Anime Expo

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Anime Expo
AnimeExpo-Logo.png
Anime Expo logo
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga
Venue Los Angeles Convention Center
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 1992
Attendance 80,000 (2014)
Organized by Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
Filing status Non-profit
Website
http://www.anime-expo.org/
Naruto Cosplay at Anime Expo 2006
2010 Expo

Anime Expo, abbreviated AX, is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA). With rare exceptions, the convention is traditionally held on the July 4th weekend and lasts for four days. While currently hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in the past Anime Expo has been held in other locations such as Anaheim, San Jose, New York, and Tokyo. The convention is the largest North American anime convention as of 2013.[1]

Events and programming[edit]

Anime Expo features many events and activities during the convention for attendees to take part in such as guest panels, table top gaming, competitions, an arcade, and concerts.

Top attractions include events such as the Masquerade cosplay contest, the Anime Music Video (AMV) competition, Battle of the Bands, and SPJA’s Charity Auction. In addition, Anime Expo hosts a multitude of industry Guests of Honor (GoH), including notable music artists who often hold large concerts at AX. Anime Expo also has a large variety of focus panels, workshops, and events, some of which are fan or industry sponsored. Finally, there are also a number of film and video rooms presenting anime screenings that run all day and night.

Much like other conventions, Anime Expo also features a large scale exhibit hall where attendees can purchase a variety of products from a wide range of exhibitors. This exhibit hall also features an artist alley where attendees can purchase fan-created art work, as well as other varieties of crafts such as wigs, pins, and cosplay material.

Convention history[edit]

History[edit]

Anime Expo began as an anime and manga convention in Northern California. Many of its original staff came from Anime Con, an anime convention held in San Jose, California in 1991, and later absorbed by the SPJA in 1992. In 1994, Anime Expo made a strategic relocation to Southern California and has resided there since.

The convention continues to thrive due to the growing popularity of anime and Japanese popular culture and maintains a strong draw due to the many notable Japanese guests it has been known for. It currently holds the title of North America's largest anime convention, a title which it has consistently held every year except 2003 in which its attendance was slightly edged out by east coast convention Otakon.[2] From 1,750 attendees in 1992, Anime Expo's size has increased to over 80,000 in 2014, which makes Anime Expo the largest anime and manga convention in North America.

As of March 2009, Chief Executive Officer Trulee Karahashi, who had been a part of Anime Expo and the SPJA in various capacities for 11 years, left the organization.[3][4]

In September 2009, former Universal Studios executive Michael Lattanzio was hired as the SPJA's new CEO.[5][6]

In January 2010, eight members of Anime Expo's upper management team (ConCom) publicly resigned over irreconcilable disagreements over the direction of the organization set forth by the SPJA's new CEO. One significant point of contention was the new CEO's decision to refocus and restructure the SPJA's marketing efforts starting with the dismissal of a PR and marketing contractor that the organization had a close working relationship with since 2004. Additionally, two other personnel had already left for other reasons, leaving only the vice chair and two others as returning members of the previous year's team.[7]

As of September 2010, Michael Lattanzio was released from his CEO position.[8] Then SPJA Chairman of the Board Marc Perez, became acting-CEO; In August 2011 he stepped down from the Board of Directors to take over as a full-time CEO (as required by the SPJA bylaws).

In early 2012, Anime News Network reported that Anime Expo suffered a $1.2 million loss in 2010.[9] The 2011 convention saw a $100,000 profit and reduced the outstanding debt to $700,000. The article also stated that one of the creditors, IDG World Expo, will be taking over several aspects of the organization, with guest selection and programming to remain under SPJA control. Additionally, Takayuki Karahashi[10][11] has been elected to Chairman of the Board of Directors.[12]

Convention locations[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
July 3–6, 1992 Red Lion Hotel
San Jose, California
1,750 Jerry Beck, L. Lois Buhalis, Ben Dunn, Robert Fenelon, Lea Hernandez, Seiji Horibuchi, Ken Iyadomi, Shawn Kleckner, Trish Ledoux, Carl Macek, Luke Menichelli, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Keiji Nakazawa, Robert Napton, John O'Donnell, Claude J. Pelletier, David Riddick, Fred Schodt, Buichi Terasawa, Jeff Thompson, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Steve Wang, Robert Woodhead, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[13]
July 2–4, 1993 Parc Oakland Hotel and
Oakland Convention Center
Oakland, California
1,693 Keita Amemiya, Robert DeJesus, Doug Dlin, Robert Fenelon, Peter Goll, Kenji Goto, David Ho[disambiguation needed], Seiji Horibuchi, Leo Hourvitz, Yasuhiro Imagawa, Junco Ito, Michitaka Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Makoto Kobayashi, Steve Kyte, Trish Ledoux, Carl Macek, Helen McCarthy, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Robert Napton, Yasushi Nirasawa, Martin Oulette, Wil Overton, Claude J. Pelletier, Jeff Pidgeon, Fred Schodt, Jan Scott-Frazier, Masatoshi Tahara, Takayuki Takeya, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[14]
July 1–3, 1994 Anaheim Marriott Hotel and
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
2,057 Allen Hastings, Shoji Kawamori, Izumi Matsumoto, Jan Scott-Frazier, Minoru Takanashi, and Nobuteru Yuuki.[15]
June 30–July 2, 1995 Los Angeles Airport Hilton
Los Angeles, California
2,138 Amy Chia, Danger Productions, Allen Hastings, Leo Hourvitz, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Noboru Ishiguro, Jay Miao, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Koichi Ohata, Nobuyuki Ohnishi, Jan Scott-Frazier, Ryoei Tsukimura, Satoshi Urushibara, and Kinji Yoshimoto.[16]
June 28–30, 1996 Anaheim Marriott Hotel and
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
2,918 Hideaki Anno, Hiroki Hayashi, Noboru Ishiguro, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Leiji Matsumoto, Toshihiko Nishikubo, Hiromasa Ogura, Koichi Ohata, Ai Orikasa, Mamoru Oshii, Jan Scott-Frazier, Yumi Takada, and Kenichi Sonoda.[17]
July 4–6, 1997 Los Angeles Airport Hilton
Los Angeles, California
3,826[18]
July 3–5, 1998 Anaheim Hilton and Towers
Anaheim, California
4,883 Mika Akitaka, Akira Kamiya, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Yasuhiro Nightow, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Yuu Watase, and Takahiro Yoshimatsu.[19]
July 16–18, 1999 Anaheim Hilton and Towers
Anaheim, California
6,400 Mika Akitaka, Mari Iijima, Yoko Kanno, Hiromi Matsushita, Lisa Ortiz, and Gilles Poitras.[20]
June 30–July 3, 2000 Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, California
9,700 Rika Fukami, Keiji Gotoh, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Noboru Ishiguro, Akira Kamiya, Yukio Kikukawa, Mahiro Maeda, Yutaka Minowa, Range Murata, Kazuto Nakazawa, Yasuhiro Nightow, Chiho Saito, Yuu Watase, and Nobuteru Yuuki.[21]
July 5–8, 2001 Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, California
13,000 Hisashi Abe, Morio Asaka, Kia Asamiya, Jo Chen, Masayuki Kojima, Kikuko Inoue, Hidenori Matsubara, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Makoto Uno, and Yuu Watase.[22][23]
July 4–7, 2002 Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, California
15,250 Jo Chen, Hiroaki Goda, Tsukasa Hojo, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Hiroaki Inoue, Yoko Ishida, Noboru Ishiguro, Masashi Ishihama, Akira Kamiya, Shoji Kawamori, Maria Kawamura, Yukio Kikukawa, Hideyuki Kurata, Koichi Mashimo, Koji Masunari, Hidenori Matsubara, Toshiharu Murata, Mamiko Noto, Puffy AmiYumi, Nobuhiro Watsuki, and Takumi Yamazaki.[24]
August 31–September 2, 2002 Marriott New York Marquis
New York, New York
5,500 Akitaroh Daichi, Noboru Ishiguro, Yoko Kanno, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Takao Koyama, Taro Maki, Koji Sugiura, Atsushi Takeuchi, Yoshiyuki Tomino, and Shinichiro Watanabe.[25]
July 3–6, 2003 Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
17,000 yoshitoshi ABe, Kazuki Akane, Duel Jewel, Rebecca Forstadt, Crispin Freeman, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Mitsuru Hongo, Taliesin Jaffe, Yuki Kajiura, Yousuke Kuroda, Mahiro Maeda, Atsuko Nakajima, Liam O'Brien, Koushi Rikudo, Goro Taniguchi, Misa Watanabe, Kazuki Yao, and Nobuteru Yuuki.[26]
January 16–18, 2004 Sunshine City Convention Center
Tokyo, Japan
4,919 Shō Aikawa, Ken Akamatsu, Hiroshi Aro, Crispin Freeman, Fred Gallagher, Yuichi Hasegawa, Saki Hijiri, Ryusuke Hikawa, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Imaitoonz, Isamu Imakake, Mutsumi Inomata, Noboru Ishiguro, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Takehiko Ito, Yutaka Izubuchi, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Satomi Kodama, Rie Kugimiya, Akira Kushida, Tomomi Michizuki, MIQ, Nao Nagasawa, Hiroshi Negishi, Tetsuya Nishio, Hiroyuki Okiura, Romi Park, Akemi Takada, Nozomu Tamaki, Kana Ueda, Under17, Yoshihiro Yonezawa, and Reina Yoshimura.[27]
July 2–5, 2004 Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
25,000 Koichi Chigira, Kate Davis, Hiromi Hirata, Yoko Ishida, Masashi Ishihama, Shinichiro Kimura, Hideyuki Kurata, Lee Myung-jin, Wendee Lee, Michael Lindsay, Masao Maruyama, Shino Masanori, Koji Masunari, Yuji Matsukura, MIQ, Minoru Murao, Range Murata, Toshiharu Murata, Satoshi Nishimura, Kazufumi Nomura, Tomonori Ochikoshi, Yoshiyuki Okamura, Ichiro Okouchi, Kaoru Ozawa, Tadashi Ozawa, Cindy Robinson, Michelle Ruff, Katsushi Sakurabi, Soichiro Sano, Carrie Savage, Tomokazu Seki, Ren Usami, Cindy Yamauchi, and Reina Yoshimura.[28]
July 1–4, 2005 Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
33,000 Hunter Mackenzie Austin, Greg Ayres, JB Blanc, Johnny Yong Bosch, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Siobhan Flynn, Crispin Freeman, Ugetsu Hakua, Rachel Hirschfeld (voice actress), Ryo Horikawa, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Osamu Kobayashi, Tsuneo Kobayashi, Kotoko, Sara Lahti, Wendee Lee, Range Murata, Liam O'Brien, Hiroshi Osaka, Maaya Sakamoto, Carrie Savage, Tomokazu Seki, Miho Shimogasa, J.D. Stone, Helena Taylor, Wendee Tomson, Kazue Yamamoto, and Akihito Yamashita.[29]
July 1–4, 2006 Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
40,647 Laura Bailey, CLAMP, Crispin Freeman, Toru Furuya, Noboru Ishiguro, Yutaka Izubuchi, Koge-Donbo, Tomoki Kyoda, Mana, Vic Mignogna, Seiji Mizushima, Hiroshi Nagahama, Atsuko Nakajima, Mick Takeuchi, and yozuka*.[30]
June 29–July 2, 2007 Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, California
41,671 Tetsuo Araki, Michael Arias, Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Minori Chihara, Leah Clark, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Justin Cook, Caitlin Glass, Yuko Goto, Kate Higgins, Aya Hirano, Yuuna Inamura, Eisaku Inoue, Chiaki Ishikawa, Taliesin Jaffe, Satoru Kannagi, Hideo Katsumata, Takāki Kidani, Masaru Kitao, Ralph Lister, Mike McFarland, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Halko Momoi, Shuhei Morita, Hiroshi Nagahama, Sumire Nanohana, Tomonori Ochikoshi, Tony Oliver, Oreskaband, Kate Oxley, Takaharu Ozaki, Brina Palencia, Josh Phillips, Orion Pitts, Brandon Potter, Dai Sato, savage genius, Patrick Seitz, Stephanie Sheh, SKIN, Anna Tsuchiya, Kounosuke Uda, and Travis Willingham.[31]
July 3–6, 2008 Los Angeles Convention Center
Nokia Theater
Los Angeles, California
43,000 Yamila Abraham, Masahiro Ando, Ayane, Greg Ayres, Cameron Baity, Mike Fasolo, Fullmoon 13, GaGaalinG, David Hayter, Masamitsu Hidaka, Yoko Ishida, Jyukai, Hiromi Kato, Hideyuki Kikuchi, Kuro, LM.C, Chris Many, Johnathan Meza, Vic Mignogna, Jason C. Miller, Jeanette Moffat, Shoko Nakagawa, Tony Oliver, le Peruggine, Riku, Tom Root, Kaeko Sakamoto, Patrick Seitz, Toshihiko Seki, Kevin Shinick, Akemi Takada, Saiko Takaki, Thee Out Mods, VelBet, and Travis Willingham.[32]
July 2–5, 2009[33] Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
44,000[34](unique); 109,000 (turnstile) Yamila Abraham, Seth Green, Morning Musume, Tsunku, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Atsushi Nishigori, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Toshimichi Mori, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yasuhiro Nightow, Satoshi Nishimura, Seiji Mizushima, Hangry & Angry, Kari Wahlgren, Karan Ashley, Robert Axelrod, Steve Cardenas, Walter Emanuel Jones, Catherine Sutherland, Barbara Goodson, Nakia Burrise, Blake Foster, Patricia Ja Lee, Selwyn Ward, Roger Velasco, Dan Southworth, Cerina Vincent, Reggie Rolle, Amy Miller, Brandon Jay McLaren, Monica May, Vic Mignogna, Moi dix Mois,[35] Satsuki,[36] Tomo Asaha[37]
July 1–4, 2010[34] Los Angeles Convention Center
Nokia Theater
Los Angeles, California
105,000 (turnstile)[38] Yuu Asakawa,[39] Kyle Hebert, Sophia, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Shinichi Watanabe, DJ CHUCKY, M-Project, m1dy, GUHROOVY, NO+CHIN and DJ Schwarzenegger,[40] Kenji Kamiyama, Satoru Nakamura and Tomohiko Ishii,[41] Katsuyuki Konishi, AKB48, MELL, Rei Hiroe, May'n, Megumi Nakajima, Yoko Kanno (Surprise Guest), Horie Yui, Danny Choo, Eri Kitamura, BENI, RSP, Masakazu Morita, Saki Aibu, Cast of "Kisaragi": Nezumi Imamura, Yousuke Asari, Masahiro Usui and Yuichirou Nakayama, Vic Mignogna, Johnny Yong Bosch, Cristina Vee, Jason Miller
July 1–4, 2011
(20th Anniversary –
“Year of the Fan”)[42]
Los Angeles Convention Center
Nokia Theater
Los Angeles, California
47,000 (unique);[43] 128,000 (turnstile)[43] Vic Mignogna,[44] Danny Choo, Kalafina,[45] Hatsune Miku,[46] Sohei Niikawa,[47] Takanori Aki, Miyuki Sawashiro, Thousand Pounds Action Company,[48] Kenta Sugano, Katsuyuki Hirano, Maon Kurosaki, Izumi Matsumoto,[49] Fred Gallagher,[49] Hiroyuki Itoh, Wataru Sasaki, I-Ku-Ra, Kozue Aikawa, Maam, COCO, Yuzuki, Toshihiro Fukuoka, Onyx Kobayashi, Nirgilis, Seiji Mizushima, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Taliesin Jaffe, Stephanie Yanez, Cristina Vee, Richard Epcar, Takaki Digitarou Kosaka; Tetsuro Araki, Masayoshi Tanaka and Kentaro Hashimoto of Madhouse Studios
June 29–July 2, 2012 Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
49,400 (unique); 130,000 (turnstile) LiSA,[50] Steve Blum,[51] Danny Choo,[52] Jamie Marchi,[53] Animetal USA, Cyril Lumboy, Gallery of Fantastic Art (GoFa): Kei Toume, Range Murata, Izumi Matsumoto; Yuki Kajiura, FictionJunction, Monica Rial, Minami Kuribayashi, ayami, Kouki Yoshimune, Thousand Pounds Action Company, Misako Aoki, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Tatsuo Sato, Ryo Horikawa, Jessica Nigri, Ei Aoki, Hikaru Kondo, Rikiya Koyama, Morio Asaka, Kunihiko Hamada, Takuya Tsunoki, Ian Sinclair, Joel McDonald, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Kyle Hebert
July 4–July 7, 2013 Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
61,000 (unique); 161,000 (turnstile)[54] Eric Vale,[55] Kyle Hebert, Christopher Sabat, Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine, Mari Okada, Danny Choo, Starmarie, Ram Rider, Noizi Ito, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Kazuhiko Inoue, Keigo Sasaki, Kaya, Moon Stream, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, Megumi Han, Masaaki Yuasa, George Wada, Porno Graffitti, CELL, Nobuhiro Kikuchi, Kazuchika Kise, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Vic Mignogna, Ryohei Huke, Aya Ikeda, Carat, KANAME☆
July 3–July 6, 2014 Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
64,000[56]-80,000+ (unique);[57] 220,000+ (turnstile) Linda Ballantyne, Karen Bernstein, Katie Griffin, Susan Roman, Stephanie Morgenstern,[58] Toby Proctor, Mary Long, Ron Rubin, John Stocker,[59] Kimura U, Saaya Hayashida, Eiko Tanaka, Yoshiki Sakurai, Giada Robin, Tasha and Doremi,[60] angela, Eir Aoi, Kazuki Nakashima, SUSHIO, Yousuke Toba, Ami Koshimizu, Ryoka Yuzuki,[61] Yutaka Yamamoto, Reki Kawahara, abec, Vic Mignogna, Danny Choo, Keiji Inafune, Kazuhiko Tamura, Yoshitaka Kawaguchi, Kazuma Miki, Gen Urobuchi, Uki Satake, Masahiko Minami, rePlay: Symphony of Heroes, Eru Matsumoto, Sonya Belousova, Luna Tsukigami, Michael Sinterniklaas, Keith Silverstein, Sean Danconia, Masakazu Morita, Jennifer Cihi, Fuminori Kizaki
July 2–July 5, 2015 Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
TBD (unique); turnstile total TBA TBA

Other Anime Expos[edit]

The SPJA has twice run conventions outside of California: Anime Expo New York in 2002, and Anime Expo Tokyo in 2004.

Anime Expo New York[edit]

Anime Expo New York (AXNY) was held in 2002 in the Times Square district of New York City, New York.[25] The event was originally a joint effort with Central Park Media and its industry event, Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF). Due to differences, the event ran as separate entities within the same time frame and venues, with BAAF hosting the theatrical film screenings, and Anime Expo New York hosting the convention. The events shared some resources, with notable guests listed in the program guides of both events. The SPJA ran the event in order to demonstrate that it could run events outside of its home state of California. The event was a precursor to Anime Expo Tokyo which ran in Tokyo, Japan in 2004.[27] The SPJA has not run any events outside of California since 2004.

Anime Expo Tokyo[edit]

Anime Expo Tokyo (AX Tokyo) was held in 2004 at the Sunshine City Convention Center in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan.[27] It was not technically organized directly by the SPJA, but rather was organized by the Japanese Association for Science Fiction International Communication (www.jasfic.or.jp)(JASFIC) with assistance from the SPJA. JASFIC had two goals for Anime Expo Tokyo. The first goal was to establish in Japan a non-corporate sponsored convention dedicated to anime. The second goal was to demonstrate to the organizers of the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) that Japan could serve as a suitable venue for conventions that attract foreigners. Although Anime Expo Tokyo did not go on to a second year, JASFIC was ultimately successful in attracting the 65th World Science Fiction Convention to Japan in 2007.

Anime Expo Tokyo had a staggering list of over 40 guests such as manga artist Ken Akamatsu, MiQ, Under17, Hiroshi Aro, and many others, although a small handful had to make last minute cancellations. Anime Expo Tokyo was also the very first Anime Expo that officially hosted guests from the U.S. anime industry such as webcomic artist Fred Gallagher and voice actor Crispin Freeman.[27]

Of Anime Expo Tokyo's 4,249 attendees, approximately 300 of that number were estimated to have traveled from abroad. In addition to the attendance numbers were 240 members of the press, 40 of which were from overseas. An additional 430 people were composed of dealers, guests, or staff.

No plans to host another official Anime Expo outside of California have been announced.

Organizational structure[edit]

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the parent organization which produces Anime Expo, is a federal and California state registered 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation.[62] The operation of Anime Expo is divided into two groups: Entertainment & Operations.

Entertainment has the following divisions: AV Tech, Entertainment Hall, Guest Relations, Interactive Events and Programming. Operations has the following divisions: Exhibit Hall & Registration and Facilities. As of 2013, the SPJA employed 11 employees and over 1,000 volunteers for Anime Expo.

Anime Expo's parent company, the SPJA, has a number of additional paid positions whose roles are to conduct the organization's year-round operations. Such positions also include the: Administration Director, Chief Executive Officer, Finance Manager, HR Director, Marketing Director, and Technology Director. The SPJA also hires consultants for outsourced functions such as: Marketing consultation, Governance & Strategic training, Legal representation, Exhibit sales, and as needed program assistance.

Notes[edit]

  • The 2009 event donated over $29,000 to the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) from the SPJA Charity Auction, announced during closing ceremonies on Sunday, July 5, 2009[34]
  • Masquerade main event was attended by a standing-room only crowd with over 7,200 seats available[63]
  • Total 2010 through-the-doors attendance achieved 105,000 (turnstile), compared to 2009's attendance of 109,000 (turnstile). This was Anime Expo's second attendance decline since its inception.[64]
  • Anime Expo’s 20th Anniversary was celebrated in 2011.
  • July 4, 2011 – Nearly $30,000 dollars raised at the SPJA Charity Auction for the Japanese Red Cross Society to aid in disaster relief.

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