Source: Anime Expo

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced that this year’s Anime Expo will include a pre-show event. The event, which has a $20 entry fee, will be held on June 30, from 6:00PM – 2:00AM Pacific.

Planned events include:

  • Food Wars! dub premiere
  • Funimation Film Fest (Screenings of The Boy and the Beast, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, Evangelion 2.2,/em>, and Akira)
  • Full Metal Panic! 15th Anniversary Panel hosted by light novelist Shoji Gatoh and illustrator Shiki Doji
  • Maid Café
  • Night Café
  • Dance Night & Kick-off Party


The First Ever AX Pre-Show Comes On Strong

Anime Expo 2017 will host the first ever Pre-Show night to answer attendee desire

Santa Ana, CA – 6/26/2017. In the city of Los Angeles a Friday night is a terrible thing to waste. Be it the bar-hopping scene in Downtown, coffee scene in Silverlake or a Hollywood throwback, finding the perfect Friday is a commendable journey. Friday, June 30, brings an exciting new experience to Los Angeles: Anime Expo Pre-Show Night! For years anime fans have gone to the Los Angeles Convention Center to pick up their badges and pray for a glimpse of the days to come. You asked, we listened. This year, Anime Expo starts the night off with over 80 hours of programming! So pick up your badge, buy some hot new AX merchandise, view cosplayers, sing at Karaoke, dance the night away and find your Friday!

“For years, our attendees have been looking for more; more programming, more experiences, more days. Picking up your badge the day before has become an AX tradition, and this year we are honoring this tradition with a whole night dedicated to the days to come.” – Mark Manansala, CEO of the SPJA

Pre-Show Highlights

  • Food Wars Dub Premiere
  • Funimation Film Fest (The Boy and the Beast, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, Evangelion 2.2, and Akira)
  • Full Metal Panic 15th anniversary panel with light novelist Shoji Gatoh and illustrator Shiki Doji.
  • AX Dance Nights and AX Kick-Off Party
  • Maid Café and Night Café

With so much to do, this is without a doubt the hottest thing to do in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Event Details

  • Anime Expo Pre-Show takes place on Friday, June 30th from 6pm – 2am.
  • It will be located inside the Los Angeles Convention Center and the JW Marriott
  • Tickets are priced at $20
  • Tickets can be purchased at

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on June 30, 2017. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit

For more information about attending, please visit

About Anime Expo

Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit

About SPJA

SPJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit