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Posted 12/11/15 , edited 12/11/15
At most anime cons in and near my city, the final events are usually raves.
Glowsticks, lasers, cosplay, anisongs, drugs (more commonly known as Ramune Candy).
All that junk.
But when did this become a thing? When did anime and raves become buddies?

Is this even a thing, or is it just the big cons in my area? Is that like, the preferred music and/or dance format of manga readers or something? I would think it'd be idol stuff, or maybe a regular mingling event with anime theme songs in the background, but the whole EDM club thing? Since when? Those worlds don't seem to have anything in common.

Why raves? WHO raves?
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And the same thing is true here in the Netherlands, deshima sound always holds massive cosplay dance parties and at the last abunai the theme was kandi style~

I personally don't like it tough, or more exact, I like ti, but the volume of hte music and number of people packed together always gives me a headache within 5 minutes so I can't/won't go.

But it's not only there~!
Posted 12/11/15
I thought it was always a thing... That's what I mostly saw in videos
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Posted 12/11/15 , edited 12/11/15
Like Eragon sais, we've been having them for a couple of years at the larger conventions, and pretty much everything but the anisongs are part of it. (Yes, the drugs too unfortunately, but if we catch you using it we throw you out.)
Anisongs are played, but not much, Deshima sounds focuses more on western dance music these days and it's the guest DJ's that play the anisongs.

It's one of the events a lot of our visitors go to and it's always a big party.

As for being a raver: guilty, although not as much as I used to be.
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Posted 12/11/15
NDK does except it is called Masquerave.
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yeah i have noticed in recent years that the big anime convention here , on the Saturday night when it gets a bit later they play rave style music and serve beer and that.
And there is an event here called Neko nation and its sort like a rave/club thing also.
Not sure excatly if there's much drugs but its kind of weird becasue i dont really associate your typical anime fan as being overly social or confident and into dancing.
But of course pretty much all females like to dance. And people feel confortable being surrounded by people with similar intrests, as opposed to the usual club/rave crowd.
But yeah i find it a little strange. Its like japanese music of Korean and video game music mixed into techno and lots of dancing. Not really my scene.
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NekobasuRider wrote:

At most anime cons in and near my city, the final events are usually raves.
Glowsticks, lasers, cosplay, anisongs, drugs (more commonly known as Ramune Candy).
All that junk.
But when did this become a thing? When did anime and raves become buddies?

Is this even a thing, or is it just the big cons in my area? Is that like, the preferred music and/or dance format of manga readers or something? I would think it'd be idol stuff, or maybe a regular mingling event with anime theme songs in the background, but the whole EDM club thing? Since when? Those worlds don't seem to have anything in common.

Why raves? WHO raves?


I think its more of an anime convention thing. Diversity in the anime community is vast but from what I see, when I go to the local anime convention here in CT, its mostly young teenagers/young adults who are predominantly white, which are the type of people that consume that kind of entertainment.

These convention planners are just targeting their largest audience/consumers

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NekobasuRider wrote:

At most anime cons in and near my city, the final events are usually raves.
Glowsticks, lasers, cosplay, anisongs, drugs (more commonly known as Ramune Candy).
All that junk.
But when did this become a thing? When did anime and raves become buddies?

Why raves? WHO raves?


It's like when skateboarders started wearing Gokuu T-shirts--Trying to adopt the "new" craze while not abandoning their old core one, and trying to assume that their favorite geek character would be "sympathetic" with their craze, even though the two have nothing to do with each other.

Raves are fueled by party drugs, but outside of FLCL, you don't really see much drugs in anime culture--
We kind of took that early mantra of "Anime: Drugs would be cheaper" seriously, because back then, we could only afford one or the other.
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I didn't think so until I read this. A rave is something I would consider more of a mainstream sheeple thing to do. Tjose sad people who don't know what else to do with themselves on a Saturday night so they go to a rave in skimpy clothing, take some drugs and then have casual sex with a stranger.

And seriously? Drugs at an anime convention? *sigh* That makes me so damn depressed... I thought that in general otaku's were better people who didn't do that sort of thing. But I suppose in every group of people there will always be a handful of idiots who do bad things.
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Posted 12/11/15 , edited 12/11/15
I rave. Well, used to, anyway. Last one I went to was in Vegas earlier this year but I don't plan on going back. Recovery is too painful.

I don't know why EDM and anime cons got connected. The first time I heard of this happening was around 5 years ago. I surmise that was the time it began to happen. And famous DJs started showing up at school events, like the Heat event at my university.

I think the general idea is colorful, eclectic stuff. That's why you see people in ridiculously colorful outfits with colored hair and a million candy bracelets at raves. It's the best thing, actually. Seeing people so happy like that and seeing how everyone is so friendly is the best part of the events. The drugs and drinks and cute girls are up there, too, but the environment is very welcoming.

For some reason, My Little Pony is colorful but you never see anyone with pony gear at raves if they care about their dignity, for good reason. Stuff from past childhood cartoons, like Invader Zim, Samurai Jack, Courage, etc. are acceptable. But wearing more recent stuff means you're creepy. Anime stuff (especially Pokemon for everyone, Chobits/robot ears for girls) is generally acceptable, but don't go too crazy with sexy fanservice shots of little girls in underwear. You want to be colorful, not creepy. I once wore an Okami jacket to an event and people liked it. I don't really dress up for the events, though. Usually, girls and couples are more likely to do that.
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Posted 12/11/15
The reason I didn't get into anime in high school was because the weebs there were all getting fucked up on ecstasy pretty regularly and were super obsessed with raves. I just saw a bad connotation, which ended up stifling my own fandom for years.

Stupid weeaboo's ruin everything.
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Posted 12/11/15 , edited 12/11/15
Raves or just dance music?

And isn't the best part of these drug-fests watching the mentally weak people already hopped up on SSRIs take LSD and X and having a complete breakdown?
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I've been going to raves and listening to dance music before the anime culture picked it up. lol

If they wanna do that for their conventions, more power to them.
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Posted 12/11/15 , edited 12/11/15
The hell? I used to Rave to Hardstyle when Melbourne Shuffle was a thing but I've never heard of anime raves. (Not the actual clubs, way to young at the time).
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