AnimeCon is the longest running anime convention of The Netherlands. Volunteers organise AnimeCon.

AnimeCon.nl is the website for Holland's largest annual anime festival. What does that mean you ask? Well, it's a three-day gathering of fans with a focus on Japanse animation. What it basically comes down to is that you can join a group of people of all ages and enjoy a nice atmosphere in which you can enjoy movies, play video games, and learn about Japan and its culture. Our festival focuses on having fun and learning new things.

We try to add the extra impulse to our event by actually portraying parts of the Japanese (popular) culture. Our mission is to let you have a lot of fun and give you a chance to learn something new.
In Japan animation is produced for people of all age groups. Any genre or influence you can think of that appears in a Hollywood production can also be found in anime. This, amongst a bunch of other things, is what makes the Japanese produced animation so interesting. If you have not seen any 'anime' before, be sure to come and visit us to check out this phenomenon. Be there, be amazed, and become a fan!

Sponsors

Archonia
Archonia
Archonia is a webshop for your favourite anime, manga and a lot of merchandise. You can also buy comics, pop culture items and board games. Archonia has been our sponsor for many years and is the main sponsor for the Exp Plaza (previously the Event Plaza).
AFK Esports
AFK Esports
AFK Esports is one of the main sponsors for the Game Room. AFK Esports organises gaming tournaments all over the Netherlands.
AniWay
AniWay
AniWay is the Dutch magazine for anime, manga and Japanese popculture. They publish a new magazine edition every three months.
CosplayShop.Be
CosplayShop.Be
Cosplayshop.Be is our Cosplay Competitions sponsor for amazing prizes. If you're in need of cosplay materials, then their webshop will have it. Founded in 1990 as a workshop for artistic and traditional upholstery, the cosplayshop has expanded a while ago to selling crafting materials for film, theatre, cosplay, LARP and...
Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll provides anime to our screens! Last year AnimeCon had the premiere for Tanya the Evil, thanks to Crunchyroll.
Juki
Juki
Juki sewing machines are amazing sewing machines for your cosplays. They've provided prizes for our cosplay competitions.
Nationaal Videogame Museum
Nationaal Videogame Museum
The National Video Game Museum lends us their arcades. Their museum is the place to be to learn about the history of videogames and to play retro and classics yourselves. Entertainment, education and experience!
Otaku Square
Otaku Square
Otaku Square is the webshop for anime figures. Otaku Square has sponsored our Dealer Room before and the owner is also a volunteer within our organization. 
Royal Talens
Royal Talens
Royal Talens distributes and sells amazing traditional art tools and supplies. Our Dutch Manga Awards wouldn't be the same without them. 
Ziva Events
Ziva Events
Ziva Events sponsors the Game Room. They host and facilitate gaming events of all kinds, including ours!
Koch Media
Koch Media
The Koch Media group has more than 15 years of experience distributing digital media, and is today placed as the number one distributor in Europe, specializing in videogames and software products.
Vertigo 6
Vertigo 6
Vertigo 6 is an award winning PR and Marketing agency in the Netherlands for the Benelux and Nordic Region. They provide us with prizes and video games.

History of AnimeCon

We started out as a combination of 3 different groups of people. One of which left us after two years. Afterwards, the Dutch Anime Society and Anime Workgroup Holland joined to form the J-POP Foundation.

Our previous events were (in reverse chronological order):

AnimeCon 2019 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 21)
AnimeCon Goes South
Location: Ahoy, Rotterdam
Date: June 2019
Number of visitors: Friday 4.700, Saturday 6.100, Sunday 5.200, i.e. approximately 16.000 visits over three days by more than 8.200 unique visitors.
Special: Myth & Roid and TeddyLoid came over from Japan as main acts. We had the European premieres of The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Danmachi/Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon: Arrow of Orion and Laidbackers and Dutch premieres for Maquia, When the promised flower blooms and Iron Sky: the coming race.
Event program: the 2019 event program on line.


Anime 2018 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 20)
Queens of the Round stable
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2018
Number of visitors: Friday 4.500, Saturday 5.600, Sunday 5.100, i.e. approximately 15.200 visits over three days by more than 7.600 unique visitors.
Special: JAM Project came over from Japan as our main act and bands like Necronomidol Speakerheadz and Savage states as side acts. AMV 1 on 1's, a Studio Ghibli lecture followed by a screening of the Red Turtle.
Event program: the 2018 event program on line.


Anime 2017 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 19)
Marieke's Magical Miracle
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2017
Number of visitors: Friday 4.300, Saturday 5.500, Sunday 5.100, i.e. approximately 14.900 visits over three days by more than 7.700 unique visitors
Special: Minami came over from Japan as our main act, the third edition of Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup with participants from the China and Malaysia, Fabricator Djinn, Hoku Props, Pion Kim, Reika, Solid Snake and Eurika as cosplay judges, 12 caterers offered a wide variety of Japanese food at over 18 food stalls, there was the 18+ Sushi event and a revitalized video program showing Anthem of the Heart, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and an extended collaboration with Camera Japan.
Event program: the 2017 event program on line.


Anime 2016 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 18)
All Aboard!
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2016
Number of visitors: Friday 4.100, Saturday 5.700, Sunday 4.700, i.e. approximately 14.500 visits over three days by more than 7.600 unique visitors
Special: fripSide came over from Japan, the second edition of Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup with participants from the United States and Russia, Etaru, Kev, Luca Buzzi, Manuel Capitani, Calix and Goldy as cosplay judges, 9 caterers offered a wide variety of Japanese food, sponsorship by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese ambassador visited us for the first time!
Event program: the 2016 event program on line.


Anime 2015 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 17)
Do NOT try this at home!
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2015
Number of visitors: Friday 3.600, Saturday 5.300, Sunday 3.900, i.e. approximately 12.700 visits over three days by more than 6.600 unique visitors
Special: Back-ON came over from Japan, the first edition of Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup, Kukoru, Minemes, Reika, Shappi, Tsubaki and Wirru as cosplay judges, 7 caterers offered a wide variety of Japanese food, American Wrestling!
Event program: the 2015 event program on line.


Anime 2014 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 16)
Summer games
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: June 2014
Number of visitors: Friday 3.000, Saturday 4.800, Sunday 3.200, i.e. approximately 11.000 visits over three days by more than 5.700 unique visitors
Special: Kotoko came over from Japan, Origa from Russia, Kamui, Reika, TaeYeon Kim and Yaya Han as cosplay judges, Hideo Baba and Helen McCarthy as special guest, the Alfred J. Kwak exhibition and performance, the first figure exhibition.
Event program: the 2014 event program on line.


Anime 2013 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 15)
To udder worlds
Location: World Forum, The Hague
Date: May 2013
Number of visitors: Friday 2.600, Saturday 3.500, Sunday 2.700, i.e. approximately 8.800 visits over three days by more than 4.500 unique visitors
Special: Altima came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay, the European Cosplay Gathering, Yamato Cup and CICAF. Taji the chef's Sushi workshop, the Anime Prom and a full fledged combat dojo.
Event program: the 2013 event program on line.


Anime 2012 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 14)
Apocalypse Cow
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2012
Number of visitors: Friday 1.500, Saturday 2.000, Sunday 1.400, i.e. approximately 4.900 visits over three days by more than 2.450 unique visitors
Special: m.o.v.e and Tom Nagae came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay and the European Cosplay Gathering, the second Dutch Manga Awards, Helen McCarthy, Lizemijn Libgott, Martin Lodewijk and Sytse Algera as special guests.
Event program: the 2012 event program on line.


Anime 2011 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 13)
Creatures of the Night
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2011
Number of visitors: Friday 1.450, Saturday 2.000, Sunday 1.450, i.e. approximately 4.900 visits over three days by more than 2.450 unique visitors
Special: Aural Vampire came over from Japan, Dutch preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, EuroCosplay and the European Cosplay Gathering, the first Dutch Manga Awards, all video rooms were in high definition video, Arie van Kooten as special guest.
Event program: the 2011 event program (still on-line for the first time).


Anime 2010 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 12)
Masters and Servants
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2010
Number of visitors: Friday 1.050, Saturday 1.500, Sunday 1.200, i.e. approximately 3.750 visits over three days by more than 1.800 unique visitors
Special: 5.1 Surround sound in every video room, VR1 fully in high definition video. Two bands. Helen McCarthy as special guest.


Anime 2009 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 11)
Mental Maniacs
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2009
Number of visitors: Friday 1.100, Saturday 1.500, Sunday 1.100, i.e. approximately 3.700 visits over three days by more than 1.650 unique visitors
Special: New and larger dealer room


Anime 2008 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 10)
The 10th anniversary
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2008
Number of visitors: approximately 1350


Anime 2007 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 9)
Fun & games
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: June 2007
Number of visitors: approximately 1300


Anime 2006 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 8)
A lovely weekend
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: June 2006
Number of visitors: approximately 1300


Anime 2005 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 7)
A Magical Mystery
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2005
Number of visitors: 1157
Special: Karaoke night and secondary dealer room


Anime 2004 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 6)
Back to School
Location: Theaterhotel Almelo, Almelo
Date: May 2004
Number of visitors: 1043
Special: Real 750-seat theatre with 5.1 sound, even bigger dealer and game room, 4th video room
Guests: Mr. Tatsuo Sato and Mr. Takatoshi Chino (Studio Xebec)


Anime 2003 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 5)
Anime Strikes Back
Location: Haarlem, Hotel Haarlem-Zuid
Date: February 2003
Number of visitors: 770
Special: Bigger dealer room, No special guests


Anime 2002 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 4)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2002
Number of visitors: 524
Special: 2*5.1 sound system, first cosplay contest. No special guests


Anime 2001 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 3)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2001
Number of visitors: 382


Anime 2000 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 2)
Location: Veldhoven, Koningshof
Date: February 2000
Number of visitors: 300+
Special: Kenji Horikawa as a guest (Producer Jin-Roh, Popolocrois, Arc the Lad)


Anime ’99 (J-POP Foundation - nr. 1)
Location: Rotterdam, Holiday Inn
Date: February 1999
Number of visitors: 208
Special: First real festival, guests from Xebec and Bandai


Made in Japan - Animation film cycle (co organized by AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: Unknown
Special: Organized in a film theatre


Summer of Anime (AWH and DAS)
Location: Den Bosch
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: 150+
Special: First 2 day event


Second Impact (AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1998
Number of visitors: Between 100 and 150
Special: Sales people from Pioneer UK and Dynamic Benelux


Famicon III (DAS)
Location: Den Bosch
Date: 1997
Number of visitors: 110


Nacht van de grote Anime (AWH)
Location: Maastricht
Date: 1997
Number of visitors: 40


Famicon II (DAS)
Location: Den Bosch
Date: 1996
Number of visitors: 80


Famicon (festival named after the FaniManga fanzine) (DAS)
Location: Papendrecht, The Netherlands
Date: 1995
Number of visitors: 32 (including an American)