Although it's grown enormously in size over the years -- more than 100,000 attendees are expected this year -- the Anime Expo has remained faithful to its original spirit. It's first and foremost a place where people who love anime and manga hang out together and celebrate their favorite films, series, books and characters. There are screenings, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, concerts, contests and maid and butler cafes. But the principle attraction remains the chance to meet fellow otaku (fans). The World War II family drama won the Japanese Academy Award for animated feature this year, beating the megahit "Your Name."