Anime USA

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Anime USA
Status Active
Venue Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Inaugurated 1999
Attendance 3,608 in 2009
Filing status 501(c)(3)[1]

Anime USA (AUSA) is an annual three day anime convention held during the fall at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The convention was previously held in various locations around Virginia until 2012.


The convention typically features an AMV contest, artist's alley, cosplay contest, dealer's room, host club/maid cafe, LARP, musical performances, tabletop gaming, video rooms, and workshop rooms.[2][3][4][5]


The Northern Virginia Anime Association first organized the convention.[5] Anime USA moved from the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in 2007, a location previously used by Katsucon and Otakon, due to the conventions growth.[2][6] Renovations and the Hyatt Regency Crystal City layout caused problems during the 2008 convention.[7] In 2010, the video games room was located in a sectioned off part of the parking garage, with at times a cap of 45 people, due to crowding and fire marshal concerns.[2] In 2011 the video game room had to moved out of the parking garage due to concerns from the fire marshal, causing board gaming to be cancelled.[8] For 2012, Anime USA moved to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.[5][8]

The convention partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2011 to help an ill girl attend the convention.[1] The conventions charity auction raised $3,621.25 for the Taylor Anderson '04 Memorial Gift Fund in 2011.[9] The charity auction in 2012 benefited The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.[10]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 15–17, 1999 Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel
Arlington, Virginia
Jan Scott-Frazier.[11]
September 8–10, 2000 Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark Hotel at Key Bridge
Arlington, Virginia
200[12] Jan Scott-Frazier.[12]
October 12–14, 2001 Holiday Inn Rosslyn Westpark
Arlington, Virginia
475[13] Jan Scott-Frazier.[13]
October 11–13, 2002 Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner
Vienna, Virginia
800[14] Hiroshi Aro, Steve Bennett, Al Bigley, Keith Burgess, Kelli Shayne Butler, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Christina Chen, Jo Chen, Amy Howard-Wilson, Andy Lee, Hidenori Matsubara, Scott McNeil, Mustard Seed Comics, Tantara "Tani" Person, Pop Mhan, Ryuhana Press, Jan Scott-Frazier, Patrick Strange, Temple Studios, and Terry Tymczyna.[14]
November 21–23, 2003 Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner
Vienna, Virginia
1,500[15] Steve Bennett, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, T. Campbell, Christina Chen, Jo Chen, Greg Eatroff, Sanford Greene, Amy Howard-Wilson, Shimpei Itoh, Carol Jacobanis, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Andy Lee, Jamie McGonnigal, David Newbold, Mio Odagi, Otaku Duet, Chris Patton, Christian Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Patrick Strange, Shawn the Touched, and Terry Tymczyna.[15]
October 29–31, 2004 Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner
Vienna, Virginia
2,339[16] Robert V. Aldrich, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Eirik Blackwolf, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Camino, Ron Chiu, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Janyse Jaud, Shizumi Manale, Monica Rial, Leo Saunders, Carrie Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Sue Shambaugh, Joe Silver, Doug Smith, Shawn the Touched, David Williams, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[16]
November 18–20, 2005 Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner
Vienna, Virginia
2,800[17] Robert V. Aldrich, Greg Ayres, Eirik Blackwolf, Matt Boyd, Ron Chiu, Kara Dennison, Caitlin Glass, Hilary Haag, Yaya Han, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Jezeroth, Pop Mhan, Vic Mignogna, M.o.v.e., Nen Daiko, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Kristine Sa, Leo Saunders, Takafumi Sekiguchi, Joe Silver, and David Williams.[17]
November 17–19, 2006 Sheraton Premiere in Tyson's Corner
Vienna, Virginia
3,482[18] Robert V. Aldrich, Greg Ayres, Eirik Blackwolf, Jo Chen, Karen Dick, Ricky Dick, Crispin Freeman, Marty Gear, Caitlin Glass, Jezeroth, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, MAX, Pop Mhan, Tee Morris, Nen Daiko, Chris Patton, PLID, Monica Rial, Rosiel, Leo Saunders, Patrick Seitz, Brian Wilson, and X-Strike Studios.[18]
November 16–18, 2007 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
Back-On, Capital Area Budokai, Jo Chen, Luci Christian, Tristen Citrine, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Richard Epcar, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Chris Hazelton, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Haruka Miyabi, Tee Morris, Nen Daiko, Ananth Panagariya, Kristine Sa, Patrick Seitz, Ellyn Stern, Amanda Tomasch, Brett Weaver, E. K. Weaver, and Michael Wetterhahn.[19]
October 10–12, 2008 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
3,482[20] Jason Canty, Jo Chen, Lori Collins, Robert DeJesus, Freezepop, Caitlin Glass, Garth Graham, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Matt Herms, Jezeroth, Cherami Leigh, Dave Lister, Tee Morris, Miguel Antonio Nieves, Yuko "Aido" Ota, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, Peelander-Z, Alison Rementer, Antimere Robinson, Patrick Seitz, Allison Strom, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Dirk Tiede, Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, and Brian Wilson.[20]
November 20–22, 2009 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
3,608[21] Troy Baker, Steve Blum, Jo Chen, Leah Clark, The Clockwork Dolls, Lori Collins, Yaya Han, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Matt Herms, Kaya, Dave Lister, Yuko "Aido" Ota, Ananth Panagariya, Quaff, Michael Sinterniklaas, Allison Strom, J. Michael Tatum, and Dirk Tiede.[21]
November 12–14, 2010 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
12012, Takuya Angel, Heidi Arnhold, Kevin Bolk, Breathlessaire, The Clockwork Dolls, echostream, Monica Gallagher, Yaya Han, Lady Ava, Dave Lister, DJ Luminal, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Meghan Murphy, Steve Napierski, Brina Palencia, Promise Sisters, Chris Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Michael Sinterniklaas, DJ Speed Demon, Starlighthoney, Donnie Sturges, and Danny Valentini.[22]
November 18–20, 2011 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
Blood, Kevin Bolk, Eien Strife, Erin Fitzgerald, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, H. A. "Chezhnian" Kennedy, Tina Lam, Wendee Lee, Krys "Ambrosia" Lewis, Dave Lister, Matenrou Opera, Miguel Antonio Nieves, Trina Nishimura, Tony Oliver, Kambrea Pratt, Thom Pratt, Alison Rementer, Monica Rial, Mighty Mike Saga, SiSeN, Micah Solusod, DJ Speed Demon, J. Michael Tatum, and Uncle Yo.[23]
November 9-11, 2012 Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.
Chipocrite, Richard Ian Cox, Charles Dunbar, Marty Gear, Caitlin Glass, Michele Knotz, Phil LaMarr, Cherami Leigh, Dave Lister, Mix Speakers, Inc, Jamie Noguchi, Platform One, Kambrea Pratt, Thom Pratt, Elizabeth Schram, Keith Silverstein, DJ Speed Demon, Paul St. Peter, Danny Valentini, and Video Game Orchestra.[24]
September 13-15, 2013 Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.
Back-On, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Breathlessaire, David Brehm, Byron Connell, Charles Dunbar, Jesse James Felice, Garth Graham, Hiroaki Inoue, Catherine L. Jones, Danny Kang, Dave Lister, Lilith Lore, Mike McFarland, Kyoko Okamoto, Psyche Corporation, Roger Shackelford, Sisen, Christopher Smith, DJ Speed Demon, Starlighthoney, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Kari Wahlgren, Travis Willingham, and Stephanie Young.[25]
October 3-5, 2014 Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.
Steven Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Charles Dunbar, Eyeshine, Charlene Ingram, Kaya, Michele Knotz, Lauren Landa, Schwarz Stein, J. Michael Tatum,[26] and Joshua Hart.[5]
October 30 - November 1, 2015[27] Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.


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  21. ^ a b "Anime USA 2009 Information". Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  22. ^ "Anime USA 2010 Information". Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  23. ^ "Anime USA 2011 Information". Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  24. ^ "Anime USA 2012 Information". Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  25. ^ "Anime USA 2013 Information". Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  26. ^ "Anime USA 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  27. ^ "Anime USA 2015 Information". Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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