Essence of Fandom: Like a Dragon & Yakuza Experience Announced

Looks like a great event upcoming for fans of the genre.

Get ready to unleash the dragon at Essence of Fandom: Like a Dragon & Yakuza Experience, a celebration of the series proudly presented by Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio at Lounge 21 in Anime Expo!

Join the master of ceremonies VampyBitMe for an unforgettable night filled with themed activities and special guests. Series Chief Producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto, and Kazuhiro Nakaya, the Japanese voice actor behind Ichiban Kasuga and Akira Nishikiyama, will join the festivities to chat about the series.

Sing along to your favorite tunes in the Ichiban Karaoke Competition invitational featuring other special guests, strike your best poses in photo opportunities with cosplayers, dance the evening away like it’s Friday Night, and more. Special gifts will be given to attendees (while supplies last) and cosplay is heavily encouraged!


  • Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024
  • Time: 8:00pm – 2:00am PST
  • Location: Lounge 21 – Los Angeles Convention Center Concourse Hall
  • Entry:
    • Saturday Anime Expo access via 1-day or 4-day pass required for entry and a separate ticket to Essence of Fandom is also required for entry.
    • Tickets for Essence of Fandom: Like a Dragon & Yakuza Experience will go on sale on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 12pm PST at $20 per person and are limited to 650. More details (including ticket link) to come.
  • This is a 21+ event requiring a valid government-issued photo ID

Stay tuned for further announcements regarding Essence of Fandom: Like a Dragon & Yakuza Experience including ticket sales on X at @RGGStudio.

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