Animecon (Finland)

Animecon is anime convention in Finland, held annually over a weekend in varying Finnish cities.

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Two girls cosplaying as anime characters during Animecon 2007.
Attendanceapprox. 7,000 in 2007, together with Finncon[citation needed]
Organized by1999-2011 Various organizations

2012-2016 KAMY

2017-present Suomen Con-Tapahtumat Oy

Animecon was 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 have been held in conjunction, sharing premises but no events; they even often held separate opening ceremonies. In 2012 Animecon was held at the city of Kuopio for a first time and the convention has remained there since then.

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 historyEdit

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 1–3, 2003 University of Turku
4,000Jonathan Clements.
July 10–11, 2004 University of Jyväskylä
5,200[citation needed]yoshitoshi ABe and Jonathan Clements.[7]
August 18–20, 2006 Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
9,000[citation needed]Paul Gravett.[8]
July 14–15, 2007 University of Jyväskylä
7,000[citation needed]Jonathan Clements
July 26–27, 2008 Tampere Hall
9,000[citation needed]Ms Mandu
July 10–12, 2009 Kaapelitehdas
Helsinki[citation needed]
Jari Lehtinen
July 16-17, 2011
Himeka, Yukihiro Notsu
July 14-15, 2012 Kuopio Music Centre
Yoshihiro Takahashi, Team 4 Star, Benzaie
July 13-14, 2013 Kuopio Music Centre
DJ Sharpnel, Spoony, Benzaie
July 12-13, 2014 Kuopio Music Centre
Kaoru Mori
July 11-12, 2015 Kuopio Music Centre
Doug Walker
July 9-10, 2016 Congress Centre Paviljonki
Animenz, Reika
July 15-16, 2017 Kuopio Music Centre
The Anime Man, Akidearest, Riuchi Manga
July 14-15, 2018 Helsinki Fair Centre
The Anime Man, Akidearest, Ryukishi07, Kore Yamazaki, Kamui Cosplay


  1. ^ Eturautti, Kyuu (2005). "Kotimaan katsaus (A domestic look)". Anime magazine. No. 01. p. 42.
  2. ^ Joukamaa, Mauno (2006). "Animecon: Kuinka kaikki alkoi (Animecon: How it all began)". Anime magazine. No. 13. p. 08.
  3. ^ "Jyväskylän Kesä veti väkeä". Turun Sanomat (in Finnish). 2004-07-14. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
  4. ^ a b Eturautti, Kyuu (2006). "Tervetuloa coniin! (Welcome to the con!)". Anime magazine. No. 14. pp. 40–45.
  5. ^ Animecon V home page Archived 2007-12-28 at the Wayback Machine. 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". Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. 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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