Prudential Center shoppers, beware: one weekend of the year, when you least expect it, the mall will be overrun with ninjas, super-powered princesses, and hand-crafted foam weaponry. It's Anime Boston, the sparkliest and prettiest of the nerd cons, since most of its attendees come in their cosplay best — and you might be surprised at how well they clean up. Not that they need to leave the con to show off; the convention schedule's packed with costume contests and performances, plus industry panels and dances. Not to mention the con's spacious dealer's room, stocked with wares to interest Japanophiles and casual anime fans alike.
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston | 617.954.2000 | animeboston.com