In 1999, a group of anime fans came together and started Anime USA, a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, art, culture, history, and fashion. In 2004, Anime USA formed a non-profit educational organization to host the convention. Anime USA’s mission is to promote, as well as educate the public about Japanese arts and popular culture. Anime USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit managed solely by a staff of volunteers.
What To Do
Educational and Cultural Programming
Anime USA is excited to present a wide range of panels, workshops, performances and demonstrations exploring history, traditional arts, modern Japanese pop culture and American fan culture.
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We invite you and everyone that wishes to come and enjoy the 2017 AMV Track at Anime USA! We wish to put out a challenge to all AMV editors and studios to put on their game face and make their best work to date.
Artists Alley is the home for Anime USA’s artists. Here they can show off their works, talk shop with other artists, and interact with their fans.
View the rules and sign up to be a part of Anime USA’s 2017 Artist Alley.
Each year, Anime USA is excited to present a wide range of panels and workshops relating to anime, manga, music, video games, web comics, and other aspects of fan culture.
Do you prefer your games be played in analog? If so, test your mettle, flex your strategic might and take on others in various head to head challenges in our tabletop gaming room. All skill levels welcome.
The Dealers Room is Anime USA’s marketplace. We’ve got everything from industry dealers to small businesses and independent retailers.
View the rules and sign up to be a part of Anime USA’s 2017 Dealer’s Room.
We have an all-ages edition for everyone, and an 18+ version for the more adventurous. You can select your preference when signing up!
My Cup of Tea is Anime USA’s proprietary Maid Café that began operation in 2009. We pride ourselves in providing attendees with an experience like that of a authentic Japanese maid café.
A night club dedicated to serving up dreams. Club Ikemen Paradise is sure to meet your expectations.
Join us on Saturday in Stage 2 to see five of these extremely talented
teams not only entertain you, but completely immerse you in the world
of Idol culture!
Do you love to sing songs from Anime, J-rock, and J-pop? Then join us for this year’s Anime USA Karaoke event.
Video Game Room
From driving simulators to Purikura to claw games to Dance Dance Revolution, Tokyo Attack will bring the Japanese arcade experience to you!
We’ve all seen and done some crazy stuff around anime conventions, so Anime USA decided to make a game of it!
Cosplay Photo Shoot Ideas
Have an idea for the perfect setting for your single or group cosplay photo shoot? Fill out our form and let us know!
Cosplayers, performers, and shenanigans abound- the Anime USA Cosplay Masquerade features them all!
No performance or acting is required for this contest. Contestants are scheduled for a five-to-seven minute block behind closed doors with our judges and explain the intricacies of the work that they placed into their costume.
Each year, we host a themed formal ball at Anime USA!
Part Fanfic, Part Roleplay, and Part Tabletop game, LARP is a celebration of fandom and nerdyness that allows you to get into the skin of your favorite character and play as them along with others and their own.