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Animethon is a Japanese Animation (“anime”) themed festival held annually in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We have expanded our 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, and more. Animethon, as of 2004, is operated by the Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).
 

Our History

Animethon was conceived in 1994 by the Banzai Anime Klub of Alberta (BAKA) and hosted by (BAKA II) with the intent 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 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.
 

A Taste Of Animethon

A Taste of Animethon (ATOA) was first created in 2010 as a way for newcomers to test the waters, for veterans to get more of what they love, and also for those who might miss the main event to still experience a part of the festival. While nowhere near the size of Animethon itself, it has been a successful event in its own right with a steadily growing attendance.
 

Animethon Summary

Animethon Attendance Guests
11 (2004) - Debbie Munro and the 404s
12 (2005) - Brian Dobson, Debbie Munro, Rob Bakewell and the 404s
13 (2006) 3,450 Brian Dobson, Cole Howard, Debbie Munro, Kirby Morrow, Michael Dobson, Randy Brososky, Tom Edwards. Trevor Devall, Consplayers.com and PikminLink and the 404s
14 (2007) 4,349 Kyle Hebert, Matt Greenfield, Tiffany Grant, Trevor Devall, Vic Mignogna and the 404s
15 (2008) 4,679 Michael Daingerfield, Kyle Hebert, Randy Brososky, Sonny Strait, Stephen Notley, and the 404s
16 (2009) 4,881 The Slants, Aaron Dismuke, Brad Swaile, Caitlin Glass, Michael Daingerfield, Paul Dobson, and the 404s
17 (2010) 4,753 L33tStr33t Boys, Thwomp , Brian Dobson, Chris Cason, Kyle Hebert , Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson , Spike Spencer, Wendy Powell, The 404's and Synoptic Chaos Theatre
18 (2011) 5,346 Bespa Kumamero, L33tStr33t Boys, Kirby Morrow, Todd Haberkorn, Trina Nishimura, The 404's and Synoptic Chaos Theatre
19 (2012) 6,404 Daizy Stripper, Eyeshine, Johnny Yong Bosch, Todd Haberkorn, Cathy Weseluck, Nolan Cunningham, Thomas Perlinski, Sylvia Feketekuty, The 404s, Synaptic Chaos Theatre
20 (2013) 8,058 Kanon Wakeshima, Capella, DJ Shimamura, Christopher Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Troy Baker, Carol-Anne Day, Lucas Gilbertson, Brendan Hunter, The 404s, Twinfools and Nova, Combofiend, TheIshter, Booming Tree Taiko

ATOA Summary

ATOA Venue Attendance Guests
2010 MacEwan University (104 Ave) 600 Synoptic Chaos Theatre
2011 MacEwan University (104 Ave) 800 The 404s
2012 MacEwan University (104 Ave) 1,200 Synoptic Chaos Theatre
2013 Ramada Inn and Conference Centre (Kingsway) 1,505 The 404s
2014 Ramada Inn and Conference Centre (Kingsway) 2,295 Kyle Hebert, The 404s, TheIshter

NOTES:
  • Attendance is based on total unique sum of attendees, staff, volunteers, panelists, etc.
  • Prior to Animethon 13 (2006), a less accurate method for counting attendance was used, thus the numbers are not listed for comparative purposes.