Anime Arizona returns for their second convention this Friday at the Mesa Convention Center. Let’s get started…

Tickets: Entry to Anime Arizona will run you $40 for the entire weekend OR you can purchase just Friday for $20, just Saturday for $30, or just Sunday for $25. There are two different level of VIPS: Sensei for $150 and Hokage for $200. Children ages 8 and under are free. You can still purchase tickets here.
As a side note, if you’ve already purchased your badge, you can pick it up on May 3rd or May 4th at the Toy Temple Headquarters in Tempe. Might be a good idea since we don’t know what the line for badge pickup will look like.

Location and Parking: Anime Arizona will be held at the Mesa Convention Center in the main building . The Mesa Convention Center does offer free parking which is nice. If you are taking the Valley Metro Rail, there is a pretty close stop at the Center/Main St station.

Guests and Exhibitors: Anime Arizona is hosting 19(!) voice actors such as Christopher Sabat (My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Z/Super), Zach Aguilar (Demon Slayer), Maile Flanagan (Naruto), and Dave Wittenberg (Naruto) who offer different services and pricing. For the full list of guests and exhibitors, you can reference my previous post here.

Cosplay: There will be plenty of cosplay to see at Anime Arizona this year. I’ve put together a post with all of the cosplay meet ups I could find, which you can check out here. There will be a cosplay contest on Saturday night and if you’d like to enter, the sign ups are in person. For all the details including rules and prizes, you can find that over on the official Anime Arizona site.

Panels and Programming: There will be guest panels and fan panels this year which is pretty exciting. Guest panels will be held on Saturday with reunion panels of Pokémon, Naruto, and Death Note. You can check out the full list of panels here.

COVID Policy: Masks are recommend but not required.

Food: No outside food or beverages (other than sealed water bottles) are allowed into the Mesa Convention Center. There will be food trucks this year so you won’t have to rely on the convention center food. The food trucks are: Mex-Sal, Takoyaki Balls, and MoshiXMoshi.
For food options within walking distance/short drive of the Mesa Convention Center: Caymango, Jimmy Johns, Diamond’s Sports Grille, Rosa’s Mexican Grill, Mango’s Mexican Cafe, McDonald’s, and Nunthaporn’s Thai Cuisine.