June 8th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

Anime North

(Wasn't that weeks ago? Why yes, it was.)

I'm even more impressed with the turnout for this year's Anime North now that I have some context for the numbers. Over 5000 people attended. YTV more than did their job in promoting the event, and they had high viewer numbers for the convention segments. Even better, the hotel could handle the numbers.

It was the first time I've been to an anime convention. The age range is much younger than that of other conventions I've been to in the past, with a heavy teenage component. Some of the con staff commented that their fanbase was aging, in the sense that largest group of attendees back when the con started were in their early teens. Since it was the first time, we sampled: a few video sessions, art room, artist's alley, one of the guest of honor Q & A sessions, masquerade, hall cosplaying.
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