Animecon is the largest anime convention in Finland, held annually over a weekend in varying Finnish cities. It has no participation or membership fees.

Animecon is organized as a joint project between anime clubs throughout Finland, facilitated by the communications hub Suomen Animeunioni (The Finnish Anime Union).[1] The convention was first established in 1999 as an outgrowth of the science fiction anime fandom of the sci-fi convention Finncon,[2] expanded into a separate event about anime in general. Animecon and Finncon are still held in conjunction, sharing premises but no events; they even hold separate opening ceremonies.

The two drew some 5200 visitors in 2004[3] and 5500 in 2006[citation needed], peaking at 5000 on Saturday during the three-day event.[4] After the 2007 conventions, an organizer cited the number of visitors as an estimated 7000.[5] Animecon II was the first major cosplay event in Finland, [6] and the practice has been noted for its abundance in later ones.[4]


Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 1–3, 2003 University of Turku

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Jonathan Clements.
July 10–11, 2004 University of Jyväskylä

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yoshitoshi ABe and Jonathan Clements.[7]
August 18–20, 2006 Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

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Paul Gravett.[8]
July 14–15, 2007 University of Jyväskylä

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July 26–27, 2008 Tampere Hall

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July 10–12, 2009 Kaapelitehdas
Helsinki[citation needed]

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July 14-17, 2011 Turku[11]

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  1. Eturautti, Kyuu (2005). "Kotimaan katsaus (A domestic look)". Anime magazine (01): pp. 42. 
  2. Joukamaa, Mauno (2006). "Animecon: Kuinka kaikki alkoi (Animecon: How it all began)". Anime magazine (13): pp. 08. 
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Eturautti, Kyuu (2006). "Tervetuloa coniin! (Welcome to the con!)". Anime magazine (14): pp. 40–45. 
  5. Animecon V home page. Accessed on 2007-09-03. "Kävijöitä oli erittäin paljon, arvoiden mukaan n. 7000." (We had an abundance of participants, estimates put their number at around seven thousand.)
  6. Escapism in Japanese style (2006), Tuomas Tiainen, Free! magazine. Accessed on 2007-09-03.
  7. "Finncon / Animecon 2004 Information". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  8. "Animecon 2006 Information". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  9. "Animecon 2007 Information". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  10. "Animecon 2007 Information". Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  11. "2011 Finncon-Animecon". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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