At its core, WasabiCon is a celebration of the multifaceted tapestry that is anime fandom. The convention’s focus extends across five captivating realms: Anime (embracing Manga and Asian Culture), Cosplay, Kpop, Tabletop Gaming, and Video Games. This diverse lineup allows attendees to immerse themselves in a whirlwind of excitement, from attending panels that delve into the depths of new anime series to exploring the intricacies of Kpop trends. Enthusiastic cosplayers can bring their favorite characters to life, fostering an environment where self-expression and creativity know no bounds.
Florida Comic Cons gives you 7 Amazing Reasons to attend WasabiCon 2023 on October 15-17 at the Prime F Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville.
Amazing Reason #1: Voice Actors
This year’s roster promises fans an unforgettable opportunity to connect with the voices behind their favorite characters. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, WasabiCon is set to deliver an unparalleled experience for attendees eager to get up close and personal with these remarkable talents.
One of the headliners, Beau Billingslea, brings a wealth of experience to the convention. Fans may recognize his iconic voice from his roles in shows like “Cowboy Bebop,” where he breathed life into the enigmatic Jet Black. Another standout is Clifford Chapin, known for his roles in “My Hero Academia” as the fiery Katsuki Bakugo and in “Attack on Titan” as Conny Springer. David Matranga’s velvety tones have graced series such as “My Love Story!!,” where he captured the essence of the gentle giant Takeo Gouda.
Kristen McGuire, celebrated for her contributions to “My Hero Academia” as Tatami Nakagame, and Sarah Natochenny, known for her portrayal of Ash Ketchum in “Pokémon,” are set to mesmerize audiences with their versatility and captivating performances. Finally, Stephanie Young’s dynamic range shines in her roles, including the sultry Nico Robin from “One Piece.” With this incredible lineup, WasabiCon offers fans an intimate glimpse into the world of voice acting, inviting attendees to engage with these talented individuals who’ve brought cherished characters to life.
Amazing Reason #2: Celebrity Q&A Panels
All of the anime voice actors appearing at WasabiCon 2023 will also participate in at least one Q&A (question and answer) panel session each day of the convention. You can ask your favorite star about their experiences and listen to their stories about working in the industry.
Amazing Reason #3: Maid Cafe Mikkusu
WasabiCon 2023 will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience an actual Akihabara style maid cafe presentation, similar to the ones in Japan, with Maid Café Mikkusu.
This is a separate ticketed activity, which includes a kawaii meet and greet with the maids, a short stage performance, games, and other immersive elements. Also, your ticket gets you a small cupcake and coffee, tea, or water during the experience, plus a small gift from your maid!
Amazing Reason #4: Idol Showcase
For fans of Japanese-style idols, WasabiCon 2023 offers the Idol Showcase! Grab your penlights and practice your Wotagei to cheer on your favorite idols in this fun showcase of performances that will capture your heart. Applications open- apply here.
Amazing Reason #5: Great Philosophy
More than just an event, WasabiCon represents a philosophy that cherishes the individuality of every attendee.
From their website: “Create a memorable experience for pop culture fans where everyone feels included. Cosplay a favorite character, check out a panel about a new show, buy that print from an artist you’ve recently discovered, and just be yourself in an environment of like-minded fans celebrating their own passions for movies, music, TV, tabletop adventures, video games and much, much more. Fandom is family at our event, and we hope you’ll choose to be a part of it.”
This great philosophy equals happy attendees.
Amazing Reason #6: Green Mustard Entertainment
Green Mustard Entertainment is the company behind WasabiCon, both in Jacksonville and Portland, Oregon (yes, there are two WasabiCons). Moreover, the company provides event consulting to conventions. In addition, Green Mustard owns Talent For Cons, a celebrity booking service for conventions and expos around the world. (not to mention, that’s a cool logo!)
The point: You’re in good hands at WasabiCon 2023!
Amazing Reason #7: it’s on the con calendar
If it’s on the Con Calendar, it’s a good event. And WasabiCon 2023 is on the Con Calendar.
Only Florida Comic Cons has the Con Calendar, a curated calendar of comic, anime, horror, and other pop-culture conventions to keep you, the fandom, informed and apprised (you’re welcome) of the best events in the Sunshine State.
The Con Calendar’s event listings include important info (and links) like venue, map, ticket prices, and more. It’s a must-have for anyone who attends multiple cons per year.