San Jose Convention Center | San Jose, CA

September 1-3, 2018

CrunchyRoll Expo



Cosplay is a huge part of anime convention culture, and we’re not looking to limit your creativity, but there are some rules, notes, and suggestions before you come to Crunchyroll Expo in costume…

  • Costumes must be appropriate to wear in public – if you can’t wear it on the streets of San Jose, you can’t wear it in Crunchyroll Expo.
  • Prop weapons are allowed at Crunchyroll Expo as long as they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material.
  • Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons, and the barrel of all prop guns must be covered with brightly-colored caps. No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all.
  • Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot.
  • No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons.
  • No water guns, silly string, vuvuzelas, or fire.
  • Costumes associated with hate speech, prejudice, or discrimination are forbidden.
  • Naked isn’t a costume.

We want everyone at Crunchyroll Expo to be safe, and if our staff feel you’ve got something that isn’t safe, you’ll need to leave it in your hotel room. If there’s a larger or repeated violation, you could risk losing your badge or being removed from Crunchyroll Expo without refund. Play by our rules, and we’ll have a lot of fun playing together!


Crunchyroll Expo is an open celebration of anime and its fans, and harassment of any kind is the opposite of the community we want to create.

Crunchyroll is committed to fostering an atmosphere where attendees can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience, and we have zero tolerance for harassment, groping, stalking, or inappropriate photography.

Harassment includes, but isn’t limited to, verbal defamation based on gender, gender identity, or gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion; deliberate intimidation; following or stalking; forceful or nonconsensual photography or recording; sustained disruptions; and nonconsensual physical contact or sexual attention.

If you feel uncomfortable or harassed, please speak with a staff or security member so we can make it right. If you engage in harassing conduct at Crunchyroll Expo, you could risk losing your badge or being removed from Crunchyroll Expo without refund.  Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at Crunchyroll Expo and will not be tolerated.


Crunchyroll Expo is committed to supporting the best of anime and manga. As such, counterfeit items, bootlegs, knock-offs, or other pirated items are not welcome at Crunchyroll Expo. Exhibitors selling counterfeit items may be removed from the event, banned from future editions of Crunchyroll Expo, and risk criminal prosecution.

Fan art and fan crafts are allowed in Artist Alley as long as the creator is at the table and the work follows our guidelines. We want to celebrate fans of anime and manga and their artistry, and we encourage original prints, crafts, comics, etc, but mass-produced fan works or fan works that use, alter, or directly copy licensed, copyrighted material (including – but not limited to – character art, background art, logos, etc) fall under our bootleg policy and are prohibited.

Do not create buttons, pins, bags, keychains, T-Shirts, etc. with official art or any art that isn’t yours. Don’t trace, copy, or place Photoshop filters over someone else’s work and call it your own. If you display fan art or fan crafts which don’t follow this guide, you may be asked to remove it from display by the Crunchyroll team or risk being removed from the show.

It is the responsibility of every exhibitor and artist to follow this policy.


Crunchyroll Expo attendees and participants grant their permission to be photographed or recorded by Crunchyroll Expo staff and volunteers. By entering you inherently grant Crunchyroll Expo permission to use such images or footage for archival or promotional purposes without compensation or acknowledgment.


Crunchyroll Expo provides accessibility bracelets to those with mobility, vision, hearing, or other difficulties at our Info Desk at Registration. Each bracelet allows an attendee and one companion to…

  • Queue at the front of our Exhibit Hall line – entering after VIPs
  • Queue at the front of any Main Stage line – entering after VIPs
  • Sit in designated Accessibility Seats
  • Move to the front of Autograph Lines

Accessibility bracelets do not provide free admission to Crunchyroll Expo or guaranteed admission to any event. Tickets are still required for admission to ticketed events. Accessibility bracelets do not allow the wearer to skip to the front of autograph ticket or event ticket lines.

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Crunchyroll Expo 2018