Anime Evolution

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Anime Evolution
Anime Evolution logo.png
Anime Evolution's logo.
Status Active
Venue University of British Columbia
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Country Canada
Inaugurated 1998
Attendance 7,000 in 2015[citation needed]
Organized by Vancouver Anime Convention Society

Anime Evolution is an annual three-day anime convention held in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada organized by AE Convention Corp. until 2010 and by the Vancouver Anime Convention Society since 2012. It was traditionally held in August until 2012 before moving to June and then later July.


Anime Evolution's programming, like many other anime conventions, includes anime screenings, anime music video contests, game shows, panels, workshops, cosplay events, vendor and artist rooms, and video game groups.[1]


Anime Evolution was originally known as Anime Showcase,[2] and was held in 1998 by the SFU ARC club. It was a two-day showing of anime that was supposed to be held annually, with the help of the Vancouver Japanese Animation Society, the University of British Columbia Anime Club, and V-SWAT. In 2001 it was renamed Anime Evolution and in 2003 became a full anime convention. It has grown each year since 1999, and had attendance of over 4,200 people in 2007. In 2008, due to booking issues, it was held at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, B.C., rather than its past location at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, B.C.[2] In 2011, due to legal and financial issues facing AE Convention Corp., Anime Evolution 2011 was cancelled, and future AE Convention Corp.-sponsored conventions were put on hiatus.[3] Anime Evolution returned in 2012 under a new organizer, the Vancouver Anime Convention Society, and ran as a shortened, 2-day version of the convention in November, dubbed Anime Evolution: Akimatsuri.[4][5] In 2013, Anime Evolution returned to the 3-day summer event format, celebrating its 10th anniversary. In 2014, Anime Evolution teamed up with Cos & Effect and Vancouver Gaming Expo to create Northwest Fan Fest.[6] In 2015, Anime Evolution split from Northwest Fan Fest to once again function as a stand-alone 3-day convention.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
July 25–27, 2003 Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia[7]
1,276 Clio Chiang, Jerry Chu, Michael Coleman, Michael Dobson, Brian Drummond, Susan Luo, Scott McNeil, Joseph Malozzi, Stuart Ng.[8]
August 20–22, 2004 Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2,005 Rob Bakewell, Alexandra Carter, Michael Coleman, Trevor Devall, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Andrew Francis, David Kaye, Pat Lee, Nicole Leroux, Susan Luo, Joseph Malozzi, Scott McNeil, Joe Ng, Stuart Ng, Run Sasaki.[9]
August 19–21, 2005 Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2,975 Rob Bakewell, Johnny Yong Bosch, Brooke Burgess, Alexandra Carter, Greg Dean, Todd Demong, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Anthony Gurr, Ian Kirby, Martin L'Heureux, Keith Miller, Kirby Morrow, Tiffany Nours, Sean O'Reilly, Run Sasaki, Brad Swaile, Cathy Weseluck, Andrew West.[10]
August 19–21, 2006 Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
3,602 Alistair Abell, Rob Bakewell, Brooke Burgess, Greg Dean, Liz Dean, Trevor Devall, Michael Dobson, Drive, eqlipsE, Keith and Kosine, Dr. Antonia Levi, Sam Logan, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Keith Miller, Kirby Morrow, David Stanworth, Brad Swaile, Cathy Weseluck, ZZ.[11]
August 17–19, 2007 Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
4,200 Back-On, Lisa Ann Beley, Dr. Uwe Boll, Luci Christian, Michael Coleman, Anna Cummer, Trevor Devall, in.ovo, Keith and Kosine, Dr. Antonia Levi, Sam Logan, Joseph Malozzi, Jillian Michaels, Moo-ve, Ron Vark, Nicole Oliver, Scott Ramsoomair, David Stanworth, Brad Swaile, Sam Vincent, XYL.[12]
August 22–24, 2008 University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
4,488 Brooke Burgess, Michael Coleman, Michael Daingerfield, Matthew Erickson, Marÿke Hendrikse, Locus, Jocelyne Loewen, Sam Logan, Kevin McKeever, Package #2, Chris Patton, The Slants, David Stanworth, Brad Swaile, Lee Tockar, VI'X, Sam Vincent, Cathy Weseluck, Alex Zahara.[13]
June 12–14, 2009 Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia[14]
5,000 Adrian Petriw, Aidan Drummond, Alex Zahara, Andrew Francis, Andrew Kavadas, Autobrig, Brad Swaile, Brian Dobson, Brian Drummond, Cathy Weseluck, Daniel Bacon, David Stanworth, Gabe Khouth, Garry Chalk, Gavin Blair, Ian James Corlett, Ichidan Theatre Group, Jocelyne Loewen, Kristie Marsden, Lee Tockar, Locus, Mark Hildreth, Matthew Erickson, Michael Coleman, Michael Daingerfield, Michael Donovan, Paul Dobson, Richard Ian Cox, Sam Logan, Sam Vincent, Soul Candy, Trevor Devall, Vincent Tong, Angela Melick.
August 13–15, 2010[15] University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
6,150 Adrian Petriw, Alex Zahara, Brian Dobson, Camilla d'Errico, Cathy Weseluck, Chloe Chan (Nuu), Chris Niosi (Kirbopher15), Chris Smith, The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, Eiko Ishiwata, EVE (Ever Vast Exemption), Kristie Marsden, Lee Tockar, LoadingReadyRun, Martin Billany (Little Kuriboh), Locus, Matthew Erickson, Mark Oliver, Marÿke Hendrikse, Nina Matsumoto (Space Coyote), Sam Logan, Sam Vincent, Spike Spencer, Team Fourstar, The Beautiful Losers, Angela Melick, Richard Ian Cox, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Vincent Tong, Carl Horn, Hypergate Studios, Adam Sheehan.
November 3–4, 2012

(AE: Akimatsuri)

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia
2,044[16] Garry Chalk, Mackenzie Gray, Brendan Hunter, Lauren Landa, Jason C. Miller, Kelly Sheridan, Tabitha St. Germain, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Lee Tockar, Sam Vincent, Cathy Weseluck.
June 28–30, 2013 University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
2,611[17] Dante Basco, Mackenzie Gray, La Carmina, Yuri Lowenthal, Scott McNeil, Bryce Papenbrook, Tara Platt, Rachel Robinson, Jad Saxton, Sebastiano Serafini, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Lee Tockar, Team Fourstar
June 27–29, 2014

(as part of Northwest Fan Fest)

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
3,235[18] Linda Ballantyne, Fairytale Boutique, The Fictionals, Faye Mata, Scott McNeil, missingNo, Toby Proctor, John Stocker, Kieran Strange
July 17–19, 2015 University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
7,000[citation needed] Michael Daingerfield, Phil Guerrero, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Starktorialist, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Tarah-Rex, Janet Varney, Sarah Anne Williams
August 19-21, 2016 Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia
Steve Blum, DJ Recca, Flying Tonkatsu, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Tracey Moore, John Stocker[19]


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  3. ^ "Anime Evolution 2011 Vancouver Cancelled". 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Anime Evolution: Akimatsuri 2012, anime, cosplay, manga, animation, boffer weapons play, AMV event at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  5. ^ "EmoRoCo - SCT - Anime Evolution_ Akimatsuri 2012 - Saturday". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Northwest Fan Fest coming to Vancouver". Vancity Buzz. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  7. ^ "About SFU". Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Anime Evolution 2003 Information". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Anime Evolution 2004 Information". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Anime Evolution 2005 Information". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Anime Evolution 2006 Information". Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  12. ^ "Anime Evolution 2007 Information". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Anime Evolution 2008 Information". Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  14. ^ "EVENTS: ANIME EVOLUTION". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
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  16. ^ "Anime Evolution" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  17. ^ "Anime Evolution". Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  18. ^ "Anime Evolution". Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  19. ^ "Anime Evolution Guests". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 

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