Nerd Culture

14 Favorite Costumes from Taiyou Con 2014

If your only knowledge with anime begins and ends with Pokémon, you've obviously got a thing or two to learn. First lesson: Anime is an ultra-diverse and highly respected art form of Japanese-produced animation (hence its name) that was first produced in the Asian nation way back in 1917 and encompassed every sort of thematic genre, from comedy to drama. Secondly, it's a counterpart of Japanese comics (a.k.a. manga), which date back even further.

And like any other form of animation, it's also quite colorful. And often times, it also can seem quite fantastical, spectacular, and downright bizarre. (Don't even get us started on hentai. Please.)

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.