Anime lovers, brace yourselves for a whirlwind of colors, characters, and cuisine. The 2nd annual Anime St. Pete Convention is here this weekend, promising a weekend of fun, frolic, and fanfare!
Here’s everything you need to know:
Dive into Anime and Manga Magic
- Date & Venue: September 30 – October 1 at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum.
- Tickets: $25/day or $40 for the weekend. VIP weekend tickets are $125. Kids 9 and under enter for free!
Voice Actor Galore!
Get ready to meet and greet some of the anime industry’s top voice talents:
- Notable Characters: Tikki in Miraculous Lady Bug, Lifeline in Apex Legends, Melascula in 7 Deadly Sins, and more.
- Saturday Schedule:
- 10am-12:30pm Signing
- 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
- 1:30pm-3pm Signing
- 3pm-3:30pm Break
- 3:30pm-5pm Signing
- Sunday Schedule:
- 10am-12pm Signing
- 12pm-1pm Lunch
- 1pm-2pm Demon Slayer Panel
- 2pm-4pm Signing
- Autographs & Photos: Prices start from $30.
- Recognized Characters: Mikey in Tokyo Revengers, Michizou Tachihara in Bungo Stray Dogs, Hop in Pokemon Ultimate Journeys, and more.
- Saturday Schedule: 10am-1pm Signing, 1pm -2pm Lunch, 2pm -3pm Tokyo Revengers panel, 3pm -5pm Signing.
- Sunday Schedule: 10am-12:30pm Signing, 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch, 1:30pm-4pm Signing.
- Autographs & Photos: Prices begin at $30.
- Prominent Roles: Rock Lock in My Hero Academia, Bat Devil in Chainsaw Man, King in One Piece, and more.
- Saturday Schedule: 10am-12pm Signing, 12pm -1pm Lunch, 1pm -2pm My Hero Academia panel, 2pm -5pm Signing.
- Sunday Schedule: 10am-12:30pm Signing, 12:30pm-1pm Lunch, 1:30pm-4pm Signing.
- Autographs & Photos: Prices start at $30.
Witness the magic of real-life anime characters with guest cosplayers:
- Cassandra Ariel from Orlando, with 8 years of cosplay experience, known for her guest appearances at MegaCon Orlando and more.
- Breezy Cos, renowned for her Yor Forger cosplays.
- Gravity Gremlin from Jacksonville, a Chuuya Nakahara enthusiast from Bungo Stray Dogs.
- Avera Cosplay, one of the nation’s top cosplayers from Fort Myers.
Get Your Groove On!
- Milk Soda: An 8-member K-Pop performance group that does dance covers, vocal covers, and original music.
- Yume Project: A 3-member K-pop and J-Pop idol group that promises a performance of your dreams.
Foodie’s Dream at Anime St. Pete
Wave goodbye to mundane convention food. Here’s what’s cooking:
- Asian Food Trucks: Delight in Isekai Sushi & Cafe, I Wanna Wok, Asian Bros Food Truck, and more.
- Desserts: Relish the award-winning flavors of Moonlit Macarons and bespoke desserts from Azucar Custom Desserts.
- Snacks: Dive into authentic Japanese snacks with Snacky Nom Noms.
- Gaming: Enjoy a free gaming area, take part in the thrilling Street Fighter 6 Tournament, and stand a chance to win enticing prizes.
- TikTok Lounge: Unleash your creativity in the TikTok Lounge, equipped with three different backdrops and lighting. Create, share, and be the star you always wanted to be. Don’t forget to tag Florida Comic Cons.
- Scavenger Hunt Bingo: Navigate the convention, find hidden treasures, cross off the boxes on your bingo card, and you might just walk away with a coveted prize.
- Raffles: Occurring three times a day, win exciting anime merch and free tickets to upcoming conventions. Each attendee gets a free raffle ticket with the event pass, with the option to purchase more.
Capture The Moment
Nate Takes Photography, one of Florida’s leading cosplay photographers, will be offering free photos. Remember, there might be a queue, but it’s worth the wait!
Panel Discussions & Contests
Engage in enlightening discussions on topics like ‘Anime Feud’, ‘Makeup for Anime’, and interactive Q&A sessions with voice actors from popular shows. Show off your cosplay creativity in Craftsmanship and Runway contests, get your groove on in the lip sync contest, or display your short film skills in the TikTok film festival.
The Heart Behind the Event
Anime St. Pete is the brilliant collaboration of St. Pete Comic Con, Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay, and Sunshine City Scare. This event, proudly sponsored by Florida Comic Cons, Florida Cosplay Digital Magazine, and Anime World Magazine, is set to be an unforgettable experience.
Anime St. Pete 2023 promises to be more than just a convention – it’s a celebration of anime culture, a gathering of fans, and an opportunity to live out your wildest anime dreams. So, gear up, grab your tickets, and get ready for an anime experience like no other!