Castle Point Anime Convention 2022

Castle Point Anime Convention 2022

This past weekend was Castle Point Anime Convention, an annual anime convention held in New Jersey. What started as a small college campus event grew into an established convention for Japanese animation and culture.

Now hosted at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, while still student-run, CPAC garnered much more attendees and popularity compared to previous years. This can be attributed to the growing popularity of anime and manga in the U.S. — especially with recent arcs of Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer, as well as the Jujutsu Kaisen movie. Carbon Costume received the opportunity and pleasure to attend the convention as press on Sunday.

Among the most popular fandoms for cosplay were My Hero Academia, Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and Studio Ghibli. There was quite a mix of cosplays this year, which was nice to see.

While vaccinations and masks were required, please note that cosplayers took off their masks for photographs or while hanging outside. Some of these photos were taken by Jennifer Del Beni (also pictured here in her Tea cosplay!) aka DelBeni Photos, who also covered the event as Press. Thanks Jen!

Here are our some of our favorite cosplays from the convention. If you see yourself or someone you know, contact us!


The first cosplayer we spotted was dressed as Hanako from Toilet Bound Hanako Kun.


The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza for you and this awesome Spongebob cosplayer.

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This trio of Attack on Titan cosplayers look ready to save humanity.

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This Howl and Sophie from Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle are couples goals.

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Hunter x Hunter was another popular fandom at this convention. Check out this neat Hisoka cosplay!

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These Black Star and Tsubaki cosplayers were completely in character, with the weapon scolding her meister before this photo was taken.

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She’ll be shooting for her own hand! This Merida (Brave) cosplay hits the mark.

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There was no shortage of My Hero Academia cosplayers. We found a Mirko (above) and Katsuki Bakugo sitting alongside Mina Ashido (below).

Even 1-A’s top heroes need a break between classes.

Eijiro Kirishima from My Hero Academia is ready to fight some bad guys. Photo by DelBeni Photos.

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The force is strong with this Baby Yoda cosplayer! Learn how to make your own Grogu with this advanced tutorial!

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The literal top banana of Castle Point Anime Convention. We think this was the best cosplay of the day.

 

We loved this cosplayer’s sunflower staff!


This Ash Ketchum (Pokemon) cosplayer wants to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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The Fourth Doctor took a trip in the TARDIS to the convention. In true Whovian fashion, I asked if he had jelly babies, and he did! I took a purple one.

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Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village continues to be a popular cosplay at conventions.

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It’s time to duel! The photographer behind Del Beni Photos cosplayed as Tea Gardner from Yu-Gi-Oh, complete with her very own duel disk.

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The massive success of Disney’s Encanto has already shifted to the convention scene, as seen with this Mirabel Madrigal cosplay.

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What a crossover! This Tenko Chabashira (Danganronpa) cosplayer and Finn the Human (Adventure Time) cosplayer strike a pose. Photo taken by DelBeni Photos.

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Classic anime cosplays, such as this Luffy from One Piece, are always great to see at conventions.

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Surprise, I cosplayed to this convention as well! This gorgeous pink blossom tree was popular spot for photos. It matched my Nezuko cosplay perfectly! Photo taken by DelBeni Photos.

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Mandy

Cosplayer, creative writer, cookie connoisseur. Pronouns: she/they.

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