News Reporting

Wizard World Adds New Anime-Centric Events (Including a Maid Cafe) for Philadelphia Event

Get ready to party Shibuya Style in the City of Brotherly Love!

Earlier today, Wizard World announced that this year’s Philadelphia con will see the return of the Anime Pavilion. Wizard World partnered with cosplayer  SuperKayce to create an enhanced anime programming lineup, which includes:

  • Dedicated Anime Category in the Wizard World Costume Contest
  • A Maid Cafe
  • Voice Actor Guests
  • Interactive Game Shows
  • Anime Vendors
  • Cosplay Photo Meetups

Though they won’t appear at this year’s Philadelphia show, Wizard World aims to include a manga library, a dedicated anime streaming room, and hands-on workshops as part of their schedule in the future. Furthermore, the convention also hopes to include anime-centric gaming as part of their Wizard World Gaming events.

We’ve broken down the details for the con’s confirmed events below:

Maid Cafe

Wizard World will host a maid café on all four days of the event. The location will be staffed by local establishment Moe Mahou Maid Cafe.

In addition to service for customers, the café will host a Cosplay Character Meet & Greet on June 3.


Several anime voice actors are on this year’s guest list, including:

  • Lex Lang
  • Sandy Fox
  • Steve Blum

Game Shows

Several interactive game shows will be held through the weekend, which focus on anime, as well as Pokémon

Wizard World President and CEO John D. Maatta commented on the initative, stating:

We have seen the influence and popularity of anime at Wizard World shows, so we are proud to enhance this area with a huge boost in offerings for fans of the genre […] We will look to Kayce and anime enthusiasts for ways to help us make this an even better experience moving forward.

Wizard World Philadelphia 2017 will be held from June 1-4 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.

Source: Wizard World (Email Communication)

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

Anime Herald

Support Anime Herald

Anime Herald is brought to you through our Patrons and Ko-fi supporters. Consider backing us for as little as $1 a month to help us keep the site ad-free and pay a fair rate to our writers.

Patrons and backers can access several benefits, including Early Article Access, our members-only Discord, and the ability to suggest articles for our team to write on your behalf.

Latest Posts