Greetings from Animethon in smoky Edmonton Alberta, trailblazers!
Animethon has become one of the biggest items on my calendar every year. I’ve been on staff for the last five years running, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hell on wheels and fast-paced, but I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the hell out of it and consider this convention “family” or, as I’ve discussed in some of my academic writings for Anth 398, uchi which when translated literally means home, but can also be used to denote circles of people that you are close to.
Unlike other years when I’ve worked for Animethon, I don’t have a lot of money this year. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of spending cash to make my impending trip to Japan happen, and while I feel slightly upset about missing out on other things, I’ve had a chance to talk to my counsellor, and we’ve both come to the conclusion that as heartbreaking as it is to miss other events, Japan was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’m essentially checking off another item on my bucket list, and as such, we’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve made the right decision.
I’m trying to grab some video footage of the convention this year. This year marks Animethon’s 25th anniversary in Edmonton Alberta, and that’s huge.
Looking at Animethon’s history:
Animethon 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. ( https://www.animethon.org/?about )
According to their own website, “Animethon, operated by ASAPA (Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts), is the longest running fan-convention for celebrating Japanese anime and culture in Canada…” ( https://www.animethon.org/?japanese-introduction ).
I have a feeling that his year is going to be a good year. I’m really looking forward to seeing uchi again, and being part of something that I not only believe in, but strive to make better on a yearly basis. This convention has come to represent some of the best times in my life where I’ve made some of the fondest memories I cherish. This year, you can find the convention from August 10-12 at the Shaw Conference Center located at 9797 Jasper Ave NW Edmonton, AB.
I may be expanding on this post later on, once the convention kicks off.
Keep Blazin Those Trails.