Anime Weekend Atlanta is a 4 day anime convention that takes place at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA at the end of September, it consist of anime, manga, video games and, special guest from Japan. Since AWA turned 21 this year the theme was Vegas nights, everything from the badges, booklets, and decals with even anime inspired drinks.
AWA host panels for all ages and some 18+ so there’s something for everyone. The con takes initiative in making sure its guest are happy: they created a smoking tent away from the doors to accommodate non smokers, cosplay repair if something unfortunate happens to it, a baby lounge, and a parent lounge.
First day of the con consist of AMVs, a few panels, and a Super Happy Fun Sale for con goers to buy and sell unwanted merch. The second day is when the artist alley and, dealer’s room opened and this year they were combined into the same room. One of the newer additions to the room was the directory board along with signs to easily find your favorite vendors, the highlight in the dealer’s room consist of live performances from the musical guest. Each and every year at AWA Funimation, Crunchyroll and vendors give away posters so you never leave the Dealer’s room empty handed. If you ever want some peace and quiet stop by the manga library to read your favorite series or check out a new one. The library has over 2,000 mangas to choose from, including popular and undiscovered names for all ages. Once you’re done there you can also go play some games and this time they have their own hallway including an arcade, there was even a gaming room for kids. All the guest had panels and which they were super nice in answer all of the question fans asked.
You didn’t have to search far and wide to find food around this con. There were affordable indoor food truck vendors and tables in the Vendor’s room but, there was little vegan/vegetarian food available. The host hotel offered $5.00 meals but, the only non-meat option was cheese pizza. Across the street from the con is a mall in walking distance, where there was plenty to choose from in the food court from Taco Bell to Chinese food. If you don’t feel like traveling that far the Galleria has Subway, Chinese food, and a few other places. There was little to nothing to complain about, however there were little things I would like to see changed about the con. Like the boards outside the rooms didn’t have the schedules on it so if you didn’t have a schedule then you didn’t know what panel was going on. The second thing I wanted to change was how narrow the aisles were in the artist alley it felt really cramped. Third was how dark and cold the main room was. All in all I would definitely recommend this con because it fun for the kids, teens, and adults and it’s also affordable.