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Published March 1, 2016

Well it’s March and the tickets for AnimeFest in Dallas have gone up a bit. However, that shouldn’t stop you (yes, YOU) from attending the convention this coming Summer. Not only can you meet a bunch of visual novel developers, but there will be several guests form the anime industry to offer their own insight and personal stories. We’ve already talked about Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man) being a part of the festivities, but in the last few weeks, AnimeFest has announced that Shuhei Morita will be one of their guests of honor. Mr. Morita is currently known for Tokyo Ghoul, but was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2013 for his work on Possessions.

Mr. Morita will be joining the aforementioned Shingo Natsume, Kazuhiro Miwa (Eureke Seven: AO, Tokyo Ghoul) and Chikashi Kubota (One-Punch Man, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as Guests of Honor.

Along with announcing Mr. Morita, AnimeFest has also announced that their annual cosplay competition will take place at the Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas. The venue holds 1700 people and the events organizers are looking forward to the new venue for the event. From their press release,

As our con has grown, the cosplay contest has become so popular that even the spacious accommodations in the convention center are no longer adequate to contain the event. The AnimeFest team has been working very hard since the last convention coming up with a plan to let as many people as possible attend and view the contest, and we’ve decided this year to undertake the bold experiment of hosting the event in a separate, but convenient, venue. We’re stoked to give y’all a chance to attend the classiest cosplay in the country.

…Did Trump take over the AFest press office? Either way it should all be very interesting and, as promised, we will keep track of AnimeFest’s announcements until we get to the event itself. If you are in or near the Dallas area, please consider going! Tickets will be $40 until April!