Anime South

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Anime South
Venue Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
Location(s) Pensacola, Florida
Country United States
Inaugurated 2005
Attendance 972 in 2009[1]

Anime South is a three-day anime convention held in the city of Pensacola, Florida. The convention also has the distinction of being the first anime convention to garner its seed money from a small number of contributors who desired an anime convention in the area.[2]


Anime South host many events common to other anime conventions, such as anime screenings, panels and workshops, game shows, dealers room, artist alley, video game room, dance, and cosplay events.[3]


Anime South was created by one of the co-founders of Anime USA. Planning took place over a two-month period, after which the largest luxury hotel in the region, The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, was contracted for November 18–20, 2005.[citation needed]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
November 18–20, 2005 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida
463 Lauren Goodnight, Maboroshi, Marc Matney, and Mirana Reveier.[4][5]
November 3–5, 2006 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida
Ashley Clark, Richard Epcar, Chris Hazelton, Vic Mignogna, The Mindless Tripod Experience, and Ellyn Stern.[6][7][8]
December 28–30, 2007 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida
1,210[9] Steve Bennett, Ashley Clark, Richard Epcar, Lisa Furukawa, Yaya Han, Doug Smith, Spike Spencer, and Ellyn Stern.[10][11][12]
January 2–4, 2009 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida
972 AniRage, Ashley Clark, C.J. Collins, Richard Epcar, Vic Mignogna, Meredith Placko, Ellyn Stern, and Carolann Voltarel.[1]
December 18–20, 2009 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Destin, Florida
Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Maja, Meredith Placko, and Patrick Seitz.[13]
December 27–29, 2013 Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Anna Fischer, Katie George, Riki "Riddle" LeCotey, Monika Lee, Lindze Merritt, Jessica Nigri, and Carolann Voltarel.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Anime South 2009 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ Fandino, Daniel (2005-11-03), An Interview with the chairman of Anime South (– Scholar search), retrieved 2007-07-09 [dead link][dead link]
  3. ^ Holt, Keri (2006-11-15), "Anime fans up to speed on dating scene", The Destin Log 
  4. ^ Sherman, Fraser (2005-11-08), "Emerald Coast's first "anime" festival begins Friday", The Destin Log 
  5. ^ "Anime South 2005 Information". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Anime South 2006 Information". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  7. ^ Sherman, Fraser (2006-11-15), "Anime draws hundreds to Sandestin", The Destin Log 
  8. ^ Sherman, Fraser (2006-11-15), "Cartoon voices step into the spotlight", The Destin Log 
  9. ^ Sherman, Fraser (2007-12-26), "Animeniacs: Japanese cartoon lovers to converge on coast", Florida Freedom Newspapers 
  10. ^ "Anime South 2007 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  11. ^ Gant, Andrew (2007-12-29), "No glomping allowed" (– Scholar search), Northwest Florida Daily News [dead link]
  12. ^ Sherman, Fraser (2008-01-02), "Halloween II: The Animeniacs", The Destin Log 
  13. ^ "Anime South 2009 Information". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Anime South 2013 Information". Retrieved 2014-11-01. 

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