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Thousands of fans came to Baltimore's Otakon convention last weekend to don costumes, role-play and celebrate all things anime

August 13, 2006|By TEXT BY MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY | TEXT BY MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY,SUN REPORTER

If you thought you saw a giant robot made entirely from Mountain Dew cartons walking last week near the Inner Harbor, it wasn't a hallucination. Neither was the Godzilla-like monster that you spotted in the same area a few years ago, each of its three heads warbling "The Bohemian Rhapsody."

The extraordinary creatures were merely people on their way to Otakon, an annual convention that for the past 13 years has celebrated Japanese popular culture in Charm City. The Home of the Hon may well be a natural place for an event that attracts more than 20,000 eccentrics, err, participants each year -- nearly half of whom are in costume.

To see a multimedia presentation, go to baltimoresun.com / anime

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