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What does the Anime Matsuri event pass include?

The Anime Matsuri event pass will cover all our events (fashion show, concert, cosplay contests, car show), panels, workshops, etc; over 200+ hours of programming AND the Exhibitors Hall!

Optional & extra costs may include ticketed or reservations to Lolita Tea Parties (sold out), autographs & photo-ops with some featured guests, and Maid Cafe. More info about these may be found on our website.

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The deadline has passed to purchase online. Can I still buy a pass before the convention?

Yes, you can! You can still buy event passes at
- The early-badge-pickup location the weekend before the convention or
- Thursday, the day before the convention starts or
- During the convention registration hours

Registration Hours can be found on the website under Information >> Convention Hours: http://animematsuri.com/info/convention-hours/

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Can I pick up my event badge before the convention? If so, where?

Early Badge Pickup will be available at
Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 & IMAX Theater
7600 Katy Fwy, Houston, 77024:

MARCH 7: 3PM-8PM
MARCH 8: 12PM-8PM
MARCH 9: 12PM-6PM

Please bring a government issued ID to pick up. School IDs are acceptable. Confirmation email or receipt of purchase is NOT necessary, but you may bring it with you in addition to your ID.

If you are in a group, only group leader or backup leader may pick up your group’s passes.

SuperPass holders may also pick up their badge during this time, but their goodie bags will not be available until the convention during registration hours.

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What do I need to bring to pick up my pre-registration badge?

Only your ID is needed to pick up your badge. Proper state issued IDs or school IDs are acceptable forms of identification. You do NOT need to bring your confirmation email.

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Can someone else pick up my badge for me?

No, only you are allowed to pick up your own badge. However, if you are part of a group, only the group leader or back up leader can pick up the entire group’s badges.

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Where can I park? Is there a parking fee?

There are many parking lots all around the convention center: http://www.houstonconventionctr.com/Home/MapsParking/ParkingInformation.aspx

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If I missed the pre-registration deadline, can I buy my pass at full price before the convention?

Yes, you can! You can purchase 3-Day event passes at ANY early-badge-pick-up locations! See here for where & when.

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Do I need an Anime Matsuri pass if I only want to go in the main lobby?

Yes, you do!

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What is Import Reactor?

Import Reactor/IR is Anime Matsuri’s featured car show. Car tuning and decorating aka ‘itasha’ have been a part of Japan’s sub & pop culture for many years. For 2014, Anime Matsuri has teamed up with Hot Import Nights traveling car show to bring you the best in modified cars with a unique atmosphere. IR will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4pm-11pm in Hall D of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Anime Matsuri Event Pass will allow you to spectate the car show at no additional cost.

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Can I buy a Single-Day pass to the convention?

Single Day Passes are NOT available for purchase AT-THE-DOOR, during the convention.
A Same Badge-Different Price system will implemented AT-THE-DOOR. Price of the Event Pass will decrease each day of the convetnion: http://animematsuri.com/registration/attendees/

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What does it mean to Pre-Reg and why should I do it?

Pre-reg, shortened for pre-registration, means to buy an Anime Matsuri pass/badge prior to the convention. Attendees do this to save money and avoid waiting in line to purchase their event pass during the convention. Pre-registering also helps the convention organize better (e.g. Pre-printing the Anime Matsuri pass/badge in advance).

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Where do I buy badges ?

Before the convention, AM passes (badges) can be bought here. For information about prices, please check the registration page .
At the convention, there will be two areas of registration where you may buy your AM passes.

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Is there an age limit for the convention?

No. Anime Matsuri is a family event. However we recommend children 12 and under to have guardians with them at all times.

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Will the cosplayers eat me? They look Dangerous

No, except they are walking around with their pet dragons, in that case stay away.

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Why is everyone dressed up?

It’s called cosplaying and it is the art of creating a costume and portraying your favorite characters. It is fun and we all love it.

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Can anyone attend?

Yes. All you need to access the convention is a badge which can be purchased online or at the door. Check the registration link for details.

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What goes on at Anime Matsuri?

Lots of exciting Panels, Workshops, Concerts, Fashion Shows, Cosplay, Photography, Meeting people, Buying goodies, Car Show and hanging out with your friends.

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Where is Anime Matsuri held at?

The George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center will be where Anime Matsuri is held. The address is:
1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston, TX 77010

Hotel rooms may be reserved at a discounted rate for Anime Matsuri attendees at the Hilton Americas Hotel, connected to the GRB via Skywalk. Here is the hotel’s address & booking info:
1600 Lamar St Houston, TX 77010
Phone: +1 (713) 739 800
Rooms: $149/night
Book by phone: +1 (713) 739 8000
(* Please mention ANIME MATSURI)

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When is Anime Matsuri?

March 14-16, 2014 (Spring Break weekend for some)