The chilltastic MinamiCon hits its 21st year and doesn’t disappoint. It’s been a while since I’ve properly enjoyed a con and not felt I absolutely had to have a camera surgically attached to my face the entire time!
For those who’ve joined UK conventions through the manic MCM ComicCons or the nightlife of a KitaCon might not be well prepared for the laid-back, old-school nature of Minami, it’s a classic convention in the model of days past. Simpler times with a much more local feel. Cosplay is often not to the grandiose scale you see at the large events – although that isn’t always true! – but for many of us this is where we started, and it’s the con we wind down at. Even the Masquerade will have a dozen prizes for categories made up on the spot, specifically to neuter the drama that can spawn from a competitive event.
While large ComicCons will boot you out after a manic day, and while party cons will blare out music until 2 in the morning, what does Minami do? Sets up a giant room of homemade kotatsus and cushions, fills it with board games and says have at it. Also karaoke. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.