Anime Banzai 2017

At-Con Pokemon DS Tournament Information

Miles Sanstrom will be running the Pokemon video game tournament this year at the Anime Banzai Convention! He can’t wait to run the tournament for you all. The rules this year are standard VGC rules, which are:

  • Only Pokemon Sun or Moon games can be used.
  • Double Battle 2017 World Championship Rules.
  • Pokemon must be caught, bred, or received in Sun or Moon (must have black clover on status screen).
  • Only Pokemon in the Alola Pokedex can be used, including Alola regional varient Pokemon.
  • The following Pokemon cannot be used: Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, and Marshadow.
  • NO Mega Stones can be held by any Pokemon.
  • No duplicate Pokemon or held items.

That all said, we encourage that anyone who would like to attend the event, please attend one of our leagues. We have a list of all the Utah leagues on our Utah Pokemon Facebook page. We encourage this so you have a POP ID, which helps us register you in the tournament faster. And if you are interested in attending officially sanctioned Pokemon events in the future, like our upcoming Utah regionals in the spring, you can be prepared for that. A POP ID is not required, but highly recommended. We hope to see many of you at the tournament! We’re going to have some awesome prizes that will be announced at the tournament. See you all there!

For players interested in championship point and Play! Points, this tournament is not officially sanctioned as Miles is not an official Pokemon Tournament Organizer, just a Professor. However, we have all kinds of great incentives for you all to play. Plus, who wouldn’t love to play Pokemon with a bunch of us nerds?!

Ticket Prices

Pre-Registration is closed!

We will be selling a $50 weekend pre-registration special for Salt Lake ComicCon September 20-24. You can buy at ComicCon (booth 2216) or online. These passes are eligible for Thursday night early pick-up and swag bag.

This is your last chance to pre-register.

At the door, which are not eligible for Thursday night early pick-up or the swag bag, prices are as follows:

    Weekend: $50
    Friday: $30
    Saturday: $40
    Sunday: $25

Free Ticket Contest Alert!!

Here’s your chance to win a free ticket to the Anime Banzai Convention!

Anime Banzai is giving away four passes (one per winner) to the Anime Banzai Convention. Here are the two possible ways for you to win one. You may enter on both platforms, but you may only enter a single ticket. Four separate winners, two from each site, will be chosen.

  • Go to our Twitter page and retweet our recent Tweet of our ComicCon booth location. Make sure to TAG @animebanzai in your post so we can count your entry.

  • Go to our Instagram page and post this image along with the following caption:

“A reminder that online pre-reg will be open for the last time during Salt Lake Comic Con weekend, September 21st-24th. #banzai2017 #AnimeBanzai @animebanzai

Photo Team Needs YOU!!

Like taking photos? Then join our Photo Team!

All you have to do is take them just like you normally would at the convention, then bring your camera to the Art Show room to upload your photos to the Anime Banzai Facebook Page to show the world what we’re doing.

Your photos can then be used to help promote future Anime Banzai and Utah Anime Promotions events.

Medical Team Needs YOU!!

The Medical Team is looking for volunteers to keep the Anime Banzai Convention safe and healthy! If you’re currently CPR certified and want to help out, sign up here!

Security Team Needs YOU!!

The Security Team is looking for volunteers to keep the Anime Banzai Convention safe and secure! If you’d like to help out, you can sign up here.

Events Team Needs YOU!!

This year, the Anime Banzai Convention will be having entertainment in the courtyard at the convention. If you are interested in performing or if you have a group that would like to perform, fill out this application and we will get back to you. Thanks in advance!

Caramel - Group

Ghibli Movie Events


“Reality is for people that lack imagination.”

Anime Banzai will be hosting an event during the following Ghibli movies at the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres each month. See the list of movies and dates below. More information will come closer to the events.

Dubbed showings are on Sundays. Subbed showings are on Mondays.

Movies & Dates:

    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – September 24-25
    Spirited Away – October 29-30
    Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26-27

Cosplay Contest Sign-Ups FULL!!!

Can you believe it?! The Cosplay Contest is already full!

There will be a very few spots open for at-con registration, but those go fast. They will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Cosplay Contest Check-In on Friday morning.

If there are any questions, please go here to email the Cosplay Contest Head.

YAY Bookmark Contest WINNERS!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the YAY Bookmark Contest! The winners are:

    1st Place – Heidi Roberts
    2nd Place – Shawna Kurtz
    3rd Place – Nerdy Quicksand


The Anime Banzai Convention would like to welcome Russ Adams, Michaela Laws, Jamie McGonnigal, and Alejandro Saab!!

Russ Adams is an award-winning creature designer and special effects artist familiar to worldwide audiences for his work on Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, the highly-rated SyFy Channel reality series. Russ quickly became a fan favorite and the show’s most recognized cast member. For more information, click here.

Michaela Laws is a Chicago-based game developer, voice actor, singer, and gamer. She was behind the creation of several games on Steam, part of the in-development game “Yandere Simulator”, the YouTube Minecraft series “MyStreet”, and many others. She is excited to attend the Anime Banzai Convention and enjoy the weekend in awesome company. For more information, click here.

Jamie McGonnigal has been a voice actor for nearly 20 years and is best known for his roles as Ash’s rivals Barry and Trip on Pokemon. He’s also been heard on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and 5DS, One Piece, Magic Users Club, Chaotic, Weiss Kreus/Knight Hunters, and many more; games including Shadow Hearts from the New World and Viva Pinata; and on platforms such as Cartoon Network, Fox Kids, Disney XD, XBox, and more. Jamie is also an LGBTQ advocate with his husband Sean and dog Eli. For more information, click here and here.

Alejandro Saab is a voice actor and YouTube influencer with over 350,000 subscribers. But his true passion is acting! He has found much success in voice acting, having been cast in many projects such as The Royal Tutor, RWBY, My Hero Academia, and more!

Facebook Points Game Free Pass Winners

We’d like to announce and congratulate the three winners of Linda’s Facebook Points Game Free Pass winners!

Kimmy Helt, Ashley Jones, and Lesly Pineda

Winner - Kimmy Helt

Winner - Ashlee Jones

Winner - Lesly Pineda

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