Anime Milwaukee, the city’s biggest fandom event, returns this weekend

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Anime Milwaukee has come a long way since its beginnings as a college anime club. In the 13 years since its inception, the convention has become the biggest fandom event in town, attracting more than 10,000 attendees each year to the Wisconsin Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Officials now estimate the economic impact of Anime Milwaukee in the city at over $3 million.

The convention returns this weekend, from Friday February 11 to Sunday February 13. Attractions include an expansive vendor hall, game rooms, manga library, costume masquerade, and costume battle chess, where attendees take on the role of chess pieces. That’s in addition to guests, including voice actors like Lizzie Freeman, Morgan Berry, and Ciarán Strange, and cosplayer VJ Daguru. (You can see Anime Milwaukee’s guest list here).

Courtesy Anime Milwaukee

On-site registration opens at 7 p.m. Thursday. Programming for the event begins at 11 a.m. on Friday. A weekend ticket costs $70 for an adult and $15 for children.

Guests must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test to enter.

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