The 2023 Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong will take place from July 28-August 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The 24th edition of the mega event will feature a cosplay contest and a competition to select Japanese girl group hopefuls.

During the five-day event, visitors can walk through the exhibition space and check out limited-edition and fan-made creations at more than 500 stalls. Fans of Tony Wong Chung-loong, known as the Godfather of Hong Kong comics, will get to see the legend at the SAR’s comic con. 

Cosplay contestants on the stage for Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong.
The highlight of Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023 will be the cosplay competition (© Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong via Facebook)

This year’s cosplay competition will have international contestants from Japan, France, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan for the first time in three years. Cosplayers can enter the event for free on the last day (August 1). The winner of the competition will get HK$6,000.

In addition, this year’s event will host the final of the Canvas Project idol competition — Hong Kong’s first contest to select members of a Japanese girl group. The last round of the contest will feature 10 finalists showing off their dance and musical performance skills on July 31.

Five contestants compete onstage during the initial rounds of the Canvas Project idol competition in Hong Kong in front of an audience.
Ten finalists of the Canvas Project idol competition will take the stage at Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023 on July 31 (© Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023 via Facebook)

Noteworthy among the exhibition areas is the Creative Paradise zone, which will feature 242 stalls selling self-made products. There’s also an Original Comic Contest for Chinese comic artists from across the world, and the World of Mobile games for those who want to compete in esports competitions.

Fans of Garfield the cat and the lovable Monchhichi can check out exhibitions dedicated to the popular characters. Visitors can also take pictures with cosplayers dressed up as their favourite comic book, superhero, anime, and manga characters.

A group of 8 people pose in front of stalls at Ani-Con & Games Hong Kong. A child in a white t-shirt and olive green shorts (third from left) poses with cosplayers dressed as various versions of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Doctor Strange.
Visitors can take pictures of cosplayers dressed as fan favourite characters (© Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023 via Facebook)

The Elefunpop Art & Toy Show will return to the convention and will showcase the latest art toy figures and limited-edition items by designers from across the world.

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Tickets are priced at HK$42 (standard), HK$150 (with a fast pass and postcard set), and HK$300 (three quick-entry passes). They are available on the ACGHK app and designed convenience stores.

Visitors can visit the convention from 10am-9pm from July 28-August 31, and 10am-8pm on August 1.

For more information about Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023, visit the event website.

Header image credits: Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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