New England Anime Society

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The New England Anime Society, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to furthering American understanding of Japanese language and culture through written and visual media. Founded in 2001, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is the parent organization of Anime Boston,[1] one of the largest anime conventions in North America.[2] In 2011, the Boston Phoenix selected Anime Boston as the city's "Best Nerd Gathering", beating out contenders such as New England Comic Con and PAX East.[3] The convention won the award again in 2012.[4]

At Anime Boston 2007, the New England Anime Society announced that they would be starting Providence Anime Conference in the fall of 2008. It was the first anime convention for attendees 21 and older and the first anime convention with a minimum age limit that did not focus on the "adult" aspect of anime and manga.[5]

In addition to anime conventions, The New England Anime Society has also provided assistance with other events such as running anime screenings at First Night Boston,[6] costume contests at Tokyo Kid in Harvard Square, and anime screenings at the Belmont Film Festival in Belmont, Massachusetts and Sudbury Day in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Event history[edit]

The New England Anime Society has produced the following events:[7]

Name Dates Location Atten.
Anime Boston 2003 April 18–20, 2003 Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts[8]
4,110[7][9]
Dance Dance Revolution Tournament August 17, 2003 Playoff Arcade
Worcester, Massachusetts[1]
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2004 December 31, 2003 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
2,063[7]
Arisia 2004's Anime Room January 16–18, 2004 Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
2,283[7]
Anime Boston 2004 April 9–11, 2004 Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
Boston, Massachusetts[10][11]
3,656[7][12]
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2005 December 31, 2004 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[13][14][15]
3000[7][16]
Belmont World Film 2005 - Family Festival April 17, 2005 Belmont, Massachusetts
Anime Boston 2005 April 29 – May 1, 2005 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
7,500[7][17]
Sudbury Day 2005 September 17, 2005 Sudbury, Massachusetts
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2006 December 31, 2005 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][18][19]
Belmont World Film 2006 - Family Festival March 12, 2006 Belmont, Massachusetts
Anime Boston 2006 May 26–28, 2006 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[20]
9,354[7][21]
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2007 December 31, 2006 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][22][23]
Anime Boston 2007 April 20–22, 2007 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
11,500[7][24]
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2008 December 31, 2007 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[6][7][25]
Anime Boston 2008 March 21–23, 2008 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
14,339[7][26]
Providence Anime Conference 2008 October 3–5, 2008 Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island[7][27]
375[28]
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2009 December 31, 2008 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][29]
Anime Boston 2009 May 22–24, 2009 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][30]
15,438
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2010 December 31, 2009 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[31]
Anime Boston 2010 April 2–4, 2010 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][32]
17,236
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2011 December 31, 2010 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[33]
Anime Boston 2011 April 22–24, 2011 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][34]
19,136
Anime Screenings at First Night Boston 2012 December 31, 2011 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[35]
Anime Boston 2012 April 6–8, 2012 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][36]
22,065
Anime Boston 2013 May 24–26, 2013 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][37]
Anime Boston 2014 March 21–23, 2014 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][38]
Anime Boston 2015 April 3–5, 2015 Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts[7][39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Worcester Welcomes Dance Dance Revolution Tournament". The New England Anime Society, Inc. (Press release). 2003-07-28. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  2. ^ Delahanty, Patrick (2010-01-12). "Ten largest North American anime conventions of 2009". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Best Nerd Gathering: Anime Boston". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Best Nerd Gathering: Anime Boston". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Peter (2007-04-24). "A Mac nerd among otaku". Macworld. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  6. ^ a b Brokaw, Leslie (2007-12-30). "Kick off year in film at First Night". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "New England Anime Society: Events". New England Anime Society, Inc. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  8. ^ "New England Anime Society announces Anime Boston 2003". The New England Anime Society, Inc. (Press release). 2002-01-07. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Anime Boston 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  10. ^ Jones, Vanessa E. (2004-07-28). "Girl power - Young women are driving one of the hottest trends in pop culture: Japanese comics". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  11. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (2004-04-14). "Complete Anime Boston Convention Report". Animation Insider. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Anime Boston 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  13. ^ MacLaughlin, Nina (2004-12-24). "The annual New Year's bash rolls on". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Family Festival at First Night Boston 2005". First Night Boston (Press release). 2004-11-26. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  15. ^ PatrickD (2004-12-20). "Boston to ring in the new year with anime". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  16. ^ "First Night Boston 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Anime Boston 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  18. ^ "Central Park Media & New England Anime Society Celebrate 2006". Central Park Media (Press release). 2005-12-29. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  19. ^ "First Night Boston 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  20. ^ Green, Scott (2006-03-30). "Kaiju Rally Party In Boston". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  21. ^ "Anime Boston 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  22. ^ Woodman, Tenley (2006-12-28). "All about Eve: First Night ushers in new year with cultural bang". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2007-02-13. [dead link]
  23. ^ "First Night Boston 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  24. ^ "Anime Boston 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  25. ^ "First Night Boston 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  26. ^ "Anime Boston 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  27. ^ "Providence Anime Conference 2008 announces launch date and Robotech Convention Tour" (Press release). AnimeCons.com. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  28. ^ "Providence Anime Conference 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  29. ^ "First Night Boston 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  30. ^ "Anime Boston 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  31. ^ "First Night Boston 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  32. ^ "Anime Boston 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  33. ^ "First Night Boston 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  34. ^ "Anime Boston 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  35. ^ "First Night Boston 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  36. ^ "Anime Boston 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  37. ^ "Anime Boston 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  38. ^ "Anime Boston 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  39. ^ "Anime Boston 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 

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