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Animanga is a convention that celebrates anime and gaming culture. If you’re a fan of either or both of these genres, then this is the convention for you! Held annually in Southern California, Animanga offers something for everyone, from panels and workshops to cosplay contests and merchandise vendors.

Here’s everything you need to know about Animanga – what you need to know before going there, the activities you can do, and many more.

What You Need to Know Before Going to Animanga

Animanga is a three-day event that celebrates anime, manga, gaming and Japanese culture. There will be vendors, artists, panels and cosplay contests for attendees to enjoy. So, if you’re a fan of any of these things, be sure to mark down this date in your calendar.

If you’re planning on attending this Anime and Gaming Convention, there are a few things you need to know before going. First, the convention is a three-day event, so be sure to block out the entire weekend in your calendar.

Second, the convention takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. And lastly, tickets can be purchased on the Animanga website.

Now that you know what you need to do to attend Animanga let’s take a look at what you can expect while there. First and foremost, the convention is all about anime, manga and Japanese culture.

So, you can expect to see lots of cosplayers walking around in their favorite costumes. There will also be vendors selling anime merchandise, manga, video games and representing their favorite anime/manga.

Lastly, don’t miss the cosplay contests! You can participate or sit back and watch as contestants dress up in their best anime-manga and gaming-related outfits. You never know – you just might see your favorite character out there!

Conventions, especially those that celebrate Japanese culture, are a fun and entertaining way to relax for an entire weekend.

If you’re planning on attending Animanga this year, be sure to come back here for more anime news. And if you want to know more about Animanga in the meantime, be sure to check out their website for a full list of events and activities.

10 Activities to Do at Animanga

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Whether you’re a cosplayer, gamer, or just looking to have some fun, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Here are 10 things you can do at Animanga:

  • Check out the exhibitor’s hall and store for anime and gaming merchandise.
  • Watch anime screenings in the theater.
  • Play video games and tabletop games in the gaming room.
  • Take part in cosplay contests and workshops.
  • Attend panels on anime, gaming, and other topics.
  • Meet your favorite voice actors and cosplayers.
  • Store for Japanese snacks and souvenirs at the food court.
  • Listen to DJs spin anime and video game music.
  • Attend an improv show or musical act.
  • Enjoy the 24-hour arcade room with classic games like Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter II, and Donkey Kong.

10 Things You Must Do at Animanga

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Attendees can expect to see a variety of panels, events, cosplay contests and more. Here are the 10 things you must do while at Animanga:

Attend a Panel

Whether you’re an anime enthusiast or just enjoy cosplay, there’s something for everyone at Animanga. There will be panels featuring new anime and video games as well as fan discussions about your favorite series’.

For those who are interested in connecting with others online, participate in the Social Media panel to learn how to be a better cosplayer and share your experiences with these communities.

Meet Celebrities

Animanga offers many opportunities for fans to meet their favorite celebrities. There will be autograph signings, voice actor panels and live performances throughout the convention so you can get up close and personal with some of your favorite guests.

Get Animated

Animanga is home to the Anime Music Video Contest, where attendees can show off their own original songs and music videos. New videos are showcased during the AMV Contest, where judges determine the winner. This is an unforgettable experience for any anime fan, so be sure to check it out.

See Great Cosplay

Cosplay is a large part of any anime convention, and Animanga certainly does not disappoint! There will be cosplay contests for both adults and kids so everyone can compete and win some great prizes.

For all of the aspiring cosplayers out there, make sure to stop by the Cosplay Academy panel and ask questions about how to get started.

Gamble with Friends

The dealer’s room features many vendors selling anime merchandise such as collectibles, artwork and figurines. It also houses a variety of video game consoles where you can play some of your favorite games.

Join the Fun

Animanga offers many interactive events such as video game tournaments and “Anime Jeopardy.” Participate in these contests for a chance to win great prizes. One of the most popular events is the Cosplay Masquerade. Contestants are judged on their costumes and presentations, so be sure to keep an eye out for this event.

Get Festive

Stop by any of the food trucks parked outside the convention center and grab a bite to eat before exploring the dealer’s room or attending a panel. There’s also a photo booth where you can take some fun snaps with your friends.

Have Fun

Animanga is full of awesome events, so don’t be shy and try something new! Whether you’re a first-time attendee or have been to other conventions, there will always be something going on, so go out and have some fun!

Meet Me Outside

The patio in front of the convention center is not only a great place to meet fellow cosplayers and anime fans but is also home to many food trucks.

Arrive Early

Although Animanga starts a little later in the morning, we recommend arriving early, so you don’t miss out on anything. Many events such as panels start when the doors open, so arriving earlier is always better.

There you have it! Make sure to follow these 10 tips when visiting Animanga this year.

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