Pop Asia

Welcome Back Fans!

We’re excited to launch Pop Asia at Emerald City – a new show feature (similar to our Cosplay Central, Gaming or Family HQ areas) entirely dedicated to anime, manga, k-pop and more! Located on Level 6 in the WSCC, rooms 611-614, come hand out with your fellow otakus in  areas dedicated to hands on activities as well as interactive experiences, gaming, exhibitors, community groups and more!

Looking to capture your moments at the show for the gram? Of course you are – so we’ve front-loaded Pop Asia with some cool, anime-inspired photo sets just for you! Snap a selfie under our cherry blossoms, or unite in a group-shot in our high school classroom set. A definite Kickstarter to your experience.  

Want to take a load off from the Show Floor and just read all the manga you can get your hands on? Heard about a new title and want to see what all the fuss is about? You're in for a treat ECCC fans – The Manga Library is the place to be.

We’re providing as much manga as WE can get our hands on for YOU! Stop by and take a gander at our home-grown lending library! Best news – if you've got a ECCC badge, that's all you need! Stop by and dive into something great. And don’t forget to come with suggestions yourself! We’re always looking for new titles to add to the collection.

Consulate General of Japan, Seattle –

The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle assists Japanese nationals living in Washington, Montana, and Northern Idaho and works together with local communities to promote Japanese culture and facilitate a variety of exchanges. As the official representative of the Government of Japan in this region, the Consulate strives to strengthen bonds of mutual friendship and understanding between Japan and its neighbors in the Pacific Northwest.  Please visit our table in Pop Asia and enjoy our panel presentations.  (

Study and Work in Japan: Japanese Government Scholarships & The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program - Study or work in Japan! Learn about various Japanese Government scholarships & the JET Program. The JET Program is a full-time job opportunity which aims to improve foreign language education in Japan as well as encourage international exchange at the local level. The Coordinator for both of these programs will be in attendance.

Thu, Dec 2, 2021

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM


Samurai Undressed: Get up close and personal with, the samurai!  Their influence can be seen in comics, anime and gaming. Learn about what was beneath their armor figuratively and literally! See an actual demonstration of how the armor was worn & what a typical foot soldier may have carried. Hear about places to visit in Japan if you’re a fan of these ancient warriors!

Sat, Dec 4, 2021

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM


Story Time with the Consulate: Japanese Folktales

Have you heard of the boy who was found inside a peach? How about the man who could magically make flowers bloom or the crane who could turn into a young girl? All cultures have a rich history of folktales.  Passed from one generation to another these stories entertain as well as teach important lessons in life. Join the Consulate-General of Japan as we present some of the most famous traditional Japanese folktales.   

Note: Some stories may include a character death.

Thu, Dec 2, 2021 - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Fri, Dec 3 – Sun, Dec 5 – 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Family HQ - WSCC 210


My Hero Academia Cast Q+A: Class 1-A is in the building! The cast of My Hero Academia is coming to Emerald City Comic Con and they want to see you at this can’t-miss cast Q&A. Featuring Justin Briner (Izuku Midorya), Lucy Christian (Ochako Uraraka), Clifford Chapin (Katsuki Bakugo), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki) and Monica Rial (Tsuyu Asui) – this panel is sure to be PLUS ULTRA!

Fri, Dec 3, 2021

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Main Stage - Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom


Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga: From the ancient weird energy of mononoke to the rise of yokai in the Edo period, Japanese storytellers have a well of frights to draw on. Kabuki artists like Tsuruya Namboku IV spun ancient folklore into modern stories. Ukiyo-e artists like Yoshitoshi Tsukioka amped up the gore and writers like Ryunosuke Akutagawa refined the shock into terror. This is the inheritance of horror that modern manga artists have continued to build upon. ‘Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro’ artist Shigeru Mizuki was one of the first to use Japan’s folkloric past in manga, followed by second-wave artists like Hideshi Hino and Tsunezo Murotani and modern artists like Junji Ito and Gou Tanabe. Learn more about this legacy of horror!

Sat, Dec 4, 2021

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM



Anime Art Basics: Learn the fundamentals of the anime and manga drawing style! Beginning with proportion/anatomy and ending with basic lighting and color theory learn how to draw and adapt the keystones of this popular genre with your own flair. Oh! And learn how to draw hands. Yes really!

Sun, Dec 5, 2021

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM



Samurai Sword Sparring: Join us to learn some basics of samurai sword sparring! Ancient samurai lived and died by their swords called katana or kom do. Sparring and cutting practices were key parts of their training and you too can learn some of these techniques! The lessons include several blocks and attacks with practice swords in a safe setting. Bring a friend to practice with! Ages 10 and up.

Multiple sessions a day available – Check the schedule for all times and locations.


Screenings: To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers, and more screenings available all throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for all of the details!


Fan Meet-Ups: From Anime to K-dramas, Genshin Impact to Squid Games – find your fan groups for a casual meet-up all weekend long. Check the schedule for official times and locations. Not sure what to do at a meet-up? Here’s some helpful tips: Come ready to geek-out. Meet new folks. Take group photos. Enjoy the fandoms!

Don’t forget to check the schedule for everything that’s happening on-site!