Anime Expo®

Anime Expo® Bringing together industry and fans of Japanese Pop Culture for an annual celebration. See you in downtown Los Angeles on July 2-5, 2021! The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is the parent organization which funds and manages Anime Expo.

Mission: Popularize and educate the American public about Japanese anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans.

Operating as usual

09/23/2020
#AXINTERVIEW: Voice Actress Rica Matsumoto on Film Screening at AX

#AXINTERVIEW: Rica Matsumoto, the voice of Ash in Pokémon, talked to us after the screening of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution at #AX2019 about getting to watch the film alongside AX attendees as well as what anime means to her.

Did you get to see the movie at AX? Now you can watch #MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution on Netflix!

Are you excited for the Your Name live action?
09/22/2020
CAPE - Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment

Are you excited for the Your Name live action?

MINARI director Lee Isaac Chung is now set to direct and rewrite live-action adaptation of the anime film, YOUR NAME.

“In this reimagined version, two teenagers discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.”

Ten restaurants in Little Tokyo have come together to provide outdoor service! If you're local to the area, come support...
09/22/2020

Ten restaurants in Little Tokyo have come together to provide outdoor service! If you're local to the area, come support our Little Tokyo community and show some love to your favorite places!

Ten restaurants along the historic northside of First Street in #LittleTokyo joined together over the weekend to begin table service outdoors, and fans of #ramen and other traditional Japanese and fusion fare are delighted.

Brian Kito, owner of Fugetsu-Do, Little Tokyo’s oldest business, organized the block-long al fresco dining experience along with Don Tahara, owner of Far Bar and Sake Dojo, and community leader James Okazaki.

Other participating restaurants are #Daikokuya, Hachioji Ramen, Marugame Monzo, Mr. Ramen, Rakkan, and Sake Dojo, and #Suehiro. Also open on the same block are #Boteaga Bubble Tea Store and Family Mart.

The one-block section between Central Avenue and San Pedro Street is distinguished by quaint old buildings built between 1882 and 1957. The 13 buildings were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1995 and are on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Photos by MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo

#loveLT #smallbusiness #alfresco #marugamemonzo #rakkan #fugetsudo #fsn #golittletokyo #niseiweek #hondaplaza #rafushimpo #hachiojiramen #sakedojo #mrramen #japanese #japaneseamerican

http://www.rafu.com/2020/09/first-street-al-fresco-debuts-in-little-tokyo/

What would you be willing to pay for a virtual event? Project Anime is conducting research on virtual and hybrid event p...
09/19/2020
Project Anime

What would you be willing to pay for a virtual event? Project Anime is conducting research on virtual and hybrid event pricing, and we value your input!

What is the value of a virtual event? Project Anime is conducting research on virtual and hybrid event pricing and we want to hear from you!

https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/9qB3dx

Have you entered our 30th Anniversary Fanart Contest yet? 👀 We want to see your art! To celebrate 30 years of AX, we've ...
09/17/2020

Have you entered our 30th Anniversary Fanart Contest yet? 👀 We want to see your art!

To celebrate 30 years of AX, we've teamed up with Graphixly to hold a fanart contest! Check out the overview and guidelines below, then tag a creative friend who needs to enter!

Enter Now! 🖌️ anime-expo.org/fanart-contest

PlayStation dropped a TON of PS5 news today, including release dates, pricing, and a first look at new games! Check out ...
09/17/2020
PS5 Event: Everything Announced and Revealed - IGN

PlayStation dropped a TON of PS5 news today, including release dates, pricing, and a first look at new games! Check out what's coming!

A roundup of all the news announced and revealed by Sony at the PS5 Showcase event.

09/16/2020
#AXINTERVIEW: Pokémon Movie Directors of Film Reactions at AX

#AXINTERVIEW: Motonori Sakakibara and Kunihiko Yuyama, Directors of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, joined us right after the special screening of their film at #AX2019 to chat about their reactions to the screening! Watch #MewtwoStrikesBackEvolution on Netflix NOW!

⚡ Catch the full interview on YouTube! → youtu.be/2Nr6p9vZh7Q

This is it! The World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream ends TODAY at 8 AM PT! Help us keep World Cosplay Sum...
09/13/2020

This is it! The World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream ends TODAY at 8 AM PT! Help us keep World Cosplay Summit alive so we can continue celebrating cosplay worldwide for years to come!

Save WCS! ❤️ kck.st/3ghUkNX
Watch the livestream! 🎥 twitch.tv/worldcosplaysummit

It's the second day of the World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream! More tips, tricks, and chats from some of...
09/12/2020

It's the second day of the World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream! More tips, tricks, and chats from some of the most talented cosplayers around the globe! Join in and help us support WCS!

Save WCS! ❤️ kck.st/3ghUkNX
Watch the livestream! 🎥 twitch.tv/worldcosplaysummit

The World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream event is happening NOW! Tune in to hear from alumni and cosplayer...
09/11/2020

The World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット endgame livestream event is happening NOW! Tune in to hear from alumni and cosplayers worldwide & donate to help save this wonderful event!

Save WCS! ❤️ kck.st/3ghUkNX
Watch the livestream! 🎥 twitch.tv/worldcosplaysummit

Anime Expo is turning 30, and we’re so excited to celebrate with everyone! Our amazing community is made up of so many t...
09/10/2020

Anime Expo is turning 30, and we’re so excited to celebrate with everyone! Our amazing community is made up of so many talented artists and creators, so we’re launching our Anime Expo 30th Anniversary Fanart Contest!

Create an original fanart using any medium featuring any of our mascots—Ai, Xeno, Mahoko, Kisegi, or Max—for the chance to win prizes from Graphixly!

Learn more! 🖌️ bit.ly/30th-fanart-contest
Official rules → bit.ly/2Zsj4MR

Did you get to see the winners of the #AnimeExpoLite Match Your Mask-querade Photo Contest during the livestream? Check ...
09/10/2020

Did you get to see the winners of the #AnimeExpoLite Match Your Mask-querade Photo Contest during the livestream? Check out the Judges' Choice and Grand Winners recaps, as selected by our judges Yaya Han, Utahime Cosplay, Volpin Props, Pros and Cons Cosplay, and Cupcake Cosplay!

Should we do another contest soon? 🤔

Judges' Choice → youtu.be/2PyEqmNeRLA
Grand Winners → youtu.be/6-nDco5-9Xc

World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット is an awesome cosplay showcase and cultural exchange that unites cosplayers from around ...
09/09/2020

World Cosplay Summit 世界コスプレサミット is an awesome cosplay showcase and cultural exchange that unites cosplayers from around the globe. 🌟 Join organizers and alumni THIS WEEKEND for a marathon stream event and help save WCS!

Support WCS! ❤️ http://kck.st/3ghUkNX

We’re in the final stretch of the @worldcosplaysummit Kickstarter! This weekend organizers and alumni are getting together to stream to help save this incredible event- the streaming begins Friday morning and runs through Sunday with alumni panels from all over the world!
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#wcs #worldcosplaysummit #wcsusa #wcsalumni

09/09/2020
Unilever

ACNH friends! Turnip prices not looking good? Spoiled turnips starting to pile up on your island? Visit Hellmann's Island and find out how you can turn your spoiled turnips into real-life meal donations through Second Harvest!

Food is too precious to waste. Even when it’s virtual. Even when it’s part of a video game.

And helping people be more resourceful with food and waste less is Hellmann’s mission.

They noticed that players of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing ‘New Horizons’ game were complaining about spoiling turnips and wasting them. So they joined forces with Nintendo to create Hellmann’s Island where they could exchange virtual waste for real meals for Canada’s vulnerable communities.

Partnering with food rescue charity Second Harvest, it aims to provide 25,000 meals for the needy.

09/08/2020
APOP

Have you ever had the chance to visit Fugetsu-do in Little Tokyo during Anime Expo? Check out how this 116-year-old mochi shop makes their famous beautifully-colored mochi!

Help us support our Little Tokyo community during this time! ❤️→ https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/little-tokyo-small-business-relief-fund

How This 116-Year-Old Shop In Little Tokyo Makes Mochi

"This is my family's legacy. I want to keep it going."

World Cosplay Summit USA has featured the creativity and craftsmanship of some of the most talented cosplayers in the co...
09/04/2020

World Cosplay Summit USA has featured the creativity and craftsmanship of some of the most talented cosplayers in the country! Visit the WCS USA website to learn more about our past teams, watch their stunning championship performances, and look through their cosplay galleries!

Check it out! 🌟 worldcosplaysummitusa.org/team-usa/

08/26/2020
#AXINTERVIEW: Director/Producer Shinji Higuchi on American Conventions

#AXINTERVIEW: Shinji Higuchi, producer and director of DRAGON PILOT: Hisone & Masotan, joined us at AX 2018 to chat about his experience attending American conventions and how passionate fans are!

DRAGON PILOT: Hisone & Masotan is available to stream now on Netflix!

Watch the full interview on YouTube! 👉 youtu.be/b_PTqr3NKWo

Did you catch our AX Cosplay Senpai Roundtable during #AnimeExpoLite? Cosplay Senpai Phil Mizuno, Utahime Cosplay, Jihat...
08/24/2020

Did you catch our AX Cosplay Senpai Roundtable during #AnimeExpoLite? Cosplay Senpai Phil Mizuno, Utahime Cosplay, Jihatsu, and Kaye Cosplay sit down and share their experience, knowledge, and how to make a positive impact on the cosplay community!

Rewatch it now! → youtu.be/Sq1M5qaI2zY

WIT Studio's newest anime, Great Pretender, dropped on Netflix yesterday! We were honored have staff members Yoshiyuki S...
08/21/2020
Netflix Streams WIT Studio's Great Pretender Anime Outside Japan on August 20

WIT Studio's newest anime, Great Pretender, dropped on Netflix yesterday! We were honored have staff members Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Hiro Kaburagi, Ryota Kosawa, Yutaka Yamada, and George Wada as guests at #AX2019, where they gave us a special sneak peak!

Netflix began streaming series in Japan on June 2 // Netflix announced on Twitter on Tuesday that it will begin streaming WIT Studio's original television...

Check out this LEGO Ichiraku Ramen set! If the idea gets 10,000+ supporters, it'll be reviewed by LEGO and could become ...
08/20/2020
Naruto: Ichiraku Ramen Shop

Check out this LEGO Ichiraku Ramen set! If the idea gets 10,000+ supporters, it'll be reviewed by LEGO and could become the first LEGO set inspired by an anime!

Welcome to Konoha Lego fans!Team Seven just finished another 'D' mission and they are celebrating it at Ichiraku Ramen Shop. Come and join Naruto and his teammates in this set designed by and for Naruto fans,...

Favorite anime on hiatus? Waiting for a season 2 announcement? Just looking for a new adventure? Check out this list of ...
08/19/2020

Favorite anime on hiatus? Waiting for a season 2 announcement? Just looking for a new adventure? Check out this list of legal manga reading sources and find your next series! Let us know what you've been reading lately!

Take a look! 📖 bit.ly/2WPuc4l

Our parent nonproft, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation - SPJA, now has a new look!
08/18/2020
SPJA

Our parent nonproft, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation - SPJA, now has a new look!

[PRESS RELEASE] SPJA transitions to 501c3; Launches New Website & Logo

Read more: https://bit.ly/2EjwcvZ

Happy National Nonprofit Day! A huge thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who make Anime Expo possible!
08/18/2020

Happy National Nonprofit Day! A huge thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who make Anime Expo possible!

Have you listened to Crunchyroll's podcast Anime in America? Their latest episode, Episode 3, dives into the history and...
08/08/2020
Anime in America

Have you listened to Crunchyroll's podcast Anime in America? Their latest episode, Episode 3, dives into the history and evolution of anime cons, and they even mention some familiar names (aka ours)!

Chronicling the rise of anime and its journey from Japan to Saturday-morning cartoons in America. Western fans have since swarmed to anime...but not without some drama and bloodshed. Crunchyroll presents Anime in America hosted by Yedoye Travis.

08/07/2020
VIZ Media

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, the long-awaited Inuyasha spinoff, is coming this October! The adventures continue with the new generation!

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon arrives October 2020! Fate is in the hands of the next generation! 🌸

Screening rooms have always been a big part of anime conventions! They've evolved so much over these last few decades!
08/04/2020
The Importance Of The Anime Con Screening Room – OTAQUEST

Screening rooms have always been a big part of anime conventions! They've evolved so much over these last few decades!

The Anime Con Screening Room may have lost its position as a convention staple, but they have an important history and shouldn't be overlooked today!

Join Japanese rock band FLOW Friday, Aug 7 for a special live stream featuring all anime theme songs from Naruto, Code G...
08/01/2020

Join Japanese rock band FLOW Friday, Aug 7 for a special live stream featuring all anime theme songs from Naruto, Code Geass, Eureka Seven, and more! Plus, they'll also be hosting a special afterparty event!

Tickets: https://l-tike.zaiko.io/e/animeshibarionline

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