2005 News

December 6, 2005
Con No Baka issues apologies
Aaron Yorgason, the chair of Con No Baka, has issued apologies to the attendees and to dealers and artists on its web site. The convention, which closed early and cancelled Sunday programming, attributes its failure to "poor luck, poor offers and poor choices".
December 3, 2005
Hobby Star to honor Con No Baka passes at Toronto AnimeCon
We have received reports that Hobby Star Marketing will be honoring passes from last weekend's Con No Baka at Sunday's Toronto AnimeCon. (Hobby Star has no affiliation with Con No Baka or its organizers.)
November 25, 2005
Tsubasa-Con begins today
Tsubasa-Con in Charleston, WV has had trouble with its web server and is unable to update its web site, but it is still scheduled to be held this weekend. Convention guests are singer Lisa Furukawa Ray and webmaster Patrick Delahanty.
November 16, 2005
Anime USA issues correction for Move ticket announcement
Anime USA has issued an announcement that 600 tickets for Friday's Move concert will now be distributed in a single session rather than three separate blocks. They will not issue tickets for the simulcast room.
November 14, 2005
Anime USA announces tickets will be issued for Move concert
According to Anime USA, the convention will be issuing tickets for the Move concert on Friday afternoon due to high demand. The tickets will be free of charge with a Friday or All-Weekend membership.
November 2, 2005
Kunicon cancelled; former chairman posts attendance numbers
Kunicon, the series of conventions run by Subarashii Nation, appears to have dissolved. Miami's Kunicon in December will not take place.
October 25, 2005
Kawaii Kon planning for increased attendance
An article on Kawaii Kon 2006 appeared in yesterday's Star Bulletin.
October 7, 2005
Anime Gamers and COSMODE host cosplay photo shoot
Ardith Santiago of Broccoli International has announced on that Anime Gamers and COSMODE magazine will be hosting a Halloween cosplay photo shoot on October 29th in Los Angeles, CA. The best costumes will be featured in an upcoming issue of COSMODE.
September 30, 2005
Anime Vegas commercials airing next month
JT sent us a note to let us know that Anime Vegas will be airing a couple TV commercials locally in Las Vegas next month. They were produced by College University Creators in association with Anime Vegas/
September 30, 2005
Onna! has posted its schedule of events
DJ Ranma S has sent us a note to tell us that the event schedule for Onna! has been posted.
September 23, 2005
Anime Boston releases new podcast episode
Anime Boston has recently started to publish a podcast. The second episode, featuring Greg Ayres, is now online. Free subscriptions are available through iTunes or via
September 22, 2005 announces latest guest updates for Robotech Convention Tour
Kevin McKeever from has announced the latest guest updates to the 2005 Robotech Convention Tour. Conventions in this update include Ani-Magic, Oni-Con, Reactor, and AC Cubed.
September 5, 2005
Katrina's effects on the anime community
One week ago, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast of the United States wiping out communities, causing billions of dollars in damage, and taking lives which are still being counted. has contacted two conventions in the afflicted area to see how their staff and their attendees are doing.
August 13, 2005
Otakon pre-registration ends; limited number at the door
At midnight Eastern time, Otakon's pre-registration closed. They report that a limited number will be available at the door and that they are expected to sell out very quickly. Once they're sold out, they will not be able to issue more. "[We] simply cannot budge on this one," says the Otakon web site.
August 5, 2005
Puffy AmiYumi to swing by Otakon for a panel
Although not listed as actual "guests" at Otakon 2005, Puffy AmiYumi will be in Baltimore the same weekend and will be holding a panel on Friday, August 19th at 7:30pm. Also, very few registrations remain and the availability of at-con registration seems unlikely.
July 27, 2005
Drive to save ConnectiCon reaches its goal
In less than two weeks, through the efforts of many web comic creators, $34,292.13 has been raised to pay off ConnectiCon's $34,148.50 debt.
July 19, 2005
Web comics and attendees band together to save ConnectiCon
This past weekend's ConnectiCon found itself in over $34,000 of debt after being presented with a bill for last minute additions to the Connecticut Convention Center staff. In response, web comics have created in an attempt to raise enough money to ensure the convention will return next year.
July 3, 2005
Anime Central changes 2006 dates
Although mid-May 2006 dates were previously announced on Anime Central's forums, has been informed that the 2006 convention will take place from May 5th through 7th. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
May 31, 2005
PortConMaine's hotel is full, but there's free pizza!
PortConMaine has reported that their hotel is now full. They are currently looking into overflow hotels. They have also announced that the first 500 people to arrive will recieve a free personal pan pizza from nearby Pizza Hut.
May 30, 2005 in your pocket
If you have a Sony PSP and have been browsing the web with it, be sure to stop by Anyone browsing from a PSP will be presented with a special ad-free version that has been customized to fit the screen's width.
March 15, 2005
Anime Evolution announces new guests
Anime Evolution has announced the following voice actors have been added to their guest list: Rob Bakewell, Johnny Yong Bosch, Michael Dobson, David Kaye, and Kirby Morrow.
February 25, 2005
The Pillows to perform at Anime Central
Anime Central has announced that the popular J-rock band, The Pillows, will be performing at their convention this May.
February 17, 2005
Metrocon seeks ninja, pirate, and other cosplayers
Tampa Bay's Metrocon convention is now accepting applications from potential attendees interested in participating in the convention's "Ninjas vs. Pirates" human chess match. Applications are due by March 6th. For more details, visit the Metrocon home page.
January 29, 2005
Kamecon in Manchester, NH cancelled
Kamecon, a small convention in Manchester, NH, has been cancelled due to the fact that the facility where the event had been scheduled will still be under construction.
January 28, 2005
Yoshitaka Amano to attend AniZona
Yoshitaka Amano, best known for his artwork in Final Fantasy and Front Mission games, will be a guest of honor at AniZona in March.
January 19, 2005
No plans for Big Apple Anime Fest 2005
John O'Donnell of Central Park Media, one of the organizations responsible for Big Apple Anime Fest, has informed that he is "unaware of any plans for BAAF 2005 at this time."
January 13, 2005
Kawaii Kon sets attendance goal of 1000
Hawaii anime convention Kawaii Kon has been told that two additional "top guests" from Japan (unamed) would attend the convention provided it could guarantee sufficient exposure in the form of 1000 registered attendees. Kawaii Kon takes place at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 22-24, 2005.
January 7, 2005
World Cosplay Summit 2005 web site launched
TV Aichi's World Cosplay Summit 2005 site has been officially launched. The event held in Japan will draw 40 cosplayers (individuals and groups) portraying anime, manga, and game characters from seven countries including the United States, Germany, France, Spain, China, Italy, and Japan. It is scheduled for August 7.
January 2, 2005 ranked 16th on Animefringe's annual Top 25
The results came in this morning and has been ranked as number 16 on Animefringe's annual poll of the top 25 anime web sites. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us for their support and are looking forward to providing everyone with the latest anime con info for the coming year. We wish everyone a great 2005 con season!
January 1, 2005
Largest anime conventions of 2004
The numbers are in and has assembled a list of the ten largest anime conventions in North America in 2004.