Anime-ZAP! is an Illinois anime convention that started as an instant Illinois anime con in Peoria, Illinois after Pokettokon was cancelled in 2010. The first Anime-ZAP! was announced just 72 hours before it happened, and there were over 160 attendees that first year. The second year, at the Holiday Inn City Centre, had 400+ attendees. This third year is excited to return to the same hotel – the Holiday Inn City Centre was renamed to the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton early in 2012. This hotel and convention center offers over 12,000 feet of event space, for a huge rave, dealer’s room and artist’s alley, and providing plenty of space for convention events.
Featured events include a samurai swordsmanship class, late night rave dance, cosplay masquerade contest, and a manga library with over 1500 manga. Other events include anime screenings, a boffer battlefield, collectible card gaming, a comedy standup workshop, Dante’s Fabulous Date Auction, a hall cosplay contest, lolita fashion, cosplay photoshoots, and more.