2004 News

December 20, 2004
Boston to ring in the new year with anime
For the second consecutive year, the New England Anime Society, the organizers of Anime Boston, will be presenting anime programming at First Night Boston. The day's programming schedule has been posted.
December 18, 2004
Discounted hotel rates for "Robocon 20" at Anime Expo 2005
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Robotech at Anime Expo 2005, Harmony Gold has secured specially discounted hotel room rates for members as part of "Robocon 20".
December 15, 2004
AyaCon Five announces dates
AyaCon Five, the largest anime convention in the UK, has announced that it will be held at the Warwick Arts Centre at Warwick University from August 19th to 21st, 2005.
December 1, 2004
East Meets South moves down the street
East Meets South, which lost its function space last week, has announced a new venue. The convention will be held at the Historic Caldwell Building, six blocks from the original site. They are making arrangements with the Howard Johnson and Best Western.
November 24, 2004
East Meets South meets problems
According to the web site for East Meets South, a new convention in Alabama, the hotel has rented the function space out from under them. They are looking for a new venue and expect to be able to make an announcement on Monday afternoon.
November 24, 2004
Otakon 2005 announces hotels and first round of guests
Quickly following their date announcement, Otakon has since announced the convention hotels as well as voice acting guests Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Scott McNeil, and Monica Rial.
November 17, 2004
Get free passes to eNerGy Anime & Game Festival has been given ten free passes to eNerGy Anime & Game Festival at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center @ BMCC in New York City this Friday through Sunday. We have to give these out quick, so we'll be giving them out to the first ten people who contact us and provide a name and e-mail address. Please only request a pass if you plan to attend! In order to submit the names to the event in time, our deadline for requests is noon EST on Thursday, November 18th.
October 12, 2004
Tokyo International Anime Fair changes dates
The Tokyo International Anime Fair has changed its dates to one week later than originally planned. The change is due to a mix-up in booking the facility.
October 6, 2004
Chibi-Con in Winnipeg moves to a new hotel on new dates
Due to a double-booking at the Holiday Inn, Chibi-Con in Winnipeg, Manitoba has moved to the Clarion Hotel & Suites and will now be held from October 29th through the 31st.
September 30, 2004
UK Conventions Set For 2005 And 2006
AyaCon and AmeCon, two popular anime conventions in the UK, have announced plans for future conventions. AyaCon will return in 2005 and AmeCon will be held again in 2006.
August 30, 2004
Dealer arrested for selling illegal weapons at Canadian National Comic Expo
On Friday, six people were arrested at Canadian National Comic Book Expo for selling prohibited weapons in the dealers' room.
August 8, 2004
Shoujocon 2005 is cancelled
Shoujocon 2005 has been cancelled. This announcement comes five months after the cancellation of Shoujocon 2004. No future Shoujocon conventions are planned.
June 27, 2004
L'Arc~en~Ciel to perform at Otakon
News that is sure to make the hearts of J-rock fans flutter with excitement, Otakon has announced that L'Arc~en~Ciel will be performing at their convention on Satruday, July 31st at 5pm.
June 16, 2004
Otakon hotels are all sold out
Otakon has announced that all ten of their official convention hotels have sold out. Rooms may still be available at other Baltimore area hotels, but attendees are unlikely to find any with reasonable rates within walking distance.
June 11, 2004
Otakon announces additional guests
Today, Otakon announced additions to its guest list. The new guests include screenwriters Ichiro Okochi and Tatsuo Sato, artists Koge Donbo and Fred Perry, and Mohammad Haque and Ananth Panagariya from AppleGeeks. Otakon has also posted Hall and Masquerade cosplay rules as well as information on its dances.
June 10, 2004
AnimeNext announces two more guests and new events
AnimeNext has announced that up-and-coming voice actors Lauren Goodnight and Kenneth Robert Marlo will be attending next weekend's convention in addition to the previously announced guests. The convention will also feature a casting call for MTV's Made and ADR director Tom Wayland will be offering on-the-spot critiques of voice acting demo tapes.
June 9, 2004
Metrocon main hotel sold out
Metrocon, an anime convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Tampa, has announced that their host hotel has sold out of rooms. Two nearby overflow hotels are now available and details should be posted on the convention's site soon. Also, due to professional obligations, Chris Patton will be unable to attend.
June 7, 2004
Las Vegas to get its first anime convention
We knew it would happen sooner or later, but there is finally an anime convention announced in Las Vegas. Anime Vegas is scheduled for Labor Day weekend 2004 at the Cashman Center. Admission is free.
June 4, 2004
FanimeCon breaks records in new San Jose location
The San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that FanimeCon drew in "more than 7,000" anime fans. It is estimated that the convention generated more than $5 million in business for the local economy.
May 31, 2004 launches new search feature has launched a new search feature which will enable users to search through its convention database. Users can search by keyword, event type, date, location, attendance, and events offered. The new search form is available in the Events section by selecting Search Events in the navigation.
May 25, 2004
Anime Expo 2004 announces the US premiere of Full Metal Alchemist
Anime Expo 2004 has announced that it will premiere Full Metal Alchemist and season 3 of Beyblade.
May 6, 2004
AnimeNext announces two new guests
AnimeNext has issued a press release announcing two new voice actor guests, Veronica Taylor and Moneca Stori, as well as Matt Thorn.
April 20, 2004
Kawaii Kon announces first guests
Kawaii Kon has announced its first round of guests that includes ADR director David Williams and voice actress Jennifer Sekiguchi.
April 19, 2004
Resignation of Anime Expo's Exhibit Hall deparment head causes delays
In response to delays caused by the resignation of their Exhibit Hall department head, Anime Expo will extend the lower booth rates to exhibitors who had expressed interest before the original Febrary 1st deadline. It is reported that the new department head is responding to e-mails within 3 business days.
April 18, 2004
Numerous guests announced at five conventions
Now fully recovered from Anime Boston 2004, we're able to catch up on some guest announcements which were sent in from Bakuretsu Con, FanimeCon's GakuFest, Anime Central, PortConMaine, and AnimeNext.
April 7, 2004
Nobuteru Yuuki cancels Anime Boston appearance
Anime Boston has posted the following on their web site:
"We regret to announce that due to unforseen circumstances, Nobuteru Yuuki is unable to attend Anime Boston 2004. Mr. Yuuki has expressed interest in attending Anime Boston 2005."
April 5, 2004
Anime Central fills its hotel
Anime Central has sold out the Hyatt Regency O'Hare a little over a month before the convention. Their web site has information on an overflow hotel.
March 31, 2004
Big Apple Anime Fest cancelled for 2004
Today, Big Apple Anime Fest posted a long-awaited announcement about the cancellation of Big Apple Anime Fest 2004. Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention, BAAF plans to skip 2004 and focus on planning their 2005 event.
March 30, 2004
Kawaii Kon, Hawaii's first anime convention, is announced
Kawaii Kon, Hawaii's first anime convention, was announced today. It is scheduled for April 22-24, 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Representatives from this new convention will be present at Anime Boston, Animazement, Metrocon, Anime Festival Orlando, DragonCon, and Anime Weekend Atlanta.
March 26, 2004
Anime Weekend Atlanta announces first round of guests
Anime Weekend Atlanta is proud to announce its first round of guests for their 10th anniversary show which includes artist Fred Gallagher, voice actors Larrissa Wolcott, Amy Howard Wilson, Christine Auten, and Vic Mignogna, authors Jonathan Clements and Fred Patten, editor Carl Horn, and translator Neil Nadelman.
March 23, 2004
Miyavi also cancelled JACON appearance
JACON has announced that Miyavi will not be attending their convention. We apologize for the omission from our previous report.
March 22, 2004
AnimeNext announces additional guests
AnimeNext has announced additional names on its guest list, including voice actors Matt K. Miller and Lisa Ortiz as well as industry guests Toshifumi Yoshida, Trish Ledoux, CB Cebulski, and Edwin De La Cruz. AnimeNext has also announced the cancellation of Otaku Duet.
March 17, 2004
Miyavi cancels US tour and convention appearances
The Japanese musician Miyavi has cancelled his appearances at Anime Central, Pacific Media Expo, and A-Kon this summer.
March 16, 2004
Sakura-Con announces attendance cap
Sakura-Con 2004 has announced that they have set an attendance cap of 4,500 people.
March 8, 2004
Shoujocon postponed until 2005
Angela Washington posted an announcement on the Shoujocon forums that Shoujocon would not be held in 2004 and their fifth convention will be held in 2005.
February 20, 2004
Anime Boston has reached maximum capacity
Twenty-four hours after bringing pre-registration back online, Anime Boston 2004 has sold out of memberships. According to the convention, they are no longer accepting pre-registrations and no memberships will be sold at the door. For full details, refer to Anime Boston's web site at
February 19, 2004
Anime Boston pre-registration re-opens
Anime Boston reports that they have received twice as many pre-registrations as last year and have caught up with their backlog. Pre-registration is available once again, but not expected to last long. There are only a few hundred spaces left and they're being filled very quickly.
February 4, 2004
Nami Tamaki double-booked for two California conventions in May
Both Pacific Media Expo and FanimeCon have announced that Nami Tamaki will be performing at their conventions on Memorial Day weekend.
February 2, 2004
Big Apple Anime Fest 2004 update
Big Apple Anime Fest has updated the main page of their web site to explain what's going on with BAAF 2004. A decision on how the event will proceed is not expected until after April 1st.
February 2, 2004
Anime Boston registration is offline temporarily
With just over two months to go before the convention, Anime Boston 2004 has closed its registration early. The registration cut-off was implemented in order to determine how close the convention is to its attendance cap. Registration may once again be turned on if there is still space available.
January 27, 2004
Anime Central announces first round of guests
Anime Central 2004 has announced the first round of guests for their convention to be held this May in Rosemont, IL.
January 24, 2004
Pacific Media Expo announces Daisuke Moriyama
Pacific Media Expo has announced Daisuke Moriyama as its second manga artist guest of honor.
January 20, 2004
Yuriko Fuchizaki to attend Anime Overdose
Yuriko Fuchizaki, the voice of Ri Kohran in Sakura Wars and Anthy in Utena, will be making her North American convention debut at Anime Overdose 2004.
January 20, 2004
Under17 to Perform at Anime Expo 2004
Under17, the Japanese group featuring Momoi Haruko as singer, announced at Anime Expo Tokyo that they would be performing a live concert at Anime Expo 2004.
January 14, 2004
Interview with Julie McCubrey, Founder and Chair of PortConMaine sat down with Julie McCubrey, the founder and chair of PortConMaine, to talk about what makes New England's longest-running anime convention appeal to otaku.
January 6, 2004
Numa Rei-No Con is "Largest Free Anime Con"
Numa Rei-No Con, just outside New Orleans, has announced the attendance for their anime convention held in mid-December.
January 1, 2004
Ten largest North American anime conventions of 2003
This list was assembled on January 9, 2007 and entered retroactively based on historical data.