• Contests

    Show off your skills in one of the many contests at Anime Expo for a chance to win prizes!


It’s cosplay, it’s performance, it’s world famous and not to be missed. Above all else, it’s COSPLAY. There are three levels being judged, so even if this is your first cosplay experience, get out there, show and be your character. Prizes, anyone?

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World Cosplay Summit USA Finals

Compete for a chance to represent the USA in the Cosplay Championship at World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan! The WCS US Finals take place during Anime Expo’s Masquerade and run as a separate competition in accordance with WCS rules and regulations. There are no skill requirements for WCS, and all cosplayers are invited to enter.

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AMV Competition

Anime Expo’s Anime Music Video Competition is one of our most cherished and longest running events. This event features a wild assortment of short music videos, each of which is created by fans across the globe.

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Late Comedy Showdown

It’s a head-to-head comedy slam and the audience calls the winner. But your otaku culture routine can outwit their J-nerd lifestyle observations anytime. Brush up your jokes just to be safe, because this contest comes with prizes for audience and comedians.

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With contests, showcases, open mic sessions, and an extensive library of anime and game soundtracks, J-pop, and more, there’s something for everyone in the Karaoke room!

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Game Shows

Game Shows allow attendees to get involved in our programming, not just to have fun, but also win prizes! From Otaku Parliamentary Debate to Cosplay Wrestling Federation, join an interactive display of fandom and fun.

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Tabletop Gaming

It will be a sea of game boards. Not just the games you know, but new games too; games you’ve never seen before. There will, of course, be tournaments raging each day, but you’re free to keep it casual too.

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Art Contest

Love manga and drawing? Stop by the Manga Lounge to enter the Art Contest!

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