The Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) – Tennessee’s largest anime convention – returns in April with a weekend-long extravaganza. It will be held at the Hyatt Grand Hotel in Nashville on Broadway, across from the Frist Art Museum, from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, 2022.
MTAC is a celebration of Japanese animation and culture, including costumes, music, games and more. This year’s MTAC is titled “MTAC Score!” to emphasize the emphasis on Japanese culture. Note MTAC! is Middle Tennessee’s 20th (annual) anime convention and MTAC operates entirely on a volunteer basis. MTAC is a Nashville-based community effort built around celebrating and educating about Japanese animation, media, and relevant folk arts.
The event features a spectacular mix of celebrity guests, artists, industry professionals, featured events, professional speakers, fan panels, workshops, Q&A sessions, suppliers, contests and more. Notable guests for this year’s event include Aaron Dismuke, Adam McArthur, Bryce Papenbrook, Caitlin Glass, Cherami Leigh, Kari Wahlgren, Ricco Fajardo and Xanthe Huynh.
MTAC has crafted a unique lineup, including Convention Highlight Events, Cosplay Contest, Lip Sync Contest, Otaku Ball, Lolita Tea Party, AMV Contest, Risky Cosplay, Ramen Eating Contest, the Electronic Dance Party, the 24-Hour Table Top and Video Games and dozens of hours of unique presentations throughout the weekend. The MTAC also hosts several vendors, artists and artisans for a wide variety of shopping. Walk-in registration will cost $70 for all three days, with daily options available. More information can be found at: mtac.net
The Middle Tennessee Anime Convention is an annual event dedicated to anime, games, music, and Japanese popular arts and culture, providing enthusiasts and the general public with a forum to share knowledge and passion in our collective interests. MTAC began in 1999 and is currently holding its 20th convention, due to cancellations due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. MTAC is overseen by the Southeastern Pop Arts and Culture Council (SEPOP). MTAC also gives back to the community that hosts it by helping local charities organize campaigns at the convention, as well as fundraising drives throughout the year.
The majority of MTAC participants are between the ages of 18 and 30, from central Tennessee and the rest of the state, with a significant portion coming from across the country, with a female-to-male ratio of about 60:40. The 2022 convention, MTAC Score!, is MTAC’s 20th, styling this year’s convention around sports featured in anime and games. The theme coincides with the Summer Olympics held in Japan from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Previous conventions include: MTAC Lunar – April 19-21, 2019; 18th Battalion MTAC – March 30-April 1, 2018; MTAC Haiku – April 14-16, 2017; 16-bit MTAC – March 25-27, 2016; MTAC 15 in Life – April 3-5, 2015; MTAC In Love – April 18-20, 2014; MTAC Devil’s Dozen – March 29-31, 2013; MTAC Omega – April 6-8, 2012; MTAC Goes To 11 – April 22-24, 2011; MTAC Odyssey – April 30-May 2, 2010; MTAC Ninja – April 3-5, 2009; MTAC Infinity – April 25-27, 2008; MTAC Prime – April 13-15, 2007; MTAC 6th period – April 21-23, 2006; MTAC GO – April 1-3, 2005; MTAC 4.01 Beta – April 2-4, 2004; MTAC Pi – August 9-11, 2002; MTAC 2-1/2 – November 2-4, 2001; and MTAC – December 10-11, 1999.