The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation Celebrated 27 Years in Los Angeles
Over 110,000 fans of Japanese pop-culture descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week to experience Anime Expo (AX), the largest celebration of anime pop culture in North America. Produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), this five-day extravaganza was held July 4 thru the 8th , drew fans from more than 70 countries.
To entertain the crowds, more than 150 guests and industry appearances, Guests of Honor, performers, voice actors, and creators were on-site to mingle with the throngs of attendees and provide special performances, sneak peeks and view premieres. In addition, fans were treated to dedicated cosplay areas that enabled them to depict classic poses within interactive photo sets, a fashion show, concerts, panels and many more immersive experiences all celebrating Japanese pop culture.
Once again, Anime Expo and the City of Los Angeles embraced the large crowds at the event. Attendance was purposely held at 110,000 (more than 350,000 turnstile for all show days) to ensure a quality event for fans to come together to share their passion and experiences with each other.
The Exhibit and Entertainment Halls featured more than 524 Exhibitors covering 171,000 sq ft. Additionally, Amine Expo 2018 featured 900+ hours of programming. For the second year, Amine Expo live streamed 50+ hours of content reaching fans globally.
“We are thrilled to have another successful Anime Expo under our belt,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation.
“Each year we strive to deliver unforgettable experiences to the fans, From the unparalleled performances at Anisong World Matsuri and m-flo presents OTAQUEST LIVE to the remarkable cosplay costumes, popular Lounge 21 and film premieres like My Hero Academia; Two Heroes and the XOGENASYS pilot, we truly had some of the best and noteworthy talent in the industry to help make AX 2018 such a success.”
Planning for next year, Anime Expo 2019 is scheduled for July 4 – 7, with Pre-Show Night on July 3. 4-day badges for AX 2019 are now on-sale for $80, with the remaining Premier Fan badges to be released at a later date.
Photos by Charles McKee
Press Release Provided By Anime Expo 2018