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SEGA/ATLUS Attends Anime Expo 2024 With Metaphor: ReFantazio and Sonic Panels, Demos and More

by Rainier on June 24, 2024 @ 2:45 p.m. PDT

SEGA/ATLUS announced their lineup of panels, giveaways, parties, demos and activations for fans at Anime Expo 2024 on July 4-7, 2024 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

ATLUS Presents: The World of Metaphor: ReFantazio Featuring Katsura Hashino & Shigenori Soejima

  • What: Travel beyond Fantasy with Metaphor: ReFantazio! Join Director Katsura Hashino & Character Designer Shigenori Soejima for an exciting panel revealing new information and unseen footage. Explore game development, character designing, and world-building magic.
  • When: Friday, July 5, 2024 at 10:30AM PT
  • Where: Petree Hall

SEGA Presents: A New Era of Shadow – Shedding Light on the Ultimate Life Form

  • What: Shadow is back! Join Takashi Iizuka (Sonic Team Creative Officer), Kirk Thornton and Stephanie Sheh (English voices of Shadow and Maria), as well as Alan Wan, Kevin Molina-Ortiz, and Christopher Luc, (directors of Studio Giggex) as they discuss all things Shadow – his origins, his story in SONIC X SHADOW GENERATIONS, and an upcoming animated short.
  • When: Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 12:30PM PT
  • Where: Petree Hall

Essence of Fandom Party - Like A Dragon & Yakuza Experience

  • What: Join Series Chief Producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto and Kazuhiro Nakaya, voice of Ichiban Kasuga and Akira Nishikiyama for an unforgettable night filled with themed activities and special guests celebrating the series! Dance the night away, race with friends on a “Pocket Circuit” racetrack, capture fun memories with cosplayers and sing your heart out with a special invitational karaoke contest! Like a Dragon fan VampyBitMe will be the party’s Master of Ceremonies. 
  • When: Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 8:00PM - 2:00AM PT
  • Where: Anime Expo Lounge 21
    • This age 21+ event is fully sold out. Saturday access to Anime Expo via 1-day or 4-day pass is required for entry.


  • What:
    • Play the first public demo in North America for Metaphor: ReFantazio, inside a replica Gauntlet Runner and receive a free Metaphor: ReFantazio notebook.
    • Fans who ‘summon a Persona’ through the interactive Persona 3 Reload photo op and post it to social media with the hashtags #EpisodeAigis and #AX2024 will receive a free Persona 3 Reload lanyard.
    • At the Qadištu Cosplayer photo op, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance fans can take pictures with Lilith (Elizabeth Rage), Naamah (Akemikun), Agrat (xfruitcakex) and Eisheth (Notgrima). Fans who take a photo and post to social media with the hashtag #SMTVV will receive a Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance convention bag while supplies last.
  • When: Open to all attendees during Exhibit Hall hours
  • Where: #3720 inside the Exhibit Hall (South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center)

In addition to the above panels, parties and booth activations, Metaphor: ReFantazio Director Katsura Hashino and Character Designer Shigenori Soejima will also be celebrated as Anime Expo Guests of Honor. Fans can meet Hashino-san and Soejima-san during a signing session.

The signing's date, time and location will be shared closer to the event.

A massive Seeker Archetype statue from the game will also be on display at the South Hall, that will feature a photo op station for fans to enjoy.

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