San Japan: 8-Bit
July 31- August 2nd, 2015 - San Antonio, Texas - HBG Convention Center

San Japan is San Antonio, Texas largest anime convention. Located at the heart of the Riverwalk, we will be taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel and Marriott Riverwalk Hotel. We bring a wide variety of Japanese animation, culture, and unique fandoms all together for 3 days of continuous events. With over 14,600 unique attendees in 2014, we expect this to be our biggest event to date.

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Recent Updates – April / May 2015

 
 
 

We have quite a few updates for San Japan:
 
The following deadlines are coming up:
 

 


We’re looking for great people to help make San Japan a great event. We are having a volunteer and staff recruitment meeting on Saturday May 9th in downtown San Antonio. If you are interested to help us then come on out as we’d like to talk to you. Please go to our Facebook Event to read up about it.
 


Our second overflow hotel will be the La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk located less than two blocks from the Grand Hyatt and Convention Center. They have set aside a large amount of Double rooms for us for Thursday through Sunday.
 
You will need to call in to Reservations to get this rate as La Quinta has not supplied us with an online reservation link. There is no parking discount. They have a special San Japan rate of $139/night for up to 4 people. The cut-off date is July 17th, 2015.
 
For reservation information see our information page: http://sjgo.co/sj8lq
 


Our charity of choice for this year’s convention is San Antonio Pets Alive!
 
The goal of San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) is to make San Antonio a No Kill city. They build effective and innovative programs to overcome issues that lead to euthanasia at the city shelter to include adoptions, fostering, Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS), baby-bottle feeding, Kitten Nursery and Parvovirus Ward.
 
Make plans to attend the Charity Auction on Sunday of the convention. We’ll be auctioning some exclusive autographed merchandise, special items, and a few surprises. Buy some great items and support some of Bexar county’s fuzziest citizens.
 


Our next two guests have been announced with voice actor Steve Blum and voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will be attending San Japan.
 
We ask to please check Steve Blum guest page as there will be a strict limit of 1 free autograph per person per session (100 free autographs per session). There will be a charge for additional autographs. We have a FAQ explaining how this will be handled on the guest page.
 

 
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Announcing our Japanese Industry Guest of Honors

 
 
 

San Japan would like to welcome our Japanese Guest of Honors which is CG Animator and StudioGX founder Mitsuru “Mick” Kouzai and Anime Producer Yuji Matsukura.
 
Mitsuru “Mick” Kouzai has been a professional animator and manga artist in Japan since 1993. Mick has worked on a vast list of well-known anime and game series as a CG artist and CG director including: Campione!, Saint Seiya, Digimon, Animal Crossing, CASSHERN, Tales of Phantasia, Rogue Galaxy, and Linebarrels of Iron.
 
In 2005, Mick opened StudioGX Inc. which operates not only as a CG studio working hand in hand with industry leaders such as Toei Animation and J.C.Staff on popular titles, but also as a bridge connecting Japanese entertainment and pop culture to the rest of the world.
 
After graduating from the Yoyogi Animation School in Osaka in 1992, Yuji Matsukura joined J.C.STAFF. He quickly emerged from the ranks of his field and become one of the best known producers of J.C.STAFF which is unusual for most animators in their early twenties. He has produced a countless number of OAVs and dozens of anime series to credit including: Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, Azumanga Daioh, Ai Yori Aoshi (TV), His and Her Circumstances (TV), Cat Soup (OAV), Excel Saga (TV), Ikki Tousen (TV), Nodame Cantabile (TV), Slayers Revolution (TV), Toradora! (TV), Love Stage!! (TV), Honey and Clover (TV), R.O.D. -The TV-, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Shakugan no Shana, Witch Craft Works (TV), Anime Mirai 2015,and much, much more.
 

 
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PokeBattle! Rules and Sign-Up are now UP.

 
 
 

For those interested in our popular event PokeBattle!, where Live Action Pokemon battles take place, we now have the rules posted along with the ability for teams to sign-up. You will need to be in Pokemon cosplay (Kigurumis are okay) when battling.
 

 
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Steve Blum

Steve Blum
With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, "Amon" from Avatar: The Legend of Korra and TOM from Toonami.
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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer and director. As an actress, she portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress.
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Yuji

Yuji Matsukura
Yuji Matsukura quickly emerged from the ranks of his field and become one of the best known producers of J.C.STAFF. He has produced a countless number OAV's and recurring anime series with dozens of series to credit.
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Mitsuru "Mick" Kouzai

Mitsuru “Mick” Kouzai
Mitsuru "Mick" Kouzai has been a professional animator and manga artist in Japan since 1993. Mick has worked on a vast list of well known anime and game series as a CG artist and CG director. He is the founder of Studio GX.
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Yuka

Yuka
Yuka, making her US debut at San Japan, She creates show stage costumes for traditional Japanese musical instrumental band and many other artist. Yuka is also the designer of her Corset brand "Shiki", which are gorgeous corsets made from Kimono and Obi.
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