(female playing a male part) is reprising the role of Tuxedo Mask, the caped crusader in defense of Sailor Moon, during an edited version of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical
in what will be its first production outside Asia. “I saw the play twice in Japan, and every time she gets onstage, everybody starts screaming,” says John Leigh, CEO of Anime Matsuri Convention
, who arranged for the national premiere. He tells us that 50 über-fans are flying in from Tokyo for a chance at an autograph. Tickets to the Japanese culture convention include the musical, but there’s plenty more fun to be had: cosplay, concerts and the popular “Honey, I’m home” maid and butler cafes.
The musical is at 5 p.m. Friday; single-day passes are available at the door. 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. April 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit animematsuri.com
. $30 to $200.
Anime Matsuri is an annual anime, Japanese culture, and related arts convention based in Houston, Texas. Whether it’s cosplay, music, fashion, anime, art, or collectibles; you name it, we’ve got it! We strive to bring the latest and greatest from Japan’s animation studios, catwalks and concert stages to our own backyard here in the United States.
Anime Matsuri’s inaugural event began in 2007. Since then, the convention has grown to over 30,000 attendees and is the 8th largest anime convention in North America!
Yuga Yamato, former top star of the musical-theater troupe Takarazuka Revue, is a pretty big deal. The