Popular Anime Convention San Japan Returns To Downtown San Antonio This Weekend
PostedByKelly Merka Nelson on Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 3:36 PM
- Jaime Monzon
- Cosplayers mug for the camera at San Japan’s 2019 event.
$70-$220 , Friday, September 3-Sunday, September 5, Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E. Market St., 570-8576, san-japan.org. Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our Events Newsletter.
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Messages From Our Chairman & President
We did it!
Thank you so much to all our attendees, volunteers, guests, and industry representatives, and also to those who joined us remotely through our first Otakon Connection livestream event. We had a great year, and cannot wait to start planning for 2022!
— Brian Cutler, Otakon 2021 Convention Chair
I cannot thank our tireless volunteers enough for pulling off the unimaginable in such a short time! You are all ROCKSTARS!I’d also like to thank all of our partners in Washington, DC for helping us provide a welcoming environment for over 25,000 of our closest friends.But especially a HUGE thank you to all of our attendees for supporting us as the first large event “back” in DC since the pandemic started. We hope you had as much fun attending as we had putting it all together for you, and we cannot wait to see you in 2022!!
— Brooke Zerrlaut, Otakorp President
Largest Anime Conventions In The United States
Anime and Manga, or Japanese animation and comics, have drawn a huge number of fans from around the world. People just cant get enough of the styles, characters, and fictitious worlds that Japanese media brings to life! Unsurprisingly, events that promote the celebration of fandoms and Japanese pop culture often draw in huge numbers of attendees who are eager to participate.
So, just how massive can the largest anime conventions get? Today well be looking at the 10 largest anime cons in the United States and ranking them according to their recent yearly attendance. Well also learn some cool details about what makes each one unique!
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Anime & Cosplay Conventions Schedule
Anime conventions are comic cons that primarily focuses on anime, manga and Japanese pop culture. Just like any expo or convention, anime cons often have panels, which are open ended discussions involving some pre-determined topic around anime and manga culture. Some events include screenings of actual anime shows that can last all day long. Another big part of anime culture is cosplay, where fans dress up as their favorite anime characters. While anime cons are not necessarily cosplay conventions, they might as well be since cosplay is a huge part of the convention culture with dedicated contests and panels to cosplay. Where can I find anime conventions near me? Right here of course. See listing below. You can also view anime conventions by state or search by calendar view.
Animethon To Cancel 2021 Event
cancel Animethon 27, scheduled for August 6-8th, 2021we understand we have the responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our communitycontinually reassess the situation and hopefully bring you alternate programming in the near futureWe will be starting our next Animethon with a clean slate. We will be issuing full refunds over the month of February. Stay tuned to our social media for updates on future eventsASAPA Board of Directors & Animethon 27 Committee
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Ready To Attend An Anime Convention
If this list doesnt make you want to attend an anime convention, then I dont know what will. Anime conventions are a ton of funI urge you to check out your local convention if you havent yet.
In case you decide to go to a convention, make sure you know some essential convention etiquette before you get out there.
Ways Anime Expo Streamlined Entry
1. Entry management experts on-site
SPJA chose to partner with Eventbrites team of Field Ops experts, who used their previous experience working with more than 2,000 world class events to predict when fans would arrive. For cons, they knew that about 10% of fans show up before the gates even open, and an additional 40-60% tend to show up within the first three hours. By estimating the number of fans a volunteer could scan in a minute, they created a sitemap to prevent bottlenecks. Preparations went so smoothly, the team was able to open doors two hours early though with three Eventbrite experts on-site, the team knew they would have been supported if something had gone wrong.
Last year, fans had to wait in 2 or 3-hour lines even on the fastest day. This year, it took only thirty minutes for all the fans that camped out overnight to get through the door. The rest of the time, there were no lines at all, which shocked repeat attendees.
2. State of the art badge technology
In 2014, the badge process was a disaster. It was responsible for both a 3 hour delay opening the doors, and printing errors that made staff run out mid-day to restock. With Eventbrites secondary code assignment technology, all fans had to do was scan the ticket then scan the unique barcode on the badges. The technology allowed fans to be quickly identified later if necessary, and supported exhibitor, press, guest and VIP badges as well.
3. A stress-free volunteer experience
4. Easy access reporting
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What Happens At An Anime Convention
This is the age of the geek convention. Almost everywhere in the world there are now multiple annual conventions that cater to geeky subculture. Geek media has become so popular that it might be time to stop thinking of it as a sub culture and just accept it as mainstream culture.
Within the greater kingdom of geekdom, anime is still a relatively small player. While most general geek conventions will have some stands dedicated to anime merch and perhaps a few more concessions, the dedicated anime convention is still a different beast entirely. If youre thinking about going to one, heres a short guide to what you might expect, regional weirdness notwithstanding!
Our 2021 Charity Partner
Over the years, SPJA has supported organizations such as the Japanese American National Museum, Animator Dormitory, and Japan Society Relief Fund through its annual Anime Expo Charity Auction. SPJA is now expanding its charity recipient program to a year-long partnership, starting with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.
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List Of Anime Conventions
This is a list of noteworthyanime conventions from around the world, as distinct from comic book conventions, furry conventions, gaming conventions, horror conventions, multigenre conventions, and science fiction conventions. This list is sectioned by location, and included with the list is the year the convention was established, as well as the months or dates which the convention are typically held within. Multi-genre, comic book, furry, gaming, and science fiction conventions are not listed here.
- Note: Almost all of the conventions listed were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and may have skipped events in one or more years during 2020-2021.
How Anime Expo Thrilled Fans By Cutting Line
Anime Expo is the largest anime convention in North America. For four days each July, over 90,000 passionate fans fill the Los Angeles Convention;Center to celebrate Japanese animation and manga. In 2015, Anime Expo showcased 300 exhibitors, 60 entertainment guests, and the biggest artist alley in the nation. Its a jam-packed experience for the whole community so much so that the city of Los Angeles declared July 3 Anime Expo day.
The event brings together a tight knit community of staff and volunteers as well as fans. Hosted by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the events success relies on a small workforce and more than 1,600 volunteers. As the Division Manager of Registration and Exhibits, it is Amy Miyamotos job to deliver excellent customer service to anyone that comes through the door. With the number of eager attendees increasing by 12% last year alone, we sat down with Amy to find out how her small team tackled checking-in a growing crowd.
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