Conventions

Fans of Japanese anime, manga and culture gather for a three-day weekend to share their passion with others. There are panels, costumes, interactive demonstrations, videos and much more. A few of the larger ones are reviewed occasionally with photographs and videos. Visit the Conventions page for a list of previous and upcoming events that Nephrus visits.

British Columbia anime conventions for 2017

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

It’s a new year and fans of Japanese culture in British Columbia have a choice of conventions to choose for 2017. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • AniRevo Winter February 12th – 13th, 2017 at the Art Institute of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
    A two-day event of anime, manga, cosplay and panels, with plans to expand in the future to a full three-day convention
  • Tsukino-Con February 17th – 19th, 2017 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 18th, 2017 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 24th – 25th, 2017 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • AniRevo Summer August 4th – 6th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 12th – 15th, 2017 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 10th – 12th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Photos from AniRevo 2016

A wave of cosplay washed over Canada Place this weekend, and coupled with a couple of cruise ships, it made for a colourful experience for tourists and locals alike. Plenty of Pokémon, ninjas, volleyball players, swimmers, droids, Sailor Scouts, witches, princesses, soul reapers, demons, and even a personal healthcare companion made appearances on Vancouver’s waterfront at this year’s AniRevo.

Kakashi is all business today. An energetic Nishinoya leaps into action! Simon and Yoko are ready to save the world!
Gotta catch 'em all! A full line up of Fire Emblem characters Don't mess with the expert marksman Daisuke Jigen!

See the rest of the eye-catching costumes on Gallery!

Sakura-Con 2016

Naruto and NHK's Domo-kun!

Naruto and NHK’s Domo-kun!

Spring in Seattle doesn’t start until the colourful costumes that flock towards the Washington State Convention Center for Sakura-Con. Three days over the Easter long weekend gives fans of Japanese culture and entertainment the chance to indulge themselves in anime and manga. All the pictures I took during the event are available on Gallery. Read the rest of this article…

British Columbia anime conventions for 2016

Don't let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

Don’t let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

It’s 2016 and that means a new year full of events to strut your cosplay, discuss your favourite anime and pick up the latest manga or figures. While there’s plenty of conventions in Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • Tsukino-Con February 12th – 14th, 2016 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 5th, 2016 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 18th – 19th, 2016 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • Northwest Fan Fest July 8th – 10th, 2016 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC
    Northwest Fan Fest brings fans of pop culture together for three days of fun with guests, panels, performances and a street festival! It’s also free to attend for all three days!
  • AniRevo August 5th – 7th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Anime Evolution August 19th – 21th, 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC
    As Vancouver’s oldest anime convention, Anime Evolution is home to anime screenings, panels, vendors and activities.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 13th – 16th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 11th – 13th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Sakura-Con 2015

Spring is all about the blossoms, sunny weather and anime! Especially if you’re in Seattle around the Easter Weekend when Sakura-Con brings Japanese and Asian culture together inside the Washington State Convention Center. This year, the convention ran from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 5th with plenty of anime to watch, manga to buy and costumes to admire.

Couldn’t make it? Photos are up on Gallery.
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British Columbia anime conventions for 2015

It’s time to dust your cosplay off, grab your friends and head on out to one of British Columbia’s conventions for 2015. If you love mecha, shoujo, lolita fashion, J-Pop, fan art or figures, you’re sure to find something at one of the events listed below.

  • Tsukino-Con – February 13th – 15th, 2015 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – April 3rd – 5th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is an expanding event that brings everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.
  • Northwest Fan Fest – May 29th – 31st, 2015 at the Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC
    A newcomer to the Lower Mainland convention scene, NorthWest Fan Fest aims to bring fans of pop culture together for three days of fun.
  • Anime Evolution – July 17th – 19th, 2015 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
    As Vancouver’s oldest anime convention, Anime Evolution is returning on its own this year.
  • AniRevo – August 14th – 16th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.

Anime Revolution 2014

Anime Revolution overtakes the main hallway at Canada Place

Anime Revolution overtakes the main hallway at Canada Place

You might have thought it was Halloween this past weekend with throngs of people dressed up in costumes. Since it’s not the end of October, it has to be a convention. Anime Revolution (or AniRevo) turned Canada Place into a three-day event, from Friday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 24th, celebrating all things anime and manga. A collection of photos from Anime Revolution are available on Gallery.
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Sakura-Con 2014

A sure sign of spring in Seattle is the Easter Weekend and Sakura-Con. For three days, April 18th through April 20th, 2014, a veritable army of costumed fans conquered a small portion of the Emerald City’s downtown, concentrated around the Washington State Convention Center. Didn’t get to attend? Check out my collection of photos from the event on Gallery.
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Anime voice actor line-up at Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

Steve Blum speaks at Realms Con 2010.

Steve Blum speaks at Realms Con 2010.

Now that Fan Expo Vancouver has moved to a three-day weekend format, the number of guests has increased. Aside from the traditional comic book and actors, some big names in English-dubbed anime are making the trip to Vancouver.

Steve Blum, best remembered for his role as Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, will be in attendance. Maille Flanagan, who voices Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is expected. Also named are Colleen Clinkenbeard (Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist, Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece), Trina Nishimura (Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan), Jamie Marchi (Panty from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), Monica Rial (Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), and Megan Fahlenbock (Jenny from Bakugan Battle Brawlers).

Fan Expo Vancouver returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre and starts Friday, April 18th and runs until Sunday, April 20th, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the convention centre.

British Columbia Anime Conventions for 2014

Stay cool with Naruto at Anime Evolution 2013

Stay cool with Naruto at Anime Evolution 2013

With 2014 comes a new year of places to celebrate your love for your favourite anime and manga. Grab your costumes and friends for a weekend of fun at four events in southern British Columbia!

  • Tsukino-Con – February 14th – 16th, 2014 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con is a family-friendly event aimed at promoting anime, manga and Japanese culture to not only fans on Vancouver Island, but from the rest of the province as well.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – April 18th – 20th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver has expanded to three days for 2014 and brings fans of anime, manga, comics and other pop culture all under one roof in downtown Vancouver.
  • NorthWest Fan Fest – June 27th – 29th, 2014 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC
    Anime Evolution, Cos & Effect and the Vancouver Gaming Expo have teamed up to create a new convention by bringing three events into one this summer.
  • AniRevo – August 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    While still young, AniRevo has grown by leaps and bounds to bring fans of Japanese pop culture what they crave the most.

 

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