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.
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.
Where can I park? Is there a parking fee?
There are parking lots all around the convention hotel, but the best place to park is within the 14-story parking structure that is connected to the hotel via sky bridge. We worked out a special rate for AM attendees: Max $10/day. No in-&-out privileges. Just show your Anime Matsuri Event Pass when you pay to get the special rate!
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.
Do I need an Anime Matsuri pass if I only want to go in the main lobby?
Yes, you do!
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. On Saturday & Sunday of Anime Matsuri, IR will take place in the 2 parking lots directly across from the convention hotel. It is free to spectate for everyone, including non-registered attendees.
Can I buy a Single-Day pass to the convention?
Yes. Single-Day passes will only be available AT the convention, in form of wristbands.
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).
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.
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.
Will the cosplayers eat me? They look Dangerous
No, except they are walking around with their pet dragons, in that case stay away.
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.
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.
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.
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
Book by phone: +1 (713) 739 8000
(* Please mention ANIME MATSURI)
When is Anime Matsuri?
March 14-16, 2014 (Spring Break weekend for some)