A-Kon

Meghon Boyd of Houston came dressed as Melty from the Shinning Heart game at A-Kon 25 on Saturday June 7, 2014.

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This annual anime and pop culture convention will feature cosplay competitions; a masquerade ball; a steampunk circus party; performances by musicians, including Japanese rock bands Bradio and Garnidelia; and the OpTic Arena where there’ll be tournaments of video games, including Fortnite. This year’s guest list will include many recognizable voice actors, such as Shino Kakinuma (Sailor Moon’s Naru Osaka), Toru Furuya (Sailor Moon’s Tuxedo Mask) and Matthew Mercer (Levi from the English dub of Attack on Titan).

While it primarily celebrates anime and other aspects of Japanese pop culture, A-Kon also features Japanese and Korean pop music, a steampunk circus, a horror show and video gaming and tournaments. Plenty of recognizable voice actors are on the guest list, including Matthew Mercer, Shino Kakinuma and Toshio Furukawa. If you're more into music, there will be concerts by Bradio and Garnidelia.

Single-day passes are $45-$55, 4-day passes are $79 for adults, $25 for children (ages 6-12). Ages 5 and under get in free.

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