Anime Milwaukee

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Anime Milwaukee
Anime Milwaukee logo.
Anime Milwaukee logo.
Status Active
Venue Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Location(s) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Country United States
Inaugurated 2007
Attendance 6,231 in 2014
Organized by Entertainment & Culture Promotion Society[1]

Anime Milwaukee is an annual three day anime convention held during February at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is Wisconsin's largest anime convention.[2]


The convention typically offers anime music videos, an art contest, fashion show, maid cafe, masquerades, movies, rave, tabletop gaming, vendors, and video game tournaments.[3][4][5]


Anime Milwaukee began in 2007 and was founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.[4] In 2011, the convention moved to the Hyatt Regency & Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, which allowed for 24-hour programming.[4] Attendees who preregistered for Anime Milwaukee in 2013 could receive a discount for the Distant Worlds concert held the day before the convention on February 14th, 2013.[6] The convention shared space in 2014 at the Wisconsin Center with Pheasant Fest, a hunting convention.[7] The combined conventions economic impact were expected to be $1.5 million.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
February 29 - March 2, 2008 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Darrel Guilbeau, Peter Paik, Mandy St. Jean, and Sonny Strait.[8]
February 27 - March 1, 2009 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Todd Haberkorn, Wendy Powell, and Yamila Abraham.[9]
March 12 - 14, 2010 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Martin Billany, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Chris Niosi, Wendy Powell, Chris Sabat, The Spoony Bards, and Uncle Yo.[10]
February 18 - 20, 2011 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center[2]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Mike McFarland, Trevor A. Mueller, Monica Rial, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.[11]
February 17 - 19, 2012 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3,492[12] Robert Axelrod, Martin Billany, Chris Cason, Alan Evans, August Hahn, Trevor A. Mueller, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.[12]
February 15 - 17, 2013 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Delta Center
(formerly Frontier Airlines Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4,816[13] Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Todd Haberkorn, Trevor A. Mueller, The Pillowcases, Alexis Tipton, Nobuo Uematsu,[13][14] Arc Impulse, Ian Sinclair, and Midwest Karaoke Madness.[15]
February 14 - 16, 2014 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center[7]
(formerly Delta Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6,231[16] Leah Clark, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, DJ Jeffito, Jamie Marchi, Meishi Smile, Bryce Papenbrook, DJ Phoole, The Pillowcases, Romance, Patrick Seitz, Ian Sinclair, Christopher Smith, theotoxin, and David Vincent.[16]
February 13 - 15, 2015[17] Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 11 - 13, 2016[18] Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  1. ^ "Third Annual "Anime Milwaukee" convenes Feb 15-17". VISIT Milwaukee. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee Convention returns, doubles attendance". OnMilwaukee. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ "The Fashion of Anime". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Anime convention is moving downtown". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Cosplay and “maid cafés”: A field guide to the 2012 Anime Milwaukee convention". A.V. Club. 
  6. ^ "Anime Milwaukee Partners with Distant Worlds". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  7. ^ a b "Two conventions with very different interests converge on Milwaukee this weekend". WISN 12. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2008 Information". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2009 Information". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  10. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2010 Information". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  11. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2011 Information". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  12. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2012 Information". Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2013 Information". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  14. ^ "Nobuo Uematsu to attend Anime Milwaukee". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  15. ^ "Anime Milwaukee Takes Over". DHS Knightly News. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  16. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  17. ^ "Anime Milwaukee 2015 Information". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  18. ^ "Anime Milwaukee 2016 Information". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 

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