Known as the largest Anime event in North America, Anime Expo has thrived in Los Angeles for the past years (as we saw from the massive crowds of 2014!) With the event steadily approaching this summer, July 2nd-5th, we wanted to give you an update on what has been announced for the Expo thus far!

Guests!

We know you all love to know what special guests the convention has in store, so here’s the list so far (also in handy dandy photo format!)

Cosplay Senpai: Aicosu, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Chubear, Dustbunny, Futange, Garnet Runestar, Vampy Bit Me, Kiba the Cosplay Corgi, and Windofthestars

Creators: Daisuke Ishiwatari, Isuna Hasekura, Lesean Thomas, Luna Tsukigami/Lunatic Joker, Thomas Romain, Ryukishi07, and Julietta Suzuki

Voice Actors: Amanda Miller, Ben Diskin, Cherami Leigh, Cristina Vee, Kyle Hebert, Sandy Fox, Stephanie Sheh, and Robbie Daymond

Cosplay Senpai!

Just what is The Cosplay Senpai Program? We’ll let Anime Expo tell you!

The Cosplay Senpai Program was created in 2014. For this program, prominent Cosplayers who are active and positive influences in the community are invited to come and promote fun, passion, and acceptance. These Cosplayers are leaders that have shown community support and outreach through positivity both at con and in the online world. They continuously portray acceptance and guidance to the younger generation of Cosplayers and can be seen as role models in the Cosplay community.

History of Video Gaming Exhibit

Hosted by VGC Foundation, this exhibit will be an interactive, fully hands-on experience showing the history of video games, a perfect fit for the Entertainment Hall! While visitors are playing any one of the 100+ gaming consoles, they will be readily able to visualize the decades-long history of console gaming since the mid 1970’s. Featuring, Atari, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, and a “One Hit Wonders” section of less popular platforms– at least one of every console model ever marketed by the featured makers is available for active play, with games ranging from iconic classics to current hits.

Want to be a part of the Masquerade Halftime?

Anime Expo is currently seeking performers (professional, semi-professional, amateur) to appear in this year’s Masquerade halftime show. We are looking for a variety of different acts to perform five minute sets. We are asking for no bands or musical performances that require extensive set up. Groups will be limited to 10 total participants (inclusive of stage ninjas and directors). Performers will receive a code that can be applied to the full value of a 1-Day Badge valid for Saturday, July 4 or used to discount a 4-day badge (maximum 10 badges per group).

Interested performers can send a video of your act to Masquerade@anime-expo.org. Submissions will be reviewed and all performers will be informed of their selection status as determinations are made.

Hotel Update!

As always, snagging a Hotel is an important part of the convention process. Anime Expo, in our opinion, has always done a decent job at providing hotels close the convention center, even with how spread out Los Angeles is. Hotel rooms always go quick, but according to Anime Expo, more are on the way!

We would like to announce that we will be opening up more available hotels soon! We understand that there have been some discrepancies with our reservation system and are working to fix the problem. For those of you who have received emails recently saying that your reservation has been canceled, it means that you have been taken off the wait list for that particular hotel as they are now full. There should be a link in the emails for other hotel booking options.

We appreciate everyone’s patience with this matter and we promise you that we are looking in to fixing it.

If you have any further questions regarding the hotels you can email our housing representatives at Rescenter@paravion-inc.com or call them at either (844) 843-6326 or (424) 702-3749 from 6am-5pm Monday-Friday. Do not fret if you are directed to voice mail. They will call you back before the end of the day!

Keep an eye out for more hotels coming soon!

 

Exhibit Hall

Don’t worry, the Exhibit Hall is back and booming!

Featuring nearly 300 vendors and exhibitors, Anime Expo’s exhibit hall floor is a marketplace showcasing amazing merchandise straight from Japan. Attendees will discover thousands of unique items including anime, manga, figures and models, cosplay goods, Japanese fashion, accessories, games, music and more. Leading anime, manga, gaming, fashion companies will also be previewing upcoming releases and connecting with fans at their industry booths.  If you are looking for the most exclusive and latest goods, the exhibit hall is the place!

HOURS

  • Thursday, Day 1 (July 2) : 12 PM ~ 6 PM
  • Friday, Day 2 (July 3) : 10 AM ~ 6 PM
  • Saturday, Day 3 (July 4) : 10 AM ~ 6 PM
  • Sunday, Day 4 (July 5) : 10 AM ~ 3 PM
MOMOIRO CLOVER Z TO HOLD CONCERT AT ANIME EXPO 2015!

DBZ_Asha_fin_CMYK-300x225Anime Expo excited to announce Momoiro Clover Z as a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2015. They will perform on Thursday, July 2nd at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE and will be joined onstage by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS as special Guests of Honor, which is crazy awesome! Anime Expo and KISS? That sounds like a crazy good time! Here is more about Momoiro Clover Z:

Momoiro Clover Z and KISS, collaborated on the single “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” released earlier this year. Momoiro Clover Z is also known for the theme songs of “Dragon Ball Z” and “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal”. This Anime Expo concert marks the third time Momoiro Clover Z has performed internationally with previous performances in 2012 in France at Japan Expo and in Malaysia at HARI BELIA NEGARA.

Starting out as the “Idols you can meet now,” Momoiro Clover Z made their major debut in May of 2010 with “Let’s Go! Phantom Thief Girls.” Their 2nd album “5TH DIMENSION,” was the first to reach the 1st position in the Oricon Weekly Chart, then in March of 2014 they had their “2DAYS” concert in the National Olympic Stadium, something that they truly desired. At the end of last year, they made their 3rd appearance in NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen show. Momoiro Clover Z has already released 3 singles during this first half of 2015

 

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