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Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center – NBC Los Angeles

  • From July 1 to 4, 2022
  • Los Angeles Convention Center at DTLA
  • One-day admission $80 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), one-day admission $50 (Monday)

There’s a reason anime fans love the remarkable cosplay-tacular that comes to downtown Los Angeles every July: Anime Expo is known as the “largest Japanese pop culture event in North America.”

That means a lot to enjoy, see, try and savor during the four days of celebration that unfold in awe-inspiring fashion around the Los Angeles Convention Center. In fact, there’s “(s)too much to do, you’ll need shadow clones to do it all,” swears the team behind the mega event.

AX, as it’s affectionately and frequently called, features panels, concerts, anime music videos, and more. And, of course, the incredible cosplay has become world famous, with fabulous outfits inspired by favorite shows, comics and characters.

Anime Expo 2021 has been canceled, due to pandemic considerations, but the 2022 all-and-more extravaganza opens on July 1.

The annual charity auction is one of the centerpieces of the event. The 2022 auction will take place on July 4; you can learn more about the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the 2022 Charity Partner, here.

Now take a look at some past AX outfits, whimsical characters, and the stage from one of Southern California’s most creative and beloved conventions.

Attendees of Anime Expo 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Guests can expect a lot of activities at the 2022 event. Anime Expo 2017 is pictured here. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Throwback to Anime Expo 2010. Tickets are still available for the 2022 event, although Saturday July 2 is now sold out. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

A look back at Anime Expo 2016. The upcoming event will feature “over 800 hours of programming, panels, and workshops.” (Picture by
Albert L. Ortega / Contributor)

There are several cosplay contests and events, including the popular “Masquerade” and the World Cosplay Summit USA Finals. (Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Contributor)

Merchandise is plentiful at AX. Need to find a specific exhibitor? You can on the Anime Expo site. (Albert L. Ortega / Contributor)