Saboten Con is an American anime convention held in Phoenix, Arizona and organized by Monkey Paw Entertainment. The convention is held on Labor Day weekend and lasts for 4 days (Fri-Mon). It is currently hosted at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. Saboten Con is the largest anime convention in Arizona with attendance reaching 6,745 (unique) / 20,983 (turnstile) for the 2015 event.
Saboten Con gains its name by combining the Japanese name for Cactus “Saboten” and adding the word “con” for convention at the end. The cactus helps reference the conventions roots in Arizona which is home to many species of cactus.
There is never a lack of things to do at Saboten Con, whether it be panels, merchandise, meeting industry guests, and more. Here is some of what this years con offers:
Cherami Leigh, Morgan Berry, Yuko Miyamura, Johnny Yong Bosch, and more are attending this year!
From Senpai Chit Chat with industry guests to AMV Contest to Are you smarter than a Hokage!?, there are multiple panels for everyone!
Concerts and Live Music:
The JO STARS, Hollow Mellow, Daisuke Hasegawa, Kazha, and more are performing!
There will be a Cosplay Photo Contest, a Cosplay Closet, Cosplay panels, and much more!
From RPG’s and Zelda to Pokemon GO and Overwatch, the con has you covered if you are a gamer!
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Saboten Con. In addition to everything we have already mentioned, there will be anime and maid cafes, a vendors hall to shop, nightly themed raves, and tons more! You can find out more on the convention’s Official Website or Facebook Page.