Anime Expo 2017 Pre-Show Coverage

Summary of Event

Summer has begun, and what better way to spend it than with fellow otaku at Anime Expo (AX) on Fourth of July weekend? AX is jam-packed with events and panels relating to all facets of the anime world, ensuring that everyone has something to do when attending. From taking pictures with the many cosplayers, to attending panels hosted by industry veterans, AX has you covered! If the idea of meeting many like-minded people while touring the tons of merchandise and art sounds appealing, then make sure you don't miss out on the biggest anime convention in North America, Anime Expo!

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Events

Trials of Bahamut - Real Escape Game

July 1st - 3rd @ 1 PM/3:30 PM/6:30 PM/ 9:00 PM

Trials of Bahamut is a puzzle-based, event-type game, not an escape room. Each session includes a live MC, exciting movies and music to enjoy, interactions with costumed characters, and a solution walkthrough at the end. Each team will be 6 players, and there will be multiple teams playing simultaneously during the game. Each team is acting on their own and not competing with the others.

Source: Anime Expo Official Website

Anisong World Matsuri

June 30th - July 1st @ 7:00 PM

Anisong World Matsuri is holding two different concerts with performances from groups such as Aquors, The IdolM@ster Cinderella Girls, ALI PROJECT, and more.

MYTH: Legends of Burlesque & Magic

July 2nd @ 4:00-6:00 PM

Join world-renowned performance artists for an evening celebration of Anime, Japanese Pop Culture, Gaming Culture, and Convention nerdom in what is quickly becoming one of Anime Expo’s signature events: MYTH: Legends of Burlesque & Magic. Taking over the beautiful NOVO venue, MYTH offers attendees a high caliber evening show experience in a new luxurious lounge setting complete with bar and custom bar menu with themed cocktails just for the show!

Source : Anime Expo Official Website

Cowboy Bebop: Bounty Hunter Blues

July 4th @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Bounty Hunter Blues will be a followup to the popular Jazz Cat Experience with a special live concert for the fans. Featuring live jazz music by the revolutionary band Alice Underground as they tear through a decade of musical and visual tributes to this epic franchise.

Source: Anime Expo Official Website

Special Guests

Akira Himekawa
Illustrator duo A. Honda and S. Nagano, best known for creating and illustrating The Legend of Zelda manga adaptations.

Christopher Sabat
Christopher Sabat is an American voice actor who's been working on many different dubs since the late 90's. Some of his most recognizable roles include Vegeta from Dragon Ball, Alex Luis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist, Roronoa Zoro from One Piece, and Garterbelt from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.

Yuko Tsukuda
Yuko Tsukuda is best known for his hit manga series Shokugeki no Souma as the creator, which has since received an anime adaptation.

Rooster Teeth
Production Company best known in the anime world for the American-made Anime RWBY.

Basic Information

Place / location Anime Expo - Los Angeles Convention Center, California
Length of eventJuly 1st - July 4th
Cost Premier Fan - $425
4-Day - $90
4-Day Child - $25
4-Day Military Discount - $50
1-Day - $55
Hotels & Transportation The closest hotels to the convention center are The Ritz Carlton ($349/Night), JW Marriott ($224/Night), the Luxe City Center Hotel ($240/Night), and the Residence Inn ($214/Night)

The cheapest hotels in the vicinity are the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel ($139/Night), the Los Angeles Airport Marriott ($139/Night), Kawada Hotel ($145/Night), and the Millennium Biltmore ($155/Night) Some hotels have shuttle routes, which are complimentary to any attendees who show a valid badge upon boarding.
The following public transit options are available: LADot Dash, LA Metro Rail, LA Metro Bus, AMTRAK, and METROLINK. Taxi and car sharing services - Uber & Lyft - are also available.

When was it Established? Anime Expo started in San Jose, California in 1991 before SPJA took over in 1992. In 1994, Anime Expo moved to Southern California and has remained there since. AX has been held in various different cities, such as Anaheim, Oakland, and Long Beach, with the official location being in Los Angeles. Over the years, Anime Expo's popularity has grown tremendously, and it is now the largest anime convention in North America!

What to Expect

The best days to attend are Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday having more panels and events than any other day. Both days can go until after midnight, with various different social gatherings such as dances, karaoke, and parties to attend! Make sure to come bright and early in order to get your badges quickly and avoid long lines and traffic, as well as get first in line on panels or snag merchandise before it's sold out!

What to Bring in Order to Enjoy Oneself

It can be very easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of Anime Expo, which is why you must not forget to bring water and food in a bag of some kind. Summer in Los Angeles can be very hot, so make sure to stay hydrated and cool as much as you need, with shorts and t-shirts being recommended. There is also plenty of merchandise, so make sure to bring plenty of cash/debit card with you to be prepared if you see that figure you love!

Ed Moreno

Writer

Author: Ed Moreno

Aspiring SoCal writer with an unhealthy obsession for rougelite games. I can typically be found in my room, either working away at an article or playing video games until the middle of the night. When I finally decide to go outside, I love to explore and travel to see new places and experience things I hadn't prior.

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