Colorado has no shortage of prominent conventions, particularly in the anime department. With convention season underway, we say hello, once again, to one of Colorado more notorious anime cons, Animeland Wasabi.
Animeland Wasabi, started in 2008, was originally named Anime Wasabi, until the following year lead to new ownership and a name change. The convention has seen a lot of alterations throughout the years and has been hosted at many different locations. One thing that remains consistent is the convention’s desire to bring people together with similar interests and celebrate their loves and fandoms during three days of festival fun.
Animeland Wasabi is like most anime conventions, though through the years of changes, growth and even the occasional drama, they continue to offer a place for everyone to be themselves, enjoy the company of artists and guests and, of course, how off their cosplays.
“Animeland continually strives to be the premier anime convention provider, all the while promoting knowledge on all things anime, gaming and pop culture related,” their site says. “If you are truly looking for a memorable and positive convention experience, then Animeland is the right place for you and we look forward to seeing you at a Animeland event.”
With that in mind, here’s what you need to know for this weekend’s anime convention.
Ramada Plaza Denver
10 E. 120th Ave. Northglenn, CO 80233
Animland has a new location this year. While their website says the event will be hosted at the Ramada Plaza Denver, the correct location is the Ramada Plaza Denver North located in Northglenn, not the hotel in Denver.
Aside from hotel accommodations, there are plenty other restaurants and eateries within walking distance or a quick drive of the hotel. Parking will also be available at the hotel.
The entire convention will span for three days starting March 25, with individual festival hours varying each day. Opening day will be Friday, March 25, with badge pick-up starting at 11am and the con officially kicking off at noon.
A complete schedule — including panel and event times — can be found here.
Full three-day weekend or individual day passes are available for purchase at the convention. Cash will be accepted as payment for Friday (there is an ATM on site). Saturday and Sunday cash, card, and PayPal will be accepted for payment. Checks will NOT be accepted.
Prices at the door:
- Weekend Pass — $40
- Friday — $20
- Saturday — $20
- Sunday — $10
Animeland Wasabi will feature a small arrangement of guests throughout the weekend. Their appearances and panels can be found in the Animeland program (link listed above under TIME).
- Tiffany Grant
Tiffany is an American voice actress, scriptwriter and actress. She has voiced many characters in TVs, movies, video games and more. Some of her characters include Azumanga Daioh (Kaorin), Chrono Crusade (Satella), Blue Seed (Kome), (Shizuru), Full Metal Alchemist (Marta), Maburaho (Kuriko) and One Piece (Nojiko). More information on Tiffany Grant can be found here.
- Uncle Yo
Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer is New York’s premiere geek-specific comedian, having appeared at over 50 anime, comic book and video game conventions. His self-proclaimed style of “rantcore” combines long-form stories with motivational rhyming couplets. More information on Uncle Yo can be found here.
- DJ Delirium
DJ Delirium has been a forefront leader in the Hardcore Techno and Hard Dance scene. DJ Delirium has released over 300 slammin’ tracks with some of the most recognized companies in Hardcore Techno including ID&T, Industrial Strength and more. More information on DJ Delirium can be found here.
- Discount Cinema
Formed in 2009, Discount Cinema is a local band home to Colorado and has been developing their unique fusion of gothic rock, metal, and electro-pop while creating an energetic, theatrical live show. More information on Discount Cinema can be found here.
- Filthy Warumono
Cosplayer and fashion model, musician, artist, designer, actor, and official Bishounen, Warumono has become infamous for his wide range of abilities. Since 2000, he has won upwards of forty awards for his work on human and Asian ball jointed dolls. More information on Filthy Warumono can be found here.
- Tanglwyst de Holloway
Tanglwyst de Holloway is a seasoned, award winning costume designer for stage and screen. She has done production work for dozens of plays and presentations, ranging from high profile to high school productions. Her day job is as the Casting Director and Audio Book Production for FJ Publishing, in conjunction with Dragonfleet Studios. More information on Tanglwyst de Holloway can be found here.
- Yamila Abraham
Yamila Abraham (aka Yaoimila) founded the publishing company Yaoi Press in 2004. Over the last decade she’s overseen the publication 50 Boy’s Love titles including graphic novels, comic books, novels, and art books. Abraham has successfully licensed Yaoi Press titles into several foreign languages. More information on Yamila Abraham can be found here.
Animeland has a strict anti-harassment policy. As their site states, “Animeland Wasabi strives to create and maintain a convention environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. The environment of Animeland Wasabi should be characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression and exploitation.
More information on the convention’s anti-harassment policy can be found here.
Cosplayers and attendees planning to bring prop weapons, but adhere to Animeland’s strict weapon policies, which can be found in detail here and here.