So once again, my daughter takes me on a journey to the unexpectedly delightful. This time I helped her out at METROCON , Florida’s largest anime convention. Speed Racer has been the extent of my anime knowledge, a series I followed avidly as a child in the late 1960s. But this is a brave new world of anime, and I’m clearly a Japanese animation amateur.
I thought the RenFest was thought-provoking enough, but I’m a METROCONvert, now . It’s essentially the RenFest times a hundred (or so)- and with air conditioning, so the costuming is even more spectacular. As before I’m moved to wonderment: Who are all these fantastic people with all these great imaginations and playful spirits? If God is truly happiest when his children are at play , then surely there’s dancing in heaven this weekend!
I hope all these great people vote as liberally as they seem to want to live – Thousands of people, across a wealth of ethnic diversity, dressed as everything from geishas to storm troopers to zombies, dancing to Gameboy music , wielding cardboard scythes and plastic lasers and wearing beaded head dresses and fox tails would suggest that an enormous portion of young America has a far more playful and open view of life than the daily news tells us (as well as their own methods of economic stimulus!).
I hope they keep their senses of humor and youthful imaginations – and truly hope they know that their freedom to keep living liberally and enjoying outlandish costumed fun depends on a degree of civic engagement at least as vigorous as their METROCON engagement. That’s a whole convention center of potential change agents, if they rise to the challenge!
That said, I can’t wait to go back tomorrow – “when it’s really busy”, as METROCON veterans have told us – to see more amazing sights in a world where everything’s possible.