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12/2 - 12/22, 2018:

SaikouCon Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway

SaikouCon Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway
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This December we are giving a family four pack of 3 Day VIP Badges to attend SaikouCon 2019, August 2-4, 2019! Share some joy this holiday season with those closest to you with a gift from us to you, we appreciate the endless support the community that has grown in and around SaikouCon has given over the past six years, and continuing into our seventh year. The entry period will open on December 2, 2018 at 12 PM ET and the winner will be chosen by blind drawing on December 22, 2018 after the close of the entry period at 6 PM ET, winner will be announced at 8 PM ET the same night, just in time for Winter Solstice festivities and merry making!

Please review the rules below before entering once the entry form has opened on December 1:



Contest Rules:

  • One entry per person, multiple entries from the same household are welcome, but to keep chances fair only one per person
  • If a person enters multiple times, their name will only be entered into the drawing once; so, it's no use trying to stack the odds in your favor, Santa wouldn't like that anyway *sly wink*
  • Entries with missing information will not be entered into the drawing, so make sure you fill in all the required information in the entry form
  • Make sure your email address is correct before submitting your entry, just as with purchased pre-registration badges, these will not be sent out in advance of the show, winner will be contacted via email to let them know they have won and also with the regular pre-registration badge pick up information they would receive if their badges were purchased through regular pre-reg

    Good Luck to all that enter! Happy and Blessed Holidays no matter what you celebrate!!!

Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway

* = Required Field, entries with missing required information will not be entered into the drawing




12/15, 2018 - 8 PM:

The Encounter & SaikouCon Present
Anime Night Free Screening
Space Battleship Yamato 2199

09 September Anime Night Free Screening - Space Battleship Yamato 2199
09 September Anime Night Free Screening - Space Battleship Yamato 2199
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We started the Anime Nights of 2018 with Yamato and now we are closing the year out the same way with the final four episodes of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. It has been a fun year with a lot of great anime screened courtesy of Funimation and Crunchyroll both, stop by for fun, games, some giveaways, and holiday cheer!

Please note we are continuing our new Saturday night at 8 PM timeslot for Anime Night that we have been in since August, 2018. Also, a reminder, Anime Night is taking January, 2019 off and will return in February!

The Encounter is located at 811 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA



Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page for December, 2018's Anime Night at: https://www.facebook.com/events/632689013792139/
Tickets are not needed to attend this screening, we only need an expected headcount of attendees to plan optimal seating arrangements if a large crowd is attending the anime screening.



Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Synopsis:

In the year 2199, Earth faces its greatest crisis. Due to unrelenting bombings by the alien race known as "Gamilas," the planet can no longer sustain its inhabitants. In exactly one year, humanity is set to become extinct. In desperation, the people of Earth establish the Earth Defense Force, their last defense against the power-hungry Gamilas Empire. However, humanity finds a glimmer of hope after receiving a message from the mysterious planet Iscandar, which offers them a device that would restore Earth to its former glory. With salvation in sight, the Earth Defense Force calls on the prolific Space Battleship Yamato and swiftly assembles a crew to make the 148,000 light-year trek to Iscandar and receive their aid. Among the crew are young officers Susumu Kodai and Daisuke Shima, along with several other newly promoted leaders, all under the command of the distinguished Captain Juuzou Okita. Forced to learn how to handle the ship's innovative technology while dealing with the onslaught of Gamilas fleets, the inexperienced crew of Space Battleship Yamato must summon every inch of their resolve to survive the many hardships aboard the Yamato and complete their mission: to save humanity before it's too late.



  • Genres: Action, Drama, Military, Sci-Fi, Space
  • Duration: 25 minutes per episode
  • Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Episodes 22-26 will be shown, screening sponsored by Funimation.




1/16, 2018 - 7 PM ET:

Saikou Movie Meet Up - Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Dragon Ball Super Broly
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Who else is ready for some post-Tournament of Power Dragon Ball Super? How about Universe 7 Broly? New Super Saiyan forms? The return of Mastered Ultra Instinct? Some much needed new power levels for Piccolo? Gohan getting to be Buu Saga level bad @$$ again?!?! Alright, enough fan hypotheses; who else is hype for Dragon Ball Super: Broly???



The Saikou Movie Meet Up for Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be held at the AMC Classic Allentown 16 Theater located at 1700 Catasauqua Rd, Allentown, PA 18109 at the 7 PM showing, weather permitting of course; if bad weather is predicted, the Movie Meet Up will unfortunately be cancelled. While we wish we could reschedule if there is a winter storm, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is only receiving one screening per theater hosting the film.
Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/427293777799409/, everyone will be responsible for purchasing their own ticket to the movie, but we would like an expected head count so we can make sure we all get to sit together or at least close to each other. Advance tickets may be purchased at https://www.amctheatres.com/movies/dragon-ball-z-super-broly-58408.



Dragon Ball Super: Broly Official Synopsis:

This is the story of a new Saiyan. Earth is peaceful following the Tournament of Power. Realizing that the universes still hold many more strong people yet to see, Goku spends all his days training to reach even greater heights. Then one day, Goku and Vegeta are faced by a Saiyan called 'Broly' who they've never seen before. The Saiyans were supposed to have been almost completely wiped out in the destruction of Planet Vegeta, so what's this one doing on Earth? This encounter between the three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies turns into a stupendous battle, with even Frieza (back from Hell) getting caught up in the mix.



  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older



1/19, 2019 - 8 PM ET:

The Encounter & SaikouCon Present
Anime Night Free Screening
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind

January SaikouCon Anime Night Free Screening - JoJo Golden Wind
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Time for something a litte Bizarre for our Anime Night with The Encounter... JoJo's Bizarre Adventure that is! For January's Anime Night we're showing the first four, maybe five episodes of the latest part of the JoJo saga; Golden Wind! Join us to kick off another great year of Anime Night Screenings with our friends at The Encounter Comics and Games!!



Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page for this screening at https://www.facebook.com/events/1302685376540074/. Tickets are not needed to attend this screening, but we would like an expected headcount to optimize seating arrangements in the game room of The Encounter Comics and Games, where we hold the showings, depending on the size of the expected crowd.



JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Synopsis:

Naples, 2001. Giorno Giovanna is a small-time crook with one big dream—to become a "Gang-Star." No ordinary thief, Giorno has a connection to the remarkable Joestar bloodline, and possesses a Stand named Gold Experience. His dream starts to become reality when he meets Bruno Buccellati, a mobster from the gang Passione and a fellow Stand user himself. Realizing that they share similar ideals, and both disagree with the gang's harmful affairs, Giorno reveals his goal to Bruno: with Bruno's help, he will reform Passione by overthrowing the boss. As Giorno becomes a member of Passione, and is inducted into Bruno's squad, he discovers that it is no simple gang; its numbers are teeming with Stand users. Now confronted by other squads of differing loyalties and unpredictable caliber, their goal to change the gang from the inside out will be a tough one. Taking on these adversaries, Giorno attempts to rise through the ranks and inch closer to the boss, a man who is shrouded in mystery. 



  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Shounen
  • Duration: 23 minutes per episode
  • Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Episodes 1-4, maybe 5, will be shown, screening sponsored by Crunchyroll




1/26 - 1/27, 2019:

SaikouCon Party Table at Setsucon 2019

Setsucon 2018
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We'll be bringing our Party Booth set up to Setsucon 2019... music, exclusive giveaways just for Setsucon attendees, some SaikouKaiju, an appearance or two by Uncle Iroh Order of the White Lotus, and may a surprise or two!




Setsucon 2019's official information:

Join us for Setsucon 2019, a family-friendly anime convention that people of all ages have come to love in the past 13 years! This year is the second year we are at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA located in Central Pennsylvania.



Setsucon is a 2 day con featuring:

  • Guests of Honor, including Voice Actor Jason Liebrecht
  •  Attendee hosted panels
  • An exhibitors hall with a variety of Artists and Vendors
  •  A Game Room with games from many different consoles
  • Card Gaming Tournaments
  • Our unique Iron Cosplay event
  • And much more!

Come and make our 13th year, not only out of this world, but out of this UNIVERSE!! Visit www.setsucon.com for tickets and more information!



About Setsucon:

Setsucon is hosted by the Penn State Anime Organization (PSAO). Since September 2001, the PSAO has been bringing anime, manga and Japanese pop culture to the University Park campus. Working to provide both weekly screenings and a social environment for Penn State's anime/manga fan base, the PSAO is continually broadening its horizons. The PSAO meetings serve multiple functions, including our free weekly anime screenings. We also arrange trips to conventions, have club social events, facilitate DDR events on campus, and much much more! 




2/15, 2019 - 8 PM:

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? Everyone attending the meet up will be responsible for purchasing their own ticket to the movie, which would be the normal set up for a club anyway. 




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 once more now to February 14, 2019 from December 21, 2018 which was the second release date from its original release date of July 21, 2018. We have reset the Saikou Movie Meet Up for it for February 15, in case there's anyone that doesn't want to spend their Valentine's Day at a SaikouCon event *nudge nudge, wink wink*. If the release of the film is pushed back again, we will cancel this movie meet up fully and we will all have to see the movie on our own. 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, now that it 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 Manga Series Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita in the US) 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.

Film not yet Rated




3/22 - 3/24, 2019:

SaikouCon Party Booth at Zenkaikon 2019

Zenkaikon 2019
Zenkaikon 2019
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Return to our friends Zenkaikon with another Saikou Party Booth you say? Don't mind if we do! Zenkaikon is putting on a heck of a show for their 13th Year! You won't want to miss it! If you're in attendance, stop by our Party Booth for some tunes, some hang time with SaikouCon staffers, some giveaways just for Zenkaikon attendees, and some surprises!



Zenkaikon 2019 Info:

Zenkaikon 2019 is taking place March 22-24, 2019. Join us at the Lancaster County Convention Center for the 13th annual Zenkaikon! The three day event will include panels, workshops, screenings, concerts, cosplay, video gaming, tabletop gaming, LARP, AMVs, dances, vendors, artists, and more! 

For more information, visit https://zenkaikon.com/




3/23 - 3/24, 2019:

SaikouCon at Itz-A-Con 2019

Itz-A-Con 2019
Itz-A-Con 2019
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SaikouCon will be at Itz-A-Con 2019! Come join the fun at our friends at IMAGINE Events Concepts' big show, don't miss the fun at one of the Valley's best fan conventions! Come hang out with some of the Saikou Crew at Itz-A-Con!! Our crew is splitting up this weekend between Itz-A-Con 2019 in the Lehigh Valley and Zenkaikon 2019 in Lancaster, PA, but you'll be able to spot us here at Itz-A-Con by our SaikouCon t-shirts.



Lehigh Valley Itza-A-Con Info:

Once again. IMAGINE Event Concepts is taking over the ENTIRE South Mall in Allentown, PA to give you a Truly Awesome local comic-con experience featuring artist, performers, cosplayers, contests and collectibles. It's name is ITZ-A-CON !!!

The Lehigh Valley ITZ-A-CON is a one of a kind Pop Culture event that showcases vendors, artists, comic book writers/artists, cosplayers, and much more!

The Lehigh Valley ITZ-A-CON is a Pop Culture event that show cases all that is both retro and current in the Imagination industry!



PLUS WE ARE STILL FREE TO ENTER!! 



So, make plans NOW for one the biggest pop culture conventions the Lehigh Valley has to offer !!!




5/11, 2019:

Saikou Movie Meet Up - Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Saikou Movie Meet Up - Pokemon Detective Pikachu
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Ready for some live action Pokemon? Ready for Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu? Yeah, neither are we, but that first full trailer has made optimists out of us for this being a good live action anime/video game adaptation. So, what say we give a shot together? The film is premiering on May 10, 2019, but we're setting this Saikou Movie Meet Up for the day after (stay off the internet to avoid spoilers!), mostly so we're not in a jam packed theater so we can all enjoy the film; we've got a feeling the first night is going to be mobbed for Detective Pikachu with the nostaglia crowds...



This Saikou Movie Meet Up will be taking place at the Cinemark Theater in Stroud Mall located at 344 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 (this may change to a theater in the Lehigh Valley area depending on screening times, time and location will be solidly confirmed once screening times are available); link to purchase tickets in advance will be posted here once advance tickets for this movie are available. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/320058308580849/, everyone will be responsible for purchasing their own ticket to the movie, but we would like an expected head count so we can make sure we all get to sit together or at least close to each other.



Detective Pikachu Official Synopsis:

Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a failed Pokémon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), who was Harry's former Pokémon partner. Tim is somehow able to understand the Detective, and they reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance. Chasing clues through the streets of Ryme City, the dynamic duo soon discover a devious plot that poses a threat to the Pokémon universe.

  • Starring:
    Ryan Reynolds
    Justice Smith
    Kathryn Newton
    Ken Watanabe
    Paul Kitson
    Omar Chapparo
    Rita Ora
    Bill Nighy
    Suki Waterhouse
    Chris Geere
  • This film is not yet rated
  • Run time: Not yet released
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure



8/2 - 8/4, 2019:

SaikouCon 2019

SaikouCon 2019
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Welcome to the Golden Seven, SaikouCon's seventh year! Good Fortune, Friendship, Community, and more Fun than ever before await you at the anime convention that has defied the odds time and time again. Join us for a year of celebration, shared good fortune, lasting friendships, and an ever growing yet tight knit community at the underdog con that never says die!

Be our guest at SaikouCon 2019, you won't regret it! Witness the true evolution of SaikouCon!

SaikouCon 2019 will be held at The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa located at 81 Treetops Drive, White Haven PA 18661 on August 2, 3, and 4 of 2019!



Pre-Registration (Advance Ticket Sales) for General Admission and VIP Badges for SaikouCon 2019 is open as of 12 PM ET on October 20, 2018. Visit the Registration page of SaikouCon.com for all the details on Pre-Reg Badges and At Door Registration, the different badge types and age appropriate badges! General Admission pre-registration for 3 Day and 1 Day (Friday or Saturday) Badges will close on July 20, 2019 at 12 AM ET (the 12 AM going into July 21 to clarify), and registration for VIP 3 Day and 1 Day (Saturday Only) Badges will close on July 7, 2019 at 12 AM. The earlier deadline for VIP Badges, which will not be available at the door, is to ensure there is enough time to order and receive the exclusive SaikouCon 2019 Commemorative Mini-Poster all VIP Badge Holders receive for autographs during the VIP Meet 'n Greet with our 2019 Guests of Honor on SaikouCon Saturday, August 3, 2019.



SaikouCon 2019 Guest Roster

Guests of Honor

  • Chris Patton - Voice Actor
  • Ciara Hanna - Actress, Model,
    Yellow Megaforce Power Ranger
  • More Coming Soon!

Featured Guests

  • Foxxy
  • Cosplay Burlesque
  • Husky Entertainment LLC
  • Pine State Heroes
  • More Coming Soon!


Special Guests

  • BFarve Cosplay
  • WildSpice Cosplay & Photography
  • More Coming Soon!

Musical Guests

  • Coming Soon!


SaikouCon 2019 Programming Schedule

Preliminary Schedule will fill in and be finalized over the winter and spring months with the full programming schedule being released to the public on June 14, 2019 at 12 PM ET

SaikouCon Friday:

  • 9 AM -
    Pre-Reg Badge Pick Up & At Door Registion Open
  • 10 AM - 
    Pre-Show Screening - You Vote for the Anime! - Sponsored by Funimation
  • 12 PM - 
    Show Open
  • 1 PM -
    Opening Ceremonies
  • 7 PM -
    Registration Desk & Merchant Hall Close
  • 12 AM -
    Saikou Rave
    Special Events Hall - More Details Soon!

SaikouCon Saturday:

  • 8 AM
    Pre-Reg Badge Pick Up & At Door Registration Open
  • 8 AM - 
    Pre-Show Screening - You Vote for the Anime! - Sponsored by Funimation
  • 10 AM -
    Show Open
  • 12:30 PM -
    Charity Auction
    Special Events Hall
  • 3 PM -
    VIP Meet 'n Greet
    w/ Guests of Honor
    Special Events Hall
  • 5:30 PM - 
    Cosplay Contest
    Special Events Hall
  • 7 PM -
    Registration Desk & Merchant Hall Close
  • 9 PM -
    Cosplay Concert
    Special Events Hall
  • 12:30 AM -
    Cosplay Burlesque 21+ Extravaganza
    Special Events Hall

SaikouCon Sunday:

  • 9 AM - 
    At Door Registration Open
  • 10 AM -
    Show Open
  • 2 PM -
    Registration Desk Close
  • 5 PM - 
    Merchant Hall Close
  • 5:30 PM - 
    Closing Ceremonies
    Special Events Hall



10/19 - 10/20, 2019:

SaikouCon Party Table at Shikkaricon 2019

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SaikouCon will have a Party Table at Shikkaricon 2019! If you're attending Shikkaricon 2019, make sure you stop by our Party Table to enjoy some music, hang time with SaikouCon's organizers, a contest or two just for Shikkaricon attendees, and maybe a few surprises!



Shikkaricon 2019 Info:

Shikkaricon is back after a long hiatus! We are an anime and video gaming convention that was started back in 2006 at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. We are back and better than ever, but now we are being held in Philadelphia! We hope you'll join us for the return of Shikkaricon, and we're excited to be back!