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Ticket status update

Los Angeles, CA — October 15, 2016

UPDATE: AkibaFest pre-sale tickets for Sunday have SOLD OUT! If you missed out, however, don’t give up hope. A limited number of 2-Day ($30), Saturday ($20), and Sunday ($20) passes are still available for on-site purchase at the AkibaFest registration, but are first come, first served, so don’t miss out.

Tickets for most of our great film line-up are still available. Click here to purchase them in advance so you don’t miss out! Film tickets can also be purchased at the registration tent or at the individual theaters. NOTE: Tickets purchased at the registration tent can be paid for with both cash and credit cards, however at the theaters, only credit cards are accepted.

We have a ton of great events and guests and things to do, see, and discover this weekend at AkibaFest. See you there!

No clown costumes or masks

Los Angeles, CA — October 14, 2016

In light of the recent incidents and notoriety of pranksters wearing clown costumes (creepy or otherwise), and because AkibaFest wishes to foster an environment where everyone involved is treated with respect and dignity, AkibaFest requests that no clown costumes or masks be worn to or at the event. AkibaFest reserves the right to deny entrance to any attendee or exhibitor wearing or possessing a clown costume or mask, in its sole discretion. AkibaFest further reserves the right to report all suspicious activity involving clown costumes or related masks to the LAPD and other local law enforcement to help to ensure the safety of all.

Receive a Blue Exorcist Postcard Set at the Screening (while supplies last)

Los Angeles, CA — October 14, 2016

AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016 attendees! Come to the Blue Exorcist The Movie screening tomorrow (SAT 10/15) from 4:30PM at the Downtown Independent Theater and receive this postcard set while supplies last!!

Get your tickets at:

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Win a Limited Edition “the Garden of sinners –recalled out summer-“ BD Set

Los Angeles, CA — October 14, 2016

Get your tickets to the "Garden of sinners -recalled out summer- + extra chorus" screening on SUNDAY (10/16) from 6PM at the Downtown Independent Theater for AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016! We are raffling this beautiful Limited Edition Blu-ray Set to a lucky attendee!!

Get tickets today at:

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Come to the Aniplex of America Booth for Cool Merchandise!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Wanna know what merch we'll have at the Aniplex of America booth at AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016 this weekend?

We're going to have AkibaFest exclusive merch, new Blu-ray releases, and exclusive A+ figures.

Tickets are going fast so get yours now at:

[Click here to view the AkibaFest exclusive Merchandise!]

[Click here to download the PDF version]

Kuro is Going to the “Blue Exorcist Movie” Screening and You Should Too!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Come and watch the "Blue Exorcist Movie" with Kuro!! Patrons will receive a free Kuro plushie with their ticket (while supplies last)!

Get your tickets now at:

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Win a Rare “Anthem of the Heart” Cap/Jersey Set!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

#AkibaFest attendees coming to the "The Anthem of the Heart" screening will have a chance to win this one-of-a-kind jersey/cap set!

Get your tickets today to enter at:

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Win a “Anthem of the Heart” Portrait Board and Keychain

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Get your tickets for the "Anthem of the Heart" screening on SAT (10/15) at AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016 today!

We are raffling off these portrait boards and egg fairy keychain!

Get tix now at:

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We’re Giving Away a Special Kizumonogatari Binder!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016 attendees! Get your tickets to the KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU screening on SAT (10/15) from 4:30 PM now! Why?? Because we are raffling off a few of these KIZU themed binders straight from Japan!

Get tix now at:

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Win an “Anohana The Movie” BD/DVD/CD Combo Set!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Purchase a ticket to watch the heartwarming Anohana Movie on SUN (10/16) at 4PM and be entered to win a Collector's Edition BD/DVD/CD Combo Set!

Get your tickets now at:

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Exclusive “the Garden of sinners” Postcard Set (AkibaFest Ver.)!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Attendees who come to the "Garden of sinners" screening on SAT (10/15) at 2:30 PM at AkibaFest in Little Tokyo 2016 will receive this exclusive postcard set (while supplies last)!

Get tickets today at:

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Special Giveaway at the Mobile Suit Gundam -Origin- Screening!

Los Angeles, CA — October 13, 2016

Got your tickets to the -ORIGIN- screening on Sunday (10/16) at 11:30AM? If not, you should hurry because there's going to be a lot of awesome things happening at this event! There will be a raffle at the show to give away all of these prizes and some lucky fans will even win a Vol. 1 BD!!

Tickets are going fast so get yours now

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Win a “the Garden of sinners” S.E. Blu-ray Disc Box Set (IMPORT)!

Los Angeles, CA — September 30, 2016

Only at AkibaFest 2016! One lucky attendee for "the Garden of sinners Chapter 1: Thanatos." screening (10/15 at 2:30PM) will be going home with this S.E. Blu-ray Disc Box Set (IMPORT)! Just purchase a ticket to the screening and you will be automatically entered. But you better act fast! Tickets are going fast for this show.

Buy yours today at:

(And don't forget! Ei Aoki, the Director, will be there for a post screening Q&A!)

WIN a One-of-a-Kind Character Sketch!

Los Angeles, CA — September 30, 2016

Our character designer guests Keigo Sasaki (ERASED, Blue Exorcist), Masayoshi Tanaka (Anohana, Your Name.), and Makicha (AkibaFest Mascot Artist) will be doing a live drawing demonstration at their AkibaFest panels. And, lucky fans can take their masterpieces home because we will have a raffle at each panel!

Tickets are going fast so order yours today at:

AkibaFest 2016 Attendee Special Offer!

Los Angeles, CA — September 30, 2016

AkibaFest is very excited to be working with the Little Tokyo Business Association to bring a very special offer to all attendees. Show your general admission wristbands or film tickets at participating Little Tokyo stores to receive a special offer throughout the weekend! Whether it’s a special discount on some rare anime items or delicious Japanese food, take advantage of these special offers and have an amazing weekend at AkibaFest! And that’s not all!! If you bring your receipt from participating stores back to the AkibaFest Information booth, you will receive an additional gift!

Get your tickets for AkibaFest today at:

[Click here to view the AkibaFest 2016 Attendee Special Offer!]

[Click here to download the PDF version]

Mobile Suit Gundam –The Origin- Episode 4 Sneak Peek!

Los Angeles, CA — September 29, 2016

AkibaFest attendees that are going to the Mobile Suits Gundam -The Origin- screening (10/16 at 11:30AM) are in for a treat!

Char Aznable’s story is finally revealed! After the screening stick around as we give you an EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Eps. 4 "Eve of Destiny!"

Get your tickets today:

Win a Limited Edition GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst Motorcycle Jacket!

Los Angeles, CA — September 28, 2016

AkibaFest attendees! If you are a fan of GOD EATER, then we have an awesome treat. We are giving away this super limited edition “GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst” themed motorcycle jacket that our good friends at Bandai Namco Entertainment provided to one super lucky attendee.

There are only 10 of these individually numbered jackets in existence and one of them can be yours. All you have to do is purchase a general admission ticket to AkibaFest 2016 and you’re automatically entered in this super special raffle. This midnight, motorcycle jacket is timeless, well-crafted, and functional; wear the Fenrir Organization’s symbol with pride as you defy all gods and save the last of humanity!”

Purchase your AkibaFest tickets now at:

AkibaFest™ Film Title News Update

Los Angeles, CA — September 16, 2016

AkibaFest is pleased to announce that in the ongoing effort to provide fans with as much awesome content as possible, we’ve added the following titles to the upcoming October 15th and 16th event in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles: KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU, the Garden of sinners -recalled out summer- + the Garden of sinners -recalled out summer- extra chorus , The Last: Naruto the Movie, and LiSA “LiVE is Smile Always ~Mega Speaker~,” the last title of which is a concert performance being shown in North America on a big screen for the first time. LiSA can't be there in person but she will greet the fans with an exclusive video message prepared just for this screening. Fans of LiSA will be excited to know that anyone who buys a ticket and attend the LiVE is Smile Always ~Mega Speaker~ screening will be able to enter into a raffle for a chance to win a special CD signed by LiSA herself.

John Inada, Director of Business Development at Aniplex of America, says “We’re on a mission with AkibaFest to make it, bar none, the most compelling, diverse, and value-packed proposition for fans of anime, manga, and Japanese pop-culture around. We’ve already assembled a great lineup of talent and showcase events, and we’ll be adding even more closer to the event. With our flexible pricing plan and action-packed schedule, the entire event is really designed to fit the needs of every anime fan.”

AkibaFest attendees who’ve already secured their tickets and the curious alike are encouraged to bookmark our News page and check back for updates, as we’ll be adding new content and announcements as the event date nears.

AkibaFest™ Relaunches Website With Ticket Info And Event Details
Upcoming Anime Festival Reveals Revamped Website Detailing Guests, Films, Publishers and Ticket Pricing For Little Tokyo-Based Event

Los Angeles, CA — September 2, 2016

Aniplex of America today revealed the second phase of the AkibaFest website. AkibaFest will take place in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, on October 15th and 16th in 2016, bringing with it the fun and festivities typically associated with the famous Akihabara sector of Tokyo.

AkibaFest website introduces the event’s cat-like mascot, which will be the subject of a naming contest to be revealed soon. Additionally, the site makeover details AkibaFest’s special guest appearances, as well as the weekend’s extensive film offerings showcasing over a dozen films, including the North American theatrical premiere of KIZUMONOGATARI PART 2: NEKKETSU, the highly-anticipated second installment of the KIZUMONOGATARI trilogy. AkibaFest will be the first time many of these films will see a North American theatrical release, offering anime fans a unique opportunity to see their favorite anime franchises on the big screen.

Between now and October 15th, additional details will be added to the site, including news updates, the full schedule of events (including AkibaFest’s maid café and cosplay contest) and a comprehensive list of exhibitors. DJs will be playing popular theme songs and remixes of enduring anime series throughout the weekend, while other special surprises will be revealed at the event itself.

Hideki Goto, President of Aniplex of America said, “AkibaFest is one of the ways of saying ‘thank you’ from the anime industry to all the loyal fans that have supported us throughout the years. The notion of bringing ‘Akiba to you’ stems from our core belief that anime, J-Pop, Japanese fashion and culture are alive and well in North America because of the powerful bond and passion our fans have for each of these things.”

AkibaFest is a cooperative venture between Aniplex of America and companies listed below, in addition to the Little Tokyo business community. Fans will be able to enjoy exclusive film screenings, expert panels and workshops, playable video game demos, technology demos, cosplay contests, themed cafés, exclusive merchandise offers, Japanese food and beverages, and much more.

Exhibitor List: Animate, Aniplex of America, Arcane Maid Café, Atlus, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bushiroad, Crunchyroll, DAISUKI, Eleven Arts, Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle, Funimation, Good Smile Company, Kinokuniya Books, Marvelous! XSEED Games, Marukai Corporation, Sentai Filmworks, Sony Music Communications.

Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles Los Angeles-based publisher of anime hit franchises like Sword Art Online announces 2-day animation and Japanese pop culture festival

Los Angeles, CA -- July 1, 2016

Aniplex of America, a Los Angeles-based publisher of many of today’s most popular anime franchises today announced their plan to bring AkibaFest™ — a new type of anime convention to Southern California — inspired by the most popular aspects of Akihabara, aka the Japanese pop culture capital of the world. AkibaFest™ will take place on October 15th and 16th in 2016 in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles.

Fans of anime, manga, games, cosplay, and more can register for updates on the AkibaFest™ website now. The full site will launch in late-July, with updates on performers, activities, participating anime and game publishers, as well as ticket and pricing details. For fans of animation and everything related to Akihabara, AkibaFest™ promises to be the ultimate fan event of the year.

Aniplex of America President, Hideki Goto, said “It’s clear from the passion exhibited by anime fans, cosplayers, manga collectors, tech enthusiasts and gamers that there is still a thirst for new experiences. However, it is only with the support of the fans that we can make AkibaFest a successful event. Only with their enthusiastic participation can we turn Little Tokyo into ‘Little Akiba’ on the weekend of October 15th and 16th.”

John Inada, Aniplex of America’s Director of Business Development said “A lot of events offer different facets of Japanese culture, but there hasn’t been an event that really brings it all together. Our goal for AkibaFest is to fill this void in as authentic manner as possible. We’re going to transform Little Tokyo into the closest thing to ‘Akiba’ as possible. If we can’t bring you to Akihabara, we’re going to bring Akihabara to you.”

AkibaFest™ is a cooperative venture between Aniplex of America, other notable anime and video game publishers, technology partners, and the Little Tokyo business community. Fans will be able to enjoy exclusive film screenings, expert panels and workshops, playable video game demos, technology demos, cosplay contests, themed cafés, exclusive merchandise offers, Japanese food and beverages, and much more.

Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) – a Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) group. Aniplex Inc. is a leading provider of anime content, along with music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD titles including the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles such as: ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3, GOD EATER and HAIFURI (High School Fleet).