Holiday Matsuri- A Holiday Themed Convention in Orlando, FL on Dec 16-18

Holiday Matsuri

It is that holiday season. But if there is one celebration you must attend, it has to be Florida’s holiday themed convention: Holiday Matsuri.  Before spending the holidays with your family, hang out with your friends at this convention.  There will be cosplay, videogames and anime to indulge your desires.  Maybe you can even pick out some unique presents for those otaku in your life :J.

There are a lot to be done at this convention. On top of the usual costume and cosplay contests, there will also be a Holiday Runway Costume contest where contestants make cosplay variations of their favorite characters.  Another unique contest is the Pokémon Super Contest, which has pokemon cosplayers go up on stage and show off their costumes and their “moves”.

Gamers should also be on the lookout, Monster Hunter Live! needs your help tracking down and eliminating the grinchy Velociprey.  Hunters will be armed with boffer swords to take down this menace before he steals the holiday presents.  After the hunt you can relax with fellow gamers as panels on the hit Monster Hunter franchise take place.  One can also take part in the Soul Edge Challenge, where fans can participate in a boffer sword tournament to win the Soul Edge sword from the hit fighting game Soul Calibur.


Special events such as the Toys for Tots Benefit Ball, lets fans share the holiday spirit with those that truly need it, something we shouldn’t forget during this holiday season.  On another note there will also be a Maid Café to sample some unique treats.  My Little Pony fans will also have their own event known as the My Little Pony Party, which has fans show off their knowledge, costumes, and more on the hit show.


Special guests will also be there in abundance such as:

  • 6Brittney Karbowski- a voice actress famous for her parts in Soul Eater and Xenosaga.
  • 7Chii Sakurabi – a Japanese pop singer from Tokyo will also be in attendance.
  • 8JoEllen Elam- aka Lillyxandra, is a costume designer from LA that shares her talents with the cosplay world, find out more about this talented person HERE.
  • 9PikaBelleChu- Is the princess of all things Pokemon (especially Pikachu).  She currently holds the record for the largest Pokemon collection in the world, find out more HERE.

This will be the last convention of the year here in Florida but I hope you all have a great holiday.

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Videogame Cosplay Interview: Auron from Final Fantasy X

Hey there this is the Lunar Angel, bringing you the latest and greatest cosplay related content straight from the Sunshine State of Florida, USA. Ill be bringing you news on Florida cons and the cosplayers that frequent there. So lets get started by meeting one of Florida’s best cosplayers: Shawn Tuffy as he cosplays Auron from Final Fantasy X. This is just a small taste of the interview to read more follow the link at the bottom 🙂

1.Tell us about your character and why you chose to portray him. What similarities do you have with your character?
“I was told a few years ago that I resembled the character, I shrugged it off at the time. Then I was looking for a challenge and my friend brought Auron up again. That is when I realized I fit the character very well. My girlfriend, Danielle, said she would cosplay as Rikku (a female character in Final Fantasy X), so I figured it would be fun to do this in a group. I would like to thank my friend Jessie for recommending Auron.”

2.What initially drove you to play Final Fantasy X?
“Hehe, I didn’t. But I decided to make the costume so I can cosplay in a group, its more fun that way. I own the game but due to work I have not been able to play video games as much as I would like.”

3.Is Auron your favorite videogame character? If not who is?
“Auron is not my favorite. My favorite of all time is Parappa the Rapper. I also like Yangus from Dragon Quest VIII and The Great Mizuti from Baten Kaitos.”

4.What drove you to put in the work to make this Auron’s outfit and how did you go about making it?
“I was taught by a pro seamstress, I was inspired by her work and sought to make something as good as she could. As for Auron, I often saw people copying his outfit from images, but I look at his picture and imagine how it would be made in real life. If it looked like leather, I made it out of leather. The sword Auron wields is impressive but it is against convention rules to bring in dangerous weapons, instead I used wood and fiberglass to make it. The hardest part to make was the belt and getting the jug Auron always carries with him to stay in place.”

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