Indulge yourself in Vegas’ Sabakon Yearly anime, pop culture, and gaming convention

Now on its tenth year, Sabakon offers visitors a variety of activities and shops annually. Tickets at the door are more expensive than purchasing them online.
Rating: A-
Photo Courtesy: Kamiran Hinton

Alexis Park All Suite Resort, 375 E Harmon Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Sept. 6-8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Entering its 10th year, Sabakon is an annual convention in Las Vegas centering around Japanese animation, video games from around the world and western popular culture. Sabakon provides visitors with a variety of entertainment and shopping opportunities. Hosted at the Alexis Park resort, it allows people flying in from other states easy access to the convention. 

Walking into the building, my eyes were greeted with a crowd of people in line for at the door tickets. The majority of people going to the event were dressed up as characters from anime and video games, which is known as a cosplay. A few notable ones I saw were a group cosplaying the virtual pop group K/DA, a Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and Ralsei from Deltarune

Sabakon is set up to have multiple rooms which each host their own environment, such as a shopping center or a gaming tournament room. Though I didn’t participate, the gaming room had multiple tournaments hosted throughout the day, particularly for ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.‘ Prizes for winning were sometimes offered by some of the vendors or by the contestants themselves building up a prize pool, including money, small gifts and even figurines. 

The shopping center is where I spent most of my time. Over 30 vendors were selling their own variety of items and were eager for anyone to make a purchase. The most common items being sold included figures, posters and other memorabilia from various anime. 

I picked up a few pairs of socks, pins and a poster from the shopping center, and even got a custom pin commissioned by one of the vendors for only $5. Prices were all relatively fair, with the more expensive items usually being imported from Japan. 

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Other buildings included a relaxation room and a stand where multiple events were hosted throughout the day, one of them being a duet of singers.

Sabakon provides enough entertainment for a fair price to last about four hours; the only issue I had was running out of things to do after that long. More things to do for visitors as well as a few complimentary snacks would be a few ways the convention could improve. Luckily, I had friends with me, which allowed me to have fun the entire day without issue. If you plan on going to Sabakon, ensure you bring friends with you so you can fully enjoy the experience.

Overall, I’m glad I spent the $25 to go and I’m definitely looking forward to going back next year. If you want to have a fun, yet unique weekend out with your friends and pick up some exclusive items, I definitely suggest going to Sabakon. 

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