Animethon

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Animethon
Animethon Official Logo.PNG
Canada's Longest Running Anime Festival
StatusActive
VenueShaw Conference Centre
Location(s)Edmonton, Alberta
CountryCanada
Inaugurated1994
Attendance8,218 in 2017[1]
Organized byAlberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA)
Websitehttps://www.animethon.org/
Conventions goers enjoying the Japanese concert at Animethon 19

Animethon is a three-day anime convention held annually at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. It is Canada's longest-running anime convention, the first being held in 1994.

Convention History[edit]

Animethon was formed back in 1994 by the Banzai Anime Klub of Alberta (BAKA) and hosted by (BAKA II), with the intention of promoting Japanese anime. It became a success by presenting well-known and more obscure anime to audiences and has since grown to what it is now. Today, Animethon is presented by the non-profit organization, Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).

In the beginning, Animethon 1 was a one-day event that allowed people to view different Japanese anime movies and television shows within two classrooms at Grant MacEwan. From there, it expanded to the whole 106th street building during Animethon 2 through 10. It was not until Animethon 11 that the festival grew to utilize the entire university campus for events, artist alley, education panels, and a large vendor hall. As such, the steady increase of numbers in attendees to Animethon has allowed for various vendors to expose themselves to a unique group of people both young and old.[1]

With an estimated 4,000 people in 2003, Animethon was the tenth largest anime convention in North America that year.[2]

Animethon has experienced several years of consecutive growth in attendance while increasing their scope to include guests from Japan such as DaizyStripper, Kanon Wakeshima, An Cafe, FLOW, and Ladybeard.[1]

Events and programming[edit]

Animethon has expanded their focus beyond screening anime and now also include voice actor guests from North America, musical acts from North America and Japan, improvisation groups, as well as various related activities such as gaming, costume contests, anime music video compilations/contests, and more.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
July 1994 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada[3]
July 1995 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
80[4]
July 13–14, 1996 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
300[5]
July 12–13, 1997 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1,200[6]
July 11–12, 1998 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,500[7]
July 10–11, 1999 Grant MacEwan Community College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,700[8]
July 15–16, 2000 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1,800[9]
July 14–15, 2001 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3,000[10]
July 13–14, 2002 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada[11]
July 12–13, 2003 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,000[12]
July 17–18, 2004 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,700The 404s and Debbie Munro[13]
August 5–7, 2005 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3,755The 404s, Rob Bakewell, Brian Dobson, and Debbie Munro.[14]
July 7–9, 2006 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3,450[15]Randy Brososky, Consplayers.com, Trevor Devall, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Tom Edwards, Cole Howard, Kirby Morrow, and PikminLink.[16]
August 10–12, 2007 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,349[15][17]The 404s, Trevor Devall, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Kyle Hebert, and Vic Mignogna.[18]
August 8–10, 2008 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,679[15]The 404s, Randy Brososky, Michael Daingerfield, Kyle Hebert, Stephen Notley, and Sonny Strait.[19]
August 7–9, 2009 Grant MacEwan College
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,881[15][20]The 404s, Michael Daingerfield, Aaron Dismuke, Paul Dobson, Caitlin Glass, The Slants, and Brad Swaile.[21]
August 6–8, 2010 Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
4,753[15]The 404s, Chris Cason, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Kyle Hebert, L33tStr33t Boys, Wendy Powell, Spike Spencer, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Thwomp[22]
August 5–7, 2011[23] Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5,346[15]The 404s, Bespa Kumamero, Todd Haberkorn, L33tStr33t Boys, Kirby Morrow, Trina Nishimura, Synaptic Chaos Theatre[24][25]
August 10–12, 2012 Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
6,404[15]The 404s, Johnny Yong Bosch, DaizyStripper, Eyeshine, Todd Haberkorn, Synaptic Chaos Theatre, Cathy Weseluck[26][27]
August 9–11, 2013 Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8,058[15]The 404s, Troy Baker, Capella, Kanon Wakeshima, DJ Shimamura, Patrick Seitz, Christopher Sabat, Twinfools and Nova, Lucas Gilbertson, Carol-Anne Day, Brendan Hunter, Combofiend.[28][29]
August 8–10, 2014 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8,728[15]An Cafe, Magistina Saga, Satsuki Yukino, Cristina Vee, Monica Rial, Karen Strassman, Cherami Leigh, The 404's, Vensy[30]
August 7–9, 2015 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
9,468[15]FLOW (band), Josh Grelle, Christine Marie Cabanos, Brina Palencia, Carrie Keranen, Jamie Marchi, Liui Aquino, Sarah Williams, The 404's[31]
August 5–7, 2016 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8,874[15]Ladybeard, Lotus Juice, Another Story, AKIRA, Bryce Papenbrook, Eric Vale, Caitlin Glass, Misa Chiang, The 404's Improv, Orbis Symphony Orchestra[32]
August 11–13, 2017 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
8,218[15]Mika Kobayashi, The Sixth Lie, TeddyLoid, Josh Grelle, Max Mittelman, Micah Solusod, Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, Baozi & Hana, TheIshter, The 404's Improv, Orbis Symphony Orchestra[33]
August 10–12, 2018 Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
9,821[15]Erica Lindbeck, Mela Lee[34]
August 9–11, 2019 Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
[35]

A Taste of Animethon[edit]

A Taste of Animethon was first created in 2010. While nowhere near the size of Animethon itself it's been a successful event in its own right with a steadily growing attendance.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 2010[citation needed] MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
600Synaptic Chaos Theatre[15]
February 12, 2011 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
800The 404s[15][36]
January 28, 2012 MacEwan University
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1200Synaptic Chaos Theatre[15][37]
January 26, 2013 The Ramada Conference Centre Downtown
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1,505The 404s[15][38]
January 31 – February 1, 2014 The Ramada Conference Centre Downtown
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,295Kyle Hebert, The 404s, TheIshter[15][39]
February 20–21, 2015 The Ramada Conference Centre Downtown
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,371Bryce Papenbrook, The 404s, Courtney "Courtoon" Morelock[15][40]
January 22–23, 2016 Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3,065Colleen Clickenbeard, Reika, Misako Aoki, The 404s, TheIshter, Edmonton Concept Pop Orchestra[15][41]
January 20–21, 2017 Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,915Aza Miyuko, Cassandra Lee Morris, Clifford Chapin, Aimee Blackschleger, Hey Listen, Mike Sass, The 404s[15][42]
January 19–20, 2018 Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2,926Bryson Baugus, Lauren Landa, Nobutoshi Canna, The 404s[15][43]

ASAPA control[edit]

ASAPA Official Logo

In 2004 the event was transferred to a new society, the Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA), a non-profit society that focuses on the promotion and enjoyment of Asian popular art and culture. The society is also the financial and legal backbone of Animethon, formed under the Societies Act of Alberta.[44]

References[edit]

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