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AkibaFest Policies and Rules

Film Screening Rooms/Panel Rooms

All programming rooms/theaters have limited capacity as set by the LA Fire Department and subject to available seating. Although your AkibaFest general admission badge or wrist band is required for entry into all events, it doesn't guarantee you access to any programming session if it has reached its capacity, subject to the discretion of Aratani Theater, Downtown Independent Theater and AkibaFest staff members. We don't clear our programming rooms between sessions.


AkibaFest believes in creating an environment where every attendee, exhibitor and staff member is treated with respect and dignity, and does not tolerate any act of bullying or harassment. If an attendee of any type is believed to be in violation of our rules, they will be asked to leave immediately without reimbursement of any kind. AkibaFest employs professional security guards who enforce our rules and regulations, as do our staff members. Please report any serious incidents or concerns to a AkibaFest Staff Member, as identified by their badge or uniform.


We have a strict policy of checking weapons to ensure that they are only props. The security guards at the entrance will check yours and place a band on it to show that it's been approved. The responsibility to get this weapons check performed is yours, so please don't sneak in without it. We reserve the right to deny access to anyone who presents a public safety or security issue in our sole discretion.

The following items are forbidden at AkibaFest:
  • All firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for real firearms)
  • Projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, slingshots and water guns)
  • Metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)

We allow prop weapons if they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. We allow prop bows if all arrows have soft tips.

Autograph Session Rules
  1. Bring an item to be signed.
    • As a general rule, only one item will be signed.
    • All items must be officially licensed. Bootlegged products and fan art will not be signed. The final decision to sign or not sign is subject to guest’s and autograph staff’s discretion. Attendees are recommended to bring a backup item.
  2. Autograph Area is on the 2nd floor of Doubletree Hotel in front of Golden State Ballroom.
    • Please refer to the event schedule on or printed AkibaFest program guide for the hours of autograph sessions.
    • Lines start 30 minutes prior to each session.
  • Autograph sessions are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice
  • If you have questions about the autograph session or policy, please ask an autographs in the autograph session area or email
Attendance for minors

All minors 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children ages 0-5 can attend for free.

No clown costumes or masks

In light of the recent incidents and notoriety of pranksters wearing clown costumes (creepy or otherwise), and because AkibaFest wishes to foster an environment where everyone involved is treated with respect and dignity, AkibaFest requests that no clown costumes or masks be worn to or at the event. AkibaFest reserves the right to deny entrance to any attendee or exhibitor wearing or possessing a clown costume or mask, in its sole discretion. AkibaFest further reserves the right to report all suspicious activity involving clown costumes or related masks to the LAPD and other local law enforcement to help to ensure the safety of all.