Ushicon is an 18+ only Japanese animation convention taking place in Round Rock, TX, just on the north edge of Austin.  We’re celebrating our 13th year in operation and our 8th as an 18+ only convention.  In many respects, we’re like most anime conventions in that we have video theaters, anime industry guests, an arcade, a tabletop gaming room, a dealer’s room, an artist alley, panels, workshops, a maid cafe, and game shows.  What really sets us apart though is the age limitation.  The atmosphere at Ushicon is much more laid back than you would see at most all-ages conventions, and feels a lot more like a community of anime fans, thanks to our smaller size.  By the end of the weekend, you’ll probably have made a few new friends and may even recognize most of the people you see, even if you don’t know their names yet.

So, why are we 18+ only?  Well, I’ll refer you to the next post for that explanation.

Although we’ve been operating as an age restricted convention for the past four years, we still frequently get asked “Why are you an 18 & older convention? It sounds like a hentai convention.” The simple answer is this: we’re recreating the atmosphere of an old-school anime convention when convention attendees were mostly made up of college students.

It’s not a secret that when Ushicon went on hiatus in 2006, we couldn’t reconcile our core values of respecting content creators with the attitudes from the growing attendee population of younger generations. It’s fantastic that anime is getting more popular by the day, but the all-ages show at Ushicon 5 simply wasn’t the convention we set out to make back in 2002. When we returned in 2011, we implemented our 18 & older policy to promote specific values in our celebration of anime: maturity and respect.

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