This article is over 7 years old

Houston Matters

Inside the Universe of Houston Anime Lovers

This weekend fans of anime and Japanese arts and culture will converge on Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center for the Anime Matsuri convention. The gathering includes anime panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, a car show, a fashion show and a general celebration of entertainment from Japan. But you might not know that one facet of […]

Listen

To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:

<iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/1/211846" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>
X

This weekend fans of anime and Japanese arts and culture will converge on Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center for the Anime Matsuri convention. The gathering includes anime panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, a car show, a fashion show and a general celebration of entertainment from Japan.

But you might not know that one facet of Japanese entertainment comes from right here in Houston: Sentai Filmworks is one of only four anime distributors in the States. Paige Phelps tried to find out what it is about the art form that makes its fans so passionate and vocal, and along the way found cultural offshoots that put lovers of Japanese animation in a universe of their own.

  • Attendees in costume at 2015's Anime Matsuri convention in Houston. (Photo Credit: Paige Phelps)
    Attendees in costume at 2015's Anime Matsuri convention in Houston. (Photo Credit: Paige Phelps)
  • Attendees in costume at 2015's Anime Matsuri convention in Houston. (Photo Credit: Paige Phelps)
    Attendees in costume at 2015's Anime Matsuri convention in Houston. (Photo Credit: Paige Phelps)
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

More Information