Animecon (Finland)

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Animecon
Animecon 2007 cosplay.jpg
Two girls cosplaying as anime characters during Animecon 2007.
Status Active
Location(s) Varies
Country Finland
Inaugurated 1999
Attendance approx. 7,000 in 2007, together with Finncon[citation needed]
Organized by

1999-2011 Various organizations,

2012-present KAMY
Website
http://www.animecon.fi/

Animecon is anime convention in Finland, held annually over a weekend in varying Finnish cities.

Animecon was organized as a joint project between anime clubs throughout Finland, facilitated by the communications hub Suomen Animeunioni (The Finnish Anime Union).[1] The convention was first established in 1999 as an outgrowth of the science fiction anime fandom of the sci-fi convention Finncon,[2] expanded into a separate event about anime in general. Animecon and Finncon have been held in conjunction, sharing premises but no events; they even often held separate opening ceremonies. In 2012 Animecon was held at Kuopio for a first time and the convention has remained there since then.

The two drew some 5200 visitors in 2004[3] and 5500 in 2006[citation needed], peaking at 5000 on Saturday during the three-day event.[4] After the 2007 conventions, an organizer cited the number of visitors as an estimated 7000.[5] Animecon II was the first major cosplay event in Finland, [6] and the practice has been noted for its abundance in later ones.[4]

History[edit]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 1–3, 2003 University of Turku
Turku
4,000 Jonathan Clements.
July 10–11, 2004 University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä
5,200[citation needed] yoshitoshi ABe and Jonathan Clements.[7]
August 18–20, 2006 Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
Helsinki
9,000[citation needed] Paul Gravett.[8]
July 14–15, 2007 University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä[9]
7,000[citation needed]
July 26–27, 2008 Tampere Hall
Tampere[10]
9,000[citation needed]
July 10–12, 2009 Kaapelitehdas
Helsinki[citation needed]
Jari Lehtinen
July 14-17, 2011 Turku[11] Himeka, Yukihiro Notsu
July 14-15, 2012 Kuopio Music Centre
Kuopio
Yoshihiro Takahashi, Team 4 Star, Benzaie
July 13-14, 2013 Kuopio Music Centre
Kuopio
DJ Sharpnel, Spoony, Benzaie
July 12-13, 2014 Kuopio Music Centre
Kuopio
Kaoru Mori

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eturautti, Kyuu (2005). "Kotimaan katsaus (A domestic look)". Anime magazine (01): pp. 42. 
  2. ^ Joukamaa, Mauno (2006). "Animecon: Kuinka kaikki alkoi (Animecon: How it all began)". Anime magazine (13): pp. 08. 
  3. ^ "Jyväskylän Kesä veti väkeä". Turun Sanomat (in Finnish). 2004-07-14. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  4. ^ a b Eturautti, Kyuu (2006). "Tervetuloa coniin! (Welcome to the con!)". Anime magazine (14): pp. 40–45. 
  5. ^ Animecon V home page. Accessed on 2007-09-03. "Kävijöitä oli erittäin paljon, arvoiden mukaan n. 7000." (We had an abundance of participants, estimates put their number at around seven thousand.)
  6. ^ Escapism in Japanese style (2006), Tuomas Tiainen, Free! magazine. Accessed on 2007-09-03.
  7. ^ "Finncon / Animecon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Animecon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Animecon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Animecon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  11. ^ "2011 Finncon-Animecon". 2011.finncon.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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