Anime Expo®

Anime Expo® Bringing together industry and fans of Japanese Pop Culture for an annual celebration. Join us for Anime Expo Lite on July 3-4, 2021! The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is the parent organization which funds and manages Anime Expo.

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World Cosplay Summit USA will take place at Anime Expo Lite!  Enter today to compete for a spot in the WCS Championship!
03/23/2021

World Cosplay Summit USA will take place at Anime Expo Lite! Enter today to compete for a spot in the WCS Championship!

Applications for the World Cosplay Summit USA Video Finals are OPEN!!! Teams can sign up until April 22, 2021, at Midnight PST using the link below! All follow up information and due dates will come as the application closes so please keep an eye on your email accounts for follow ups.

https://apply.anime-expo.org/pages/app/2021wcsusavideo

Don't forget that you can send any questions to our email at [email protected] or here to our Facebook messages!
Thank you all so much and best of luck!!!

While 2021 will look different from our usual romp in Los Angeles, it doesn't change the fact that this year marks 30 ye...
03/17/2021

While 2021 will look different from our usual romp in Los Angeles, it doesn't change the fact that this year marks 30 years since our predecessor, Anime Con in San Jose took place in 1991! In honor of #AnimeExpo30th, we're sharing stories each month leading up to Anime Expo Lite and invite you to be a part of it! Tell us what you love about AX and don't forget to tag @AnimeExpo and #AnimeExpo30th so we can share on our channels and also Anime Expo Lite!
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#anime #manga #cosplay #animeexpo #animecon #animeconvention #otaku

While 2021 will look different from our usual romp in Los Angeles, it doesn't change the fact that this year marks 30 ye...
03/17/2021

While 2021 will look different from our usual romp in Los Angeles, it doesn't change the fact that this year marks 30 years since our predecessor, Anime Con in San Jose took place in 1991! In honor of #AnimeExpo30th, we're sharing stories each month leading up to Anime Expo Lite and invite you to be a part of it! Be on the lookout for prompts and posts coming up soon!
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#anime #manga #otaku #cosplay #animeexpo #animeconvention #animecon

We're kicking off #AnimeExpo30th with reflections from our team on what they love about AX! Check out the link in our bi...
03/16/2021

We're kicking off #AnimeExpo30th with reflections from our team on what they love about AX! Check out the link in our bio to read more! Comment below to tell us what you love about AX, or tag @AnimeExpo and #AnimeExpo30th on your posts so we can share on our channels and Anime Expo Lite!

Watch LiSA's 2nd online concert this Sunday, March 14th (or watch the archive, available until March 21st)! Catch exclus...
03/13/2021

Watch LiSA's 2nd online concert this Sunday, March 14th (or watch the archive, available until March 21st)! Catch exclusive footage from her latest acoustic concert in Japan!

LiSA:LiVE is Smile Always~unlasting shadow~・説明
Tickets now on sale!
🎟️ https://bit.ly/3r8ZNMm

Manga Planet interviewed a staff member from the Secretariat of Intellectual Property Strategy Strategy Headquarters of ...
03/10/2021
Cosplay and Copyright: An Interview with a staff of the Secretariat of Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan - Manga Planet Blog

Manga Planet interviewed a staff member from the Secretariat of Intellectual Property Strategy Strategy Headquarters of the Japanese government to discuss the questions that arose recently concerning cosplay and copyright.

Read more: https://mangaplanet.com/cosplay-and-copyright/

In January, a popular Japanese media outlet published an article concerning cosplay and copyright, which brought huge speculations among domestic and international cosplay communities. We had the opportunity to interview with a staff of the Secretariat of Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters,...

Catch the world premiere of The World Ends With You the Animation THIS WEEKEND!   Hear from the director and cast in thi...
03/09/2021
すばらしきこのせかい The Animation

Catch the world premiere of The World Ends With You the Animation THIS WEEKEND! Hear from the director and cast in this special program that will be available to watch via archive for one week only! Learn more → https://subarashiki-anime.jp/en/special

スクウェア・エニックスのトップクリエイターチームが手掛けたアクションRPG「すばらしきこのせかい」が待望のアニメ化!

[Link to update on our website: http://bit.ly/3qetGJY]Dear Anime Expo Community, With the continued uncertainties surrou...
03/03/2021

[Link to update on our website: http://bit.ly/3qetGJY]

Dear Anime Expo Community,

With the continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is apparent that we will not be able to safely hold a physical show this July for Anime Expo 2021.

We will miss gearing up for a full weekend of parading around the LACC and reuniting with friends just as much as you will, but we take comfort in knowing this separation is only temporary and that it’s the right thing to do. While we’re not able to meet in-person, we still want to celebrate 2021 in honor of our 30th anniversary, and we will continue to share stories, photos, and memories with #AnimeExpo30th!

As previously announced, all attendee badge holders and Artist Alley table packages have been refunded as part of our transition to a new registration system. If you opted to roll over, don’t worry! You’ll still get priority access when registration is available in the future. Exhibitors who opted to rebook from 2020 to 2021 will receive more information via email.

And yes, Anime Expo Lite will return on July 4th weekend! While we know that nothing can ever fully replicate the magic of in-person events, we recognize that online communities have long been an integral part of Anime Expo’s culture. Anime Expo has been streamed since 2017 and will continue to be part of the experience. As always, we’re seeking fresh, engaging content for you to enjoy, and we hope you’ll join us! Be sure to sign up for email updates to learn more.

We continue to strive towards bringing you new, exciting things and can’t wait to share them with all of you in the future!

We thank each and every one of you for being a part of our wonderful community. Anime Expo will be back again in the future thanks to all your love and support.

Be safe and stay well,

Ray Chiang
CEO
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation

Learn how to make chirashizushi this Saturday! https://www.facebook.com/jamuseum/posts/4130066187027517?__cft__[0]=AZU2N...
02/27/2021

Learn how to make chirashizushi this Saturday!

https://www.facebook.com/jamuseum/posts/4130066187027517?__cft__[0]=AZU2N2CL4SvWPxQoWpo0zi-Ix5IUapj_ApyuOXiqxeCa0IMcbFdA81v0RDnjJQG-0yPhEE5mvjbH0Y2PQPO3lmRZeRSyEz0Hj3VltiHsES_3DnkJ5vNi7F2vKmoCtSjG1or_CWiTAMyB675lV-leiIz1&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

In this interactive workshop with cookbook author and designer, Azusa Oda, you will learn how to cook chirashi zushi (sushi rice topped with vegetables, egg, and fish) in celebration of Girl’s Day in Japan! Girl’s Day, also known as Doll’s Day or Hinamatsuri, is celebrated on March 3rd and often involves parties where people share this delicious and portable dish. You will be sent the ingredient list and necessary setup in advance so you can cook along during the program.

Purchase her book, Japanese Cookbook for Beginners: Classic and Modern Recipes Made Easy, at Shopjanmstore website.

RSVP today: https://9644p.blackbaudhosting.com/9644p/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=cb75c778-6358-40a0-9e45-2494209d94a8

What do you want the new film project to be about?
02/25/2021
Project Anime

What do you want the new film project to be about?

DiMartino and Konietzo are leading Nickelodeon's Avatar Studios as co-chief creative officers.

Check out the Sapporo Snow Festival website for a behind the scenes look on the construction of Snow Miku 2021! Plus, ch...
02/21/2021
Sapporo Snow Festival has gone virtual and you can attend for free online

Check out the Sapporo Snow Festival website for a behind the scenes look on the construction of Snow Miku 2021! Plus, check out the VR snow festival through the end of the month

There's no need for a jacket: Japan’s largest winter fest is now online and you can visit from anywhere in the world

Join us and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC in celebrating HInamatsuri! Order a special lunch set ...
02/20/2021
Hinamatsuri — Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Join us and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC in celebrating HInamatsuri! Order a special lunch set or hina doll kit to pick up next Saturday, Feb 27. Plus, check out their upcoming chirashizushi and hina-doll tutorial videos!

Learn more: https://www.jaccc.org/hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also known as Girl’s Day is observed on March 3 of each year in Japan to celebrate girls and pray for their continued health and happiness.

In part 2 of Project Anime's roundup, check out the current status of all the remaining anime live-action adaptations in...
02/19/2021
Project Anime

In part 2 of Project Anime's roundup, check out the current status of all the remaining anime live-action adaptations in development.

In part two of our roundup of anime with live-action Hollywood adaptations, we list the latest updates on all the projects that seem to still be active and in development.

Read more → https://bit.ly/3u9HoB2

Join Crunchyroll for the Anime Awards this Friday!
02/18/2021
Crunchyroll

Join Crunchyroll for the Anime Awards this Friday!

Here's everything you need to know about where to watch the #AnimeAwards this year!!

We're expanding our Charity Auction recipient program to a year-long partnership, starting with Japanese American Cultur...
02/16/2021

We're expanding our Charity Auction recipient program to a year-long partnership, starting with Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC in Little Tokyo!

Read more → http://bit.ly/3aql7Hm

SPJA Expands Charity Auction Recipient Program in 2021 with Yearlong Partnership with Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC in Little Tokyo.

Read more → http://bit.ly/3aql7Hm

Join YOASOBI for their global concert stream TONIGHT at 1 AM PST!Ticket Learn more & get tickets → http://bit.ly/YOASOBI...
02/13/2021

Join YOASOBI for their global concert stream TONIGHT at 1 AM PST!

Ticket Learn more & get tickets → http://bit.ly/YOASOBI1stLive

Japanese creative collective millenium parade' global stream event starts TONIGHT at 3 AM PST. 🎫 Info + tickets  → https...
02/13/2021

Japanese creative collective millenium parade' global stream event starts TONIGHT at 3 AM PST. 🎫 Info + tickets → https://bit.ly/39JeK1n

Can't join at 3AM? No problem! The stream will be archived for a limited time 👍

Composer Hiroyuki Sawano's global live stream concert starts TONIGHT at 9 PM & 1 AM PST! Can't join live? No problem! Ar...
02/13/2021

Composer Hiroyuki Sawano's global live stream concert starts TONIGHT at 9 PM & 1 AM PST! Can't join live? No problem! Archive streams will also be available for a limited time.

🎟️ Info + tickets → https://bit.ly/2LcA6e0

Sawano's work includes music from Promare, Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, and more!

With Valentine's Day coming up, we're sharing a story of love from #AnimeExpo 2018 💕When the designer behind our After H...
02/13/2021

With Valentine's Day coming up, we're sharing a story of love from #AnimeExpo 2018 💕

When the designer behind our After Hours and Lounge 21 logos excitedly went to see her work in person--little did she know that she would be "caught" by surprise with a proposal!

From friendships to partnerships to marriages, we're always so honored to be a part of bringing people together!

Congrats Little Tokyo Community Council - LTCC on raising $100k for your small business relief fund! Visit their website...
02/10/2021

Congrats Little Tokyo Community Council - LTCC on raising $100k for your small business relief fund! Visit their website to learn more and donate to support the businesses of Little Tokyo: https://littletokyola.org/gofundme

🚨 EXCITING NEWS 🚨 $100k raised for our #LittleTokyoSmallBusinessReliefFund! 💕 Huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this fundraiser. Because of your generous support, we will be able to award grants up to $2,000 to 25 more small businesses! 🥳 We're excited to launch the application for the second round of grants today (open through 2/19, 11:59pm), and will announce the awardees in early March!

Thank you so much to @nnakarestaurant for their generous donation of a gift certificate to raffle off and everyone who participated in the giveaway, which moved us $15k closer to this goal! 💖

And a big thanks to @niseiweek, @themermaidla, @farbar_la & @beamsuntory for donating the proceeds of their @hauntedlittletokyo virtual cocktail demo to the LT Small Business Relief Fund!  🥳

Help us reach our next goal of $150k! Every contribution makes a difference. 🥰 Visit the link in our bio or littletokyola.org/gofundme to donate today!

Are you a Little Tokyo small business owner or know someone interested in applying for a grant? Please visit the link in our bio or littletokyola.org/gofundme-apply to learn more!

#GoLittleTokyo #LittleTokyo #LoveLT🌸 #LoveLT #littletokyola #japantown #jtown #losangeles #dtla #supportsmall #supportlocal

Japanese creative collective millenium parade will hold a global stream event on Feb 14th to celebrate the release of th...
02/06/2021

Japanese creative collective millenium parade will hold a global stream event on Feb 14th to celebrate the release of their debut album!

🎫 Info + tickets → https://bit.ly/39JeK1n

The stream starts at 3 AM PST, but you can also watch the limited-time archive stream according to your schedule!

The STUDIO4°C Retrospective Art Exhibition opens at Gallery Nucleus this weekend! Check out their website for artbooks a...
02/02/2021

The STUDIO4°C Retrospective Art Exhibition opens at Gallery Nucleus this weekend! Check out their website for artbooks and get a ticket to their virtual panel: https://www.gallerynucleus.com/events/816?more_info=1

Join our LIVE Panel / Q&A February 7th featuring STUDIO4°C CEO/Founder, Ms. Eiko Tanaka and Ayumu Watanabe, Director of "Children of the Sea."

Tickets only $5 or purchase a STUDIO4°C art book from our site to gain free access!

Follow the link in our bio for more information about the panel and our STUDIO4°C art exhibition.
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#anime #studio4c #animation #gkids #gallerynucleus

What do you think of Gucci's Doraemon collection?
01/19/2021
Gucci

What do you think of Gucci's Doraemon collection?

Discover the Doraemon x Gucci Collection that features the cartoon cat-type robot sent from the 22nd century to help a young boy called Nobita with secret gadgets from his four-dimensional pouch. The playful character appears on men's and women's accessories, shoes and clothing and appears in the campaign as a companion who transforms everyday activities into joyful adventures. From having breakfast, to playing video games with friends or partying in the garden, the affable Doraemon in the role of an imaginary friend brings color into people’s lives. ©Fujiko-Pro

Calling all high schoolers studying Japanese! Japan America Society of Southern California is hosting virtual study sess...
01/16/2021

Calling all high schoolers studying Japanese! Japan America Society of Southern California is hosting virtual study sessions to prepare students to compete in next year's National Japan Bowl Competition.

Learn more: https://jas-socal.org/JapanBowl

Space is limited! Apply by Feb 1!

01/16/2021
Crunchyroll

Voting is now open for Crunchyroll's Anime Awards!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

✨🗳 VOTE NOW: got.cr/AA21-mfb

Join the Japan Foundation New York on January 28 for a free panel discussion exploring the history and legacy of Sailor ...
01/07/2021
Japan Foundation New York and the Center for Global Partnership

Join the Japan Foundation New York on January 28 for a free panel discussion exploring the history and legacy of Sailor Moon, as well as the fandom and fan culture it helped create in the U.S.

Let's explore the history and legacy of Sailor Moon from academic and professional perspectives! Join our FREE online session and vote for your favorite Sailor Moon character!

[EP5] Sailor Moon: How These Magical Girls Transformed Our World
[Date] Thursday, January 28, 8PM (EST)

★ Who is your favorite Sailor Moon character?

Please let us know who your favorite Sailor Moon character is on the Eventbrite page when you sign up! We will announce the results of the poll during the event, and discuss it with the panelists.

FREE signup here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ep5-sailor-moon-how-these-magical-girls-transformed-our-world-tickets-133786919277?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

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