Houston Mayor Says That the Anime Matsuri Convention Is Rescheduled to 2021

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated during a daily briefing on July 8, 2020 that the Anime Matsuri organizers are suspending and rescheduling their convention to 2021. Anime Matsuri has not made an official announcement regarding the rescheduling of the event, but its CEO John Leigh reported that the deadline for refunds on tickets will be extended to “at least until [the] end of July.”

Due to expanding health and safety measures in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Anime Matsuri had already been rescheduled from July 9-12, 2020 to August 20-23, 2020 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, before this week’s latest developments.

Source: ANN

Anime Matsuri Announces Chiaki Kon as Guest

Anime Matsuri has announced that the Sailor Moon franchise will have a presence.

As part of the event, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III director Chiaki Kon is attending the convention and will host a talk event. Joining Kon is original Sailor Moon manga editor Fumio Osano. Osano is also the editor-in-chief of Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine Edge magazine, and also served as a supervisor on all three Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime series.

Kon’s credits include When They Cry – Higurashi, Umineko – When They Cry, Nodame Cantabile: Paris, Nodame Cantabile: Finale, Junjō Romantica (all three seasons), Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi – The World’s Greatest First Love (both seasons), and Hanasakeru Seishōnen. She is also directing the upcoming anime film Tokimeki Restaurant: Miracle6.

Anime Matsuri is taking place March 29-April 1, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Source: ANN

Sailor Moon Musical Coming to Anime Matsuri

The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise has announced that the current stage production of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical will have a special performance at the Anime Matsuri convention. The production is also planning to hold a new run in Japan in Fall 2017.

The cast members who are scheduled to appear include:

  • Hotaru Nomoto (Sailor Moon)
  • Yume Takeuchi (Sailor Mercury)
  • Karen Kobayashi (Sailor Mars)
  • Kaede (Sailor Jupiter)
  • Rimo Hasegawa (Sailor Venus)
  • Syu Shiotsuki (Sailor Uranus)
  • Sayaka Fujioka (Sailor Neptune)
  • Mikako Ishii (Sailor Pluto)
  • Karin Takahashi (Sailor Saturn)
  • Yuga Yamato (Tuxedo Mask)
  • Dancers: Risa Kawamura, Yoshimi Hidano, Ayano Nagasawa, Ayumi Sagisaka

Anime Matsuri will be taking place April 7-9, 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The musical’s special performance is scheduled for April 7, 2017.

Source: ANN

Anime Matsuri to Host New Convention in Hawaii

Anime Matsuri is proud to announce the debut of its second convention. Anime Matsuri Hawaii (AMHI) will take place on November 27-29, 2015, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Anime Matsuri is excited to bring the production value which it offers to attendees of its Houston convention out to Hawaii. AMHI main events will include a Japanese fashion show, tea party, car show, concert, cosplay contest, and Club AM. Also featured will be a maid cafe, various panels and workshops, vendors, industry guests, voice actors, and cosplay guests from all over the world. With this expansion comes many opportunities to provide unique experiences to individuals who are unfamiliar with the company, as well as the most dedicated fans.

“My husband, John Leigh, and I founded Anime Matsuri almost a decade ago. We have been privileged to be among the pioneers promoting anime and Japanese culture over the years, connecting people and companies in the East to the West. During a work trip to Hawaii a few years ago, we were astounded by the hospitality and general care that we received from complete strangers. Our growing friendship with the local communities in Hawaii have helped connect us to networks that have allowed us to expand our event. Thank you for this opportunity to further strengthen anime and Japanese culture in Hawaii. We look forward to working with existing organizations, cultural events, charities, local businesses, and fans to bring a new and unique experience to Hawaii,” said Deneice Leigh, Founder and Chairman of Anime Matsuri.

Anime Matsuri is an annual anime, Japanese culture and related arts convention based in Houston, Texas.

Anime Matsuri to Host Super Sonico English Premiere

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it will premiere the English version of SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation at the Anime Matsuri convention.

In the series, Super Sonico is an 18-year-old girl who keeps busy as a college student, a part-time photoshoot model, and a musician. She even works at her grandmother’s bar.

Sentai also announced that it will hold Parasyte -the maxim- voice actor auditions for minor character roles. The winner will get to visit Sentai Filmworks Studios to voice the bit role.

Anime Matsuri will run from April 3-5, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Source: ANN

Anime Matsuri Announces Three More Guests

Anime Matsuri has announced that anime director Yasuhiro Yoshiura, animator Atsushi Nishigori, and Sushio will be guests at their next convention.

Yoshiura’s credits include Patema Inverted and Time Of Eve. Nishigori’s credits include Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, and Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Sushio’s credits include Kill la Kill, Digimon Tamers, and Steamboy.

Anime Matsuri will be taking place April 3-5, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Source: ANN

Anime Matsuri Announces Crispin Freeman as Guest

Anime Matsuri has announced that anime voice actor Crispin Freeman will be a guest at their next convention. Freeman’s credits include Naruto, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Hellsing. He will be hosting his popular live Voice Acting Workshop and panel over Animation Mythology at the convention.

Anime Matsuri will be taking place April 3-5, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.