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ACParadise and Anime Expo 2016
By Genjitsu on Monday, June 27th, 2016

It's that time of the year again, when ACP tackles the largest anime con in the US, Anime Expo! With over 100 cosplayers spread out over 20 different events, this will be also our biggest year yet.

Here are some highlights for fans to check out over the weekend:

Star Ocean Fan Gathering
When: Friday July 1, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Gilbert Lindsay Plaza / Cosplay Gathering Site # 6
ACP is teaming up with Square Enix to bring some Star Ocean festivities to Anime Expo, to promote the latest game, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness! We will be meeting at Cosplay Gathering Site 6 and hope to see other Star Ocean cosplayers and fans. We'll be giving away prizes at the gathering, and there will be an appearance from the Japanese staff behind the game as well. For more details on Star Ocean activities at AX: http://www.anime-expo.org/join-square-e ... s-ax-2016/

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gathering
When: Sunday July 3, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Daisuki Booth #2901
For the third year in a row, we're hosting an Idolm@ster gathering at the Daisuki booth! The theme this year is Cinderella Girls, but 765 and Million Live fans are welcome to attend as well! And of course, it wouldn't be Im@s without music, so we encourage both cosplayers and producers to attend and show their support for the series!

Tales Series Gathering
When: Saturday July 2, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Daisuki Booth #2901
To celebrate the release of the Tales of Zestiria anime, we're holding a cosplay gathering at the Daisuki booth. If you're cosplaying from any of the Tales games, we want you there! There may be an appearance from some of the guests involved with the games and anime, and our cosplayers will provide some entertainment as well.

Zero Escape Hunt
When: Saturday July 2, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Aksys Booth #2805
For 4 hours on Saturday, ACP will be hosting a game based on the Zero Escape series starting at the Aksys booth! Will you be able to find all of our cosplayers from the Zero Escape series, and solve a puzzle to win? Limited prizes will be given out, possibly including signed items from Kotaru Uchikoshi, director of the series!

Sword Art Online Gathering
When: Saturday July 2, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Aniplex Booth #3201
After the SAO English Cast Panel and Autograph session, we'll be hosting a cosplay gathering with the guests at the booth! For fans, this will be your chance to support your favorite character in cosplay form for the 2016 SAO Elections that is going on at the booth all weekend.

Jojo Panel
When: Friday July 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Petree Hall
Jojo fans will want to go to the panel to see some exciting announcements, and our cosplayers will be showing attendees how to do some of the fabulous poses from the series! The editors of Jojo from both US and Japan will be there, and hope to see some cosplayers show off their costumes!

In addition to these activities, swing by any of our industry partners' booths and say hi to our cosplayers or snap a photo! Listed in Alphabetical Order:

Aksys Games #2805
Cosplayers: Shiren the Wanderer, Exist Archive, Zero Escape Series

Aniplex Booth #3201
Cosplayers: Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, Your Lie in April

Bandai Namco Entertainment #2101
Cosplayers: Tales of Berseria, Sword Art Online, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, God Eater, Dragonball Xenoverse 2

Crunchyroll #1701
Cosplayers: Berserk, Twin Star Exorcists

Daisuki #2901
Cosplayers: Tales of Zestiria

NIS America #2605
Cosplayers; Grand Kingdom, Psycho Pass, Touhou Project

Pony Canyon #800
Cosplayers: Sound Euphonium, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

Sekai Project
Cosplayers: NekoPara

Square Enix
Cosplayers: Star Ocean

VIZ Media #2205
Cosplayers: One Punch Man, Sailor Moon
Star Ocean Fan Gathering at Anime Expo
By waynekaa on Monday, June 20th, 2016

Come to the Star Ocean Fan Gathering at Anime Expo® 2016 Friday, July 1st from 4-6 PM!
Are you a fan of the Star Ocean Franchise? Excited about the upcoming release of Star Ocean 5?
This is a fan gathering! No cosplay necessary but if you want a chance at impressing the possibility of the Japanese guests showing up, we'd highly encourage it! There will be photos, prize giveaways, all sponsored by Square-Enix.

Come add yourself to the event to get important updates! (like the location)
http://www.acparadise.com/ace/events.php?eid=352
Events for Anime Expo and Otakon
By waynekaa on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Be sure to check out our events section for a wide selection of casting calls!
Sailor Moon / Star Wars Casting Calls
By waynekaa on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

UPDATE:
Sailor Moon casting call for Anime Expo has been CLOSED. Decisions date will likely be pushed back from 3/15/16 due to the amount of last minute entries and edits. Good luck to all the entrants!

You still have time to enter the Sailor Moon casting call for Otakon!
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/events.php?eid=309
Deadline to enter will be 3/30/15 11:59 EST.

We are also scouting for Star Wars cosplayers for a May the Fourth Event in Chicago
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/events.php?eid=317
Anime LA 2016 Convention Report
By waynekaa on Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Anime Los Angeles, in it's 12th year has finally departed the LAX hotel area to move to Ontario, CA (as many other conventions in that area have also done due to hotel issues)
If you're just here for photos and to tag your friends you can get on it!
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/cons.php?cyid=6097&t=4
For the full coverage of the masquerade, with all the commercials edited out
http://www.acparadise.com/acp/cons.php?cyid=6097&t=3

Now for the TLDR
This was a fine move to the Ontario Convention Center. The convention needs to grow and it sure did.
8000 attendance, with 7500~ warm bodies through the turnstiles.
Parking is usually $9 at the OCC, but due to some swag negotiations, it's $7 with no in and our privileges and very affordable for the local otaku.
There's also plenty of space to park, and the stalls are a good size so you aren't claustrophic and worried about door dings.
The two main hotels are the Radisson and the Doubletree
The Radisson is the "Party" Hotel and houses the con suite, gaming, pool and the prize patrol. It's also a bit on the older ratchety side.
If comfort and spacious living is more your thing, then pick the Doubletree. Both are a walk away from the convention center.
There's not much choice of food in the convention center but Food Trucks and walking distance restaurants make dining options much better than they were at LAX (Carl's Jr)
Once you get into the convention center, you'll find something that the old ALA didn't have much of.... space.
Plenty of space for photos, much better lighting (not yellow) and a TWO story Gazebo area (take that Katsucon!)
Photos are great for school, hi tech, industrial and you'd have the journey out a little bit for fantasy/outdoors shots
The Main Stage for the Masquerade can accommodate much more people, and the masquerade grew from average 25-30 entries to 40 entries!
Exhibition Hall is expanded to 4 longer aisles and is combined with 2 aisles of Artist Alley and the Autograph area
All in all a great move for the first convention of the year in the Southern California area, so make plans for next year!
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