Top 27+ BEST Anime Expo, Conventions & Events in the World!

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Anime and Manga fans are all around the world. In the past two decades, we’ve seen a huge boom in this industry, and it’s ever-growing. People just can’t get enough of the aesthetically pleasing anime with one of the best stories out there. Surprisingly, the trend of Anime Expo, Convention & events become a trend in no time!

Just look around in your neighborhood, I am sure that you’ll find an anime fan. The sole idea of celebrating anime at a party promotes a fun culture in which a lot of otakus partake in cosplaying as well. So how big of a convention can take place in the world? We are about to find out. 

As a fellow Otaku, I’m going to talk about the Top 27+ BEST Anime Expo, Conventions & Events in the World! So buckle your seatbelts and grab some popcorn because it is going to be a fun ride.

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28. Anime NYC

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 5

Points: 19

We are starting off our list from anime NYC. As the name suggests, this is one of the world’s largest anime conventions that happen every year in the city of New York. There’s a lot to love about anime NYC. The whole anime NYC event culture started in 2017, and they got such massive attention that it turned into a trend.

Living in the US and being an anime fan. What’s stopping you from attending this awesome expo that happens every year? Almost 20,000 people join this event every year, and this three-day anime convention gives the participants a chance to showcase their cosplay skills while immersing themselves in the anime culture.

Most of the time, Otakus from all over the US visit this convention and dress up as their favorite anime character. The best thing about anime NYC is that anyone can join it. People of all ages are respected and it’s a very fun atmosphere to partake in.

Fun Fact:

Anime NYC takes security seriously! You won’t see any weaponry aside from the usual cosplay materials. Enjoy the show.

27. Madman Anime Festival, Australia

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 7

Points: 20

Welcome to the world of anime where you’ll experience a top-notch culture held by Australia’s two biggest leading anime organizations. Without the Madman Anime Festival, no anime convention list can be completed due to the fact that it provides such a nice environment for people to enjoy together.

This convention is held in Melbourne, and if you thought that Australia wasn’t having many anime fans, then you’re living under a rock. It is an exquisite anime expo to meet awesome anime fans that are just like you! Aside from that, they also invite some special guests like voice actors, the biggest cosplayers from all around the world, and even company owners.

The best thing about the Madman expo is that you’ll find a huge range of shops offering anime merch from all over the world. Therefore, you can take stuff with you too!

Fun Fact

This anime convention is arranged by Australia’s leading anime companies including AnimeLab and Madman Entertainment. Are you surprised? I was. 

26. Sakura-Con

Atmosphere: 6

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 7

Points: 20

One of the earliest anime conventions that started in the US is Sakura-Con. It is one of the largest anime events that happen in Washington DC every year. You’ll find more than 25,000 visitors every year, and it is a three-day event for the fans to enjoy and partake. 

There’s a whole history of Sakura-Con as it started way before anime was even popular, worldwide. You’ll find a diversity of awesome cosplays and anime fans that are passionate about enjoying this 3-day event. Living in Washington as an anime fan and not visiting Sakura-Con is your biggest mistake! 

In the past, Sakura-Con was also known as Baka-Con. We all know that Baka means stupid! However, due to the pandemic, this year Sakura-Con is canceled, but we hope to visit this awesome convention sometime in the future. For people who are passionate about Sakura-Con and have been following anime for a long time, this place will be a blessing for you.

Fun Fact:

Sakura-Con was created in 1998 by local anime fans who were struggling to make anime popular. They made their own convention to promote the culture. Such powerful ninjas!

25. Anime Matsuri

Atmosphere: 5

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 20

The world’s second-largest anime convention in the US is Anime Matsuri. Being held in Texas, every year, fans are eager to see what they offer. The best thing about Anime Matsuri is that it offers a lot on the plate for us. So, for all the weebs out there, what are you waiting for? (KIDDING, NO DISRESPECT.)

In 2018, there were some controversies about Anime Matsuri that cut down the active 40,000 attendees to as little as 29,000. However, the fans didn’t stop. It is still one of the world’s largest Anime Events happening every year too.

The anime reality show called ‘Heroes of Cosplay’ had a full episode shot in this anime convention, and it was nice to see that Anime Matsuri got its exposure due to the uniqueness it offers. There’s a whole lot to love about this anime expo. Every year, they host the Godzilla store that incorporates a handful of anime merch that everyone will be pleased to look at. 

All in all, one of the largest anime expos all around that world that makes it worth it by all means.

Fun Fact:

Anime Matsuri was inaugurated in 1998, making it one of the earliest anime conventions all around the world.

24. Youmacon

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 6

Points: 21

In the state of Michigan, this convention is popular for breaking records! Youmacon is one of the largest anime cons in the US. However, they like to play middlemen. In their advertisements, you will find them to be totally humble! Hence, Youmacon also takes rules and regulations pretty seriously too. 

You won’t see a drunk person or any sort of arms fire in the event. Moreover, Youmacon also promotes safety, a fun environment, and cleanliness to make sure that no one complains about anything. 

In addition to being one of the largest anime expos in the US, they also hold gaming conventions as well. You’ll be surprised to see the beauty of cosplayers who invest a lot of time in showing the best possible cosplays out there.

Every year, more than 22,000 anime fans gather into the Youmacon, making it a fairly large convention for everyone to enjoy.

Fun Fact:

They raise a lot of charity to help the world too! Enjoy your time there.

23. Anime Friends

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 7

Points: 21

One of the world’s largest anime conventions happens in South America! While it initially started in Brazil, this expo has expanded itself to a number of countries like Chile and even Argentina. Moreover, for the most part, it is held in July every year, and the stunning cosplays are on a whole other level.

The uniqueness when it comes to characters is unreal. Furthermore, you’ll also see themes like Harry Porte or your favorite anime where you can cosplay as an act like the character you love!

In other words, Anime Friends is one of the most unique convocations that you’ll see anywhere in the world. Having a reputation all over the world, the name doesn’t lie. If you’re anywhere near South America, Chile, or Argentine, we recommend it as it will give you a run for your money! 

A totally worth it anime event that you’ll love to partake.

Fun Fact:

In 2008, there were 120,000 attendees in this convocation, making it one of the largest events in the world.

22. Otakon

Atmosphere: 5

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 21

Man, there are a lot of anime fans in the US. It figures why there are so many anime cons happening in Washington. The Otakon occurs in the Walter E. Washington Convention center every year. It is one of the largest anime cons out there that people from all over the US enjoy.

While the Otakon is unique and there is a lot of branding all over the world, the atmosphere is tightly packed due to the number of visitors joining the place.

From 1999 to 2016, it used to be held in Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore. However, in 2017, they changed the place to the Washington Convention center, making it ideal for people from all over the world to join.

Fun Fact:

More than 90,000 visitors join this anime expo regularly! We are looking forward to the next convention after the pandemic. 

21. AmeCon

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 6

Points: 22

AmeCon is the UK’s largest anime event, and it gave me a chance to take a look at how anime is viewed in the UK. Turns out, AmeCon is fan-organized, and the love that we get to see from the fans is unreal. Otakus from all over the UK actively join this anime con and show their enthusiasm and interest in cosplaying.

The best part about AmeCon is that it is held by the attendees themselves. Therefore, you won’t see the old boring rule of not having a beer with your friend or not living in the moment while constantly getting afraid by the authorities. 

When we talk about AmeCon, it has an awesome environment, and you’ll love to meet the humble anime lovers from all over the country.

Fun Fact:

This anime con is completely non-profit, and all the money goes into making the next one better! What a beautiful way of arranging a great event.

20. Anime Boston

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 22

When we talk about love for anime and the Japanese culture, Anime Boston is the prime example. It is a huge anime con with a lot of uniqueness to its very core. As the name suggests, it happens in Boston, Massachusetts, every year. While it’s closed due to the pandemic, let me explain what they offer.

Anime Boston con started in 2003 and the staff is working hard to make sure that you receive the best possible environment and experience while visiting this convention. In addition to anime, J-Pop and J-Rock are actively promoted in this anime expo, making it not only wholesome but also strengthens the bond between people and the Japanese culture.

This has got me thinking about why it even started. Upon doing my research, I found out that the main cause behind things was to promote Japanese culture while people would enjoy learning facts about the country!

Fun Fact:

More than 350 active staff members work every year to bring Anime Boston to life for people to enjoy.

19. A-Kon

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 8

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 23

If you were thinking about the Rapper Akon, you’ll be disappointed. Well, maybe not! Due to the fact that this is an awesome anime convention. The convention occurs in Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas. People from all over Texas are excited about this expo. 

A lot of non-anime fans also partake to take a look at what they’re offering. It is an annual 4-day that happens every year in May or June. However, due to the pandemic, it just couldn’t happen this year. It was so sad to see such an awesome anime con going to waste! Well, I hope that things will get better next year and we’ll be able to see A-Kon in action (again, not the rapper.) 

This anime event is solely focused on anime and making sure that as an anime fan, you’ll get the best possible experience in Texas. With more than 33,000 active attendance in 2018, a lot of people loved this convention, making it one of the best anime events out there.

Fun Fact

It started in 1990 with just 380 active participants. They have come a long way, right?

18. Anime Central

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 9

Uniqueness: 7

Points: 23

In the American Midwest, it is the largest anime convention that happens every year. The event takes place in spring, and it is one of the most fun expos to join if you’re from the midwest. Anime Central is not just limited to anime, but you’ll get to see a lot of gamers taking place as well.

You’ll be stunned to know that a lot of Japanese pop icons also perform to turn it into a live concert too! Fans from all over the midwest would come to visit their favorite idols to support them.

Fun aside, Anime Central also educates the participant on the benefits of normalizing anime and mangas in society. If you’re from the midwest, we suggest you must take part in this convention as it’s an all in one package. The event occurs in Rosemont, Illinois with more than 30,000 active attendees.

Fun Fact: 

The central idea to start Anime Central was to raise awareness about anime in the Midwest.

17. Anime Festival Asia

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 23

If you live in Asia and want to go to an anime con, Anime Festival Asia is excellent for you. This festival happens at three locations at three different times of the year. Right now, it is closed, but in the future, we hope to see some killer conventions happening all over Asia!

This anime con occurs in Thailand, Indonesia, and finally moves to Singapore, making it one of the best nomadic anime festivals out there. A lot of local celebrities as well as fans from all over Asia join this anime festival. Moreover, the J-POP culture is also promoted, and when we talk about the uniqueness of anime fans, there’s a lot to say about it. 

Classic anime films and series are also played to make the experience more immersive.

Fun Fact:

The latest convention of this con happened in April 2020, just making the deadline before coronavirus. I am glad it didn’t cause a ruckus.

16. Katsucon

Atmosphere: 10

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 6

Points: 23

Another anime convention from the US includes Katsucon. This three-day fan convention respects everyone! It doesn’t matter if you love or hate anime, the sole environment can make you fall in love with this event. People from all over the world are welcomed in Katsucon, making it a very welcoming Anime Expo. 

Katsucon occurs in Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, which is a luxurious place with such a nice environment that everyone seems to love it. In 2018, even the marvel fans were among the anime fans and no one seemed to disrespect each other. Cosplayers from all over the country gather to enjoy this convention and have a party with one of the sickest DJs out there.

Fun Fact:

Katsucon is held somewhere around President day as a tradition. What a patriotic move!

15. FlameCon

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 10

Points: 24

FlameCon is all about portraying the queer character in a convention. This event is solely for the LGBTQ+ community who wants to have fun in their own way. Launched in 2015, this is one of the most unique conventions as all of the community will perform as their favorite queer character. 

Such respect for the people who are holding this event, it’s definitely worth noting that the anime culture doesn’t care about your gender, color of the skin, or religion. It’s all about having fun together. 

Flame con occurs in Manhattan, and it is one of the best initiatives they took for our unique anime fans out there. It’s all peace, love, and positivity in the anime culture.

Fun Fact: 

 

Flame Con is a comic convention.

14. Colossal Con

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 6

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 24

We have to give this one a 10/10 for being one of the most unique conventions on our list. Just imagine having a pool party that is geared towards your favorite thing. ANIME! Just like the KatsuCon, this one has the best possible location they could offer for an event like this.

Colossal Con is geared towards anime and gaming. You’ll get to see the most unique and high-quality cosplays that will make you jaw drop! Kalahari is known for being the largest waterpark in America. It is an indoor and outdoor waterpark that is very busy in summer. Moreover, Colossal Con occurs in Ohio and Poconos as well. 

It’s great to see the diversity of different anime characters out there. If you’re seeking some outdoor fun, Colossal Con might be ideal for you.

Fun Fact:

You get access to go-karts, arcade games, mini-golf, and a lot more in the party scene if you join the membership.

13. Anime Japan

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 9

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 24

What’s a better way to enjoy an anime convention than Japan? if you’re going to visit abroad for the sole purpose of attending the next big anime con, we suggest you take a look at Anime Japan. The name itself reeks of perfection.

In other words, Anime Japan is Weeaboos Paradise. Every year, they focus on different themes that are affiliated with anime such as ‘Anime X Fashion’ or ‘Anime X Art’. The environment is perfect for people who want to enjoy a healthy anime culture while being in the real culture of Japan. 

While there are a lot of people visiting Anime Japan every year, the area itself is big enough for a large number of audience. You won’t be missed out. Don’t worry.

Fun Fact:

The event is also seeking new business ideas and startups to encourage aspiring creators and help them as well.

12. FanimeCon

Atmosphere: 7

Quality: 9

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 24

A rather catchy name on our list is FanimeCon. This event happens in California, in San Jose. Having more than 34,000 Attendees per year definitely indicates that they are serious when it comes to serving the best to the fans.

Even though California has a lot of anime fans, with the right awareness, it can become America’s largest anime event out there. People aren’t aware of this convention. That’s why it didn’t hit the mark.

But if we talk about this anime expo, you’ll be stunned to see the level of uniqueness they provide. Being in California means that you’ll be visited by a lot of people with unique cosplaying abilities. Fanime is no exception. If you live in the area, you must check it out! Totally worth it.

Fun Fact:

You get to see the most unique cosplays out there!

11. Anime Weekend Atlanta

Atmosphere: 10

Quality: 7

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 25

Atlanta is known to be notorious when it comes to anime fans from all over America. This Anime Weekend is Jam Packed with one of the most eye-catching cosplays from all the America. There are a diverse range of festivals and activities being performed in this anime convention that makes it rather unique.

If you’re from Atlanta, I suggest you partake in the Anime Weekend as it has a lot of meeting opportunities with fans from all over America. Don’t forget to cosplay like a pro. There are a lot of professional cosplayers in Atlanta!

Fun Fact:

This anime con is family-friendly. If you want to take your kids or family to the expo, you’re more than welcome to join!

10. Anime Expo

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 7

Points: 25

If we talk about the world’s biggest anime convention, Anime Expo is the one to this date. With over 100,000 attendees, it is one of the most popular anime expos all over the world.

This expo takes place in Los Angelos, California, and it was started in 1991, making it one of the earliest anime events as well. Aside from anime, they also give gaming the same preference as well. Anime Expo ought to bring Japanese culture to engage more and more people in the anime department. This convention is full of cosplay events, concerts, and even autographs from the Idols.

Fun Fact

Whenever the Anime Expo takes place, each day is inaugurated with a formal ceremony. Seems interesting, Huh?

9. Tokyo Game Show

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 8

Uniqueness: 9

 

Points: 25

 

When it comes to providing the most unique concept, the Tokyo game show takes the cake. While this isn’t quite an anime convention but more of an anime video game show. TGS is popular for getting in the headlines for years. I wouldn’t be so surprised to know if you already know about it.

 

This video game show promotes gaming and anime culture. You can take part in their video games and ace your most favorite anime game as well. Aside from gaming, just walking casually is the most fun in this convention. 

 

All in all, if you want to experience the video game slash anime culture, TGS is your cup of tea.

 

Fun Fact:

It beats Anime Japan due to the size of this event. Makes it to the number 2nd spot when we talk about general events.

8. World Cosplay Summit

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 8

Points: 27

The best cosplay summit in Tokyo. Best in cosplays! The World Cosplay Summit is all about quality. The straightforward cosplay comparison makes it very fun and eye-catching. Maybe a little nervous about the cosplayers.

The Japanese cosplayers do an awesome job when it comes to portraying the best anime conventions. If you live in Tokyo, this is a must-visit place!

Fun Fact:

The judging criteria include acting abilities as well.

7. Wonder Festival

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 9

Uniqueness: 10

Points: 27

We just can’t compare Japanese anime expos to the world. They do an excellent job when it comes to providing the best possible conventions that will leave everyone in shambles.

The Wonder Festival is more like an anime expo for action figures. Sculptors from all across the country gather in the Wonder Festival to showcase their latest inventions. If you’re an action figure collector, Wonder Festival is your destination.

Fun Fact:

Despite being geared towards action figures, a lot of people visit the Wonder Festival.

6. Animers

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 28

As the name suggests, ‘Animers’ is all about making fans comfortable while attending an anime con. If you’re not into huge crowds, this anime event is an awesome way to make friends while sitting done in a rather cozy manner.

Moreover, Animers is an awesome place for foreign people to practice their Japanese speaking skills as well as increase their knowledge about Japanese culture too. 

Are you unable to find any location of your choice when it comes to anime cons? Animers will definitely make you comfortable.

Fun Fact:

A lot of English people visit Animers to practice their Japanese skills.

5. Jump Festa

Atmosphere: 8

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 10

Points: 28

When we talk about Anime Conventions, Jump Festa is the first thing that comes to my mind. It is the most popular anime event over the globe. The event started in 1999 and became one of the world’s largest anime cons.

It is held once per year, and they present everything from anime, mangas, video games, gameplays, and game demos from big companies like Bandai Namco, Capcom, and even Square Enix. 

All in all, Jump Festa is still unbeatable when it comes to providing the best possible experience to Otakus.

Fun Fact:

Prior to Jump Festa, the name used to be Jump Festa 2000.

4. Japan Expo

Atmosphere: 9

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 28

Japan Expo is the world’s largest anime con outside Japan! While the name is ‘Japan’, this anime convention occurs in France. In 2019, there were more than 210,000 visitors that was such a fascinating thing to see.

Japan Expo also extends to other places such as Belgium. If you’re from France, you have to visit this anime expo that is based in Paris. The quality of cosplays is awesome, and the atmosphere is pretty relaxing as well.

Fun Fact:

Japan Expo has its own currency called ‘Jens.’ You can buy some pretty cool stuff from them.

3. Hyper Japan

Atmosphere: 10

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 9

Points: 29

Hyper Japan is another impressive convention that is based in London. The best thing about the Hyper Japan expo is that it occurs two times a year. Ideal for summer vacations and even in the cold winter, you won’t be missing out on anything.

Hyper Japan was at its peak in 2015 where more than 85,000 people joined. If you are from London, you only need to visit Hyper Japan to discover and experience the awesome anime culture.

Fun Fact

Experience the true Japanese culture by tasting the popular rice wine. Hyper Japan Expo offers Rice Wine to people over the age of 18.

2. Comic Fiesta

Atmosphere: 10

Quality: 9

Uniqueness: 10

Points: 29

Malaysia has one of the largest anime fanbases, and when it comes to Comic Fiesta, it’s no exception. With over 65,000 people in 2019, they were one of the most popular anime expos out there. Until the pandemic hit! 

This anime con has the biggest role in bringing the anime culture in Malaysia as well! All in all, the most ideal place for people who want to experience the real culture integrated outside Japan.

Fun Fact:

They bring two mini conventions in addition to the official one. You won’t be disappointed.

1.Comiket - The King of Conventions

Atmosphere: 10

Quality: 10

Uniqueness: 10

Points: 30

The most important convention when it comes to Japan, even culturally, is Comiket. It is so important that people camp out the night before this event is started. 

Now, do you know if it’s important or not? If not, let me explain. Well, you know what Comiket is, don’t you? The reason for Comiket to be so popular is due to the fact that it’s 70% (Adult Content) yes P.0.Rn.. There you go..

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still the most culturally appropriate anime convention that occurs in Japan. 

Fun Fact

If you’re into hentai, Comiket is all yours. Nothing beats Comiket.

Ready For The Next Anime Convention?

I have compiled the list of top 27+ Best Anime Expo, conventions, and events in the world, along with pros and cons too. Anime conventions promote fun and Japanese culture. If you’re from one of these countries that I’ve mentioned above, make sure to check it out!

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