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Tomodachi Fest 7

All things anime, cinema, gaming and manga


In 2013, more than 650 people showed up at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center for Tomodachi Fest 6. The event brings celebrities from all over the world to Boise, and the 2013 attendance numbers prompted event organizers to limit the amount of tickets available for Tomadachi 2014 in accordance with BHCC's capacity.

You would have to have been living under a rock on the polar ice cap of Mars not to notice the explosion of anime and comic-book culture, and Tomodachi is just one of several major events in the Treasure Valley that caters to its regional adherents. At this year's festival, guests include actors like Dave Vincent, who has lent his voice to dozens of anime features and commercials; Chris Patton, who has voiced characters in Fullmetal Alchemist and has narrated more than 60 audiobooks; and Chris Rager, whose notable works include Dragonball Z, Dragonball GT and Fullmetal Alchemist. Musical guests include Raheem Jarbo ("Mega Ran") Kyle Murdock and Brandon "Professor Shyguy" Cooley. Green Jello Cosplay, a cosplay duo competing for the fourth time this year at the World Cosplay Summit, will also be there, as will Idaho-based cosplay enthusiast French Chicken Productions.