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Fans of fantasy, action and anime will soon have a headline event in St. Petersburg with the city’s first-ever anime convention taking place later this month.
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Tickets for Anime St. Pete taking place September 17-18 at the Coliseum downtown start at $28 and are available now.
There is a day pass for $28 and $43 for the weekend. VIP passes are available for $128, which gives early access on both days, access to the Saturday night VIP party and a goody bag. Prices increase by $5 on September 16.
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The convention is being hosted by the same organizers as this year’s St. Pete Comic Con — another first for the city — which organizers say sold more than 3,500 tickets. Almost every other major city in Florida already has anime conventions, said convention organizer Dewey Caruthers.
“It puts St. Pete on the map,” Caruthers told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “We’re coming out as a very strong first-year convention in terms of attendee offerings.”
Attendees can take part in more than 50 panel discussions, visit nearly 100 vendors, participate in events like “Anime Jeopardy,” participate in cosplay contests and a lip-sync contest, and even enjoy a film festival Tik Tok.
But the biggest draw, Caruthers said, are the six big-name anime voice actors who will be featured at the convention. Featured actors include Aaron Dismuke, known for his work in “My Hero Academia,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” and “Dr. Stone” and Ryan Bartley, who plays the characters from “Hunter x Hunter”, “Demon Slayer” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. Actors Bryson Baugus, Chris Guerrero, Jill Harris and Dallas Reid will also be featured.
Caruthers said the intention is to make it an annual event, so Anime St. Pete can continue to bring the city the center of animation it never had.