[Los Angeles, July 5. Image via Getty]

Two Anime devotees pose as they attend the AnimeExpo 2009 event at the Convention Center in Los Angeles on July 5, 2009. Wannabe heroes dressed like characters from video games, comic books and animated movies packed the halls, sporting elaborate costumes. With the increased popularity of video games โ€” many designed in Japan โ€” as well as mangas (Japanese comic books) and anime (Japanese animation), Japan's pop culture is making deep inroads among American youth. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)