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11 fun things to see and do at San Japan XI

August 28, 2018

Thousands of anime fans geeking out for three days across three downtown San Antonio locations? It could only add up to San Japan, South Texas’s largest celebration of Japanese animation and pop culture.

Billed as San Japan XI: Magical Universe, this year’s convention casts its spell Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center, with ancillary programming at the nearby Grand Hyatt San Antonio and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk hotels.

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All the real estate helps. Last year’s San Japan drew more than 17,000 “otaku” — that’s basically your Japanese word for geek — to various panels, concerts and other activities. And there’s no missing those animated attendees, especially the ones who cosplay as their favorite characters in dynamic DIY costumes.

This year’s San Japan promises just as much spectacle.

Click through the slideshow to see 11 San Japan XI highlights worth catching.

René A. Guzman is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rguzman@express-news.net | Twitter: @reneguz

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