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Animethon 21

August 10, 2014 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff


It’s good to be able to have time to go to another anime convention. After missing the big 20th anniversary of Animethon last year, I was happy to be able to attend this year.

If you haven’t seen my previous posts on Animethon, here are some quick facts:

  • It’s a 3-day convention held annually in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • It’s the oldest anime convention in Canada that’s still going.
  • It’s the largest anime convention in Western Canada.

One of the nice things about Animethon is that it’s probably the most over-looked anime convention by big companies, making it large while still maintaining a close-knit community feel. I think it’s largely due to Edmonton’s lack of global recognition compared to Calgary and Vancouver, but that’s not a discussion for this blog.


Kanon Wakeshima Guest at Animethon 20

June 14, 2013 By: Nopy Category: Announcements


As tomorrow is my last day on the board of directors for ASAPA, the organization that runs Animethon, I figure I’d do one last thing to help out: spreading the word about Animethon 20’s latest guest, Kanon Wakeshima.

The announcement was made earlier today through the Animethon 20 website and social media. Kanon is probably best known among anime fans for her song “still doll” which was used as the ending theme for Vampire Knight. Even though I have never seen Vampire Knight, I have heard her music numerous times and I think she’s a wonderful artist. Any hardcore Kanon fans among you may want to book your tickets to Animethon 20 now if you want to get an autograph or see her perform live. Other guests include Capella, DJ Shimamura, Christopher Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Twinfools and Nova, Lucas Gilbertson, Carol-Anne Day, and The 404’s. Animethon 20 will take place August 9-11, 2013 at the Grant MacEwan downtown campus in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Kanon myself as I am moving to Toronto a few weeks before the convention. I hope some of you do go though. Not only will you get to see Kanon, but you will also be attending the oldest *cough* and best *cough* anime convention in Canada and visiting Nopy’s hometown :)

A Taste of Animethon 2012

January 29, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff

A Taste of Animethon (ATOA) took place this here in Edmonton this weekend and I took this opportunity to try out some event photography. From the last Animethon, I learned that I needed a good flash and a wide-angle lens to better deal with the conditions at Grant MacEwan (the place where Animethon and ATOA is held). I have neither and I didn’t want to spend $500 on them so I borrowed some equipment instead. I used a Canon T2i with a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens and 430EX flash. It was my first time using this set-up so it took a while to get used to and some pictures didn’t turn out as well as I wanted, but some of them still worked out. Anyone who is here just for cosplay pictures can scroll to the bottom.


Animethon 18

August 08, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Yesterday was the third and last day of the 18th annual Animethon, an anime convention held at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. It used to be the largest anime convention west of Toronto, but since Anime Evolution in Vancouver claimed that title two years ago, it is now just the oldest annual convention in Canada. This year I went mainly to take pictures of cosplayers and the event in general, which you can find at the bottom of this post. I have everything I could want right now in terms of anime/manga merchandise, so there’s no loot to show off.


A Taste of Animethon 2011

February 13, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff

Animethon is an annual anime convention held in Edmonton, Alberta. It’s marketed as the longest-running anime convention in Canada and usually takes place in August. For those who can’t wait a whole 12 months between Animethons, there’s also a sort of mini-convention called A Taste of Animethon (ATOA). This is held halfway between Animethons and is a scaled-down 1 day version of the actual event. As regular attendees will know, Animethon always takes place at Grant MacEwan University (formerly College, formerly Community College), and this year it was held yesterday, February 12.


AT17 in 9 Days

July 28, 2010 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Announcements

It’s that time of year again! Animethon 17 will be taking place from August 6 to 8, which is less than two weeks away. AT used to be the largest anime convention in Western Canada, but I guess it lost that title to Anime Evolution in Vancouver last year. That explains why the ad now says it’s the longest running anime convention in Canada instead. I actually find it surprising that AT even held both titles. Most people around here have never heard of anime, and a lot of those that have think it’s some kind of Japanese porn because of the government and media. Just to prove my point, when I took this picture at the train platform, the guy sitting next to me gave me a weird look, stood up, and sat down at a bench at the other end of the platform.

Anyways, while I did get a lot of goodies in Japan, one thing I didn’t get any of was manga. I can’t read Japanese so there was no point in my picking any up there. That’ll be the only thing I’m buying at AT this year.

Animethon 16

August 09, 2009 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Announcements


I’m finally back from spending the weekend at the 16th annual Animethon here in Edmonton, Canada. It seeems like every year there’s more and more vendors in the vendor hall, which probably explains why this year was the most expensive for me. I spent over $300 this time and bought what you see below:



Animethon 15

August 10, 2008 By: Nopy Category: Anime, Other Stuff

Animethon is an anime convention that takes place every year at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Canada. This year the convention took place from Aug. 8-10 and the theme was gothic and lolita. I only stayed for the second day and dropped by after work the day before. I know some people have been going to Animethon since it first started, but I’m relatively new since I only started going at Animethon 11. Below I have a pic of the front desk getting set up on Friday afternoon.


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