Anime Expo (AX) celebrates its 26th year bringing anime characters to life through cosplay (costume play), previewing the newest TV shows and film productions featuring anime, providing a forum for aspiring anime artists, video games and applications, and tickets to unparalleled live performances. Presented by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation from July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AX attracts over 110,000 people from diverse backgrounds and all ages, from throughout the United States and 63 countries around the world.
AX is the consummate display of Japanese culture and its unique animation style of anime, its characters, costumes, fashion, merchandise, Japanese Pop, Japanese/American celebrity guests who participate in appearances and autograph signings for the throngs of loyal and passionate fans of the art style and Japanese pop culture. Japanese entertainment is featured in concerts including Anisong World Matsuri featuring some of the hottest Japanese musical performers today and dance clubs and karaoke on site are always popular destinations. Anime movie and series premieres take place throughout the four-day Expo, aspiring artists will display their work and create anime art on site in Artist Alley, and new video games and applications will be previewed and available for play.