AkibaFest Logo 001 - 20160902Vampires and artists are ready bring a bit of Akiba to Little Tokyo! No, this isn’t some cheesy video game plot.

Earlier today, Aniplex of America launched a new version of their AkibaFest website, which reveals several guests and events that will be held over the weekend.

The confirmed guests include:

  • Ei Aoki (Director: Fate/Zero, Aldnoah.Zero) 
  • Keigo Sasaki (Character Designer: The Seven Deadly Sins, Blue Exorcist)
  • Masayoshi Tanaka (Character Designer: Your Name., Toradora!)
  • Hiroyuki Shimizu (President of A-1 Pictures)
  • Atsuhiro Iwakami (President of Aniplex Inc.)
  • Makicha (AkibaFest Mascot Artist)

In addition, AkibaFest will host the North American theatrical première of Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu-hen, which will be screened at the Aratani Theater on October 15 at 6:00PM. Tickets for the show will cost $15.

Other screenings include:

  • 7/15/2016: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (Aratani Theater at 12:00PM, $15)
  • 7/15/2016: The Garden of Sinners Chapter 1: Thanatos (Aratani Theater at 2:30PM, $15, Subtitled)
  • 7/15/2016: One Piece Film: Z (12:00PM at Downtown Independent Theatre, $12)
  • 7/15/2016: Blue Exorcist – the Movie (4:30PM at Downtown Independent Theatre, $12)
  • 7/15/2016: The Anthem of the Heart (6:30PM at Downtown Independent Theatre, $12)
  • 7/16/2016: Mobile Suit Gundam -the Origin- I, II, III (11:30AM at Downtown Independent Theatre, $20)
  • 7/16/2016: Anohana -The Flower We Saw that Day- the Movie (4:00PM at Downtown Independent Theatre, $12)

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AkibaFest will be held on October 15 and 16. Ticket sales opened today, and can be purchased on the main convention site via Universe.com. Weekend passes are priced at $25, while single-day admission costs $15. Confirmed events include:

  • 10/15/2016: Ei Aoki and Atsuhiro Iwakami Q&A (2:30PM at Aratani Theater, follows Garden of Sinners Screening)
  • 10/15/2015: Keigo Sasaki Live Drawing Panel (2:30PM at Doubletree Hotel Panel Room)
  • 10/15/2016: Keigo Sasaki Autograph Session (3:45PM at Doubletree Hotel Autograph Area)
  • 10/15/2016: Blue Exorcist Movie – Opening Remarks by Keigo Sasaki (4:30PM at Downtown Independent Theater, Preceded Blue Exorcist – The Movie screening)
  • 10/15/2016: Ei Aoki & Atsuhiro Iwakami Panel (5:00PM at Doubletree Hotel Panel Room)
  • 10/15/2016: The Anthem of the Heart – Opening Remarks by Masayoshi Tanaka & Hiroyuki Shimizu (6:30PM at Downtown Independent Theater, Precedes Anthem of the Heart screening)
  • 10/15/2016: Atsuhiro Iwakami Q&A (7:00PM at Aratani Theater, Follows Kizumonogatari Part 2 screening)
  • 10/16/2016: Masayoshi Tanaka & Hiroyuki Shimizu Panel (12:15PM at Doubletree Hotel Panel Room)
  • 10/16/2016: Ei Aoki & Atsuhiro Iwakami Autograph Session (12:15PM at Doubletree Hotel Autograph Area)
  • 10/16/2016: Masayoshi Tanaka & Hiroyuki Shimizu Autograph Session (1:30PM at Doubletree Hotel Autograph Area)
  • 10/16/2016: Anohana Movie – Opening Remarks by Masayoshi Tanaka & Hiroyuki Shimizu (4:00PM at Downtown Independent Theater, Precedes Anohana film screening)

Aniplex of America first unveiled AkibaFest at Anime Expo. The event, which is a cooperative venture between Aniplex and various gaming and anime publishers, aims to bring together the most popular aspects of Akihabara culture.

Source: AkibaFest (Aniplex of America)