SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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SaikouCon 2017 - August 18-20

Holiday Inn Center City Allentown
904 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101



SaikouCon News
SaikouCon News
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- 6/26/17 -

Check out the Convention Info page for the list of restaurants in and around our 2017 venue, the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown, that are happy to welcome SaikouCon 2017 attendees and are looking forward to having SaikouCon as part of the neighborhood! List will be further updated next week.



- 6/19/17 -

The various forms active now (panel submission, media application, volunteer application, Summertime Anime Giveaway) are working, but they are running slow once you hit the Submit button. They are not always saying giving the "Information Submitted" message either once you have hit the button. However, we are receiving the information shortly after it is submitted, we are not sure why this glitch is happening in the forms, they are part of our web host's software, we have reported the glitch to them and have been told they are undergoing repairs for this issue. Please keep submitting your applications, panel submissions, and contest entries; we are receiving them!



- 6/16/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest WildSpice Cosplay
SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest WildSpice Cosplay
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Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a Special Guest is Philadelphia based cosplayer WildSpice! WildSpice Cosplay has been part of the convention scene since the late 90's and has just returned to cosplaying after a brief hiatus, we are happy to welcome her to our guest roster! WildSpice is also a photographer that specializes in cosplay photography, WildSpice is excited to present a few panels on cosplay and cosplay photography!



- 6/6/17 -

2017 Pre-Reg Reminders
2017 Pre-Reg Reminders
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- 6/2/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
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Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a surprise Guest of Honor is Gigi Edgley! Gigi is best known in the US as Chiana on Farscape and it's sequel films Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars Parts 1 & 2. Gigi was also a host on the Syfy Channel's Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge among many more, including her original science fiction feature short film, Hashtag. A true Renaissance Woman, Gigi also has several theatre credits, is a recording artist, and creates original comic books and graphic novels, as well as a film director and producer. We are happy to welcome our first non-anime related film and television actor to the convention, don't be worried though, SaikouCon is not going general fandom, we will still remain focused on anime, Japanese Pop Culture, Classical Japanese Culture, history, and mythology; and of course COSPLAY! Ms. Edgley wanted to hang out with us at SaikouCon 2017 and there was no way we could say no! We hope you're as excited as we are to have Gigi join the SaikouCon family this year! Gigi can currently be seen on television as a cast member of FX's Feud: Bette and Joan.


Media applications for press outlets that wish to cover SaikouCon 2017 are now open! Visit the Press page here on SaikouCon.com to review press guidelines, rules, and expected conduct before filling out the application form below the above listed details.



- 5/30/17 -

SaikouConVolunteerApp
SaikouConVolunteerApp
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Volunteer Applications for SaikouCon 2017 are now open! Head to the Volunteers page, review the details of volunteering at SaikouCon (age restriction, expected conduct, responsibilities etc.), and then fill out the application. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial of volunteer status along with their schedule after the application closes on August 4, 2017. Notice and schedule will be received between August 5 and 7. Thank you in advance to everyone that applies! And remember, if you're not accepted as a volunteer this year, don't let that stop you from applying again in the future! Most of the time, denial of volunteer status is only due to high volume of applicants and/or all needed positions being filled.



- 5/23/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest Deprived
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest Deprived
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Welcome back to Lehigh Valley's own Deprived! Deprived first joined SaikouCon as Musical Guests for SaikouCon 2016's Saikou Punk Rock Show, they had such a good time they wanted to perform at SaikouCon 2017 and we are happy to let them rock the con once more! Deprived's sound runs the gauntlet from punk to hard rock to metal, now that we're home in the Lehigh Valley we couldn't pass up having one of the best party bands in the Valley back too!



- 5/22/17 -

The winner of our Four Pack of 3 Day General Admission Badges Giveaway at Chelticon is Breahna H.! Congratulations Breahna! See you at SaikouCon 2017!



- 5/19/17 -

SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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The moment you've been waiting for is here! Our full schedule of anime screenings for SaikouCon 2017 is now posted on our Event page in the programming columns for SaikouCon 2017! Keep an eye on our Facebook page too, soon we'll be posting each screening as an FB event with full details and series synopsis as we do every year. Series included this year are jointly sponsored by Funimation and Crunchyroll, some of the series up for viewing are My Hero Academia, Outlaw Star, Dragon Ball Super, Tokyo Ghoul Rout A, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Yuri!!! on Ice, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 and many more! 38 hours of anime in total over three days!



- 5/7/17 -

The winner of our Free Comic Book Day 2017 Giveaway is Kayla G. from Nanticoke, PA! Congratulations Kayla!



- 5/6/17 -

The winner of our Golden Week Giveaway is Becca S.! Congratulations Becca, you have won four 3 Day VIP Badges to attend SaikouCon 2017! Becca has also been contacted via email to let her know she was drawn as the winner from a blind drawing of over 200 entrants from both online entries and in person entries at the SaikouCon Party Booth at Zenkaikon 2017 this past weekend.


FCBD 2017
FCBD 2017
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Our Free Comic Book Day 2017 Giveaway is now open! Visit the Events page for details and entry form, the giveaway will be open from 12:01 AM May 6 until 12:01 AM May 7, 24 hours only! Good luck to all who enter!



- 5/1/17 -

SaikouCon Panel Submission
SaikouCon Panel Submission
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Panel submissions for SaikouCon 2017 are now open! The submission form is located on the Events page, please review the details of submitting above the form beforehand. Be original, be engaging, be entertaining, be educational, be fun! 



- 4/29/17 -

SaikouCon Golden Week Giveaway 2017
SaikouCon Golden Week Giveaway 2017
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Our Golden Week Giveaway is now open! Visit the Events page and fill out the entry for your chance to win a family four pack of VIP badges ($240 value) to SaikouCon 2017! The giveaway will be open for the duration of Japan's Golden Week (April 29 - May 5), winner will be chosen by blind drawing after the close of the entry form at 6 PM ET on May 5, 2017. Good luck to all that enter!



- 4/17/17 -

SaikouCon Tax Day VIP Event
SaikouCon Tax Day VIP Event
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Tax Day is here again... we'll hold for the groans.... done? Okay, we're going to do our part to give back during this day of despair, to lighten the mood on this Tax Day, April 18, we're going to upgrade every fifth pre-reg General Admission badge purchased from midnight April 18 to midnight April 19 to VIP at no extra cost! Upgraded badge holders will be notified in their Registration Confirmation email sent by the convention chair within 12-48 hours of purchase, PayPal confirmation/receipt message is automated by PayPal and can not be changed for special events like this one. This event is 24 hours only and will not be extended.



- 4/11/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor R BRUCE ELLIOTT
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor R BRUCE ELLIOTT
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Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a Guest of Honor, we are ecstatic to announce R BRUCE ELLIOTT! With well over 200 credits to his resume in film, television, theatre, video games, and of course anime voice over roles in a ton of your favorite FUNimation titles; we hope you're all as excited as we are! Despite his many years in the industry, R BRUCE is relatively new to the con scene with just a handful of appearances over the last decade, this is a truly awesome chance for fans of Dot Pyxis, Guild Master Makarov, Captain Ginyu, detective Richard Moore, Basque Gran, Mr. Saito, Szilard Quates to meet the man behind the voice.

Let's give R BRUCE a great big SaikouCon welcome to our crazy little slice of the con circuit!



- 3/29/17 - 

SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest The Gothic Celt
SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest The Gothic Celt
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Please welcome The Gothic Celt to SaikouCon 2017 as a Special Guest! The Gothic Celt is a Pennsylvania based model, cosplayer, and burlesque performer, this is his first year appearing at SaikouCon, we're looking forward to his panel presentation on self confidence and body positive cosplay, we hope you are too!



- 3/22/17 -

SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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Preliminary schedule for SaikouCon 2017 is now posted on our Events page, the full programming schedule will be posted on August 1, but here's a quick rundown of our staple events, pre-reg and at door reg hours, Merchant Hall open and close, the Cosplay Contest, the concerts and dance party, and this year's charity auction (with a new twist) and so forth.



- 3/14/17 -

SaikouCon Merch Hall Full
SaikouCon Merch Hall Full
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SaikouCon 2017 Merchant Hall is now FULL! The application form for perspective merchants is still open, but all applications will automatically be wait listed and juryed on a case by case basis in order of receipt should any spaces become available again.



 - 3/13/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Leah Clark
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Leah Clark
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Please join us in welcoming back as a Guest of Honor for 2017, Leah Clark! Leah last joined SaikouCon in 2015 and we are very happy to have her back for our Fifth Anniversary show! Some of Leah's notable English dub roles are Blair in Soul Eater, Kanzaki in Assassination Classroom, Saki in Eden of The East, Minami in Baka and Test; and some of her new roles for 2017 include Kobayashi in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Mari in Yuri!!! On Ice, and Aria in Aria The Scarlet Ammo AA. Leah is also an accomplished ADR director, script writer, and stage actor. 



- 3/6/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Oscar Seung
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Oscar Seung
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SaikouCon welcomes our first Guest of Honor for 2017, Voice, Theater, and Screen Actor Oscar Seung! Oscar's anime voice credits include Yuri!!! on Ice (Seung-Gil Lee), Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (Kasen Kanesada), Show By Rock!! (Oboro), All Out!! (Yutaka Shinshi), Shounen Maid (Ibuki), One Piece (Daruma), Prince of Stride: Alternative (Nanpei Aoba), Fairy Tail, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Garo: Crimson Moon, and SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist among others. This is Oscar's first year appearing at SaikouCon, we hope you're as excited as we are to welcome him to the SaikouCon family!



- 3/1/17 -

SaikouCon Anime March Madness
SaikouCon Anime March Madness
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The entry form for our March Anime Madness Giveaway is now open! Check out the details before entering on our Events page, good luck to all who enter! We've upped the ante a bit for 2017, the lucky winner will receive two randomly selected, original printing, anime DVDs. Winner will be selected by blind drawing after the entry period closes on March 31, 2017 at 6 PM ET.



- 2/15/17 -

The SaikouCon Valentine's Day 2-for-1 VIP Badge Sale has now come to an end at 12:01 AM on February 15th! Thank you to everyone that purchased VIP Badges during the sale! Also, the winner of the Viz for Valentine's Giveaway is Jennifer M. from Nanticoke, PA; congratulations Jennifer!!



- 2/14/17 -

SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
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Here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for! The SaikouCon Valentine's 2-for-1 VIP Badge Sale! Starting at 12:01 AM on Valentine's Day and ending at 12:01 AM on February 15, as in the past the sale applies to all VIP badges (3 Day and  1 Day, Adult and Teen), also as in the past, your PayPal receipt and the PayPal shopping cart will not show the free badges. Your registration confirmation email will show the purchased badges and free badges, every time we've tried to adjust the convention PayPal shopping cart to display the 2-for-1 sale in your registration receipts and shopping cart display... it gets completely messed up and one time crashed the shopping cart so that all the shopping cart buttons had to be remade (still have no idea how that happened), so do not worry if you purchase VIP badges during the sale and it only says you bought one badge, there will be two under your name and you'll see that as soon as you open your registration confirmation email 12-24 hours after purchasing; remember the reg confirmation messages are not automated like the receipts from PayPal, the con chair sends each one himself.



- 2/12/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest The Manly Battleships
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest The Manly Battleships
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Joining our Featured Guest roster for 2017, please welcome for their first time at SaikouCon, The Manly Battleships®! The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet's arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! We're looking forward to seeing the load of programming The Manly Battleships® will bring to SaikouCon this year, and we hope you are too!



- 2/2/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ Teez
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ Teez
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Welcome DJ Teez to SaikouCon 2017! A Lehigh Valley entertainment scene staple, DJ Teez also joined SaikouCon in 2015 to present our first Dance Party/Rave. Now that we're back in the Lehigh Valley, DJ Teez is back at SaikouCon as our official con DJ! We missed having her with us in 2016 and are very happy to be able to have DJ Teez on our guest list once again. Teez will be spinning late night on SaikouCon Friday at a new event for SaikouCon, she will be joined by fellow 2017 Musical Guest REAKT for the biggest dance party SaikouCon has presented yet! Get ready for the Saikou Dance Party!!



- 2/1/17 -

Viz for Valentines
Viz for Valentines
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The entry form for our Viz for Valentine's Giveaway is now live! Visit our Events page for the contest details, rules, and entry form. One winner will receive two randomly selected Viz Media manga volumes, good luck to all entrants! 



- 1/28/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest REAKT
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest REAKT
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Our next Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2017 made his debut at SaikouCon in 2016 and had such a blast with the attendees that he wanted to come back again this year! Returning for his second SaikouCon is REAKT! REAKT is an EDM and Hip Hop singer/songwriter, originally from Tokyo, Japan, REAKT now operates out of New York City. REAKT will be performing at our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday once again, and possibly at a new concert event late night on SaikouCon Friday... stay tuned!



- 1/22/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest The Adarna
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest The Adarna
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You asked, we're delivering... SaikouCon welcomes back The Adarna for their fourth time performing at the convention! Once more The Adarna will be the headliner of our musical programming in 2017, with a solo show on SaikouCon Friday and headlining the Cosplay Concert on the night of SaikouCon Saturday, as well as presenting several panels throughout the convention's programming schedule when the band is not performing. The first band to coin the genre of Jet City Rock!  Featured on over 230+ radio stations, tv shows, magazines, with music videos airing in 78 countries. In 5 years, they’ve completed 6 North American Tours while averaging 80-120 shows per year.   In 2015-16, they performed internationally for the troops as well as nationally touring to support the release of their new album, How Perceptive.



- 1/18/17 -

SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
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Time for our first guest announcements of 2017! Two cosplayers that have been with us before are returning once more this year and we are thrilled to have them back with us! 2017 marks Koralene Cosplay's third year as a guest at SaikouCon, Koralene's skill as both a cosplayer and photographer consistently amaze, we can't wait to see what she does at SaikouCon 2017! Also returning is Foxxy! Foxxy (previously known as ToxicFoxx) has a history with SaikouCon dating back to SaikouCon 2014, but this is her second time joining us as a Featured Guest, Foxxy often is one of our guest judges for our Cosplay Contest, this year is no exception. Keep an eye out on our schedule as the programming unfolds over the spring and early summer for some awesome events featuring Koralene and Foxxy!



Koralene

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Koralene Cosplay
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Koralene Cosplay
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Foxxy

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Foxxy Cosplay
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Foxxy Cosplay
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- 1/18/17 -

SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
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We are happy to announce that SaikouCon 2017 will be taking place August 18, 19, and 20 at the Holiday Inn Allentown Center City! Lehigh Valley, we. Are. BACK! And it feels so good to be back in the Valley. Just make sure to take note, this is the Holiday Inn in the Center City section of Allentown, PA on West Hamilton Street; across the street from the PPL Center. Our new digs are a little smaller than what we had at SaikouCon 2016, but are laid much better and cohesively for our purposes (no football field runs from the Merchant Hall and Special Events to the panel rooms!). Pre-reg for attendees is now open, so are merchant applications for Merchants, volunteer applications, press applications, and panel submissions will be opening as spring and early summer roll on, keep your eyes on SaikouCon.com and our social media profiles for the announcements!



- 1/13/17 -

Some big news is coming this week! Probably Tuesday morning, keep your eyes peeled to our social media profiles or here on SaikouCon.com for the news once we can break it! Hint courtesy of Motley Crue: "we're on our way home, sweet home..."



- 1/1/17 - 

New Years SaikouCon
New Years SaikouCon
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Happy New Year! Here's to 2017! May it be a better year for us all, in all ways! Many blessings, much prosperity, continued good health, healing where needed, happiness, joy, and tons of anime and manga for all!!

A quick note in the wake of yesterday's news about Split Rock, don't worry, we may be down a venue but we're far from out. We already have a large list of possible venues (all of your suggestions included), and on Tuesday we're going to start hitting them up; most sales managers and liaisons should be back in their offices by then and we'll be seated before January is out. SaikouCon 2017 will happen, and we've got some very cool plans in the works for our fifth anniversary; one very big thing if we get the weekend we want too...



SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the large annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans. SaikouCon builds programming made to make memories every year, always striving for panel diversity and a balance between Japanese Pop Culture, Classical Japanese Culture, Cosplay, fun and games, music, music, and more music!



The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching soon); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the publishing wing of parent company Nerdy Rock 'n Roller Productions. SaikouCon will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture, as well as the best in J-Rock and J-Pop musical acts from all over the US and beyond every year!



If you love anime, you'll love SaikouCon, and SaikouCon will love you.