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Anime Boston History

Below you will find information and stats of each previous Anime Boston convention, from 2003 onward.

Anime Boston 2003:
April 18-20, 2003

  • Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 1,384 people
  • Total attendance: 4,110 people
  • Guests: 13 North American, 1 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: None
  • Exhibitors: 14 vendors
  • Panel programming: 60 panels
  • Video programming: 200 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 25 spaces sold out by Friday of con
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 51 anime music videos (29 finalists)

Anime Boston 2004:
April 9-11, 2004

  • Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers / The Castle at Park Plaza
  • Total pre-registered: 2,855 people
  • Castle-only attendance: 368 people
  • Total paid membership: 3,223 people
  • Total attendance: 3,656 people
  • Guests: 11 North American
  • Convention Theme: No official theme, but the MBTA Subway System was a recurring graphic theme.
  • Exhibitors: 28 vendors
  • Panel programming: 95 panels
  • Video programming: 230+ hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 34 spaces in about 2 weeks
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 53 anime music videos (32 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $1968 raised through bids for the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2005:
April 29-May 1, 2005

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 4,125 people
  • Total paid membership: Estimated 6,970 people
  • Total attendance: Estimated 7,500 people
  • Guests: 13+ North American, 2 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Sports
  • Exhibitors: 56 vendors & 5 web comic guest spaces
  • Panel programming: 87 panels (109 hours)
  • Video programming: 132.5 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 52 spaces in under 2 hours
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 89 anime music videos (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: Over $3000 raised through bids for the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2006:
May 26-28, 2006

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 4,631 people
  • Total attendance: 9,354 people total
  • Guests: 19 North American, 2 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Revolutionary War
  • Exhibitors: 53 vendors
  • Panel programming: 172 hours
  • Video programming: 149.75 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 118 spaces in 5 min, 25 sec
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 99 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $10,000 raised through bids for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2007:
April 20-22, 2007

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 5,112
  • Total attendance: Exactly 11,500 people total
  • Turnstile attendance: 27,658 total, 26,593 paid
  • Guests: 16 North American, 4 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Matsuri
  • Exhibitors: 57 vendors, 346 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 168.5 hours
  • Video programming: 236.5 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 194 spaces in about 2 minutes
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 78 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $9,274 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2008:
March 21-23, 2008

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
  • Total pre-registered: 7845
  • Total attendance: 14,339 people total
  • Guests: 13 North American, 3 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Creatures of the Deep
  • Exhibitors: 66 vendors, 141 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 201.5 hours
  • Video programming: 197.25 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 204 spaces in about 1 minute
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 132 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $4,400.06 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2009:
May 22-24, 2009

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 10,191
  • Total attendance: 15,438 people total
  • Guests: 9 North American, 2 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Japanese Crime and Mystery
  • Exhibitors: 75 vendors, 159 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 220.25 hours
  • Video programming: 161.4 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 570 spaces.
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 124 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $10,864 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2010:
April 2-4, 2010

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total attendance: 17,236 people total
  • Guests: 9 North American, 2 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Mad Science!
  • Exhibitors: 103 vendors, 221 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 240 hours
  • Video programming: 195 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 570 spaces.
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 105 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $8,783.68 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2011:
April 22-24, 2011

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 12,078
  • Total attendance: 19,136 people total
  • Guests: 10 North American, 4 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Music
  • Exhibitors: 103 vendors, 221 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 240 hours
  • Video programming: 195 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 570 spaces.
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 105 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $14,076.70 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2012:
April 6-8, 2012

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 12,034
  • Total attendance: 22,065 people total (53,007 turnstile)
  • Guests: 9 North American, 2 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Post Apocalyptic Survival
  • Exhibitors: 110 vendors, 221 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 349 hours
  • Video programming: 231 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 570 spaces.
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 176 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $15,106 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Anime Boston 2013:
May 24-26, 2013

  • Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center / Sheraton Boston Hotel
  • Total pre-registered: 13,736
  • Total attendance: 21,825 people total (57,491 turnstile)
  • Guests: 16 North American, 6 Japanese
  • Convention Theme: Tales of Yōkai
  • Exhibitors: 127 vendors, 260 dealer badges
  • Panel programming: 357 hours
  • Video programming: 231 hours
  • Artists' Alley spaces sold: 570 spaces.
  • Anime Music Video Contest entries: 172 entries (30 finalists)
  • Charity Auction results: $14,671.32 raised for the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society