Anime Banzai 2019

Anime Banzai 2019

Layton, Utah

October 18-20, 2019

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

The 15th annual Anime Banzai took place this weekend at the Davis Conference Center. 2019 guests included: Alejandro Saab, Derek Stephen Prince, Tara Sands, Trina Nishimura, Warky, Jennifer Cihi, Stefanie Deleo, Ben Dunn, Newton Ewell, Jez Roth, Pannon, Alpacaash, Bryan Young, Caryn Larrinaga, Jared Quan, Cassidy Ward, Kylee Berry, S.J. Restivo, and Alex Harrow.

 

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, the 6th annual scavenger hunt, Kid’s Corner, countless panels, and two viewing rooms that offered anime all day long. Some of the main events included Banzai’s Got Talent, the Opening Ceremony, Cosplay Chess, Speed Cosplay, AMV Contest, Cosplay Contest, and the Monster Ball.

 

Anime Banzai’s charity quilting auction returned this year with multiple quilts as part of the silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

 

The AMV Contest showcased 34 videos this year in the main event room.

Anime Banzai AMV Contest 2019

Anime Banzai AMV Contest 2019

Some of my favorites include:

Dance Like It’s Your life by Synaesthesia Productions

 

Konosuba Rhapsody by Opner

 

Anime World Cup by AntaresHeart07

 

Sanity Test by DopplerDo

 

Happy Little Clouds by Glitzer

 

Without Madoka by Dariru

 

Thanks to everybody that attended our What’s New in Anime 2019 panel. The usual panel crew included Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, and myself. It was our 7th year presenting this panel and it continues to be a blast every time we do it!

The anime we covered in the panel include:

  • Babylon
  • Kemurikusa
  • Rilakkuma and Kaoru
  • Are You Lost?
  • Fire Force
  • Magical Sempai
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm
  • Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
  • Bloom Into You
  • Conception
  • Try Knights
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
  • Cinderella Nine
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
  • Dororo
  • Bem
  • Vinland Saga
  • Lord El-Melloi ll’s Case Files
  • Fairy Gone
  • Robi Hachi
  • Violet Evergarden
  • Cop Craft
  • Dr. Stone
  • Run with the Wind
  • Granbelm
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • Sarazanmai
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

 

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.

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1 Response to Anime Banzai 2019

  1. Breanne says:

    Great Review John!!!! It was so fun to do the panel together. LOVE YOU

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