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.”

 

What is Youmacon?

Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.

Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, “Live Action Mario Party”, emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.

Wearing costumes, or “Cosplay” as it's known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plumbers in overalls on the escalator, only to meet someone dressed as Edward Elric or Master Chief from Halo minutes later.