Need things to do this weekend? It’s time to nerd out at these Florida anime events.

Does Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z sound familiar?

From anime’s presence in the 70s and 80s with shows like Speed Racer and Astro Boy to the fan surge in the 90s with Pokemon – the art that keeps fans on the edge of their seats has contributed significantly to pop culture with its odd and quirky characters, dreamy worlds and original storytelling.  

For those who don’t know, anime is a style of animation originating in Japan. It’s characterized by stark, colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots, often with fantasy or futuristic themes, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

So where can you experience the fun?

Every year, nerds across Florida band together for some of the country’s largest anime festivals. Whether you’re a dedicated cosplayer or a casual nerd, grab your friends because there’s plenty to do from meeting celebrity guests to eyeing captivating costume.

Even if anime isn’t your thing, there’s a ton of video games, comic books, Sci-Fi and films to get excited about.

Not sure which festival to go to? Here’s your line-up of Florida anime events.

Collective Con in Jacksonville: April 19 – April 21 | Buy tickets

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Went to Amelia Con for a bit as Toga and accompanied Shinsou and Kirishima for a few minutes. #bnha #bnhacosplay #cosplayer #cosplayers #myheroacademia #togahimiko #toga #togacosplay #ameliacon #collectivecon2019 #collectivecon #megacon #megaconorlando #swampcon #himikotoga #himikotogacosplay

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MegaCon in Orlando: May 16 – May 19 | Buy tickets

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Florida Supercon in Miami, July 4 – July 7, 2019 | Buy tickets

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My Hero Convention in Fort Walton Beach: Aug. 2 – 4, 2019 | Buy tickets

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Meeting so many great cosplayers in Pensacola this weekend. We can’t wait to see you all again in August. #myheroacademia #myherocon #bokunoheroacademia #cosplay #katsuki #bakugou #florida #myheroconvention

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Anime Festival in Orlando:  Aug. 9 – Aug. 11, 2019 | Buy tickets

Ancient City Con in St. Augustine: Sept. 20 - Sept. 22, 2019 | Buy tickets

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Lumi-Con in Tampa: Oct. 25 - Oct. 27, 2019 | Buy tickets

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