Anime Expo 2016 - Post-Show

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Length of Event July 1-4, 2016

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Cost The prices for next year’s con are already up and are as follows:

Four Day Pass $65
Four Day Youth (14-17) Pass $65
Four Day Child (6-13) Pass $25
Premier Fan $375

Unlike most cons where the headlining events such as the masquerade, dance, and concert are free, Anime Expo requires attendees to purchase separate tickets either when they pre-order their badges or at a separate counter on site at the con. Tickets are extremely limited for each event so it is suggested that attendees purchase them as soon as possible. Prices for extra events range anywhere from $10 to $50 depending on what the event is. This year, Anime Matsuri which had headliners such as FLOW and T.M.Revolution made an appearance at Anime Expo. The convention is always bringing something new to the table every year.

Hotels One of the most annoying problems about Anime Expo seems to be the distance between the hotels and the convention center. While the convention does provide shuttles to help attendees travel back and forth, the lines are always quite long. The nearest hotels within a ten-minute walk to the convention center consist of the J.W. Marriot, Hotel Figueroa, and the Luxe City Center Hotel which are all upscale accommodations while the rest are a good twenty-minute walk down the street. To take advantage of the situation, there are always Lyft promoters loitering about the con giving promotional codes for those that are in a rush to travel. While the situation isn’t the best, there are ways to manage.

Parking is another concern for those wishing to attend. Prices sky rocket once the convention begins making the average price per day somewhere around $50. Be sure to budget for this in advance or the trip home will be very interesting without a car.

One of the other downsides is the lack of reasonably priced food nearby. While the convention has attempted to combat this issue by allowing food trucks nearby, the trucks are only really open for breakfast and lunch, making dinner still a bit pricy. There ARE a lot of restaurants around the convention center, but they are mid to high range in price, so be sure to budget for this as well or bring food with you.

What To Do/Expect

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Like most cons, Anime Expo offers the basics such as a showroom/dealers’ room, an artist alley, and space for panels, but the sheer size of it all may be overwhelming for those who have never experienced such a large convention before. The showroom itself is almost the size of an entire convention in other places and it’s filled to the brim with amazing vendors bringing exclusive merchandise just for the event. This year Good Smile Company had a line out the door and around the building and they weren’t the only ones. Viz, FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks, Bandai Namco, Voltage, and many other big names within the anime industry make it a point to come to Anime Expo in order to show off their newest products/shows. Many even have their own industry panels complete with voice actors and new trailers to create hype for their goods. Anime Expo is truly the E3 for the anime industry.

While exclusive merch, as well as new announcements certainly, attract many, there is so much more to this convention than most. Anime Expo has one of the largest Artist Alleys in the country, attracting artists from around the country and globe. Some people even spend the entire convention shopping for art! Many of these artists even take commissions allowing fangirls and guys wildest dreams to come true.

Shopping is one of the most popular activities at the convention, but what about those who have limited budgets? Well, there are a variety of activities for those who wish to be a little more interactive. Throughout the weekend there are video game tournaments, TCG tournaments, cosplay photoshoots, and anime karaoke competitions. There are even good old fashion panels with amazing guests from Japan who love to meet the fans as well as sign autographs. The convention even has its own cosplay photoshoot area where stages are set for cosplayers to pose and create realistic photographs.

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What to Bring

First and foremost, be sure to bring plenty of cash. While many of the vendors use Square and do take cards, there are a lot of people in one place and many times the systems can go down plus many of the food trucks and parking lots only take cash as well. Cash is just good to have on hand in general.

In addition, bring a small backpack and fill it with food and water. It’s a large show floor and it can be difficult to navigate to the nearest area for food and water, plus it can save some money in the long run. Food at conventions is notorious for being marked up to unreasonable prices and this con is no different. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated!
For the hotel room, bring extra pillows, blankets, and towels. Since many of the rooms have guests sleeping on the floor, the hotel runs out of these extras really fast, so save the stress by bringing your own. It is also wise to bring surge protector strip in order to expand the number of available outlets in the room so there doesn’t have to be a fight over charging space.

Final Thoughts

Anime Expo is largely considered one of the top three anime conventions in the United States and certainly sets itself apart by not only a number of attendees but the stellar guest list as well. Major names from the anime industry fly overseas every year to meet American fans and Anime Expo is the reason why. While the lines may be long (and they are), don’t lose hope! Sometimes an encounter is right around the corner.

Overall, be sure to preorder badges well in advance and to secure any lodgings early as well. This con is fun and attracts many fans every year so timing is key to preparation. It is recommended that everyone must go at least once in their life to AX and Otakon. Don’t miss out on the spectacular dealer's hall, artist alley, and wonderful guests!

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Author: Nikki Flores

You may know me by my witty and excellent prose, but I assure you there is a real person underneath this brilliant exterior. As a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, I traveled to Okinawa, Japan in search of the One Piece. Together my crew consisting of a white dog named Yuki, an evil cat named Kyubei, the wise feline Pickles, and my ever supportive husband Aaron, we travel the globe seeking life’s greatest treasures. Oh, and I’m sure one day I’ll eventually meet Trafalgar Law in the New World. I hope. Please? *pout*

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