Setsucon, Pennsylvania’s winter anime convention, which has been run annually since 2007, returns to the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania this coming April 9-11, 2021, celebrating 15 years of bringing anime, manga, gaming, cosplay, and Japanese culture to Central Pennsylvania and beyond.
The weekend-long convention brings nearly 1,500 fans from over 25 states (& Canada) and celebrates all things anime and Japanese culture, through panels, industry guests, exhibitors, artists, musical performances, and so much more. Some of the highlight events each year are the Cosplay Masquerade, Setsu Odori Late-Night Dance, Iron Cosplay Contest, and Gaming Gauntlet Tournament. Other activities include panels from fans and guests, video gaming tournaments, Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, fandom and educational events, shopping in the exhibitors hall, and anime voice actors. Setsucon 2020 saw voice actors Billy Kametz (Promare) and Faye Mata (KONOSUBA), geeky-belly dancing troupe Antipode, cultural anthropologist Charles Dunbar, nerdy disc-jockey DJ Awesomus Prime, and international recording artists Kohei Hattori and TiA take the stage.
Usually held each, January, the shift to April is due to the COVID-19 pandemic to give the convention the best chance of being able to safely bring the Setsucon experience to anime fans across the country. Additionally, Setsucon will be adding more programming on Friday evening – as part of the enhanced Friday programming schedule.