Anime conventions are taking place globally, meeting of anime and manga fans.


On larger of these often multi-day events with partially thousands of visitors to certain offers have been established. These often include facilities for exhibitors (dealers, clubs, publishers, etc.), demonstrations of anime in a suitably equipped video rooms, contests for Cosplay and drawings ( usually in conjunction with an exhibition ), workshops on various topics such as manga drawing, Go, etc. and book signings by special guests from home and abroad. At the center of these events you can usually find a central stage on the next Cosplay other screenings will be offered. Depending on the convention even more features can be added.

The mood at anime conventions is comparable to large family gatherings where it matters the majority of the audience, to meet like-minded people. For several years, fans arrange to meet increasingly earlier over the internet in relevant forums and express their cohesion, for example, by a uniform clothing ( Cosplay ) on a particular topic.

Historical Development

Modern Anime conventions have their roots in U.S. science fiction conventions. From the late 1970s, demonstrations in the U.S. then popular anime television series such as Star Blazers found on such events in their own areas, which also soon joined imported Anime original versions from Japan. The first separate major anime event ever applies the first YamatoCon, which took place in Dallas on August 13, 1983. However, these first attempts did not last long, inter alia, because of the frequently changing organizers. As the first long-term successful western anime convention became established from 1990 still exists today Project A-Kon in Dallas.

Decisive helped that back then anime such as Akira were also known outside Japan to a wider audience. He subsequently produced from the early 1990s to attract in the United States more and more events like Anime Expo, Animethon, Otakon and Jacon, some of which take place even today and up to tens of thousands of visitors.

In Europe and Australia followed a similar trend from the mid- 1990s, which matched quite well in time with the increasing availability of anime and manga in the respective countries.

The increasing diffusion of these media are also many smaller events in areas that are not covered by the large and established events founded. However, the market economy has discovered these events, and so new products are often presented in such a framework.

The international comparison relatively low visitor numbers of German-speaking events, among others attributed to the fact that comics in Germany do not have the same acceptance as in other countries. So lacking in Germany until today a concrete categorization for comics, which is described as "for children ", " Collectors " and " in between ". In this context, the poor co-operation between the publishers of literary works and other media such as the Internet and television is criticized.

Anime conventions in German-speaking


Since about the mid -1990s in Germany there are regional private anime and manga meeting. The first regional anime convention in Germany was the iHat in Hamburg, which was held for the first time in June 1998. The first Germany -wide anime convention was led by " Sailor Moon Online Fanclub " ( SMOF ) Neo Moon organized project from 19 to 20 September 1998 Zorneding at Munich, and the first still annual anime convention was the Anime Marathon des Anime no Tomodachi, which until March 28, 1999 took place from 26th in king Wusterhausen.

The largest German-language conventions are the first time in the summer of 1999, organized by the AnimaniA AnimagiC, organized by the Animexx eV since 2002 Connichi, and the first time in 2009 conducted DoKomi, each with over 10,000 visitors.

More Anime conventions in Germany:

  • Mega Manga Convention in Berlin ( since 2002), which alternates annually since 2004 with the AniMaCo
  • ConTopia in Wuppertal (since 2005)
  • Nicon in Hannover ( since 2005)
  • Hanami in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ( since 2006)
  • Wie.mai.kai in Wiesbaden, Germany (since 2007)
  • TiCon in Würzburg (since 2008)
  • Animuc Fuerstenfeldbruck (since 2009)
  • DoKomi in Dusseldorf (since 2009)
  • Nipponcon in Bremen ( since 2010)
  • DoJaKu in Dortmund (since 2010)
  • CosDay ² in Frankfurt ( since 2011 )
  • DEDECO in Dresden ( since 2012 )
  • ChisaiiCon in Hamburg ( since 2009)

Among the now-defunct Anime Conventions offer are the 2001 to 2006 organized by the former magazine manga scene at different locations Bonenkai and 2003-2006 held in Ludwigshafen Conneko who had to give up each due to financial problems, and in Dresden 1999-2008 conducted Shumatsu.


  • AniNite in Vienna (since 2001)
  • MACOnvention in Upper Austria (since 2005)
  • Made In Japan in Wiener Neustadt (since 2007)
  • Fuyu -convention in Miirzzuschlag ( since 2011 )
  • Japan City in Vienna
  • AniWorld in Vienna
  • Aki Con in Graz


  • Japanimanga Night in Winterthur
  • Polymanga in Lausanne
  • Japan Matsuri in Bellinzona

Anime conventions internationally

Europe's largest anime convention is the French Japan Expo in Paris, with 208,000 visitors, before the Spanish Salón del Manga in Barcelona with 63,000 visitors.

The biggest anime conventions in the U.S., the Anime Expo in Southern California with nearly 41,000 visitors and Otakon in Baltimore / Maryland with 22,000 visitors.

In Japan itself, there is no anime conventions in the "western" sense. The only other event of the year in Tokyo organized twice Comic Market with 550,000 visitors in the 73rd event, is a sales exhibition itself drawn manga ( Doujinshi ) without show program.

List of manga and anime conventions