Although it might not be the biggest state in the country, Arkansas has a dedicated community of anime enthusiasts who come together every year at local events like the Little Rock Anime Festival.

For a small state, Arkansas has a lot to offer anime and manga fans. These conventions provide a great opportunity to meet manga artists, and show off your cosplay skills as your favorite anime characters. Plus, there are plenty of other anime-related events and activities happening throughout the state for you to enjoy.

So, mark your calendar and start planning your next anime convention trip to Arkansas. You’re sure to have a great time and make new friends who share your love for anime.

While you are here, check out some of our best anime-inspired cosplay guides:

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Little Rock Anime Festival 2023February 4-5, 2023Statehouse Convention Center
Little Rock, AR

What to Expect at Little Rock Anime Fest

The Little Rock Anime Fest is a celebration of all things anime, and one of its most thrilling elements is the assembly of special guests. This year’s event has attracted a veritable who’s who of the anime world, including some of the most accomplished voice actors, industry professionals, and cosplay celebrities in the anime biz.

The roster of talent includes Rob Paulsen, Todd Haberkorn, Dante Basco, Ryan Colt Levy, Ian Sinclair, Kara Edwards, Jason Douglas, and Greg Baldwin, all of whom will be on hand to interact with fans. The weekend promises a cornucopia of events, including panel discussions, autograph signings, and other opportunities to meet and engage with these anime luminaries.

Cosplay Contest: What to Do

Want to show off your cosplay skills at the Little Rock Anime Fest? Here’s what you need to know:

To enter, you must sign up at the Cosplay Central booth between 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM. Each category (Masquerade, Kids, Craftsmanship) has a maximum number of entrants, so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot.

  • You must be in costume to enter and your photo will be taken for judging purposes.
  • You may only enter in one contest category and all costumes must adhere to the Cosplay Rules stated on the official website.
  • The Masquerade is a fun and pressure-free way to show off your cosplay on stage
  • The Kids Cosplay Masquerade is for ages 10 and under
  • The Craftsmanship Competition is judged on the craftsmanship of the costume.