Everything You Need to Know About Anime Matsuri 2023
From August 10, 2023 to August 13, 2023 - Houston, Texas, US - George R. Brown Convention Center
After attending, the Black Hll con, Cosplay America, Anime Sekai or the Anime Festival Wichita, Anime Matsuri should be your next destination. Anime Matsuri is an annual anime, Japanese culture, and associated arts event held at the George R. Brown Event Center in Houston, Texas. Join thousands of fans as they explore over 1,800,000 square feet of anime, panels, seminars, Special Guests, celebrities, Vendor/Exhibitor area, Artist Alley/showcase, live performances, Cosplay Contests, Gaming, and over 1000 hours of programming, including a Japanese auto show! Anime Matsuri 2023 edition will run from August 10th to August 13th
Anime Matsuri 2023 Guests
The Anime Matsuri is excited to announce its lineup of guests for the 2023 convention! They have invited some of the biggest names in the anime industry to attend and share their talents with our attendees. This is a list of complete guests you should expect at the convention
Pugoffka – COSPLAY/PHOTOGRAPHER/UKRAINE
Vic Mignogna VOICE TALENT
Purin – COSPLAYER/POLAND
Hana Bunny – COSPLAYER
Cynthia Cranz – VOICE TALENT/USA
Linda Young – VOICE TALENT/USA
Daisuke Ichikawa – FASHION DESIGNER
Kiki Goto – FASHION DESIGNER
Shunsuke Hasegawa – GENIUS FASHION DESIGNER
Sakurako – FASHION MODEL
Kana Yuuki – VOICE TALENT/JAPAN
Verivery – KPOP GROUP/S. KOREA
Anime Matsuri 2023 Featured Exhibitors
Activities You Should Expect at the Anime Matsuri 2023
At Anime Matsuri 2023, renowned Kpop group Verivery will perform live in Houston. For the fans, Verivery will host a live concert, signing session, hi-touch, and a fan panel.
As an Anime Matsuri 2023 attendee, you are free to attend the concert. Special tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m. CST if you want extra privileges like autographs, hi-touch, or first access to the music hall and fan panel.
The Anime Matsuri Fashion Show returns with Acrylagitt, Kikirarashoten, and the return of Putumayo. The Show is presently planned to take place on Friday, August 11 in Hall B3.
Autographs and Photo Shoots
There will be two types of Autographs and Photo-Ops at Anime Matsuri 2023:
- Unlimited: Guests have booths in the Exhibit Hall and are accessible to meet fans for prolonged lengths of time (typically during Exhibit Hall working hours). You can pay directly at the Guest’s booth for this type of session.
- Limited: Guests do not have their own booths. Their autographs and/or photo ops are arranged, and access to them is only available with pre-purchased tickets. Autograph/photo-op tickets are typically available around 2-3 months before the convention.
Every year, Anime Matsuri hold the popular AM Formal Dance on the convention center’s third floor. Bring a date, friends, or just yourself. The dress code is formal, and you should be prepared to socialize. The topic of the Formal Ball will be revealed soon.
Console Gaming will be announced soon. We will update this post as soon as we receive new updates from the convention,
On Saturday, August 12, 2023, compete in the AM Cosplay Contest or simply watch from Hall B3. This is an AWESOME show that everyone will love! The official Cosplay Contest event will be announced soon.
There will be equally Nerdlesque Show, Cosplay Cafe, Tenjin Festival and Sumo Slam
How to get involved in the Convention
Every year, Anime Matsuri evolves, and so does its volunteer program. They want passionate and dedicated individuals who wish to volunteer to help put on the greatest convention possible for thousands of attendees. Please keep in mind that the purchase of a badge may be required, but please do not do so until you have spoken with a Department Leader, since unauthorized purchases will not be returned. Get more information about the volunteering procedure here
Enter a Coplay Contest
Over $2500 to Win in Cash but watch out you must make at least 25% of your outfit. Register now
The Artist Alley is a section of the Exhibit Hall Department that displays amateur and professional artists’ work and inventions, whether original or fan art, draws commissioned sketches, and sells merchandise of their work, such as prints, novelty items, comic books, and so on…
Commercial (licensed) objects are not permitted, nor are direct replicas of work not created by the artist. Full tables are available in Artist Alley. Due to safety concerns, only four people may be present behind a full table at any given time.
The Artist Alley is all about promoting creative works, so Anime Matsuri encourages you to use your best judgment in bringing and selling your wares! Prints, self-published comics/doujinshi, commissioned artworks, and self-published small goods are all permitted.
Artist Alley 2023 Operating Hours:
- THURSDAY, August 10: 3:00 PM – 8: 00 PM
- FRIDAY, August 11: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- SATURDAY, August 12: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- SUNDAY, August 13: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Check-in starts on Thursday, August 10 at 12 pm, and Friday, August 11 at 9 am. Don’t fail to read the anime convention artist alley terms
Apply for Food Truck
Refunds are granted after 30 days (less a 15% administrative fee). Spots cannot be transferred. Anime Matsuri will close the application process after all available positions have been filled. There will be no refunds after May 1, 2023. If you are interested in Food Truck, apply here
We have spots available for Anime Matsuri 2023 for the following dates and times:
- Thursday (August 10): 12 pm – 12 am
- Friday (August 11): 10am – 3am
- Saturday August 12): 10am – 3am
- Sunday (August 13): 10 am – 3 pm
Register for a Panel
At Anime Matsuri, a maximum of three panel submissions may be submitted by the same person or group; each panel request must be submitted on a separate form. They will provide one free badge for each approved Panel.
Panelists agree to the Anime Matsuri Event Policies and Panelist Agreement by participating in a Panel.
Panelists may request either a day or a night panel but must be available to host their panel(s) on any day of the Event.
A standard panel lasts one hour. Panelists have 10 minutes before the panel to set up, and 10 minutes after the event to dismantle down. Everything brought into the panel must be withdrawn by the session’s conclusion.
Panelists must leave the room in the same state in which they found it. Panels will include two to four microphones (bigger panel rooms may have wireless mics, although this is not guaranteed), a projector, speakers, a riser, a host table(s), and an Anime Matsuri backdrop. Laptops will not be given or made available; panelists must bring their own if one is needed.
Apply for a panel on the Anime Matsuri form. Anime Matsuri highlighted that they will only reply to accepted panelist via mail
Participate in Fashion show model
How to Register for the Event
The convention has One day passes and Picking up passes. In July 2023, one-day passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be available for purchase. One-day passes are not refundable. Thursday does not have a one-day pass.
Passes must be obtained at Registration. To obtain passes, a valid Eventbite ticket with a QR code must be submitted. Four-day passes, four-day passes for children, and one-day passes should be picked up at the EVENTBRITE PICK UP line. Superpasses should be purchased at the SUPERPASS counter.
The SUPERPASS is Anime Matsuri’s VIP 4-day Weekend Pass to the convention, and it comprises or includes the following features:
- All Main Events, programming (e.g., panels), and registration have a designated line and preferential entrance.
- Level 3 access to the Superpass Lounge
- Uniquely designed badge
- Priority for purchasing ticketed event(s), autographs, and sales
- Friday-Sunday access to the “Superpass Lounge” on Level 3
- The Anime Matsuri convention bag is only available at the convention.
- Limited edition gift(s) from Industry Guests)
- Priority badge pickup prior to the convention
Anime Matsuri 2023 Hours
This is the list of schedules we know so far regarding the event
- Thursday, August 10th: 12 PM – 10 PM
- Friday, August 11th: 9 AM – 11 PM
- Saturday, August 12th: 9 AM – 11 PM
- Sunday, August 13th: 9 AM – 3 PM
- Thursday, August 10th: 12 PM – 2 AM
- Friday, August 11th: 12 PM – 3 AM
- Saturday, August 12th: 10 AM – 3 AM
- Sunday, August 13th: 10 AM – 4 PM
Exhibit Hall Hours
- Friday, August 11th: 12 PM – 7 PM
- Saturday, August 12th: 10 AM – 7 PM
- Sunday, August 13th: 10 AM – 4 PM
(Superpass holders are allowed to enter the Exhibit Hall 30 min earlier each day)
Artist Alley Hours
- Thursday, August 10th: 4 PM – 8 PM
- Friday, August 11th: 12:30 PM – 8 PM
- Saturday, August 12th: 10:30 AM – 8 PM
- Sunday, August 13th: 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Anime Matsuri precise that All listed hours, schedules, guests, and prices are subject to change. Don’t forget to save your name in our newsletter to get updates as soon as they are available
Source: Anime Matsuri Official Website: https://animematsuri.com/
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