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 HistoryAnimethon started back in 1994 by the Banzai Anime Klub of Alberta (BAKA), 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 not-for-profit Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).
In the beginning, Animethon was a one-day event that allowed people to view different Japanese Anime movies and television shows within two classrooms at Grant MacEwan. Since Animethon 2, the festival has grown to utilize the entirety of the 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 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. In 2013 we moved venues to the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre. In 2016 we moved to the Shaw Conference Centre so we could enjoy a larger venue!
|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 404s and Synoptic Chaos Theatre|
|18 (2011)||5,346||Bespa Kumamero, L33tStr33t Boys, Kirby Morrow, Todd Haberkorn, Trina Nishimura, The 404s 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|
|21 (2014)||8,728||An Cafe, Satsuki Yukino, Magistina Saga, Cristina Vee, Cherami Leigh, Monica Rial, Karen Strassman, Vensy, The 404s, TheIshter|
|22 (2015)||9,468||Flow, Josh Grelle, Christine Marie Cabanos, Sarah Williams, Carrie Keranen, Brendan Hunter, Jamie Marchi, Brina Palencia, Liui Aquino, The 404s|
|23 (2016)||8,874||Lady Beard, Another Story, Lotus Juice, AKIRA, Misa Chiang, Eric Vale, Bryce Papenbrook, Caitlin Glass, Orbis Symphony Orchestra, The 404s|
|24 (2017)||TBA||Will be held at MacEwan university on 11th - 13th August|
|2010||Grant MacEwan University (104 Ave)||600||Synoptic Chaos Theatre|
|2011||Grant MacEwan University (104 Ave)||800||The 404s|
|2012||Grant 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|
|2015||Ramada Inn and Conference Centre (Kingsway)||2,371||Bryce Papenbrook, The 404s, Courtney 'Courtoon' Morelock (via teleconference)|
|2016||Shaw Conference Centre||3,065||Reika, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Misako Aoki, The 404s, TheIshter|
|2017||Shaw Conference Centre||TBA||Aimee Blackschleger, Aza Miyuko, Cassandra Lee Morris, Clifford Chapin, Hey Listen, Mike Sass, The 404s|
- Attendance is based on total unique sum of attendees, staff, volunteers, panelists, etc.
- Attendance numbers are listed for optimal comparison. Prior to Animethon 13 (2006) we had a different pass structure and counted attendees differently as well. Thus those numbers are not listed here.