Anime Banzai 2017

AMV Contest is now OPEN FOR ENTRIES!!!!!

Are you looking to share your skills in the 2017 AMV Contest?

Now’s the time to submit your talented videos!

Please make sure to read the rules before submitting. Then, fill out the form and submit.

Easy peasy! We can’t wait to see everything you have to show. It will be the best year yet!

1 - Skorupi

Yaoi & Yuri Bookmark Contest

Do you like yaoi or yuri? Do you consider yourself artistic?

If you answered yes, then join the Yaoi & Yuri Bookmark Contest!

Draw and color your favorite couple, original character or canon, and submit to Linda and the Events Team. The email address is in the graphic below.

The top two winners in either category (yaoi and yuri) will be printed as bookmarks and distributed at Saturday night’s Yaoi & Yuri Event.

  • Contest Deadline: August 12, 2017
  • All art must be original; no plagiarism allowed!
  • All art must be rated PG-13 or less, so nothing graphic is allowed.
  • Anything deemed “creepy” or “non-consensual” will be discarded.

Let’s see happy people enjoying themselves and expressing their love freely!

YAY Contest

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:

    Kiki’s Delivery Service – July 23-24
    Castle in the Sky – August 27-28
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – September 24-25
    Spirited Away – October 29-30
    Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26-27

Crystal Mountain Pony Con


Join the Anime Banzai Convention staff at the Crystal Mountain Pony Con! Bring all of your family and friends, and help them celebrate their 5th year as Utah’s premiere, all-ages pony convention!

Held at the Davis Conference Center (same place as the Anime Banzai Convention!) on Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th, CMPC will feature:

  • guests and autographs
  • dances and raves
  • panels
  • a vendor hall and an auction
  • shows for viewing (including the new episode of My Little Pony!)

Visit their website here. Buy tickets here. See their guests here. To volunteer, host a panel, get a press badge, or sign up for the cosplay contest, go here. See their schedule here.

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT – Cosplay Contest Judge Diana Tolin

Diana has been cosplaying for over 20 years. She has won awards all over the US and recently traveled to Japan to represent America as Team USA 2016 at World Cosplay Summit. Her costume company, dialC, has created custom costumes for the Real Escape Room Game ‘Defenders of the Triforce’ which is currently traveling in the USA and Canada.

Diana has helped spearhead several American Cosplay Paradise events and proudly organized the World Cosplay Summit Team USA Retrospective at Anime Impulse 2017. She especially enjoys spending time interacting with and supporting cosplayers by sharing her experiences and knowledge of cosplay at home and abroad. She has judging experience with Anime Expo, San Diego Comic Con, and World Cosplay Summit (to name a few) and can’t wait to visit Anime Banzai!

Guest - Diana 2 Guest - Diana 3

See our Float in the PRIDE Parade!


Anime Banzai will be in the PRIDE Parade on Sunday, June 4th. Come see our cosplayers-in-a-box (but it’s not a literal box! we don’t want them to suffocate in there).

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT – Cosplay Contest Judge Alpacosplay

Guest - AlpacosplayAlpacosplay is an avid gamer, artist, and cosplayer. She cosplayed at her first convention in 2001 and immediately caught the cosplay bug. In 2013, she started competing and fell in love with contests after meeting so many wonderful people.

In 2015, with her cosplay partner Yummy Gamorah, she earned the honor of representing the United States at the World Cosplay Sumit in Nagoya, Japan. They competed with 26 other countries, winning the Brother Award for best costume and 3rd place overall.

Her current goals are to continue improving her craft while also sharing what she’s learned through Twitch streams and tutorials.


EmpathP is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOID “AVANNA” and voice providing for the American English VOCALOID “DAINA”.

Through her self-promoted music and art studio “Empathy Studioes”, her wish is to spread the love for VOCALOID technology across the United States. As the manager of VOCAMERICA: The Western VOCALOID Concert Project, she and her team have worked hard for over a year to make the dream of a western VOCALOID concert series a reality. This concert will be Sunday morning at the Anime Banzai Convention and is included in the price of your admission.

Guest - EmpathP Guest - EmpathP VOCAMERICA

Check Out the Utah Asian Festival!

Join Anime Banzai at the 40th Utah Asian Festival!

Come enjoy a pageantry of performance, exhibit, arts and crafts, marketplace, and food from Asian communities represented by Bhutan, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawai’ian, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan, and Vietnamese on Saturday, June 10th.

Join us to celebrate the Year of the Rooster! Anyone turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, or 96 (and any children born after January 28, 2017) were born in the Year of the Rooster. Roosters are observant, hardworking, confident, courageous, talented, frank, and honest.

There will also be an Asian Pop Dance & Cosplay Parade from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Cosplay/Fun Dress/Street Clothes are encouraged, but not required. Come enjoy the latest pop music from Asia, spun live by DJ JPan. Group dancing will be led by local members of the Utah Asian community. All cosplayers will be invited to showcase their costumes onstage!

This event is free, and everyone is welcome!

For more information, check out their website or check out their Facebook.

Asian Festival Asian Festival - Parade

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