Anime has solidified itself here in the Kingdom as a universal medium of fiction and the community is ever growing. And with the rise of Anime to popularity, especially around our Syrup community, our Anime Gathering event came to fruition. It was nothing short of whimsical and downright awesome seeing the mass of creative cosplayers flood our space. The shops that attended offered an array of wonderful merchandise that the attendees were lining up to get a glimpse of. Anime has had a low-profile cult following in Saudi Arabia for the longest time. And with the recent changes in the arts sector of the country, the community has come to light in big numbers spurring many companies to cater to them.
Coincidentally, our community of artists and musicians has always overlapped with the anime community. And as an appreciation for them and the art medium itself, we launched the first of many Anime Gatherings at Syrup.
The gathering included activities such as a bazaar of anime merch from local shops, cosplay competition, and karaoke performances. The level of dedication can be seen with each passing intricate cosplay, each visibly showing layers of hard work constructing the look.
By Naya Ahmed