Senshi-Con

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Senshi-Con
SenshiCon Logo resized.jpg
Status Active
Venue Egan Center
Location(s) Anchorage, Alaska
Country United States
Inaugurated 2005
Attendance 3,328 (2014)
Organized by Senshi Corporation formerly known as AAACL (Alaska Association of Asian Cultural Learning)
Website
http://www.senshicon.net/

Senshi-Con is an annual anime convention in Anchorage, Alaska. Founded in 2005, it was the first pioneering anime convention in Alaska.[1][2] The name is a combination of the English word convention and the Japanese word senshi (戦士 in Japanese), meaning warrior. The convention is organized by the Alaska Association of Asian Cultural Learning.

Programming[edit]

Attendees may bring a fake prop weapon as long as it complements the costume; however, live steel weapons and any gun replicas (even toys) are not allowed.[3] Besides a cosplay contest, there are video game competitions,[1] anime screenings, karaoke, Cosplay Chess, and art displays.[4] Notable persons from the world of Japanese comics and animation make an appearance and are available for autographs. Throughout the day, various contests, game shows, and skits take place on stage.[5] While the Senshi-Con attendance levels are lower than those of the more popular conventions in other parts of North America, the staff points out that the lines at such convention are shorter, and the planning is more thorough.[2]

History[edit]

The first Senshi-Con was held in 2005 at West High School in Anchorage, Alaska.[1] It was founded and organized by now-voice actress Kira Buckland and the West High School Anime Club. As the convention staff graduated from high school, the convention was moved to the University of Alaska Anchorage.

It was announced on September 30, 2012 that Senshi-con would be changing venues to the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
March 4, 2005[6] West High School
Anchorage, Alaska
300[7] N/A
March 18, 2006 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
N/A
February 24, 2007 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
700 Caitlin Glass (voice actress)[1]
February 23, 2008 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
1,200 Brett Uher (comic artist), Che Gilson (writer)[4][5][7]
February 21, 2009 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
640 Kira Buckland (voice actress), Leet Street Boys (musical entertainment)
March 20th and 21st, 2010 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
1,000 Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey (voice actress), Chris Cason, Leah Clark, Jakie Cabe
September 24th and 25th, 2011 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
1,400 Chris Cason
September 29th and 30th, 2012 UAA Student Union Building
Anchorage, Alaska
1,600 Robert Axelrod
September 28th and 29th, 2013 Egan Center
Anchorage, Alaska
2,010 Chuck Huber, Katie Tiedrich (web comic cartoonist)
September 27th and 28th, 2014 Egan Center
Anchorage, Alaska
3,328 Caitlin Glass, Natalie Hoover, Cyanide & Happiness

Mascots[edit]

Unlike most anime conventions, Senshi-Con features three mascots. They are the rookie, Mirai; the talking puppy, Takeru; and the faceless ninja, Ken. From 2006 to 2010, the mascots were Kari; the cosplayer, Tammy; the gamer; and CJ; the artist. The characters and all artwork were created by Phillip Matias.[8]

Mirai Aoyama[edit]

Mirai is usually carefree and often has her mind on the future. She’s optimistic and a rather clever little girl. She loves to seek out new things which led her to anime which now takes up most of her time. Manga feeds her appetite for reading. She loves to tease Takeru by calling him “Ban-Ban”.[8]

Takeru Ban[edit]

Takeru is a talking Husky that can grow from a puppy to a full-grown dog and back again in an instant. He’s a feisty, brave little pup but a constant worrier. He’s also a bit pessimistic. He has an animosity towards strangers. His love for bacon is so great that it’s considered his ultimate weakness. Like Mirai, he’s a reading enthusiast. He does not like being called “Ban-Ban”. The name makes him feel small.[8]

Ken[edit]

Ken is an easy-going, fun-loving kind-of guy. He acts like a fool and is reckless. In battle, he’s a master of deception. He’s considered lazy by his peers and is usually caught sleeping in the shade. When he’s not sleeping, he likes to do photography. During his journey to Alaska, he found a new hobby, model building, especially of the mech variety.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Aaron Burkhart (2007-02-20). "Anime Club expands this year's Senshi-Con with more events, guest". The Northern Light. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ a b "History of the Senshi-Con at Senshi-Con.org". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Senshi-Con Guidelines at Senshi-Con.org". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b Seth Boyer (2008-02-19). "Senshi-Con to draw in larger audience with new attractions". The Northern Light. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Senshi-Con 2008 Information at AnimeCons.com". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Senshi-Con 2005 Information at AnimeCons.com". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  7. ^ a b "UAA Anime Club holds 4th Annual Senshi-Con Convention". Green & Gold Daily. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Senshi-Con Tumblr page". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 61°13′04″N 149°53′33″W / 61.21786°N 149.8924°W / 61.21786; -149.8924