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Friday, February 24, 2012

Zenkaikon 2012 Fun to Continue at New Philadelphia Area Location

Anime and cosplay fans in the Philadelphia area have something great to look forward to this spring! This year’s Zenkaikon will take place from May 11th through 12th. Founded in 2006, 2012 Zenkaikon is now in its 6th year and this year’s event might just be bigger than ever.

Each year Zenkaikon brings a celebration of anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture to the Philadelphia area. This year, fans will get to enjoy two days of fun including video screenings, special guests, concerts, dances, panels, gaming, cosplay, dealers, artists, and more at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

While Zenkaikon was held at The Valley Forge Convention Center during previous years, the 2012 closing of the VFCC for renovations did force Zenkaikon organizers to relocate the Philadelphia area event. The new, well sized, location will provides a great space for this year’s festivities. Although this year’s event will only last for 2 days, negotiations are under way for a 3 day even at the Oaks, PA location for 2013.

Some fans may be disappointed to hear that cosplay chess will not be taking place this year, however, there will still be plenty of opportunities to wear full costume during Zenkaikon’s spring 2012 festivities. Fans should feel free to wear full costume on the convention floor and should definitely dress up for the Zenkaikon dances including the Friday Night Rave where DJ Jurono will be serving up hard dance and Japanese happy hardcore music as well as the Saturday Night Rave at which attendees can expect to hear mash ups of classic video game tunes with the latest in electro/progressive music from DJ Hi5.


Hi there!

Thanks for the great post about our event!

I just wanted to correct one small point in the article. We have indeed been working hard on the location for our three-day 2013 event, but it will not be at the Oaks location. We hope to have some big announcements regarding Zenkaikon 2013 at closing ceremonies for Zenkaikon 2012. :-)

Thanks again for the post, and hope to see you at the con!

Head of Communications, Zenkaikon 2012
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