Anime Matsuri presents =LOVE (EQUAL LOVE) live in concert at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston at the 18th annual Anime Matsuri Convention.

Japanese idol group =LOVE (EQUAL LOVE), produced by Rino Sashihara, made their major debut on September 6 2017 with the 1st single “=LOVE” under Sony Music. The MV of their 11th single “Anoko Complex” surpassed 10 million views on YouTube. The 14th single “Natsumatope” and the 15th single “Last Note Shika Shiranai” both reached the top position on the Billboard JAPAN Top Singles Sales, marking two consecutive successes. They released their 16th single “Norotte Norotte” on March 6th 2024. The name ‘=LOVE’ contains the sentiments of Rino Sashihara, who believes that ‘an idol must be loved by fans, and an idol must also love the job of being an idol’.

The concert marks their first performance in North America. To celebrate this, the group will host a fan panel, an autograph and photo-op session, in addition to the live concert.

=LOVE Schedule

Friday, August 9

Fan Panel – (Time TBA)

Autographs (Time TBA)

Photo-ops ( Time TBA)

Saturday, August 10

Live Concert (9pm)

The =LOVE concert will be Saturday night and free access is included with any 2024 Anime Matsuri Weekend or Saturday pass.

=LOVE will have a fan panel event that is open to all attendees.


For the biggest fans, this very limited-quantity ticket includes the following:

  • Priority Access to the=LOVE Concert
  • Priority Access to the =LOVE fan panel
  • Access to the =LOVE Autograph session (1 autograph for each group member on an official poster)
  • Access to the =LOVE Photo-op session (1 photo with the group)
  • This Ticket does not include the Anime Matsuri Badge. You must purchase an Anime Matsuri 2024 Badge to access the event.

The =LOVE EXPERIENCE ticket is the only way to access the Autograph and Photo-op sessions. Autographs and photo-ops will not be available to pass holders otherwise and is not included with the Superpass.

The =LOVE EXPERIENCE ticket can be bought HERE.


When is the concert?

Saturday, August 10th at 9pm

How do I get into the concert?

You must have a valid 2024 Anime Matsuri pass for Saturday or a Weekend/Superpass.

Can I buy a ticket only for the concert without an AM badge?

No. Tickets are not available for the concert only.

Who gets into the concert first?

Admission into the concert hall will be in the following order: Priority Access ticket holders (either via separate purchase or included with the =LOVE EXPERIENCE ticket) – Superpass holders – General attendees Lines will only be allowed to start 2 hours before the scheduled concert time. Any attendees lining up beforehand will be asked to disperse until the designated time.

When is the fan panel?

Date, time ****************

Is the fan panel open to everyone?

Anyone with an AM badge can access the fan panel, subject to room capacity

Can I bring my own items to be signed at the Autograph session?

Autographs will be limited to official posters provided. Group members are unfortunately unable to sign other items or merchandise.

How many items can I have signed at the Autograph session?

There is a limit of one (1) poster per ticket holder