Anime Banzai 2017

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!

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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:

    My Neighbor Totoro – June 25-26
    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

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.

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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.

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Submissions for “Banzai’s Got Talent” are OPEN!!!

Banzai's Got Talent Submissions

Banzai’s Got Talent submissions are now open!

Banzai’s Got Talent wants you! Yes, you!

Have a talent you want to share with Anime Banzai? Sing, dance, martial arts, instrumental?

We want to see what you have! Make it all the more fun and do it as one of your favorite characters.

This is not a competition and no one is going to judge you. So no worries! Just get on up there and have fun showing what you can do!

Don’t want to participate? That’s okay! Come and watch the show. Support your peers and friends. The more the merrier. We’re all about the fun.

Sign up today here!

Second Quarter Free Passe Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the following three people for playing Linda’s FaceBook Points Game and winning a free weekend pass to the 2017 Anime Banzai Convention! Play the game for more chances to win.

Winner 2 - Kristina Ferguson

Winner 2 - Ben Johnson

Winner 2 - Spencer Thurman

NOTE: This is not what the actual pass will look like. Printing this off and using it and/or altering it will not gain you access into the Anime Banzai Convention.

Secondhand Sale Registration Now Open!

Secondhand Sale Flyer

Got stuff?

Got TOO MUCH stuff?

Need to downsize your collection?

Can’t find your bed?

Bring it (your stuff, not your bed!) to the Secondhand Sale at the Anime Banzai Convention! It will be held 9:00am Saturday morning at-con in the Main Events Hall. Pass all your goodies on to the loving arms of fellow anime fans.

All commercially licensed, non-mature-rated goods are welcome! Anime, manga, figures, plushies, wall scrolls – you name it! But it has to be legitimately licensed. No bootlegs. Bootlegged products will be grounds for ejection form the sale and possibly the Anime Banzai Convention as well.

So join us and turn your clutter into cash!

Hurry – tables sell out fast!

To register, please e-mail Kris Olsen at She will send you the Seller Contract and any other information you will need.

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