Anime Banzai 2018
October 19-21, 2018
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
The 14th annual Anime Banzai took place this weekend at the Davis Conference Center. 2018 guests included: Natalie Hoover, Ben Dunn, David Vincent, Cole Feuchter, Kiba Walker, and Steve Nunez aka Warky T. Chocobo.
Some of the events at this year’s Banzai included a card/tabletop gaming room, an arcade/video game room, the vendor hall, Artist’s Alley, a scavenger hunt, Banzai Village, Kid’s Corner, countless panels, and two viewing rooms that offered anime all day long. The main events included Banzai’s Got Talent, the Opening Ceremony, Cosplay Chess (The Fall of Batman), Banzai Olympics, AMV Contest, Cosplay Contest, and the Beacon Formal Ball.
Anime Banzai’s charity quilting auction returned this year. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
The AMV Contest showcased 34 videos this year in the main event room.
Some of my favorites were:
Bananya Cat Cuteness Overload by Studio Le Croc
aLongHotSummer by AngelMaeVictory
Shiny Teeth by Glitzer
Bullets Rain by Rider4Z
Wild Boy by Taniya Mills
Imagination by Taniya Mills
A Thousand Words by Mysunsai
Counter by UnluckyArtist
Thanks to everybody that attended our What’s New in Anime 2018 panel. We were short a panel member this year. Unfortunately, Alec Unisicker passed away last month due to cancer. We dedicated this panel to his memory. Our panel crew will always feel his presence with us even though he has passed on. The rest of our panel crew included Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, and myself.
There’s so much anime that comes out every year so it’s difficult to funnel it down to so few. The anime we covered in the panel include:
- Harukana Receive
- Megalo Box
- Love is Hard for and Otaku
- Children of the Whales
- That time I got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits
- Junji Ito Collection
- Phantom in the Twilight
- Ancient Magus Bride
- Libra of Nil Admirari
- A Place Further Than the Universe
- Garo: Vanishing Line
- Angels of Death
- Holmes of Kyoto
- Chio’s School Road
- GeGeGe no Kitaro
- School Babysitters
- Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
- Kino’s Journey: This Beautiful World
- High Score Girl
- Cells at Work
- How to Keep a Mummy
- Goblin Slayer
- Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san
- Pop Team Epic
- Zombieland Saga
Thanks to everyone that attended our Visiting Japan panel, presented by Lindsay Starke, Breanne Evans, and myself. We have traveled to Japan the past few years and wanted to share some of our recommendations for others traveling out that way. If you want a recap of the locations we covered, you can check out my post series on recommendations while visiting Japan:
Anime Banzai is always well run and organized. I appreciate how the organizers of Banzai strive to make it an interactive convention with something for everyone. There’s a variety of panel topics, various main events, all sorts of games, and even a courtyard for dancing at any time of day!
Photos courtesy of Breanne Evans. Feel free to use, but please give credit to Fragglepuss.com for taking the photo.