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Venue Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
Location(s) Dallas, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 1992

AnimeFest is an anime convention started in 1992. It is an annual four-day event held over Labor Day weekend in Dallas, Texas. AnimeFest is one of the oldest conventions in the country, although 1997 and 2000 were skipped. It has gone through a minor change in its name, due to capitalization, and the loss of capitalization of part of its name and the addition, and then the loss, of an exclamation point (Fest to FEST! to Fest once again).


The convention features cosplay, American voice actors from anime, artists, vendors and exhibits, panels, workshops, and gaming. AnimeFest's events focus on aspects of anime, manga, video games, and Japanese culture. AnimeFest started regularly having bands in 2001.


Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 5, 1992 Richardson Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Dallas, Texas
February 5–7, 1993 Holiday Inn North Park Plaza Hotel
Dallas, Texas
450 Ichiro Arakaki, Matt Greenfield, Dwayne Jones, John Ledford, and Kevin Winkler.[2]
November 1993 Richardson Courtyard by Mariott Hotel
Dallas, Texas
140 Fred Patten.[3]
November 4–6, 1994 Holiday Inn North Park Plaza Hotel
Dallas, Texas
September 1–3, 1995 Doubletree Hotel at Park West
Dallas, Texas
November 1–3, 1996 Clarion Hotel Dallas
Dallas, Texas
September 4–7, 1998 Omni Dallas - Park West
Dallas, Texas
September 3–6, 1999 Holiday Inn DFW Airport North
Dallas, Texas
750 Gilles Poitras.[8]
August 31 - September 3, 2001 Hotel Inter-Continental
Dallas, Texas
1,300 Bôa, Steve Bennett, Bonsai Society of Dallas, Austell Callwood, Rodney Caston, Scott Kurtz, Bruce Lewis, Mark Mandolia, Scott McNeil, Dan Minut, Kirby Morrow, Krista Perry, Doug Smith.[9]
August 30 - September 2, 2002 Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas
Dallas, Texas
1,800 Arik Renee Avila, Rodney "Largo" Caston, Michael Coleman, Dallas Kiyari Daiko, The Gline, Kyle Hebert, Bruce Lewis, Kitaki Mayu, Scott McNeil, Kirby Morrow, Stephanie Nadolny, Chris Patton, Krista Perry, Monica Rial, Kristine Sa, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[10]
August 29 - September 1, 2003 Hotel Inter-Continental
Dallas, Texas
2,350 Arik Renee Avila, Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Michael Dobson, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Kato Kazuhiko, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Chris Moujaes, m.o.v.e, Stephanie Nadolny, Dr. Susan J. Napier, Chris Patton, Krista Perry, Ramen and Rice, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Aaron Romo, and Doug Smith.[11]
September 3–6, 2004 Hyatt Regency Dallas - At Reunion Tower
Dallas, Texas
2,725 Greg Ayres, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kyle Hebert, Kumiko Kato, MAX, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Vic Mignogna, Chris Moujaes, Chris Patton, Krista Perry, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Aaron Romo, Brianne Siddall, and Sean Teague.[12]
September 2–5, 2005 Hyatt Regency Dallas - At Reunion Tower
Dallas, Texas
3,301 Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Caitlin Glass, Kyle Hebert, Jonathan Klein, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Scott McNeil, r*k* Milholland, Krista Perry, Ramen and Rice, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Maaya Sakamoto, Carrie Savage, Stephanie Sheh, Doug Smith, and Shinichirō Watanabe.[13]
September 1–4, 2006 Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas
4,127 yoshitoshi ABe, Greg Ayres, Chris Cason, Lindsay Cibos, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Flow, Rivkah Greulich, Kyle Hebert, Jared Hodges, Taliesin Jaffe, Bruce Lewis, Jamie McGonnigal, r*k* Milholland, Ramen and Rice, Monica Rial, Carrie Savage, Doug Smith, and Yasuyuki Ueda.[14]
August 31 - September 3, 2007 Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas
4,629 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Beau Billingslea, Greg Dean, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Quinton Flynn, Shukō Murase, Jeff Nimoy, Monica Rial, Dai Satō, and United Fellas.[15]
August 29 - September 1, 2008 Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Hannah Alcorn, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Josh Grelle, Matt Herms, Ross Hines, Steve Horton, Chuck Huber, Akiharu Ishii, Bruce Lewis, Jamie McGonnigal, Scott McNeil, Shuhei Morita, Carli Mosier, Dai Satō, J. Michael Tatum, and Jeong Mo Yang.[16]
September 4–7, 2009 Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Dallas, Texas
Shinji KIMURA, Junichi TANIGUCHI, Dai Satō, Chuck Huber, Troy Baker, J. Michael Tatum, Bruce Lewis, Misako Rocks!, Greg Dean, Johnny Yong Bosch, David Doub, J. Grant & Mel Hynes, Randy Millholland, tsutchie, Eyeshine, Ramen and Rice.[17]
September 3–6, 2010 Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Dallas, Texas
Kazuyoshi Katayama, Dai Satō, J. Michael Tatum, Bruce Lewis, Greg Ayres, Chris Rager, Matt Herms, Amelie Belcher, David Doub, Channel M, David Willis, Two Lumps, Joel Watson, NIRGILIS.[18]
September 2–5, 2011 Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Greg Ayres, Amelie Belcher, Bowling for Soup, Leah Clark, Terri Doty, David Doub, J. Grant, Mel Hynes, Carrie Keranen, Cherami Leigh, Bruce Lewis, Dai Satō, Jan Scott-Frazier, Spike Spencer, J. Michael Tatum, Cristina Vee.[19]
August 31 - September 3, 2012 Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, Texas
Robert Axelrod, Mark Crilley, LeetStreet Boys, Cherami Leigh, Bruce Lewis, Bryan Massey,[20] Sayo Yamamoto, Dai Satō, Yoshimitsu Yamashita, Koji Morimoto, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Arina Tanemura,[21] Ramen and Rice, Mark Stoddard, Kristen McGuire, Two Lumps, Amelie Belcher, Blind Squirrel Props, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Greg Wicker, DJ Johnny Violence, DJ Blade, DJ Bleuwulf.[22]
August 30 - September 2, 2013 Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, Texas
August 15 - 18, 2014 Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel
Dallas, Texas


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  2. ^ "AnimeFest / Conniption 1993 Information". Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
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  4. ^ "AnimeFEST 1994 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
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  10. ^ "AnimeFEST 2002 Information". Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
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  16. ^ "AnimeFest 2008 Information". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  17. ^ "AnimeFest 2009 Guest List". Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  18. ^ "AnimeFest 2010 Guest List". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  19. ^ "AnimeFest 2011 Information". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  20. ^ "AnimeFest 2012 Information". Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  21. ^ "Dallas' Anime Fest to Host New Lupin III's Director Sayo Yamamoto". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  22. ^ "Guests". Retrieved 2012-07-29. 

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