Anime Banzai 2018

The theme for 2018 is Heroes and Villains


Everyone needs somewhere to stay during the Anime Banzai Convention. But why pay more than you have to? We are working with the local hotels to get you the best prices possible! Check out the About Us Page for the available discount codes. Right now, we have two available hotels with limited discounted rooms.

Cosplay Contest Rules & Regulations

Make sure you read these Rules & Regulations very carefully. Submissions are not yet open, but failure to follow the rules will probably result in your exclusion from the contest.


Cosplay Chess Registration is OPEN!!

Cosplay Chess: the Fall of Batman

The annual chess match continues, but this year the villains have prepared a special surprise for the heroes…

Don’t miss out on the absolutely funnest cosplay contest at the con! Registration for participation in this event is OPEN, but limited.

Banzai’s Got Talent – SUBMISSIONS OPEN!!!


Banzai’s Got Talent wants you – yes, you! Do 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 in cosplay 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! Fill out the form HERE.

The event will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 in the evening.

Banzai Olympics

Do you love cosplay? Have you always wondered what it would be like to compete while in cosplay? Well today is your lucky day! This year we are holding the very first Annual Banzai Olympics! Over the summer, you could participate in Olympic events while in cosplay and go for the gold. We will host and film these events, then screen the competitions at the 2018 Anime Banzai Convention. These events are designed more for fun and roleplaying rather than competition, so you do not need to be skilled in the event you wish to participate. We always love having an audience to cheer on the participants, so come even if you’re not competing. The events are:

  • Maid vs. Butler Baseball – Saturday, July 14th, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Greatest Swordfighter Fencing – Sunday, July 22nd, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • 5-Man Anime Relay (team cosplay) – Sunday, July 29th, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Anime Aquatics Swimming – Sunday, August 5th, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Anime on Ice – Sunday, August 12th, 10:00am-4:00pm

For more information, please see our Event Page.

Anime Banzai LIVE Mascot Contest!


Who wants to see Ban and Sai live and in-person? Are YOU interested in being a LIVE mascot for Anime Banzai? Then read the rules and register for the contest on our Contest Page!

The contest will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Glendale Library in Salt Lake City. Two people are required to register – one for Ban and one for Sai.

Radio Ad Contest

Do you want to have your voice heard by thousands of people?

Do you want to win two free passes to Anime Banzai?

Then I have good news for you! Anime Banzai is hosting its first radio ad contest.

Check out the guidelines and how to submit your radio at on our Contest Page!

Last day to enter is July 28th
Winners will be announced on July 31st

All entries become property of Utah Anime Promotions to be used in perpetuity.

Secondhand Sale Registration is OPEN!

The Secondhand Sale Registration is Now OPEN!

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 and pass it on to the loving arms of fellow anime fans. All commercially licensed, non-mature goods are welcome: anime, manga, figures, plushies, wall scrolls, you name it! But is has to be legitimately licensed. NO BOOTLEGS! Bootlegged products will be grounds for ejections from the Secondhand Sale, and possibly the Anime Banzai Convention as well.

So join us Friday morning at the Anime Banzai Convention by registering here for the Secondhand Sale!

Thursday Night Pre-Con Event

Thursday Night Pre-Con Event

Have you ever wondered if you are the type to be a superhero and save the day? Or maybe you’re a villain who wants to rule the world? Or there’s a third choice – be a civilian, sitting on the sidelines eating popcorn and watching all the action.

Find out at the exclusively-for-pre-registered-attendees event at the DCC on Thursday, October 18, 2018 starting at 6:00pm!

More information is on the Thursday Night Pre-Con Event Page.

2019 Mascot Contest – OPEN!!!

Calling all artists!

The Anime Banzai Convention hosts a yearly mascot contest where artists redesign mascots Ban and Sai in their own style according to the year’s theme.

This year, 2019, the theme is Kaiju (giant monsters). So check out the Mascot Contest page for more information and get to gettin’!!

Let’s see what amazing work you can do, artists!

Panels Are Now OPEN For Submissions!!!

Got a great idea for a panel? Let’s hear it!

Take a stroll over to the Panels Page to look at the Policies & Rules – they’ve been updated for this year! Then, fill out the Submission Form. It’s that simple!

We can’t wait to see what awesomeness you’ve got in store for us!

D&D Monthly Games!

Anime Banzai will be hosting a monthly D&D Game every fourth Saturday from 1pm-6pm at the Glendale Branch City Library. We are looking for people with all levels of experience, so if you have never played or if you are an experienced player we will have a group for you!

  • June 23rd

Events Team Needs YOU!

The Events Team needs YOUR help! We need Volunteers and new Staff Members to make the Anime Banzai Convention the best it can be. We need help throughout the year and at-con, so there are MANY positions and duties available.

If you’re interested, fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

And thank you in advance. We’re 100% volunteer-run and no one gets paid. So we need your help.

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.

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