Cosplayers Taking Over Downtown San Antonio This Weekend for San Japan 2018

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LINDA ROMERO
  • Linda Romero
Cosplayers, furries, steampunks and Lolitas alike are gearing up for San Japan XI: Magical Universe 2018. San Japan is San Antonio’s largest annual anime convention.

This year, three separate locations on Market Street downtown will host simultaneous events, including cosplay shows, trivia contests, swap meets and panel discussions on everything from LGBTQ representation in the superhero genre to the history of Asian horror film. There will also be appearances by special guests like voice actresses Kanae Ito (Shugo Chara!) and Natalie Hoover (Sword Art Online), power metal musician RichaadEB and Indonesian cosplayer Frea Mai.

On Friday and Saturday, San Japan will go till the break of dawn with an electronic dance party at the Grand Hyatt featuring musical guests W.T. Snacks and DJ Hype Girl (Fri) and Ghost Data and Grimecraft (Sat). Attendees who can’t stay up that late will still get to show off their best moves at the Formal Masquerade Dance (7:30pm-11pm Fri) at the convention center.

$31.50-$71.50, noon-4am Fri Aug 31, 10am-4am Sat Sept 1, 10am-7:30pm Sun Sept 2, Henry B. González Convention Center (900 E. Market St.), San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel (600 E. Market St.), Marriott Riverwalk Hotel (889 E. Market St.), san-japan.org.

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