Anime Matsuri

This is the sixth year for the Anime Matsuri convention and the first time that it has moved into the George R. Brown Convention Center to join other growing dens of geekery like Comicpalooza. The setting will be host to a much bigger spread of Japanese culture. Top of the list is a chance to see the J-rock band Nightmare. Inspired by the manga and anime Doraemon, the band combines Asian goth with dubstep, jazz and even baroque to put on an extremely energetic and high-class show. This will be a rare chance for Americans to catch their act. If you’re looking for something a little more risqué, then prepare to be welcomed into the world of nerdlesque thanks to the women of the Broads and Panties troupe, which is based in Dallas. Sci-fi and fantasy elements replace the feather boas, but the titillation is the same. On the guest front, anime fans will get to meet several top-notch voice actors. Naruto is heavily showcased, with both Yuri Lowenthal (Sasuke) and Tara Platt (Temari) in attendance. Your token Power Ranger this year is Johnny Yong Bosch, who was the Black Ranger, Adam Park, who replaced Zack Taylor in the Mighty Morphin show and who has had one of the longest-running tenures as a Ranger in the franchise. Staple events like karaoke, the Lolita tea party and a cosplay contest are scheduled, as is a chance to check out some of the best examples of Japanese car modifications in the nearby Hyatt Regency. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. For information, visit animematsuri.com. $30 to $65.
March 14-16, 8-2 a.m., 2014

 
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