• Ticketed Events

    Some events are so special that everyone wants to go. Sadly, there are only so many people you can get in a room. For these events, a ticket is required.

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Anisong World Matsuri

Created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies, Anisong World Matsuri at AX 2018 will present a powerful collection of fan-favorite performers including Aimer, AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, Yuki Kajiura, May’n, Shoko Nakagawa, and Sanketsu-girl Sayuri. In addition, school idol group Aqours (Love Live! Sunshine!!) will perform their first-ever full-length solo concert in the United States.

$60 - 150

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m-flo presents “OTAQUEST LIVE” powered by LDH USA

m-flo presents “OTAQUEST LIVE” powered by LDH USA is a music festival featuring Japan’s biggest stars. This jam-packed event will unite dance music & J-Pop lovers in celebration. Energized by legendary Japanese group m-flo and PKCZ®, LDH USA aims to increase the popularity of Japanese pop music & culture.

Artist Line-up: m-floPKCZ®YASUTAKA NAKATACrystal KayHachioji PTeddyLoidMasayoshi Iimori, and YUC’e

When: Thursday, July 5 / Microsoft Theater

$50 - 200


Mirai: The Concept of Tokyo Future Club Sound at The NOVO

Explore the next generation sound of Japan’s club scene, inspired by rising trends in net culture and independent creative movements. Featuring a lineup of artists who have been shaking things up with their own unique sound, Mirai delivers an authentic experience driven by Tokyo’s music subculture. From Japan to the Internet and now to Anime Expo, this one of a kind event is a crash course in the future club sound concepts of Tokyo.

  • Artist Line-up: 2ToneDisco, Voia, Hikeii, plus 2 Special Guest Performers from Japan




SCRAP Entertainment and VIZ Media have partnered to bring a Real Escape Game set in the world of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE to life. The spotlight of this event will be the brand new original character developed exclusively for this game (officially approved by Hirohiko Araki himself).


ONE PIECE Puzzle Hunt

ONE PIECE PUZZLE HUNT is an island escape game where Anime Expo 2018 is set up as a massive island. There, attendees solve riddles hidden throughout the game to escape the island. The best feature of this game is that you use your smartphone to play!

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Myth: Legends of Burlesque & Magic (18+)

MYTH is an exciting evening show combining voice actors, singers, magicians, variety talents, celebrities, cosplay, dance, and burlesque into one giant show unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!  MYTH is the most anticipated 18+ annual event at Anime Expo.  “GO. SEE. THIS. SHOW!” Racket Magazine.

AMV Competition

If you’re asking ''What’s an AMV?'' then you’ve got to come see what you’ve been missing! AMV stands for Anime Music Videos and they’re astonishingly creative anime-to-music mash ups made by fans!

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Featuring the best Japanese music entertainment – from J-pop idols to rock bands, to ani-song singers.

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The Masquerade is a cosplay and performance competition, with one of the largest cash prizes in the country.

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After Hours (+21)

Welcome to After Hours, an evening experience in the mysterious, sensational and sensual world of burlesque and cabaret.

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Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe is a show and interactive experience with an array of entertainment, including dances, musical performances, photo ops, and more.

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Butler Cafe

The Butler Cafe is an interactive experience which offers an array of entertainment, including dances, musical performances, photo ops, and more.

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