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AboutAnimethon 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 HistoryAnimethon 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 AnimethonA 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.
|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|
|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|
- 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.