loving for years. They also had Mario Kart Live for all of the kids, where they created a track just like in Mario Kart, and the kids had to go round and round and finish in first place. It was plenty of fun in this room as kids took turns on the track, competing to win. When they were done winning races, they still had time to go make some candy sushi, which was at the same time as Mario Kart Live. These events led to hearing the sounds of Richard Baratta, who did a Q&A with fans and also played some songs from people’s favorite movies and the ones he has worked on. The crowd even threw in some requests, which he did for them. It was cool to see him and his band, whom he has been playing with for years, be able to entertain the people and kids. We were all enjoying the show Richard had for us, and his band complimented him very well.

The end of the convention was just as good as the beginning as we made our way to the discussion with Rick Stromoski as he talked about his latest book, "Take A Hike," which he illustrated the book and also wrote it. He spent the day reading his book to the kids and signing books for them. They all loved the book and the cartoons in it. He also told us some exclusives in his interview; he was a true inspiration for the kids and people in attendance. They ended the event with a big event for all the kids in the building; it was a cosplay contest for all of the kids. Ranging for kids of all ages. It was a chance for them all to win a prize before the event ended. It was a great way to end the event, and everyone who was in attendance had a great time. The attendees will be getting ready for the next one; make sure to follow Tosho Con to be able to find out when it is. It’s a free anime convention that we recommend anyone check out.

Photos by @theofficialcutty


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