Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th

We are lucky to be able to take part in a number of the most important yearly events pertaining to pop culture, anime, manga, and comics at this unique period. In this context, we will discuss one of the largest gatherings of its kind today, which is distinguished by its particular focus on Japanese pop culture in addition to its celebration and provision of a space for our enjoyment of anime, manga, and other related media. Yes, we are discussing Anime Expo.

Anime Expo

Anime Expo 2024 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4–7, as stated in the title. That implies it will happen VERY SOON! You might be wondering what makes Anime Expo unique among the plethora of events of this sort, such as the massive San Diego Comic-Con that we just covered a few days ago. Yes, that’s a great question, and that’s exactly what this post is going to address, so settle in and let us to explain why you shouldn’t miss this amazing event.

The Largest Japanese Pop Culture Event in North America

Anime Expo, formerly called “ANIME CON,” was initially arranged in 1991 by Cal Animage Alpha, the UC Berkeley anime club. From July 3rd to July 6th, 1992, the Red Lion Inn in San Jose, California, hosted this first event. Since then, Anime Expo has grown to be the biggest festival of Japanese popular culture in North America, with its scale and breadth changing dramatically as time goes on.

Since its humble beginnings, Anime Expo has taken place in many locales to suit its increasing number of attendees. It relocated to Southern California in 1994, and the Los Angeles Convention Center has hosted it ever since 2008. It has been the venue for significant announcements and international premieres over the years, including a number of honorees from the anime industry, highlighting its significance as a prominent event in the entertainment sector.

Anime Expo History

A Bit of Anime Expo History

Anime Expo has hosted a number of noteworthy announcements, historical events, and celebrity visits over the years. The following are a few of the key moments:

Major Announcements and World Premieres:

  • The global premiere of “Oshi no Ko’s” second season as well as the introduction of other shows like “The Dreaming Boy is a Realist” were scheduled to take place at Anime Expo in 2023.
  • Unreleased teases and the announcement of additional anime titles including “Solo Leveling” and “A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special,” which will air in later seasons, were made during the 2023 Crunchyroll panel.

Partnerships and Unique Projects:

  • In 2022, the much-awaited continuation of “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt” was revealed at Studio Trigger’s 10-year anniversary panel. One of the most significant announcements, it was warmly received by fans.

Musical performances & concerts:

  • Notable musical events at Anime Expo 2023 included the “Shin Megami Tensei 30th Live: Band of Shadows” concert and the “AX Summer Fest,” which featured well-known Japanese bands including Cö shu Nie and mili.

Stars and Prominent Persons:

  • In 2023, the event’s variety and cultural reach were highlighted by the presence of celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal, better known by his stage as DJ Diesel, and Yoshitaka Amano, a significant figure in contemporary pop culture.

These instances demonstrate the importance of Anime Expo as a venue for entertainment business announcements and premieres, as well as a gathering place for well-known people and prominent artists. The occasion never fails to provide standout moments and debuts that captivate a worldwide audience.

What Can We Expect at Anime Expo 2024?

I’m pleased you inquired, though! There are a number of notable confirmed attendances at this year’s Anime Expo, along with activities that you’re sure to find interesting. Here are some specifics:

Confirmed Guests

  • Ai Furihata – Known for her role as Ruby Kurosawa in Love Live! Sunshine!!.
  • Akari Kito – Voice of Nezuko Kamado in Demon Slayer.
  • Akira Shimizu – President of A-1 Pictures Inc. and CloverWorks Inc.
  • Ayako Kawasumi – Known for portraying Saber in the Fate series.
  • Hiroki Nanami and Mikio Toki – Distinguished for their work in the Takarazuka Revue and Edo-style kite manufacturing, respectively.
  • Katsura Hashino – Director and producer at ATLUS, known for his work on the Persona series.
  • Nakaba SuzukiRyoko Kui, and Shigenori Soejima – Respected in the manga and video game design industries.
  • Shoji Kawamori – Animation director and mecha creator, known for his work on the Macross franchise.
  • Toshihiro Kondo – President of Nihon Falcom, known for his work on The Legend of Heroes series.

Activities and Events

  • Concerts: Include the NIJISANJI EN Summer Jam and the Welcome to Wonder Wander World concert by ChroNoiR.
  • Industry PanelsAniplex of America will join with A-1 Pictures for a panel on upcoming projects.
  • Masquerade & WCS USA Finals: A highlight event for cosplayers and costume designers.
  • Themed Cafés: Various sessions at the Maid Cafe and Butler Cafeincluding versions for all ages and others for adults over 18.

In addition, over 800 hours of programming, including conferences, seminars, and displays, will be available during Anime Expo. This is only a sampling of the various events and information that will be revealed closer to the event date.

Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th
Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th
Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th
Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th
Anime Expo 2024, Los Angeles, CA. July 4th to 7th

We are confident that Anime Expo 2024 will be (as it has been for many years) one of those events that you should not miss for the entire world, so take advantage of it whenever you get the chance! Why don’t you visit the comments section and let us know what you think while we’re at it? You must have something to share with us, whether you’ve been before or not. Otaku, you know we’ll be reading! 😉

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