November 2nd - 5th 2017 in Downtown Detroit
Cobo Center & Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
This year Youmacon is proud to announce and honor several guests from overseas who work in the Japanese anime and video game industry—SAWA, Mamoru Yokota and Junichi Hayama. SAWA (oftentimes credited as Nadia) is known for her lyrics and vocals on the soundtracks of “The World Ends With You,” “K-ON,” “Hetalia,” “Overlord,” “Final Fantasy Type-0” and many more! She is extremely excited to meet all of her US fans for the first time at this year's Youmacon and answer your burning questions about the Japanese music industry. In terms of animation, we have two veterans of the anime industry. Yokota has worked on shows such as “Kanon,” “Air,” “Death Note” and “Naruto” as well as video games such as “BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II.” Hayama worked on “Fist of the North Star,” “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood,” “Gundam Build Fighters” and “Yu-Gi-Oh: The Dark Side of Dimensions.”
Registration for Youmacon 2017 is now closed, however badges will still be available at-the-door inside Cobo Center. For more details, check out our Registration Page.
Pre-Registration for 3-day badges has been extended through September 30th.
Get yours now and avoid the worst of the line!
Let the battle begin! Ten contestants with powerful voices have been chosen and will battle against each other in a contest of vocals to be the YoumaIdol! Come on in and watch these talented performers give it their all to claim victory. Show the contestants your support as you watch them battle through two grueling rounds to claim the title. Who will be the next YoumaCon Idol?
ONLINE Auditions open August 1st.
*Songs must be in Japanese (or non-English anime-related song) and less than six minutes in length. Audition songs may be in another language.
*Printed lyrics may not be used. Vulgar lyrics are not permitted.
The background music must be a karaoke version, without main vocals. You may create your own karaoke version with a vocal remover in a program like Audacity or Adobe Audition if necessary, but must be okayed by Kojika first.
*Deadline is September 25th.
*Singers may audition as duet, but will be counted as one contestant. Only up to 3 duets will be accepted into the contest, so please consider wisely.
*IMPORTANT! With your audition, please include your name, your nickname (if preferred), the song title and artist/series, AND your age. If the e-mail you send it from is not the e-mail you wish to be contacted at, please also include the desired e-mail. If you are over 18, you may put 18+ for age.
(anyone who fails to abide by contest rules is subject to disqualification)
In late September, ten entrants will be chosen to perform in the exhibition at Youmacon, as well as five runner-ups. Contestants chosen to perform at the event should have two songs prepared to sing. Audition songs may be used as an entry. Further information will be requested of contestants in the notification e-mail. You can also follow us here
At the convention, contestants must be checked in by half an hour prior to the contest. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All contestants will perform in an initial round, then the judges will choose five finalists for a final round. The final round will determine the first, second, and third place contestants.
Limited at-con auditions will be accepted as space and time allows.
*Number of entrants and rounds subject to changed based on initial auditions"
Enjoy the Maid Cafe? Want to be a part of it? Youmacon's Maid Cafe is still looking for committed, fun-centric staff. All volunteers for the event receive a fully comped 3-day badge. Click the link to find the Facebook Application!
Think you have what it takes to DJ for Youmacon 2017? The submit your application today!
It's that time of year again! Time to bust out your best works of Anime, Music, and other formats for our annual Fan Art Theater Competition (AMV Contest.) The Deadline for this year is October 7th 2017. We accept all forms of footage into our competition which includes anime, manga, live action, video games, cartoons, and MORE! For more information and to access our rules and entry system click the image below or head here.
Youmacon is not only Detroit's first and only Anime Convention, it's also one of the fastest growing fan conventions in the country! Last year over 21,000 individuals joined us in downtown Detroit to enjoy our 24 hour programming, great industry guests, cosplay contests, and our epic video game room.
Entering our thirteenth year, Youmacon 2017 will be held at the newly renovated Cobo Center, as well as the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
While you're waiting for more updates, you can visit our Registration Page to purchase your badge at a discounted rate, or stop by our location page to learn more about where Youmacon takes place. You can also join our community on our forums, or on social media.