Anime Expo 2023

Anime Expo, the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, is set to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 1 to July 4. With an impressive lineup of panels, premieres, and special events, attendees can expect an unforgettable experience. In this guide, I’ll provide you with a comprehensive itinerary of the biggest panels and world premieres at Anime Expo 2023, ensuring you make the most of your time at the convention.

Anime Expo 2023 promises to maintain the energy of previous years by featuring highly anticipated series like Chainsaw Man, Mob Psycho 100, and Trigun Stampede. While the convention offers a variety of activities, this guide focuses on the major panels hosted by renowned anime studios and industry professionals. Additionally, it’s worth noting that while proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results were required last year, this year’s guidelines have changed, with vaccinations and face masks being strongly recommended.

Anime Expo 2023 Itinerary:

July 1

10:30-11:20 a.m.: Welcoming Ceremony at Main Events.

11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Bungo Stray Dogs Panel at JW-Platinum. Creator Kafka Asagiri discusses the crafting of the popular mystery manga series.

12:30-1:50 p.m.: Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead World Premiere at Petree Hall. Be among the first to watch the anime adaptation of Zom 100 before its release on Hulu and Netflix.

2:00-2:50 p.m.: Bandai Namco Panel at Panel Room 408 AB. Get exciting news on upcoming anime shows and more from Bandai Namco Filmworks, known for works like Mobile Suit Gundam and Cowboy Bebop.

3:15-4:05 p.m.: Netflix J-Content Presentation at Main Events. Discover new information on anime titles like Pluto, Pokémon Concierge, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, and the final season of Beastars.

2:30-3:50 p.m.: Toho Panel at Petree Hall. Join industry professionals from popular anime series like Jujutsu Kaisen, Spy x Family, and My Hero Academia for insightful discussions.

1:45-2:35 p.m.: Studio Trigger Panel at Main Events. Enjoy the world premiere of the first episode of the upcoming series Delicious in Dungeon and get a first look at a new anime from the director of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

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3:00-3:50 p.m.: Mappa Panel at JW Marriott Ballroom. Mappa CEO Manabu Otsuka and producer Makoto Kimura share behind-the-scenes information on their upcoming anime shows.

3:30-4:50 p.m.: The Ancient Magus Bride Season 2 Panel at Panel Room 408 AB. Experience live drawing, cosplay, behind-the-scenes discussions, and the premiere of the first episode of Ancient Magus Bride season 2.

5:00-5:50 p.m.: Spy x Family Panel at LA Convention Center Main Events Hall. Join Crunchyroll for a panel featuring voice actor Takuya Eguchi, who plays Loid Forger in the Japanese cast.

8:00-9:20 p.m.: Mashle: Magic and Muscles Panel at Petree Hall. Voice actors Chiaki Kobayashi and Alek Le, the Japanese and English voices of protagonist Mash respectively, discuss the first season of the anime.

Premieres:

12:15-1:05 p.m.: The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Premiere at Main Event Stage.

1:30-2:20 p.m.: Helck Anime World Premiere at JW Platinum.

5:30 p.m.: Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero Premiere at Room 403.

7:00 p.m.: Malevolent Spirits: Monogatari Cour 2 at LA Convention Room 403.

7:00 p.m.: Masamune-kun’s Revenge R Premiere at Room 403.

7:00 p.m.: Sweet Reincarnation Premiere at Room 403.

July 2

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Fuji TV Panel – World premiere of NieR: Automata creator Yoko Taro’s new anime KamiErabi GOD.app by Studio Bones at Room 403 AB.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Mappa x Crunchyroll Panel – Mappa discusses and gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at popular anime titles like Jujutsu Kaisen at JW-Platinum.

12:00-12:50 p.m.: Dark Horse Manga Panel – Dark Horse reveals new releases and answers questions about manga series like Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Mob Psycho 100, and Berserk at Room 408 AB.

12:00-12:50 p.m.: Production I.G x Wit Panel – Production I.G and Wit present information about shows like the highly anticipated anime adaptation of horror creator Junji Ito’s Uzumaki at Main Events.

1:00-2:20 p.m.: Warner Bros. Japan Anime Panel – Warner Bros. hosts panels for the new seasons of Record of Ragnarok and Bastard!!!- Heavy Metal Dark Fantasy at Room 408 AB.

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1:30-2:20 p.m.: Undead Unlock Panel – TMS Entertainment gives fans a first look at the anime adaptation of Undead Unlock featuring the Japanese voice actors for Shen and Fuuko Izumo at Main Events.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Studio Bones 25th Anniversary Panel – Studio Bones president Masahiko Minami and Cowboy Bebop character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto reveal new info on their upcoming cyberpunk anime, Metallic Rouge, as well as discuss some of their earlier work at JW-Platinum.

2:40-3:30 p.m.: Yoshitaka Amano Panel – A panel with legendary Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano, featuring a live drawing, a discussion of his work, and the announcement of an upcoming anime project at Petree Hall.

3:00-3:50 p.m.: Jujutsu Kaisen Panel – Crunchyroll hosts a panel discussing behind-the-scenes info on the previous and upcoming season of Jujutsu Kaisen with the team behind the show at Main Events.

4:30-5:50 p.m.: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Panel – Aniplex producer Yuma Takahashi and the Japanese voice actors for Demon Slayer’s Tanjiro Kamado and Muichiro Tokito discuss the anime’s latest season, the Swordsmith Village Arc at Main Events.

4:30-5:20 p.m.: VIZ Official Industry Panel – Masakazu Morita, the Japanese voice actor for Bleach’s Ichigo Kurosaki, joins Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead artist Kotaro Takata to discuss the upcoming seasons of their shows at Room 408 AB.

5:30-6:20 p.m.: SEGA Presents: Dragons of Japan – RGG Studio hosts an hour-long panel about the upcoming Like a Dragon game featuring producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto, and the English and Japanese voice actors for Kiryu Kazuma at Petree Hall.

Premiers:

4:30-5:50 p.m.: Kaina of the Great Snow Sea: Star Sage movie premiere at Room 403 AB.

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Bungo Stray Dogs season 5 premiere at JW-Platinum.

7:00-8:00 p.m.: Link Click season 2 premiere at JW-Platinum.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation season 2 premiere at JW-Platinum.

6:00-10:00 p.m.: One Piece 1,000 episode English dub premiere at Grammy Museum Terrace.

July 3

1:30-2:50 p.m.: Crunchyroll Industry Panel – Crunchyroll announces new info about new and upcoming anime to the streamer at Petree Hall.

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3:30-4:20 p.m.: Hi-Fi Rush Panel – Hi-Fi Rush game director John Johanas and voice actors discuss developing Tango Gameworks’ rhythm action game at Room 403 AB.

4:30-6:00 p.m.: My Love Story with Yamada-kun at Lv999 Panel – Aniplex Producer Masami Niwa and Yamada voice actor Koki Uchiyama talk about the rom-com gaming anime’s first season at JW-Platinum.

7:00-7:50 p.m.: Persona 3 Reload Panel – Atlus West gives players a behind-the-scenes peek at the remake of its beloved RPG series at Petree Hall.

7:00-8:20 p.m.: Shin Megami Tensei 35th Anniversary – Atlus looks back on the past games and gives players a “glimpse into the future” of its RPG series at Room 411.

Premieres:

10:00-11:20 a.m.: Rurouni Kenshin premiere at Main Events.

12:00-2:20 p.m.: The First Slam Dunk movie premiere at Main Events.

5:00-5:50 p.m.: Undead Murder Farce premiere at Room 403 AB.

6:00-7:50 p.m.: Gridman Universe Premiere at JW-Diamond.

6:30-8:00 p.m.: Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out movie premiere at JW-Platinum.

8:30-9:20 p.m.: Dark Gathering premiere at Room 403 AB.

12:00 p.m.: The Rising of Shield Hero season 3 premiere at JW-Diamond.

July 4

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Undead Unlock Auditions – TMS Entertainment and Bang Zoom! Studios host open auditions for visitors to land a role in its upcoming anime, Undead Unlock, at Main Events.

10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m.: Horimiya: The Missing Pieces Panel – Crunchyroll hosts a panel for the rom-com spin-off of Horimiya featuring the anime’s director and Izumi Miyamura voice actor Kouki Uchiyama and a sneak peek at the first episode at Room 408 AB.

Premieres:

11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.: The Eminence in Shadow season 2 English dub premiere at Petree Hall.

11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.: The Final Stroke Part 2 premiere at Room 403 AB.

1:45 p.m.: Rent-a-Girlfriend season 3 premiere at Room 403.

1:45 p.m.: I’m in Love with the Villainess premiere at Room 403.

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony at Main Events.


In conclusion, these are the major events happening at Anime Expo. Stay tuned as we continue to cover the exciting developments in the world of anime.

Written by

Naveen Mehta

Naveen is a book enthusiast by day and an anime junkie by night. With a knack for getting lost in stories that rattle his brain, he's often found immersed in a plot twist or debating book vs. movie adaptations. Dive into his world, but be prepared for some spirited blogs! 📚🍜🌌