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AnimeIowa 2014: One for the Books

CORALVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The 18th Annual AnimeIowa just wrapped up it's biggest weekend yet.

If you've ever been to the Coralville event, it's a sight to see and the characters just keep getting better.

"Anime is truthfully an escape," Tyson Hill said.

Hill said anime is his life and he keeps coming back because the convention is coonfidence booster.

"When you spend money doing this, you feel more of an accomplishment," Hill said."Most people in American usually want to be some kind of hero."

And that's what Hill said anime stands for: A relationship between characters where others continue to build each other up.

"Everyone wants to be more courageous and more happy with what they do in life," he said.

Hill said it's exciting to see more people here this year.

Organizers said they estimated more than 4,000 people showed up for the weekend event.

"We haven't finished the counts yet but from what we're gathering is a record-breaking attendance for AnimeIowa 2014," AnimeIowa Executive Alyssa Kritz said.

She said this convention keeps growing and it's exciting to see more people show up.

"It's really nice when we get here and we see that despite what went wrong last year, we've got 300 more people here than we did last year."

Organizers are already gearing up for next year and said they don't plan to move to another venue but will stay at the Coralville Marriott.

"For the sake of a larger attendance, we may have to re-purpose a room or recycle a room," Kritz said.

And for Hill, he said he'll continue to come back so he can compliment someone else next year.

"You make a lot of connections. Those will live on forever and ever. No one is gonna compliment you for winning a lot of money, they'll just want more money from ya," Hill said.

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