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Friday, July 1

1:30pm PDT

VIZ Media Panel
Join the VIZ Media crew at our 30th anniversary celebration! We’ll talk about some of your favorite titles like NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, TOKYO GHOUL and SAILOR MOON. We’ll also be making announcements, showing off exclusive first looks at new titles, giving away prizes and having a grand old time. There might even be jokes!

Friday July 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

4:00pm PDT

Celebrating 100 Years of Japanese Animation Presented by AJA
Japanese animation will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. As we approach this milestone, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) will be starting a project that will set the foundation to further support the creation of anime for the next 100 years.

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

5:00pm PDT

Anime Expo 25th Event Welcome Ceremony
Join us as we look back over the 25 years of Anime Expo and celebrate Anime! There will be special guests dropping by and saying hi, so you won't want to miss getting a chance to see them! Light up the room with a free Lumica Light Stick sponsored by LUMICA.

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

9:00pm PDT

Anime Music Video (AMV) Competition

*DELAYED Due To Opening Ceremony*

Looking for the best in the AMV world? Look no further than the Anime Expo AMV Competition! With entries from all over the world, watch as each AMV competes for the title.

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am PDT
Main Events Hall B
Saturday, July 2

11:00am PDT

Love Live! Sunshine!! Special Event: Nice to meet you, we are Aqours!!
Welcome “Love Live! Sunshine!!” to America as they host their very first joint event outside of Japan! This event will include an exciting talk show with several of the school idol group members: Aqours. In addition, there will also be a special lottery giveaway and more!



The school idol group “Aqours"(pronounced as “aqua") formed in Uchiura, Numazu-city, Shizuoka Prefecture is spread in different types of media including CD releases with animation trailer video in DVD & Blu-ray, events, magazines, and smart phone applications.

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

3:30pm PDT

The highly anticipated “One Punch Man” is finally here! As the best-selling manga, it has gathered lots of attention from fans all over the world and with the anime becoming a crowd favorite, this is definitely an amazing experience you won’t want to miss. This event will consist of an engaging talk show with special guests: Animation Director Shingo Natsume and Saitama Voice Actor Makoto Furukawa, live performance from JAM Project, and more!


Makoto Furukawa

Furukawa's notable roles include Saitama in One Punch Man, Hiroto Suwa in orange , Yutaro Kindaichi in Haikyu!!, Kamito Kazehaya in Blade Dance of Elementalers, and Ookurikara in online game Touken Ranbu.

Shingo Natsume

Animator, Animation DirectorNatsume directed many anime including Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and theatrical film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. He is also the director of Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, Space Dandy, and, most recently, One Punch Man.

JAM Project

Launched in 2000 by powerful singers representing the anisong industry, JAM Project brings together members with the same desire to create appropriate theme songs for Japanese animation and promote anisong culture. Each member is involved with the entire song creation process. In... Read More →

Saturday July 2, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

7:30pm PDT

Phantom of the Kill Presents: Dempagumi Inc. LIVE (18+)
Come join us for a spectacular show from Fuji&gumi Games's free to play tactical RPG, Phantom of the Kill! We are delighted to present the premiere screening of our concept Anime, “Phantom of the Kill: Zero’s Rebellion” to our western audiences. After the screening, we’ll have a special Q&A time with the Executive Producer Jun Imaizumi and Art Director Masato Kimura, with special guests, idol group Dempagumi.inc! Of course, it wouldn’t be the same without a special live performance from Dempagumi.inc to finish out the event! Looking forward to seeing you there! Brought to you by gumi Inc.

Saturday July 2, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

10:30pm PDT

Late Comedy Showdown (18+)
All of the comedians have been chosen, now let the laughs begin! It’s now time for an all out battle of jokes as each finalist fights for the crown of top comedian at the finals for Late Comedy Show 2016.

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:30am PDT
Main Events Hall B
Sunday, July 3

10:00am PDT

Official SAILOR MOON Panel
Let's kick off another magical SAILOR MOON Day extravaganza with special guests, announcements, loads of sparkle and fun with your friends at VIZ Media. Everyone attending will get a special treat while supplies last!

Sunday July 3, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

1:00pm PDT

Makoto Shinkai's 'your name' World Premiere & Panel
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Makoto Shinkai

Shinkai's theatrical release debut as a director came with Voices of a Distant Star in 2002 on which he did nearly everything himself but sent shock waves through the anime world for its expression of an impressive world view. He then increased his staff to put out masterpieces... Read More →

Sunday July 3, 2016 1:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

4:00pm PDT

Creating New Games With a Retro Flair: Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates
If there was a list of Japanese game creators who have a wealth of knowledge, and create games that both keep up with current trends and invoke feelings from the golden age of Japanese games, Comcept CEO Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu would no doubt be included in that list. The main topic of conversation will be about how they, as Japanese game creators, aim to create their own original style of games which are designed to appeal both to their local fans in Japan and to fans across the globe. They will also talk about their current projects, and that will be followed up by a Q&A session. Knowing these guys, they may have some surprises up their sleeves too…

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Keiji Inafune

During his time at CAPCOM, he brought iconic franchises such as Mega Man, ResidentEvil, Onimusha, Lost Planet and Dead Rising to the world, all of which went on to sell millions of copies. As a result, he has built up a reputation among fans as one of the most charismatic and devoted... Read More →

Sunday July 3, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

8:00pm PDT

With three divisions (Novice, Intermediate, and World), the Anime Expo Masquerade has been a longstanding tradition, running for over 20 years. The Masquerade is a cosplay and performance competition, with one of the largest cash prizes in the country.

Sunday July 3, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B
Monday, July 4

11:30am PDT

Cowboy Bebop: Jazz Cat Experience
The Cowboy Bebop Jazz Cat Experience will bring down the house as we pay tribute to one of the coolest anime ever created. Universally acknowledged for its unique soundtrack and epic stories told with the moody sounds of a John Coltrane album, Cowboy Bebop breaks the mold of what an anime could be and the cultural impact it can have.

Monday July 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B

4:00pm PDT

Closing Ceremony
The final goodbye to Anime Expo! Come say "Sayonara" to all the amazing guests and staff of Anime Expo and also enjoy exciting previews for AX 2017! Come light up the room with Lumica Light Sticks sponsored by LUMICA!

Monday July 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Main Events Hall B
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