Anime Con 2023: Another Amazing Anime Convention for Fans
From June 9, 2023 to June 11, 2023 - Rijswijk, Netherlands - De Broodfabriek
Anime Con 2023 is the biggest anime convention in North America, and it’s set to take place in Los Angeles from June 9th at 14:00 to June 11th at 18:00. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than ever before, featuring a wide range of exciting activities for anime fans of all ages.
What to Expect at the Anime Con 2023
The convention will feature a number of exciting events, including:
Panels and Workshops
Anime Con 2023 will feature a number of panels and workshops, where attendees can learn more about their favorite anime series and meet other fans. Topics will include everything from cosplay and fan fiction to manga and anime history. Parapara Dance Workshop, Yakkaiser Anisong Party, SanRozu and Unmei Idols are the main dance workshop of the event.
One of the most popular events at Anime Con 2023 is the cosplay contest, where attendees can show off their best cosplay creations and compete for prizes. There will be many Cosplay Competitions at AnimeCon where the best cosplayers compete on stage and show their costumes in the most wonderful acts. This is a list of the Cosplay Workshops and Events that will take place:
- Cosplay Snatch Game
- World Cosplay Summit
- AnimeCon Group Cosplay Competition
- AnimeCon Solo Cosplay Competition
- European Cosplay Gathering Group and Solo preliminaries
Anime Con 2023 will feature a number of special guests, including voice actors, manga artists, and other industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet these guests, attend autograph sessions, and participate in exclusive events.
Anime Con 2023 will feature screenings of some of the latest and greatest anime series, as well as classic favorites. Attendees can relax and enjoy their favorite shows on the big screen with other fans. Four anime movies including 2 from Studio Ghibli will be screened in the Hus Room. They are:
- Inu-oh on Saturday 20:30 – 22:10
- Ponyo on Saturday 14:00 – 15:40
- Ride Your Wave on Friday 19:00 – 20:40
- The Red Turtle on Sunday 17:30 – 19:00
Concerts and Dance
At AnimeCon, they host concerts, live performances, and Japanese raves every year, so get ready to dance and party!
Annual concerts are held at AnimeCon, and their Dutch stage has had performances like Origa, KOTOKO, Back-On, fripSide, Minami, JAM Project TeddyLoid, and Myth & Roid. Additionally, they regularly host late-night parties that are hosted by Deshima Sounds and feature a variety of other Japanese and international artists on our stage.
However, you should definitely attend one of the dance workshops if you’re unsure of how you’ll perform on the dance floor.
The Dealer Room will have vendors selling J-POP, anime, manga, and cosplay-related goods from all around Europe and some from as far afield as other continents. This has always been a key component of our festival and a major draw for our visitors. It truly is the most convenient way to shop for anime and manga goods in one location around the Benelux nations! Every day the festival is going on, the Dealer Room will be open.
The Dealer Room will now be located at the new site. Soon, more details regarding the new Dealer Room will be available. We urge you to come prepared with enough cash in your pockets because there are many tables with products to select from.
This section is jam-packed with various activities, making it the ideal spot to pick up a new card game or simply relax while you wait for the next event you intend to attend. Additionally, we have a designated lounge area where people can sit and eat or drink. We also have a photo shoot area.
What’s best? You can participate in the majority of our activities from early in the morning until late at night! Check out what we have to offer and come have fun. However, keep in mind that some of our activities and competitions require registration, and space is limited.
What can you do at the Exp Plaza?
Shogi, Go, and the Trading Card Game genre allows you to play socially and meet friends while also participating in tournaments. With the daily murder game, you can hunt and hide from rivals, or you can playfully try to “catch ’em all” with the Cosplay Target game.
Come test your role-playing talents in a Dungeons & Dragons adventure or display your musical prowess at the karaoke! There are plenty of activities, any age can find something to enjoy. Here are some of them:
- Atsusacon: Ninja VS Samurai!
- Bagger Anime
- Cosplay Repair point: De Foamtastische Huiskamer
- DMVDBERG Photography
- Gamers of the West
- Karaoke by Asgard Sings!
- Mugen Massage
- Pokemon League NL
- SIG Plamo 2023: Gundams, model building and more!!
- Urban Games: Murder Game
What sets AnimeCon apart from other conferences is its comprehensive schedule of events. It takes a lot of work to set up the entire schedule, and they remain busy until the festival officially begins. Over 200 events were held in total during the 2019 edition! Presentations, workshops, competitions, and tastings… There are a few activities they won’t consider hosting, from traditional tea ceremonies to boardgame nights, Japanese-themed Bingo games to dancing classes, the AMV competition to speed dating. You can check the complete overview of the festival on their official page
Both vintage systems and the newest releases are available in The Game Room. Interested in what you might find? You may see some examples of games and setups below!
- Virtual Reality
- Rockband Setup
- Arcade games
- Dance Dance Revolution
- Beat Mania
- Super Smash Bros.
- Gaming PC’s
You may engage with Japanese culture at AnimeCon using all five senses, including taste. During the busy festival hours, stop by a maid or butler cafe or get a quick bite to eat. At one of their food workshops, you can also prepare your own snacks. Additionally, they offer sake and whisky tastings with genuine Japanese beverages. Some food and taste workshops include:
- Inside and outside food courts
- Gendai Sake
- Kare Curry
- Momiji Sushi
- Osaka Cooking
- Troy’s Shave iced and catering
- De Broodfabriek
- Food Workshop
- Maid Cafes
- The Taste of Japanese Gin Volume 5
- The Taste of Japanese Whisky 14
- The Wonderful World of Sake
How to Prepare
To get the most out of Anime Con 2023, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips to help you prepare:
Registration for Anime Con 2023 is open now, and it’s important to register early to avoid long lines and potential sell-outs. Find more information regarding registration here
Plan Your Schedule
With so many events and activities happening at Anime Con 2023, it’s important to plan your schedule in advance. Take a look at the schedule and figure out which events listed above you don’t want to miss.
Be sure to pack comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as any cosplay costumes or accessories you plan to wear. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities!
Anime Con 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for anime fans from all over the world. With so many exciting events and activities, there’s something for everyone at this year’s convention. So mark your calendars and get ready for three days of anime fun!
Image credit: Animecon Official Website
Author: Lolita Rogers
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