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2013 News Archive

Our message boards and social media outlets (such as Facebook & Twitter) are the most current sources of news for Anime Banzai. For a more in depth news source, listen to the official podcasts. All of these are linked in the footer at the bottom of every page of the site.

10-25-2013  
• At con podcast is now up, thanks to our guest Kyle Hebert and those who attended.
• November after con meeting dates and location listed below.

10-22-2013  
• Thank you for a great convention! We will leave the 2013 convention year information up for a few weeks as we plan changes to the website. We are also editing the at-con podcast and will post it when its complete.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 10: 2013 At Con Podcast Recorded • 10/19/2013

Our traditional at con recording of the Anime Banzai Podcast continues with the typical amusement. For a surprising first, I say surprising because we totally should have done this before, we welcome a voice actor guest, Kyle Hebert, to the show. Jose, our convention executive director, tries his best to scare him away with his usual loud "banter" one might conservatively say. We also amuse, or mentally disturb, the small handful of attendees that showed up, who got giant corn nuts, in a way only we can entertain. So for all you that skipped us for the dance, you missed out, and maybe next year we will try something new and fun to get you to attend.

- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised. Contains strong language due to heated opinionated discussion about anime.

10-11-2013  
• Our Convention Survival Kit is now available, our CSK contains our current schedule, maps, and other documents to help you plan for Banzai. See links on the right.
• New podcast is now up for your amusement.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.

10-05-2013  
• Online sign-ups for the cosplay contest are now closed, on-site sign-ups will be available for open categories.
• New podcast is now up for your amusement.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.

10-02-2013  
• New podcast is now up for your amusement.
• Cosplay Contest Craftsmanship contest is full, check back for updates.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 09: The Fun Snack Episode Recorded • 09/28/2013

Our staff member in charge of editing podcasts is busy so he left this episode mostly unedited, mostly..... In this charged episode not much Banzai news is mentioned, instead the podcast is dominated by our sampling of miscellaneous food stuffs purchased from the local Asian market. We attempted announcing anime news but again the snacks, booze, canned snails, sriracha, and various mixtures of them took over....yea.....

- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised. Contains strong language due to heated opinionated discussion about anime.

09-25-2013  
• Updates to panels, card gaming, video gaming, and artist alley. More updates to come.
• Cosplay online sign ups begin Saturday September 21st 2013 at 6pm MST. Limited number of slots open.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.

09-20-2013  
• Cosplay online sign ups begin Saturday September 21st 2013 at 6pm MST. Cosplay kick off at Kafenios Saturday September 21st 2013 from 6pm-8pm. Check the contest rules, gather your information, and we're looking forward to seeing you in the contest!
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.

09-13-2013  
• We are pleased to announce new guests Kyle Hebert, Jamie McGonnigal and Christopher Robin Miller.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST. You can still get tickets at the door.

09-10-2013  
Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, Mari Iijima is no longer able to join us for Anime Banzai 2013.  Mari was looking forward to coming out to Utah, and we will miss the chance to have her meet the fans here. We wish her all the best in her current and future endeavors.
• Thank you to all those who visited our booth at SL Comic-Con, we look forward to seeing you at Anime Banzai. We are processing all pre-reg documents for those who registered at Comic-Con, please expect a verification e-mail within the next week or so.
Pre-Reg closed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST.
-If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.
 

08-31-2013  
• Still want to pre-reg, do so at our booth at SLC ComicCon, this will be our last pre-reg offer. Cost will be normal at door pricing, but with pre-reg perks.
Pre-Reg cosed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST.
-If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.
• Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable schedule conflict, Robert Atkins will not be able to join us this year for Anime Banzai.  He sends his regrets and was looking forward to seeing us all.  We are working on finding another artist to take his place, but it may be difficult as the con is getting closer everyday.

08-20-2013  
Pre-Reg cosed on 08/17/2013 at Midnight MST.
-Listen to the new podcast to find out about our last Pre-Reg offer for those who missed the deadline.
-If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.
• New podcast is now up.
• Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable schedule conflict, Robert Atkins will not be able to join us this year for Anime Banzai.  He sends his regrets and was looking forward to seeing us all.  We are working on finding another artist to take his place, but it may be difficult as the con is getting closer everyday.
 

08-18-2013  
Pre-Reg is now closed.
-You can register at the convention or keep checking the news for any special offers.
-For those who had Dashboard issues, and we have a record of your account activation issue within our database, we can still get you pre-registered if you contact us no later than 08/19/2013 10:00 PM MST. Please follow the e-mail procedure listed on the bottom of the Dashboard Login page.
-If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.
• Part 2 of the Summer Review podcast is now up.
• Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable schedule conflict, Robert Atkins will not be able to join us this year for Anime Banzai.  He sends his regrets and was looking forward to seeing us all.  We are working on finding another artist to take his place, but it may be difficult as the con is getting closer everyday.
 

08-16-2013  
• Pre-Reg will be ending this Saturday! Check the Dashboard page for a video tutorial if you need help.
• Part 2 of the Summer Review podcast is now up.
• Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable schedule conflict, Robert Atkins will not be able to join us this year for Anime Banzai.  He sends his regrets and was looking forward to seeing us all.  We are working on finding another artist to take his place, but it may be difficult as the con is getting closer everyday.
• If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.

08-04-2013  
• Pre-Reg will be ending in 12 days!
• Thank You to all who visited our booth at SaltCity Steamfest!
• Panels lineup upated.
• If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.

07-22-2013  
• New podcast is up, link below.
• Check out our booth at SaltCity Steamfest, drop by and say hello!
• Panels are almost full, if you want to host a panel enter before we're full! We will start posting approved panels soon.
• If you paid via PayPal and your Dashboard does not list as paid, please e-mail the webmaster and we will take care of it.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 05 - The Girls Derail and Take Over
Not a lot of Banzai news in this episode, but lots of amusing BS. In this episode we have more females than usual and they do their best to derail the podcast as we discuss some of the new anime from Japan. It doesn't help that content of said show, Free, a swimming anime with lots of shirtless well drawn male characters is one of those shows. Amusement continues with stories of cosplay, reviews of some other new shows, and girly BS.
- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised.

07-03-2013  
• New podcast is up, link below.
• The Panels Committee is currently reviewing panel submissions. Send yours in today!
• We had a period of about three days where the Dashboard was not properly reporting registration, we are working on updating those accounts.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 04: Spring Review 2013 Part 2
Some of our staff review the spring 2013 season of anime currently airing in Japan. With our typical amusing cynical review process we watch the junk so you don't have to. In part 1 we review, in order, Hayate the Combat Butler! Cuties, Haiyore Nyarko San W, Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride, Kakumeiki Valvrave, Karneval, Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, Mushibugyou, Namiuchigiwa No Muromisan, Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai, Photo Kano, Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live, Red Data Girl, Sparrows Hotel, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S, Zettai Bouei Leviathan and Yuyushiki.
- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised.

06-27-2013  
• New guests announced, check them out.
• The Panels Committee is currently reviewing panel submissions. Send yours in today!
• We had a period of about three days where the Dashboard was not properly reporting registration, we are working on updating those accounts.

06-19-2013  
Site-wide updates are in progress, we appreciate your patience while we update the site for 2013.
• New podcast is up, 2013 Season - Episode 03: Spring Review 2013 Part 1, links below.
• The Panels Committee is currently reviewing panel submissions. Send yours in today!
• We had a period of about three days where the Dashboard was not properly reporting registration, we are working on updating those accounts.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 03: Spring Review 2013 Part 1
1hr 24min • MP3 - 77 MBM4B - 41 MB with Chapters
Some of our staff review the spring 2013 season of anime currently airing in Japan. With our typical amusing cynical review process we watch the junk so you don't have to. In part 1 we review, in order, Watch Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000%, Suisei no Gargantia, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, Hataraku Maou-sama!, Attack On Titan, Aiura, Aku No Hana, Arata Kangatari, Dansai Bunri No Crime Edge, Date A Live, and Devil Survivor 2.
Check out online streaming sites to catch some of the above listed shows. Look forward to part 2 in about a week. MP3 version does not contain chapters, for chapters download the M4B version.
- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised.

06-12-2013  
Site-wide updates are in progress, we appreciate your patience while we update the site for 2013.
• Hotel Rates for 2013 are now up.
• New Guests announced.
• The Panels Committee is currently reviewing panel submissions. Send yours in today!
• We had a period of about three days where the Dashboard was not properly reporting registration, we are working on updating those accounts.

05-26-2013  
Site-wide updates are in progress, we appreciate your patience while we update the site for 2013.
• Updated list for our Pre-Con events, check them out to get your pre-con fix.
• We had a period of about three days where the Dashboard was not properly reporting registration, we are working on updating those accounts.
• A new podcast is in the process of editing and should be up soon.
• For those willing, please fill out this merchandise survey so we can get better stuff for you in the future.

05-21-2013  
Site-wide updates are in progress, we appreciate your patience while we update the site for 2013.
• Updates have been made to the Events section of the site, keep in mind at this stage events may change.
• Fixed some Dashbord issues, if youhad trouble creating accounts it should work now.
• For those willing, please fill out this merchandise survey so we can get better stuff for you in the future.

05-01-2013  
• We've had some registration issues on our end, we are working on fixing the effected dashboard accounts.
• Site-wide updates are in progress, we appreciate your patience while we update the site to 2013.
• Thanks to those who visited our boot at Nihon Matsuri, we hope to see you at Banzai!
• For those willing, please fill out this merchandise survey so we can get better stuff for you in the future.
Podcast - Current Episode
2013 Season - Episode 02: Energy Enhanced Re-entry Paste - 78MB, MP3, 1hr 25min
In this very amusing episode some of our staff discuss the wonders of re-entry paste and its many uses. We also thought it would be amusing to visit the local Asian market and buy a variety of energy drinks to "sample" during the podcast. We do get some convention related conversation in, we discuss some changes to registration and other early con related stuff. You can also enjoy our anime news section, multiple Miku topics in the news this time, and if you want to enjoy the torture listen to the random BS at the end.
- Some content may not be suitable for younger audiences, listener discretion is advised.

2012 News Archive

10-17-2012  
Important Notice for Dashboard registrants, check the top of the Registration page for information.
• Convention Survival Kit updated to 1.3
• Video Game and Tournament Information has been updated.
• Added more emphasis to our Charity Auction, benefitting Huntsman Cancer Research.
• Massive site sweep to repair broken links. Added new tab function to many external links.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
• Special thanks to MK Shannon Awards & Rewards for donating our fabulous Cosplay trophies!
Visit them at mkshannon.com.
• No sleep and no sleep make Banzai staff something something...
Convention Survival Kit
The Anime Banzai Convention Survival Kit, or CSK, was compiled with all the necessary forms, maps, and schedules to help you prepare for the convention. We advise all our attendees to read the convention rules to avoid anything that may hinder your experience. Download the kit below, and you'll know EXACTLY what to expect when you get here!

If you plan to enter the Cosplay contest AT the convention, you can save some time by filling out the Cosplay forms in advance - Pre-registration for the contest is already closed.

We will revise the Kit as additions or changes are made - please check back for updates.

You will need Adobe Acrobat or equivalent to view the contents. Due to its general compatibility, we have chosen the ZIP format for online download, and we have no plans to release any other format.

Acrobat
Anime Banzai 2012 - Convention Survival Kit 1.3 (Last modified on 10-17)
ZIP File - 3.0MB

10-12-2012  
Important Notice for Dashboard registrants, check the top of the Registration page for information.
• Convention Survival Kit updated to 1.2
• Online sign-ups for the Cosplay Contest are now CLOSED.
• AMV contest sign-ups are CLOSED.
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
10-06-2012  
• Time & location added to Second-Hand Sale
• New Panels Added:
Body Image and Standards of Beauty in Anime
DIY Green Screen Techniques
Introduction to Animation and Film Production
What is Furry?
Wolves of Anime
The Technical Aspects of Lolita Fashion
• Online sign-ups for the Cosplay Contest are now CLOSED.
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
09-30-2012  
• Made the convention theme (Japanese Mythology) more prominent on the site.
• Clarified times and locations of guest panels. Emphasized important info relevant to each event.
• Added New Event - Whose Line Is It Anime. Find it on the Events > Games page.
• Added New Event - MikuMiku Dance Class. Find it on the Events > Dances & Music page.
• Added new Panel - Into the Mists: Asia Comes to Warcraft. Find it on the current panels page.
• Added a Drawing and for the Red Carpet Awards Voting Kiosk. See more on the Events > General page.
• At-con sign-ups for Insanity Brawl have been moved, and be on Friday from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Zephyr Room.
• At-con sign-ups for the Tea Party and Cosplay Cafe 18+ have been updated.
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
09-23-2012  
• Minor tweaks to lots of pages, mostly spelling errors, syntax, and clarification.
• Added several missing panels, panel locations, etc.
• Updated due date for 2nd-hand sale to September 30th, fixed Registration form link.
• Yumeiro Patissierie Cake decorating contest has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
• Updated rules for Banzai Brawl and Cosplay Chess.
• Minor changes to clarify Viewing Room Special Events. Added times and locations.
• Rules for Handheld Pokemon Tournament added.
• Art Show times and rules updated.
• Exhibit Hall vendors list updated.
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
09-22-2012  
• Cosplay signup forms are now live, you can also signup at the Cosplay SignUp Party currently going on at Kafeneio's until 9:00PM on 09/22/2012. (Event might end early depending on attendance)
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
09-20-2012  
• Preparation for the convention is in full swing, we will be updating content on the website multiple times a week, so check back for updates.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
09-03-2012  
• Online Pre-Reg is now closed, Mail registration deadline has been extended to 09/05/2012 due to holiday delays.
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
• Many small updates sitewide for events, panels, and contest status'.
• Pre-Registration is closing in 6 days, if you want to take advantage of this deal, do so soon!
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
08-27-2012  
We need AMV's - Are you interested in submitting a AMV to our contest, please check the AMV Contest page.
• Many small updates sitewide for events, panels, and contest status'.
• Pre-Registration is closing in 6 days, if you want to take advantage of this deal, do so soon!
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
 
08-15-2012  
We still need panelists - If you are interested in hosting a panel, please check the panels page.
Panel list updated with approved panels, times/rooms subject to change.
• New podcast is up, we review new Anime in the Summer season currently airing in Japan.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
AMV Contest PDF form is up, online form will also be up soon.
08-04-2012  
We still need panelists - If you are interested in hosting a panel, please check the panels page.
• New podcast is up, we review new Anime in the Summer season currently airing in Japan.
• Anime Banzai will be hosting a Picnic at Murray Park on the 11th of this month with on-site pre-reg and games.
• Two new guests added to our list.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
AMV Contest PDF form is up, online form will also be up soon.
07-29-2012  
• Thank You to those who visited our booth at SaltCity SteamFest over the weekend. We look forward to seeing you at Anime Banzai.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
AMV Contest PDF form is up, online form will also be up soon.
• We still need panelists - Iif you are interested in hosting a panel, please check the panels page.
07-14-2012  
• Last day for $30 pre-reg price.
• Hotel rates for 2012 are now up.
07-11-2012  
• We will have a booth at Salt City Steam Fest taking pre-registrations and possibly selling Banzai T-Shirts.
• Please note that the Japanese Obon Festival (on July 14th) is NOT A COSPLAY EVENT! Obon is a festival to honor the spirits of one's ancenstors and show appreciation for their sacrifices. If you plan to dress up, do so in traditional appropriate Japanese garb, such as kimono and yukata.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up - please send us your artwork!
AMV Contest PDF form is up, online form will also be up soon.
• 2nd part of the Spring 2012 Anime Season Review podcast is now up - we strongly recommend this one for the many lulz.
Cosplay Special Edition podcast is up for your listening enjoyment, with special guests from Green Jello Cosplay. Listen to cosplay stories, talk about the World Cosplay Summit, costume snafus &shenanigans.
• We still need panelists - Iif you are interested in hosting a panel, please check the panels page.
07-09-2012  
• We will have a booth at Salt City Steam Fest taking pre-registrations and possibly selling Banzai T-Shirts.
• Please note that the Japanese Obon Festival on July 14th, is NOT A COSPLAY EVENT! So, do not wear a costume, Oban is a day to respect dead family and relatives and is disrespectful to cosplay.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up, please send us your artwork!
AMV Contest PDF form is up, online form will be up soon.
• 2nd part of the Spring 2012 Anime Season Review podcast is now up, strongly recommend this one for the many lulz.
• We still need panelists, if you are interested in hosting a panel please check the panels page.
07-08-2012  
• We will have a booth at Salt City Steam Fest taking pre-registrations and possibly selling Banzai T-Shirts.
• Please note that the Japanese Obon Festival on July 14th, is NOT A COSPLAY EVENT! So, do not wear a costume, Oban is a day to respect dead family and relatives and is disrespectful to cosplay.
Mascot Contest rules for 2013 are up, please send us your artwork!
• We still need panelists, if you are interested in hosting a panel please check the panels page.
07-02-2012  
2012 Podcast page is back up with new episodes and amusing reviews for the winter and spring Anime seasons in Japan. So if you want to find out about new shows this is a good place to start.
• Many pages under Events have been updated and/or have new items listed.
• We still need panelists, if you are interested in hosting a panel please check the panels page.
06-28-2012  
REMINDER - June 30th planning meeting has been cancelled.
• Mascot Contest for 2012 is over, the winning theme for 2013 is Giant Robots/Mecca, contest details coming soon.
• Many pages under Events have been updated and/or have new items listed.
• We still need panelists, if you are interested in hosting a panel please check the panels page.
NOTE: We have seen several Dashboard users with typo's, some examples are forgetting the "." in the e-mail or using a "," instead of a period. If you are having issues with the Dashboard please let us know.
 
• REGISTRATION: If you do not receive a verify account e-mail after creating a Dashboard account, please check your spam folder and/or settings. In our testing, the only reason for not receiving a e-mail is due to spam filters or the wrong e-mail was entered.
• REGISTRATION: If you can not log into your Dashboard for the first time, please e-mail us with your first/last name, user name and e-mail used on the account. You can also try the password recovery to obtain a temporary password, once logged in you can change your password.
06-21-2012  
• Several small updates and some bugs fixed.
NOTE: We have seen several Dashboard users with typo's, some examples are forgetting the "." in the e-mail or using a "," instead of a period. If you are having issues with the Dashboard please let us know.
• June 30th planning meeting has been canceled, July 7th meeting place is now listed.
• REGISTRATION: If you do not receive a verify account e-mail after creating a Dashboard account, please check your spam folder and/or settings. In our testing, the only reason for not receiving a e-mail is due to spam filters or the wrong e-mail was entered.
• REGISTRATION: If you can not log into your Dashboard for the first time, please e-mail us with your first/last name, user name and e-mail used on the account. You can also try the password recovery to obtain a temporary password, once logged in you can change your password.
06-21-2012  
• Several small updates and some bugs fixed.
• REGISTRATION: If you do not receive a verify account e-mail after creating a Dashboard account, please check your spam folder and/or settings. In our testing, the only reason for not receiving a e-mail is due to spam filters or the wrong e-mail was entered.
• REGISTRATION: If you can not log into your Dashboard for the first time, please e-mail us with your first/last name, user name and e-mail used on the account. You can also try the password recovery to obtain a temporary password, once logged in you can change your password.
06-16-2012  
• The webpage is live, so that means registration is too.
• Past news on the news page is us just putting in random stuff, so you can probably ignore it.
• Website staff is now going to get thoroughly hammered and ignore help requests for at least 24 hours.
• As you can tell, we are very tired while writing this......
• HURR DURR DURR
06-14-2012  
• More site wide updates have taken place, make sure to refresh your browser.
• New guesst announced, check guest page for updates
• On-Site pre-registration is now live.
• Artist Alley is sold out, all new table requests will be put on the waiting list.
• Exhibit Hall is sold out, contact our exhibit hall staff for more info.
• Meeting dates are now listed until October.
06-11-2012  
• Major site wide updates have taken place, make sure to refresh your browser.
06-10-2012  
• Thank you to everybody who visited our booth at the Asian Expo.
• We are working hard on the new website and it should be up within the next few days, honestly!
• Pre-Registration is now open! Mail in forms can be found on the bottom of the registration page.
• Online Pre-Reg is still in the works, sorry everybody, it's taking longer than expected. We've been burning the midnight oil on this one, we hope to have it live in the next few days.


Anime Banzai 2013 Artwork - Challin Holloway

Other Sources for News

Our message boards and social media outlets (such as Facebook & Twitter) are the most current sources of news for Anime Banzai. For a more in depth news source, listen to the official podcasts. All of these are linked in the footer at the bottom of every page of the site.