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1/8 - 5/11, 2018:

SaikouCon 2018 Panel Submission

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Selected panelists will receive free badges, up to four per panelist/panelist group, to not only present their panels at SaikouCon 2018, but also enjoy all three days of the convention. Please note that while in character panels are welcome, we tend to give them a slightly lower rate of acceptance to these types of panels. In 2014 we were inundated with close to a hundred panel submissions (90% of what we received in submissions for that year) that were nearly identical in-character dating games and Q&As from only two fandoms, while these panels are fun and beloved by both attendees and con staff, we simply cannot make an entire weekend of programming around nearly identical panels. So, be original! Be unique! Be something you yourself haven't seen at an anime convention, we at SaikouCon aim to have new and unique programming every year, with some recurring attendee favorites in the mix too, so we can give every year the wonder and excitement of your first con experience! Panel submissions will open on January 8, 2018 at 12 PM and close on May 11, 2018 at 6 PM ET, all panelists will receive notice if they have been accepted or denied for this year no later than May 21, 2018 with full programming schedule released to the public on June 1, 2018 at 12 PM! If you are not accepted for 2018, please do not hesitate to apply again in 2019, we welcome and appreciate everyone's submission, but there are only so many hours over the course of the convention that we can run panels. The submission form is located below:

SaikouCon 2018 Panel Submission

* = Required Field, submissions with Required Fields left blank will be considered void and will not be considered for acceptance into SaikouCon 2018's programming

** We will do our best to accommodate your chosen time of day for your presentation, but there may be variances 



2/25 2018, 7 PM:

The Encounter & SaikouCon Present
Anime Night Free Screening
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

February 2018 Anime Night Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card
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Our February Anime Free Screening with the Encounter Comics & Games will feature Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card as our feature series! But, as an added bonus, we will also be showing two episodes of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 as the opener at 7 PM since there was such an awesome response to it being our feature in January followed by four episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! This month's Anime Night is sponsored by Crunchyroll.

The Encounter is located at 811 Union Blvd., Allentown PA 18101

RSVP on our Facebook event page, no tickets are needed, we just like an expected head count to optimize seating arrangements: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/171839456760146/


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Official Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Sakura starts junior high school along her friends, including Syaoran, who had just returned to Tomoeda with peace seemingly restored after Sakura has achieved her quest to recapture all of the mystical Clow Cards. The aftermath of a dream with a mysterious cloaked figure shatters this idealic new year for Sakura, when she finds all of the Clow Cards have turned blank and are rendered powerless, thus she starts her quest to find out what is wrong. In doing so, Sakura and her allies discover and capture new transparent cards using a new key.

  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
  • Duration: 25 min. per episode
  • Rating: PG


3/1 - 3/31 2018:

March Anime Madness Giveaway

Anime March Madness
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Who wants two free anime DVDs? That's right, you do!! March Anime Madness is here again, get hype! Winner will receive two randomly selected anime DVDs from our stock of prizes (properties from FUNimation, out-of-print Geneon, Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment, out-of-print ADV even)! Please read the rules before filling out the entry form once it opens on March 1, 2017 at 12 PM:

Contest Rules:

  • One entry per person, duplicate entries will not be added to the drawing so every entrant has a fair and equal shot at winning
  • Multiple entries from the same household are permitted, names are counted, not mailing addresses
  • Winner will be chosen by blind drawing after the close of the entry form at 6 PM ET on March 31
  • Winner will be notified by email following the drawing and announced on the SaikouCon website and social media


3/24, 2018, 8:30-9:30 PM:

Earth Hour 2018

Earth Hour 2018
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The staff of SaikouCon will be taking part in Earth Hour again in 2018, we encourage as many of you as possible to do so as well this year, science has become a realm of politics, but our Mother Earth is bigger than petty arguments in Washington, DC about what is real and what is not. The previous hurricane season should be proof enough that the environment is pushing back and screaming at humanity for help. It is time for people to stand up and provide that help, we need to start treating our relationship with the planet as a symbiotic one rather than an a virulent one where we are the virus. One hour of your time without non-essential electric appliances and devices running is all that is required for you to participate. One hour out of the year can do more than you imagine with the simple act of turning off your lights and unplugging from the electrical grid of we all participate. Granted, Earth Hour is largely a symbolic act, but it can help raise awareness of energy conservation and alternative/green energy sources with enough of us participating and spreading the word about this simple declaration that we stand with the Earth.

Earth Hour History and Official Information:

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries. Earth Hour is supported around the world by Woodland, CBRE Group, the National Hockey League, FIFA, UEFA, Hilton Worldwide, Girl Scouts of the US, World Organisation of the Scouts Movement, UNESCO, the UN Environment Programme, the International Trade Union Confederation, HSBC, World Association of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Philips, IKEA, The Body Shop, ING Vysya Bank, and more.

For more information on Earth Hour 2018, setting up your own Earth Hour event and/or party, visit: https://www.earthhour.org/



3/25 2018, 7 PM:

The Encounter & SaikouCon Present
Anime Night Free Screening
Dragon Ball Super - Special Series Finale Marathon

March 2018 Anime Night - Dragon Ball Super Series Finale
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With the sad news that Dragon Ball Super is ending (or at least going on a long hiatus as the verbage of the official announcement is slightly open to interpretation) with episode 131 premiering March 25, 2018, our March Anime Night is going to be a special series finale marathon of the last five episodes of Dragon Ball Super, episodes 127-131 starting at 7 PM. We are working with The Enounter Comics and Games to make a full afternoon of events leading up to the screening to celebrate Dragon Ball Super, stay tuned for more information as things come to fruition as we send off the mighty Z Fighters once more. This month's Anime Night is sponsored by Crunchyroll.

The Encounter is located at 811 Union Blvd., Allentown PA 18101


RSVP on our Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/153571015295539/, tickets are not needed for this event, but we like to have an expected headcount to arrange optimal seating depending on crowd size.


Dragon Ball Super Universal Survival Saga Official Synopsis:

The Universe Survival Saga is the fifth major saga of the Dragon Ball Super anime and the fourth major saga of the Dragon Ball Super manga under the name Tournament of Power Saga. The Tournament of Power planned by the Lords Zeno, the Omni-Kings, begins, with multiple universes partaking—with each universe having a team of 10 fighters who battle alongside each other. The arc will feature continuous debuts of elites from each universe. However, this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. If a team were to lose, then the universe they come from will be destroyed immediately. 

  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Duration: 23 minutes per episode
  • Rating: PG-13


4/3 - 6/22, 2018:

SaikouCon 2018 Press Coverage Application

SaikouCon Media App
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Press applications to attend and cover SaikouCon 2018 will open at 12 PM on April 3, 2018; visit SaikouCon's Press page to review our rules and regulations for reporters, photographers, videographers, bloggers covering SaikouCon 2018. Application form will also be located on the Press page of this website once it opens on April 3, 2018. Press representatives are expected to follow the rules and regulations as laid out on the Press page, these rules will be enforced by our security team.

Accepted press representatives will be notfied of acceptance no later than June 25, 2018; as will press outlets that are not accepted for coverage of SaikouCon 2018.



4/6 - 6/29, 2018:

SaikouCon 2018 Volunteer Applications

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Volunteer acceptance is not guaranteed for all applicants, applicants that have already bought an Attendance Badge to attend SaikouCon 2018 will be offered monetary reimbursement for their 2018 badge upon completion of their chosen number of volunteer hours. Those that are accepted as volunteers that have not purchased a badge prior to applying will be rewarded with a SaikouCon Souvenir Gift Pack that includes a VIP Badge to attend SaikouCon 2019 or the option to automatically be accepted back as a volunteer again without having to apply. Before applying, please review the Guest Codes of Conduct and Guidelines on our Convention Info page as you will still be held to these codes and guidelines as a volunteer and may be called upon to know them for non-volunteer guests during your service time for SaikouCon 2018. Please also review the details and rules of volunteering at SaikouCon located on the Volunteers page, this is also where you will find the application form to volunteer once applications have opened on April 6, 2018 at 12 PM.

SaikouCon Volunteers must be age 18 or older due to insurance liability rules from our insurance provider. Accepted and denied applicants will be notified of their application status beginning as soon as the application has closed on June 29, 2018 at 6 PM ET.



5/1 - 7/13, 2018: 

SaikouCon 2018 Cosplay Contest Sign Up

SaikouCon Cosplay Contest Sign Up
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Sign up for the SaikouCon 2018 Cosplay Contest will open on May 1, 2018 at 12 PM ET, sign up will close on July 13 at 6 PM ET . The sign up form will be located on the Cosplay page of SaikouCon.com. We will be having the same competition categories as we did in 2017, Single Cosplay with subcategories of Novice and Experienced; Group Cosplays for groups of two or more with no subcategories as group members may not all be of the same experience level. Below are the rules and guidelines for this year's contest:

  • There is no additional fee to enter and compete in the contest, but every contestant must be a SaikouCon 2018 Attendance Badge Holder, Teen or Adult Badges, cosplayers 13 and older are welcome to compete
  • Cosplays must be 70% handmade, this does not count props and accessories (weaponry, "animal companions", costume/armor accents like brooches and hairpins, over-sized sigils), while it is awesome when they are handmade as well as the actual costumes and armor, the guest judges will not deduct points as long as the costume itself meets the 70% handmade requirement
  • The Novice subcategory is for cosplayers that have been cosplaying for less than two years (cosplaying in general, not competing in competitions) and the Experienced subcategory is for cosplayers that have been cosplaying for two or more years.
  • There will be no pre-judging for 2018, there is no need to submit progress and reference photos before the contest, but by all means please bring progress and reference photos to the competition as our guest judges may wish to see them as visual aids to their questions about your cosplay
  • Original Characters, genderbends, and crossplays are welcome and encouraged at SaikouCon's Cosplay Contest; the more creative and intriguing the better! This contest is all about creativity and showcasing your skill as a costumer
  • All cosplays must adhere to convention dress codes regarding nudity and partial nudity, see general dress code rules on the Convention Info page of SaikouCon.com
  • Skits will be allowed to be performed by competitors again in 2018, but are not required if you do not wish to perform one. Time limit on competitor skits is three (3) and a half minutes maximum, the competition must be concluded no later than 8 PM on SaikouCon Saturday, July 28. If skits are musical in nature, and instruments will not be played live by competitors, competitors must provide their own music on PC compatible flash drive
  • Competitors must arrive at Special Events Hall 15 minutes in advance of the Cosplay Contest dressed and ready to compete. SaikouCon staff will help competitors to line up according to their categories and subcategories
  • Winners of the competition will receive VIP badges to attend SaikouCon 2019, framed award certificates from SaikouCon 2018 signed by our guest judges and con chair to show authenticity, more prizes to be announced
  • Decisions by our guest judges are final. Any one that attempts to verbally berate or bully in any way our guest judges for their decisions, will be escorted from the convention by convention security and have their badges revoked without refund; and depending on severity of actions, may be permanently banned from the convention and possibly subject to criminal charges


5/4 - 5/6, 2018:

SaikouCon Party Booth at Zenkaikon 2018

Zenkaikon 2018
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SaikouCon will be at Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA again this year for our usual Party Booth! Stop by to listen to some J-Rock and J-Pop, sign up for Zenkaikon only giveaways, and maybe free photo ops with some of our 2018 Cosplay Guests!

Zenkaikon 2018 Information:

The three day event will include panels, workshops, anime & live action screenings, concerts, cosplay, video gaming, tabletop gaming, LARP, AMVs, dances, vendors, artists, and more! For more information, visit https://www.zenkaikon.com/



7/27 - 7/29, 2018:

SaikouCon 2018

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First, there was a Resurgance, now comes the Evolution. SaikouCon 2018 is coming at you July 27-29, get ready, get hype; it's time to evolve. SaikouCon is taking things to the next level in its quest to live up to its name, and be the best con it can be. Can you feel it coming? The static electricity in the air? The energy running up and down your spine? We feel it too. Join us as we do more than level up, we're Evolving... more Japanse Culture, more activities, more events, more gaming, more cosplay, more anime, more fun.


SaikouCon 2018 will be taking place this July at the Econo Lodge Conference Center located at 1151 Bulldog Drive, Allentown, PA 18104



Pre-registration (advance ticket sales) opened at 12 PM ET on Friday, September 8 and will close for the year on Friday, July 20 at 12 AM ET (the midnight going into Saturday, July 21), there will be no pre-registration extension for 2018; this closing date is our customary 7 days before showtime with VIP Registration closing earlier on June 23, 2018 at midnight. This earlier closing for VIP Badges to attend SaikouCon 2018 is give con staff time to order and receive the poster VIP Badge Holders receive, we only order an exact count of posters to make the VIP experience at SaikouCon that much more exclusive. At door tickets will be available for all three days of the convention, please review the Registration page of SaikouCon.com for both pre-registration and at door registration details and rates in full.


SaikouCon is a three day, anime and cosplay convention located in the heart of Allentown, Pennsylvania. SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the 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, original music, original music, and more original music!


SaikouCon Evolution
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Guest List and full programming schedule will fill as the Fall, Winter, and Spring move forward. Full Programming Schedule for SaikouCon 2018 will be released on June 1, 2018 at 12 PM ET


SaikouCon 2018 Guests

Guests of Honor

  • Christina Marie Kelly
    Voice Actress
  • Gigi Edgley
    Film & Stage Actress, Musician
  • More Coming Soon!

Featured Guests

  • Koralene
  • Foxxy
  • More Coming Soon!

Musical Guests

  • The Adarna
  • TiA
  • Kohei Hattori
  • More Coming Soon!

Special Guests

  • Bfarve Cosplay
  • More Coming Soon!

SaikouCon 2018 Programming Schedule Coming Soon!



12/21, 2018:

Saikou Movie Meet Up - Alita: Battle Angel

SaikouCon - Alita Battle Angel - Saikou Crew Movie Meet Up
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SaikouCon attendees, friends, and fans: who wants to meet up on the release night of the live action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita? If enough people are down, maybe we can make this a normal thing when anime and/or anime based live action films are in theaters. For this first time, everyone attending the meet up will be responsible for purchasing their ticket to the movie, which would be the normal set up for a club anyway (and how we would operate in the future if we make these Movie Meet Ups a regular thing)/ However, if we get a large enough group together, we may be able to set up a group rate on tickets with the theater.

No guarantee there of course, most theaters will give group rates but usually request 25-30+ people be guaranteed in the group before granting group rates on tickets, so it depends more than anything on how many people wish to take part.


Time is subject to change once screening times of Alita: Battle Angel are released for the AMC Allentown 16. Theater is located at 1700 Catasaqua Road, Allentown, PA 18109; visit www.amctheatres.com for more information on the AMC Allentown 16.


Update: the release of Alita: Battle Angel has been pushed back to December 21. 2018 from its original release date of July 21, 2018. RSVP on our Facebook event page, so we have an expected head count for people attending the Movie Meet Up, at https://www.facebook.com/events/360402291036774/. If there are any further changes to the release of this film or if the Movie Meet Up is cancelled due to bad weather, not that is in winter instead of summer, it will be announced on the Facebook Event page as well as here on SaikouCon.com.


Alita: Battle Angel Official Details:

Based on the Graphic Novel (“Manga”) Series “Gunnm” (Battle Angel Alita) By Yukito Kishiro, visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

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