SaikouCon, which means “best convention”, is the large scale, annual anime convention of the Lehigh Valley July 27 to 29th at the Allentown’s Econo Lodge Conference Center. Boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans, SaikouCon is excited to be the only large scale annual convention dedicated exclusively to anime, manga, and Japanese culture and pop culture in this area of Pennsylvania. The convention grew out of web magazine Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching soon); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the publishing wing of Nerdy Rock ‘n Roller Productions.
The convention will always remain very hands on and attendee friendly every year, while also maintaining a safe atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the convention to their carefree fullest. SaikouCon promises to remain an all inclusive event where all are welcome to enjoy the fun, friendship, and saftey the con has offered in the past. As always, Cosplay =/= Consent is a very important issue to the staff of SaikouCon, and the same rules and regulations that made SaikouCon Years 1-5 safe havens for cosplayers will be enforced just as strictly at SaikouCon 2018.
After a rocky end to 2017, following the sale by owner and following permanent closure of the hosting venue for SaikouCon 2017, the Allentown, PA based anime convention is back for a sixth year that looks to surpass its fifth anniversary in 2017, with Allentown’s Econo Lodge Conference Center stepping up and taking the convention in after the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown announced their closing and termination of all event contracts on December 8, 2017. The closure and fast reseating and re-establishing that the convention is indeed taking place in 2018 is the reason the con name hasn’t been seen much on the news circuit.
SaikouCon has a slew of returning guests from past years, and several new and very exciting additions for 2018; including some that lay groundwork for guests in future years as well as the new types of programming at SaikouCon. These new foundations are the reason this years convention has been named SaikouCon Evolution, the year will see more emphasis on classical Japanese Culture exploring Japanese Mythology more deeply than ever before in programming, leveled up video game experience, exploring more aspects of Japanese Popular Culture than anime and exploring more of the North American adaptations Tokusatu franchises, a more varied screening docket of titles; sponsored by Funimation Entertainment this year. There will also be an even heavier emphasis on original music than in years past with more musical guests within one show than ever before.