PHOTOS: Cosplayers Unite at Los Angeles’ 2018 Anime Expo

Fans packed the Los Angeles Convention Center over the weekend to celebrate Japanese pop culture at the Anime Expo.

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Los Angeles Convention Center was the home of this year's Anime Expo.
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Adinn Adapon, dressed as the goddess Te Fiti, appears at the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Brian Hobbs, dressed as Goku from the Dragon Ball manga series, takes a selfie during the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Eric Show gets dressed as an animation character Lancelot Albion during the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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These anime enthusiasts brought beloved creatures to life with their Pokémon-inspired cosplay.
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Two attendees dressed as animation characters walk up a ramp during the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Show attendees arrive at the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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FLCL cosplay on Friday, July 6, 2018.
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Arvin Soun, dressed as an anime character, walks down the steps while posing for photos during the Anime Expo Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 fans are expected at the expo to celebrate Japanese pop culture. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Mei (left) and Junkrat (right) made an appearance at this year's expo!
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Hatsune Miku cosplayer entertains crowds at Anime Expo Friday, July 6, 2018.
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Everyone is welcome at anime expo, even your furry friend.
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2018 Anime Expo goes through July 5-8 in DTLA.
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Some anime goers channel their inner Yugi Mutou at Anime Expo July 6, 2018.
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Anime fans woke up at 4 a.m. to start festivities on Thursday, July 6, 2018.
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These anime fans chose coordinating outfits for this year's expo.
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Anime lovers go above and beyond to portray their favorite characters at this year's expo.
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Friends who cosplay together, stay together.
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One anime lover dressed up as a character from Pokemon Sun and Moon.
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This anime lover dressed up as Saber from the Fate series.
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Anime cosplay on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
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One attendee dressed as an animation character on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
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Anime lovers go above and beyond to portray their favorite characters at this year's expo.
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Anime cosplay on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
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