Banzaicon News

  • Panelist Guest Announcement: Borderline Panels

    Borderline Panels is an NC-based panelist who volunteers at anime conventions across the region. Borderline has hosted panels, game shows and other events at cons since 2014, and is very excited to attend Banzaicon this year!

  • Panelist Guest Announcement: Samurai Dan

    The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, running a traditional samurai training center in Iowa, and have a combined 35 years of experience.

    Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

    Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

  • 2024 Photoshoots

    Do you plan on organizing a photo shoot and want to make sure everyone knows about it?  This year, we’re making it easier to put your shoots together by offering signups which are now live!

  • Guest Announcement: Kazha

    Kazha is a rock band founded by a Japanese singer-songwriter Kazuha Oda (Kazha) and a guitarist Hideki Matsushige in 2009.

    Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer who has worked in various genres of music from Classic to Heavy Metal. Her work has appeared on the iTunes Top 100 charts of numerous countries for a significant amount of time. She is an Official Ambassadors of “Music Export Memphis” and currently touring nationally, representing the Birth Place of Rock’n’Roll Memphis, Tennessee.

    After the release of their first album in 2010, Kazha made its first U.S.A. debut performing at San Francisco’s Asian Heritage Celebration, sharing the stage with hip-hop group Far East Movement. In September 2010, the band made its first Anime Convention debut at Colorado’s Premier Anime Convention “Nan Desu Kan.” They also appeared at “Vianco Expo” and made their debut in Mexico that same year. Since then, they have been performing at numerous Anime and Comic Conventions and Festivals around the world. Kazha has shared the stage with national artists such as George Lynch, Tracii Guns, LA Guns, Y&T, Tantric, and Trapt until now. Around 2015, the band gradually started to move their base of operations to Memphis, TN. Since then, they have been featured on local broadcasts such as WREG News Channel 3, Channel 24, and WMC Action News 5.

    Kazha represents a new future of music: a fusion of cultures and musical view points that create their sound, combining the softness of a falling feather and the heaviness of a hurricane.

  • Banzaicon 2024 Room Block is Now Live!

    Room booking info

    Book your room

    You can book using the above link, or 1-866-247-3572 and referencing group code: 44180

    2 Queen bed room OR King Bed Room: $149 + tax  This rate is for single and double occupancy. Additional people(max 4) are $10 each per night.

    This room rate expires on February 6th 2024.

  • Banzaicon 2024 dates!

    Banzaicon 2024 will be held on March 8th – 10th 2024! Keep checking back and follow us on social media for more updates!